Senior headlines group of four LU All-Southland honorees
FRISCO – Sam Bumpers had a Southland Conference season for the ages this year, and he was honored as such on Monday as he became the fourth-ever Lamar baseball player to be named Southland Hitter of the Year.
Bumpers, a senior out of Bourbonnais, Ill., hit a conference-best .427 in league games, a mark that was largely boosted by his school-record 28-game consecutive games with a hit streak. Bumpers, who also earned a spot on the All-Southland First Team, attracted national attention over the course of his streak, especially after a 7-for-7 outing with three home runs in a win over rival McNeese State. He finished the regular season leading the Cards in seven offensive categories, including average (.345), doubles (14), triples (4) and home runs (6).
Bumpers is the first LU Hitter of the Year since Collin DeLome earned the honors in 2006, and he’s the first Cardinal shortstop to grab a spot on the conference first team since David Cortez in 1984.
Jude Vidrine, a fifth-year senior, was named All-Southland Second Team. He hit .321 with a conference-best 46 walks, which ranked him among the national leaders for much of the season. The Nederland native was second in the league in runs with 51 and posted team-best marks in doubles (14), on-base percentage (.448) and stolen bases (14).
A pair of newcomers landed spots on the third team, highlighted by Reed Seeley at third base. The Baytown native was second in the league in walks with 41, which helped boost his .279 batting average up to a .413 on-base clip. He also tallied 11 doubles and crossed home plate 38 times. Kyle Markum, LU’s only Beaumont native, was named to the designated hitter role after posting a .282 average with six doubles and 27 runs batted in. Prior to taking hold of the DH role in the middle part of the season, he was LU’s best bat off the bench, ending the season as a .500 pinch-hitter with 12 two-out RBI.
Brandon Provost and Jacoby Middleton each earned honorable mentions after hitting .311 and .281, respectively.
This is the second straight season and the sixth in nine that three-or-more Cardinal players earned spots on the all-conference teams.