Nicholls baseball honors LaPlace native

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 19, 2001

THIBODAUX – Four Nicholls State baseball players were honored by the Southland Conference Tuesday as the Plano, Texas-based league unveiled its 2001 post-season baseball awards, including a LaPlace native. Junior Rondon Anderson was named Second Team All-Southland while senior pitcher Ronald Gilchrist, senior outfielder Jason Wilkerson and the teams leading hitter, junior Luke Muller, received honorable mention distinction. A first team selection as a sophomore in 2000, Anderson hit .330 this past spring, driving in a team-high 51 runs while slamming 15 home runs. The LaPlace native and transfer from Hill (Texas) College, led his team in doubles and total bases as well. His 15 home runs are the most ever in a single season by a Colonel player. Anderson ranked among the conference’s top five in both home runs and runs batted in. For his career, he has now belted 20 home runs and driven in 82. Reunited with NSU coach B.D. Parker this season after spending the 1999 campaign playing under Parker at Butler (Kansas) County College, Muller hit .349 on the season with seven home runs and 43 RBIs. In Nicholls State’s April 1 victory over Northwestern State, Muller cracked three home runs, earning himself SLC Player of the Week honors in the process. On the season, Muller was one of just two Colonels to start and play in all 56 games. A second-team selection last season, Wilkerson was a steadying force in right field for Nicholls State, hitting .293 while homering nine times and driving in 38 runs. An extensive off-season conditioning regimen resulted in a 30-point jump in Wilkerson’s 2000 batting average. A crafty lefthander, Gilchrist went 6-5 in 2001 with a 5.18 ERA. He allowed 92 hits in 90 1/3 innings pitched while fanning 78 and walking 35. For his career, Gilchrist put together a 13-12 record while turning away 135 batters on strikes. Nicholls State completed its 2001 season last week. The Colonels finished the season s play with an overall record of 26-30 and a 12-15 league mark.