Collin DeLome Named Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year

The Cardinals place eight players on All-SLC teams.

Sophomore Collin DeLome, who ranked among the Top 10 in nearly every offensive statistical category, was named Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year.

Sophomore Collin DeLome, who ranked among the Top 10 in nearly every offensive statistical category, was named Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year.

May 22, 2006

2006 All-Southland Conference Teams
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PLANO - Lamar University sophomore Collin Delome, who ranked among the Top 10 in nearly every offensive statistical category through regular-season play, was named Southland Conference Player of the Year and Hitter of the Year on Monday. DeLome's honors are the result of voting by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

A native of Buna, DeLome leads the team and ranks second in the SLC in hitting with a .379 batting average. He leads the SLC with 54 runs scored, is tied for first in hits (83), tied for eighth in doubles (14), tied for first in triples (6), tied for fifth in home runs (10), fourth in runs batted in (52), first in total bases (140) and third in slugging percentage (.639).

DeLome, who posted the school's fourth-best hitting streak at 17 games earlier this season, enters the SLC Tournament riding a 16-game hitting streak. He had a career-best five-hit game this season against Louisiana-Monroe, which is tied for second most hits in a single-game in school history. He became the school's all-time triples leader earlier this year and has 15 for his career. He is the first Lamar player to earn SLC player of the year honors since the award was established in 1988.

Joining DeLome on the first-team from Lamar were pitcher William Delage and designated hitter Will Henderson. A senior from Beaumont, Henderson is hitting .322 with 41 runs scored. He leads the team and ranks third in the SLC with 13 home runs and leads the team and ranks second in the SLC with 59 RBI.

Delage, a senior from Nederland, is 9-4 with a 2.77 earned run average in 16 starts. He has 102 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings pitched, and is limiting opponents to a .243 batting average. He became the school's all-time strikeouts leader earlier this season and has 271 for his career. He is also tied with David C. Smith for most career starts with 50.

First baseman Dan Hernandez and catcher C.J. Ebarb at catcher earned second-team All-SLC honors. Hernandez, a junior from San Carlos, Calif., is hitting .355 with 44 runs scored, nine doubles, nine home runs and 40 RBI. Ebarb, a senior from Jasper, is hitting .295 with 37 runs scored, is tied for the SLC-lead with 20 doubles, seven home runs and 51 RBI.

Outfielder Erik Kanaby and pitcher Scott Meyer were named third-team All-SLC. Kanaby, a junior from Houston, is second on the team with a .359 average with 49 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He leads the team with 35 walks and a .452 on-base percentage. Meyer, a sophomore from Orange, Ct., is 5-0 with a 2.62 ERA and one save in 26 appearances. He has 33 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings pitched, and is limiting opponents to a .205 batting average.

Second baseman Ryan Baker was named honorable mention All-SLC. A junior from Keller, Baker is hitting .319 with 38 runs scored, seven doubles, one home run and 25 RBI.

Danny Davis of McNeese State was named SLC Pitcher of the Year, Adam Moore of Texas-Arlington was named Newcomer of the Year, Ben Soignier of Louisiana-Monroe was named Freshman of the Year and Chad Clement of McNeese State was named Clay Gould Coach of the Year.

Lamar finished the regular season with a 33-21 overall record and a 19-11 mark in SLC play. The Cardinals finished fourth in the conference standings and will be the No. 4-seed and play No. 3-seed Texas-San Antonio in the first round of the SLC Tournament Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

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