Tyler Smith named second-team Preseason All-Southland Conference

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Tyler Smith hitting and fielding action shots. Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services

Tyler Smith’s career path has been one of steady improvement, one that landed him on the All-Southland Conference team at the end of the 2019 baseball season.

 

Smith will begin his senior season as part of the 2020 Preseason All-Southland Conference Team, being named to the second team that was announced Tuesday by the conference office.

A 5-foot-11, 180-pound outfielder, Smith led the Demons with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs in 2019. He enters the 2020 season three home runs shy of 10th place in Northwestern State career history and ranks 10th in school history in career triples with seven. Analytically, Smith was the 146th best hitter in the country in 2019, according to a study by the NCAA.

 

Smith enters his final season in a Northwestern State uniform within striking distance of the career top 10 in games played, at-bats, RBIs and total bases.

 

A talented defender, Smith has recorded 22 career outfield assists, including 12 in his sophomore season. He has tallied at least four outfield assists in each of his three seasons.

 

Smith was the lone Demon chosen on the two 14-player teams. Central Arkansas led all teams with five selections.

 

Northwestern State opens its 2020 season at home against Wichita State on Feb. 14. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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