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LU Baseball places eight on All SLC Teams



BEAUMONT – After putting together the
first winning conference record since 2009, the Lamar baseball team capped its
strong regular season by placing a league-leading eight Cardinals on the All-Southland
teams.



 



V.J. Bunner, Eric Harrington and Darian Johnson each
took home first team honors, with SLC Newcomer of the Year Sam Bumpers
headlining a second team group that also featured Seth Dornak, Jonathan
Dziedzic, Aaron Olivas and Brad Picha.



 



The total is tied for the second-most in school
history and the most since the 2004 season.



 



Both Harrington and Johnson made repeat appearances on
the All-SLC teams after Johnson took home third team accolades a year ago and
Harrington did so in 2009. Johnson is the first to accomplish the feat in
back-to-back years since Tyler Link in 2008-09, and Harrington is the first
two-time first teamer since Brian Sisk.



 



Harrington, who unfortunately had his season cut short
due to an arm injury earlier this month, finished his ultimate campaign in
Beaumont with a 7-1 record and a 2.38 earned run average. The Groves native
completed his LU career as the school’s all-time leader in games started (55)
and innings pitched (384.1). He’s also second in strikeouts (257) and third in
wins (28).



 



Johnson posted Lamar’s best batting average for the
second consecutive season, collecting a league-best 82 hits with a .369
average. He also scored 42 times and knocked in 44, which is tied for the
fourth-best total in the Southland this season.



 



V.J. Bunner’s year at second base was revelatory as
the native of nearby Vidor helped the Cards convert the most double plays in
the Southland. He also posted a .325 batting average to go along with a
slugging mark of .515, the third-best in the conference. He finished the year
with a team-leading six home runs and 13 doubles to go along with 43 scores
despite missing 10 games earlier in the season.



 



Bumpers, who is the first-ever Card to earn SLC
Newcomer of the Year, likely would’ve been a first team player in any other
year, but unfortunately for him, he shares the same position as Player and
Hitter of the Year Hunter Dozier of Stephen F. Austin. Bumpers formally
introduced himself to LU fans with an eight-RBI opening weekend and continued
to impress throughout the season, finishing with a .341 average with 19 doubles
and 46 runs, marks that rank second and fourth in the conference, respectively.
The graduate of Iowa Western College was also an important cog in a Cardinal
defense that ranked among the top five for much of the season in fielding
percentage.



 



Fellow infielders Olivas and Picha joined Bumpers on
the second team. Olivas was one of five LU players to post a .300-or-better
batting average, concluding the regular season at .306 to go along with 33
scores and 39 RBI. An All-SLC preseason selection, Picha finished the year with
39 RBI as well and a .296 average.



 



Seth Dornak rounded out the second team hitters,
finishing with a .314 batting average, 16 doubles, 36 RBI and a .396 on-base
percentage.



 



Jonathan Dziedzic was the lone LU pitcher on the
squad. The southpaw out of Humble became Lamar’s all-time strikeout leader
earlier this season, and finished this season with 99 Ks in 96.2 innings of
work. He posted a 6-4 mark for the year and ranked eighth in the league in
opponent batting average at .234.



 



Zach Luevanos was the only other Card to be recognized
by the league, garnering an honorable mention nod for his play at catcher.



 



In addition to Dozier, Oral Roberts’ Alex Gonzalez
headlined the individual awards, earning Pitcher of the Year. Brett
Higginbotham of SFA earned Relief Pitcher of the Year, and McNeese pitcher
Bryce Kingsley took home Freshman of the Year. David Pierce, skipper of
conference champion Sam Houston State, was named Coach of the Year.



 



Lamar will open play at the 2013 Southland Tournament
later this week at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. The Cards are set to do
battle with Southeastern Louisiana, and first pitch is set for 7 p.m.



 



2013 Southland All-Conference Teams



First Team



Pos.        
Name                            
University                           
Class                    
Hometown



1B          
Brad
Porras                 
A&M-Corpus Christi          
Sr.                
Needville, Texas



2B          
V.J.
Bunner                  
Lamar                                   
Sr.                       
Vidor, Texas



3B          
Kevin Miller2               
Sam Houston
State            
Sr.                 
Pearland, Texas



SS           
Hunter Dozier2            
Stephen F.
Austin               
Jr.                    
Denton, Texas



OF          
Darian Johnson2         
Lamar                                   
Sr.                   
Chandler, Ariz.



