Senior D.J. Ponder Earned First Team All-Louisiana Accolades After 12-Save Campaign on the Mound
June 26, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced its 2012 All-Louisiana Baseball squad on Tuesday (June 26) and five Tulane student-athletes were honors as All-State performers. Seniors D.J. Ponder, Jeremy Schaffer and Nick Schneeberger joined the junior duo of Brandon Boudreaux and Garrett Cannizaro on the squad, with Ponder and Schaffer each earning First Team accolades.
Ponder enjoyed his finest season on the mound for the Green Wave and moved his name into the record books in the process. In 27 appearances, the right-hander compiled a 2-1 record with 12 saves and a 1.10 ERA in 49 innings of work. He led Conference USA in saves and ranked among the conference leaders in appearances and games finished. His 12 saves are tied for fifth in a single season at Tulane (J. Charron, 2003) and his 13 career saves are sixth in school history. Ponder was a Second Team All-Conference USA pick in 2012 as he limited opponents to a .193 batting average and allowed just six earned runs all season.
Schaffer gets the First Team All-State nod at catcher for the second time in his career after leading the Green Wave with nine home runs, 117 total bases, 41 walks and 49 RBI during his senior campaign. The senior threw out one-third of the potential base stealers on the season and carried a .992 fielding percentage. He carried a big bat while at the plate, as well, hitting .326 and slugging .537. Along with leading the team in doubles (19), homers, total bases, walks and RBI, the Bellaire, Texas native ranked second with a .537 slugging percentage and 71 hits, was third in on-base percentage and fifth in runs scored. He was named First Team All-Conference USA, earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America and was an 18th round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB Draft. Schaffer finished his career ranked among the top-ten in school history in seven career categories.
Boudreaux, Cannizaro and Schneeberger all earned Second Team All-State honors to give the Olive and Blue their most all-state picks since six players earned LSWA honors in 2005.
Boudreaux was a First Team All-Conference USA pick in 2012 and was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America squad. The junior set the school record with three Conference USA Hitter of the Week awards during the season and ranked among the C-USA leaders in seven offensive categories. His 55 runs scored were the most by a conference player entering the postseason and he finished the year ranked fourth overall in slugging percentage. He paced the team in slugging percentage and runs scored, was second in doubles, triples and home runs and was third in walks.
After making seamless transition from shortstop to third base in 2012, Cannizaro was a 32nd round pick of the New York Yankees in the 2012 MLB Draft and enjoyed one of his finest seasons at the plate. Cannizaro has amassed 181 hits, 98 runs scored and 101 RBIs over his first three years, including a career-high 69 hits, 42 RBIs and 42 runs scored as a junior. In 2012, Cannizaro committed just five errors at the hot corner and hit .305 from the second spot in the order. He stole a career-high six bases during the 2012 campaign and tied his career-best with four home runs. He walked 18 times and was hit-by-pitch nine times to just 24 strikeouts.
Schneeberger was a stalwart in the Green Wave lineup all season and was the top outfielder on the squad. In 58 starts in the outfield, Schneeberger collected 127 putouts and threw out 14 base runners - including a pair of double plays. The outfield assists were the most by any player since 2002 and he committed just two errors all season. At the plate, the senior hit .345 with a team-best 78 hits. He stole 12 bases, drove in 48 RBI, scored 42 runs, had 12 doubles, homered five times and walked on 35 occasions, ranking among the top-three on the team in each of the aforementioned categories. He was a Second Team All-Conference USA selection and earned his second career LSWA award after being a first team pick in 2011.
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2012 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State Baseball<
C - Jeremy Schaffer, Tulane
1B - Alex Williams, Louisiana Tech
2B - Brock Hebert, Southeastern Louisiana
SS - Jeremy Sy, Louisiana-Monroe
3B - Thomas Brown III, Grambling
OF - Raph Rhymes, LSU
OF - Mason Katz, LSU
OF - Kyle Pearson, LSU-Shreveport
DH - Colin Bear, Northwestern State
P - Kevin Gausman, LSU
P - Stefan Lopez, Southeastern Louisiana
P - Jared Mortensen, LSU-Shreveport
P - D.J. Ponder, Tulane
C - Ty Ross, LSU
1B - Joey Rapp, Louisiana-Monroe
2B - Ryan Gebhardt, Louisiana Tech
SS - Austin Nola, LSU
3B - Garrett Cannizaro, Tulane
OF - Brandon Boudreaux, Tulane
OF - Seth Granger, McNeese State
OF - Nick Schneeberger, Tulane DH - Derrick Hopkins, Southern
P - Nick Goody, LSU
P - Aaron Nola, LSU
P - Chris Cotton, LSU
P - Phil Maton, Louisiana Tech
Hitter of the Year: Raph Rhymes, LSU
Pitcher of the Year: Kevin Gausman, LSU
Freshman of the Year: Andro Cutura, Southeastern Louisiana
Newcomer of the Year: Greg Friesen, LSU-Shreveport
Coach of the Year: Paul Mainieri, LSU