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Tyler Gray, a senior pitcher for the University of Central Arkansas, was named the Southland Conference's Pitcher of the Year on Monday.

The right-handed Gray (Fort Smith Southside High) had a 6-1 record, a 2.91 ERA and owns the UCA career strikeout record (281) and the single-game strikeout record (15), which he set against Abilene Christian in a 10-3 victory May 4.

Gray is UCA’s first player to be named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year.

The Bears play Houston Baptist in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.

Junior catcher William Hancock (.286 batting average, 13 RBI) was also named to the All-Southland first team, senior third baseman Rigo Aguilar (.325, 37 RBI) and junior left fielder Hunter Strong (.344, 44 RBI) were named to the second team, and junior first baseman Tyler Smith (.295, 41 RBI) was named to the third team.


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