OF          
Eric
Weiss                    
A&M-Corpus
Christi          
Sr.                 
Houston, Texas



OF          
Forrest Allday2            
Central
Arkansas                
Sr.           Friendswood,
Texas



C            
Anthony Azar2            
Sam Houston
State            
Jr.      The Woodlands, Texas



DH
         Jonathan Gonzales2   
A&M-Corpus
Christi          
Sr.                       
Buda, Texas



P             
Alex
Gonzalez            
Oral
Roberts                        
Jr.             
Delray Beach, Fla.



P             
Caleb McClanahan    Central
Arkansas                
Sr.                       
Wynne, Ark.



P             
Eric Harrington2          
Lamar                                   
Sr.                    
Groves, Texas



 



Second Team



Pos.        
Name                            
University                           
Class                    
Hometown



1B          
Brad
Picha                   
Lamar                                   
Sr.            
Stevensville, Texas



2B          
Jessie
Plumlee             
Sam Houston State            
Sr.                   
Rowlett, Texas



3B          
Aaron
Olivas               
Lamar                                   
Sr.                    
El Paso, Texas



SS           
Sam
Bumpers             
Lamar                                   
Jr.               
Bourbornnais, Ill.



OF          
Luke
Plucheck            
Sam Houston
State            
Jr.                  
Tomball, Texas



OF          
Ricardo Sanchez         Stephen F.
Austin               
Jr.                  
Houston, Texas



OF          
Jackson Gooch           
McNeese
State                    
Jr.     Delta, British Columbia



C            
Michael Marietta        Central
Arkansas                
Sr.                
Oak View, Calif.



DH
         Seth
Dornak                
Lamar                                   
Sr.                 
Pearland, Texas



P             
Caleb Smith2               
Sam Houston
State            
Jr.               
Huntsville, Texas



P             
Jonathan Dziedzic     
Lamar                                   
Jr.                   
Humble, Texas



P             
Brett Higginbotham    Stephen F.
Austin               
Sr.                      
Hutto, Texas



 



Third Team



Pos.        
Name                            
University                           
Class                    
Hometown



1B          
Chayse Marion           
McNeese
State                    
Jr.              
Red Deez, Alberta



2B          
Cody Stephens           
A&M-Corpus
Christi          
Jr.                   
Concord, Calif.



3B          
Jesse Buratt                 
Southeastern
La.                
Jr.                      
Gonzales, La.



SS           
Ben Hernandez          
Southeastern
La.                
Sr.                       
Zachary, La.



OF          
Harry
Slade                 
Southeastern
La.                
Sr.                   
Baltimore, Md.



OF          
Matt
Richard              
Nicholls
State                      
Sr.                     
Gonzales, La.



OF          
Jonathan Davis3         
Central
Arkansas                
Jr.                     
Camden, Ark.



C            
Jose
Trevino                
Oral Roberts                        
So.       Corpus Christi, Texas



DH
         Tyler
Boss                    
Oral Roberts                        
Jr.                      
Spring, Texas



P             
Trevor
Foss                  
A&M-Corpus Christi          
Sr.                   
Janesville, Wis.



P             
Trevor
Belicek            
A&M-Corpus
Christi           So.                   
Uvalde, Texas



P             
Blake Ware                 
McNeese
State                    
Sr.              
White Oak, Texas



 



Honorable Mention – First Base: Max Lamantia, Stephen F. Austin. Second Base: Blake Marchal, Central Arkansas; Freddy Villalobos, Stephen F.
Austin.
Third Base: Brandon Tierney,
A&M-Corpus Christi.
Shortstop: Carter Burgess, Sam Houston State. Outfield: Will Watson,
Northwestern State; Jordan Lee, A&M-Corpus Christi; Colt Atwood, Sam
Houston State; Kevin Cho, Oral Roberts.
Catcher: Zach Luevanos, Lamar. Designated Hitter: Jameson Fisher, Southeastern La.; Hayden Simerly, Sam Houston
State.
Pitchers: Cody Dickson, Sam Houston State;
Chase Greening, Stephen F. Austin; Bryce Biggerstaff, Central Arkansas; Bryce
Kingsley, McNeese State; Jeff Enloe, Central Arkansas; Tate Scioneaux,
Southeastern La.




LU Baseball places eight on All SLC Teams

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