Tech’s Fincher, McConnell earn preseason All-American honors

Jonathan Fincher (left) and Cole McConnell (right) have both earned preseason All-American honors.

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

After finishing the 2022 season in the Austin Regional, Colligate Baseball named Bulldog Pitcher Jonathan Fincher and outfielder Cole McConnell Preseason All-American on Monday morning. 

Both Fincher and McConnell earned third-team All-American honors.

Fincher was named second-team All-Region by ABCA/Rawlings last season, with an 8-2 overall record. He concluded the season with a 3.52 ERA and a 73-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 79.1 innings. 

After starting 14 games on the bump for the Dogs, Fincher finished with 73 strikeouts in 79.1 innings tying him for second in C-USA wins. The Shreveport native registered a career-high 11 strikeouts against McNeese in his third start of the season and tossed six scoreless innings of one-hit ball his very next outing against Houston Baptist. 

Fincher has also shown promise in the classroom being named to the C-USA All-Academic Team, the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and a C-USA Academic Medalist with a 3.90 in Kinesiology.

McConnell was named second-team ABCA/Rawling All-Region last season while starting 64 games in centerfield for the Bulldogs. The outfielder broke and set the new single-season RBI record at LA Tech with 76 and ranked 23th in the nation while hitting .336 with a .535 slugging percentage. With 24 doubles, 76 RBI, and 52 runs scored, McConnell finished with a lead-leading 29 multi-hit games, 21 multi-RBI games, and the longest on-base streak at 26. 

Over the 2022 summer, McConnell was named to the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star team hitting .278 with three home runs and nine stolen bases. 

The Beaumont, Texas native was also named First-Team All-Conference USA and named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll while pressuring a degree in Management. 

LA Tech opens the 2022 season at home against BYU on Feb.17-20, then continue at The Love Shack on Feb. 24-26 against Nicholls State before heading to Oxford, Miss. To face off with defending National Champions, Ole Miss.

LHP Jonathan Fincher , Louisiana Tech.
RHP Drue Hackenberg , Virginia Tech.
RHP Juaron Watts-Brown, Oklahoma St.
LHP  Carter Holton, Vanderbilt
RHP Matt Jachec, Indiana St.
RHP Levi Wells, Texas St.
Relief Sam Klein, Ball St.
Relief Thomas Schultz, Vanderbilt
C Matthew Ellis, Indiana
C BT Riopelle, Florida
1B Chris Sargent, Southern Miss.
1B Sam Kulasingam, Air Force
1B Joe Kinker, Florida Gulf Coast
1B Drake Pierson, Campbell
1B Jackson Feltner, Morehead St.
2B Brock Rodden, Wichita St.
2B Mason Hull, Missouri St.
3B Drew Bowser, Stanford
3B Alejandro Figueredo, Florida Gulf Coast
3B Ryan Peltier, Ball St.
3B Diego Baqueiro, Loyola Marymount
SS Maui Ahuna, Tennessee
SS Luke Keaschall, Arizona St.
SS Cody Schrier, UCLA
SS Kaeber Rog, Southern Illinois
OF Cole McConnell, Louisiana Tech.
OF Max Ryerson, Georgia St.
OF Matt Kirk, Eastern Michigan
OF Nolan Schanuel, Florida Atlantic
OF Brendan O’Donnell, Rider
UT Jay Luikart, Wright St. 

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