HAYS, Kansas — Fort Hays State had seven players named to the All-MIAA Baseball Team for the 2011 season, released on Thursday, May 12. The Tigers had two second team selections, which included catcher Sloan Soulia and outfielder Nash Smith, and five honorable mention selections, which included relief pitcher Brett Macari, first baseman Kyle Stacken, outfielders Anthony Salinas and Brandon Hoefler, and designated hitter JC Ochoa.
Soulia earned second-team honors for the second straight year, this year at catcher after being selected as a designated hitter last year. The Falcon, Colo., senior enters the MIAA Tournament ranked among the top 10 in the conference in doubles, total bases, hits, runs scored, slugging percentage, RBI, and batting average. He currently leads FHSU in runs scored, hits, doubles, RBI, and total bases.
Smith garnered the second All-MIAA honor of his career, this time as a second-team selection in the outfield after an honorable mention selection last year. Entering the conference tournament, the Jewell, Kan., native ranked in the MIAA top 10 in slugging percentage, home runs, total bases, doubles, stolen bases, and batting average. He leads FHSU in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and stolen bases entering the conference tournament.