MONROE, La. – ULM outgoing baseball senior Anthony Herrera added to his final Warhawk résumé on Monday afternoon, as the McKinney, Texas native was named a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference performer as a utility player, as the league announced its annual awards.
The Sun Belt recognition comes on the heels of the announcement that Herrera is one of the nine national semifinalists for the 2017 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, which is given annually to the nation's best player who contributes both in the field and on the mound for his team.
Herrera has appeared in 176 games with 153 starts over his four year career in the field for the Maroon and Gold, while also notching 76 appearances on the mound. This season, he started and played in 54 of ULM's 55 games, notching 16 RBI, six doubles, a triple and a pair of homers. On the mound, Herrera had 22 appearances this season – including 10 appearances with two-plus innings of work – with seven saves and 47 strikeouts, which was tied for the second-most on the ULM staff.
As a reliever, Herrera stamped his name in the ULM book in several areas, becoming the program's all-times saves leader when he closed the game out on April 13 at Texas State – a game in which he drove in the go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth. As a junior, he tied the single season program record with 10 saves as he finished with 23 career saves over his four year career.
The 2017 Sun Belt honor is Herrera's second of his career, as he was previously named a second team All-Sun Belt performer in 2015, also as a utility player.
The full listing of Sun Belt awards can be found here.
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