Jan. 30, 2013
IRVING, Texas — Houston Baseball junior student-athlete Landon Appling continues to add 2013 Preseason accolades to his list after being tabbed a Conference USA Preseason All-Conference honoree, voted on by the league’s nine head coaches.
The El Campo, Texas native has thrived as the Cougars’ starting centerfielder since he arrived in 2010-11. As Houston’s veteran, Appling has solidified his role among the Conference leaders in various categories as he is set to begin his third year in a Cougar uniform.
“We are very proud of Landon for this honor,” Whitting said. “This award is well deserved as he has worked extremely hard to become one of the best centerfielders in the nation this off-season. Landon is a great leader and teammate who will be a major reason for our success this season.”
In 2012, Appling hit .324 with a team-high .410 on-base percentage to accompany a team-best 32 runs scored, 61 hits, three homeruns and 26 RBI as a leadoff hitter. He wrapped up last season being named to the Conference USA All-Tournament team after finishing second-best in the tournament with a .615 clip, with eight hits and five runs scored in three games played.
His eight hits tied for first among all players in the tournament, while his on-base percentage of .667 led the league. He also drove in two RBI, walked twice and stole a base.
Appling went on to tie a C-USA Tournament record with his five hits in a single game, which came against Southern Miss in Game 2 of the Championship. Appling finished the day 5-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI.
In his career, Appling has been named to the All-Freshman Team (2011), Conference USA All-Tournament Team (2012, 2011), Silver Glove Series vs. Rice (2012) and is a two-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient.
He was one of four league outfielders selected to the 2013 Preseason Team. He joins Southern Miss’ Mason Robbins, Rice’s Michael Ratterree and Tulane’s Brandon Boudreaux.
Preseason All-Conference Team:
P | Austin Kubitza | Rice
P | Sam Moll | Memphis
P | Andrew Pierce | Southern Miss
P | Bradey Roney | Southern Miss
C | Ryan Breen | UCF
IF | Garrett Cannizaro | Tulane
IF | Brennan Middleton | Tulane
IF | Jack Reinheimer | East Carolina
IF | Christian Stringer | Rice
IF | Chris Taladay | UCF
OF | Landon Appling | Houston
OF | Brandon Boudreaux | Tulane
OF | Michael Ratterree | Rice
OF | Mason Robbins | Southern Miss
DH| Drew Reynolds | East Carolina
Player of the Year: Christian Stringer | Rice
Pitcher of the Year: Austin Kubitza | Rice
Voted on by the head coaches, Houston was selected to finish seventh behind Rice, Southern Miss, East Carolina, UCF, Tulane, Memphis and ahead of UAB and Marshall. For full release, CLICK HERE.
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