Tarleton State had seven different student-athletes honored by the Lone Star Conference Wednesday night for their efforts on and off the diamond this season.
"Kingsville did a great job of hosting the event," said head coach Bryan Conger. "It's always nice to have our kids recognized for different things. I am very proud of these guys. Their hard work and effort was recognized by the rest of the conference and I couldn't be more proud, especially of the seniors."
Jonathan Schmitz, who spent the majority of the regular season as the LSC leader in batting average, earned Tarleton's only first-team all-conference honor of the season - becoming the 13th first-team selection in Conger's seven-year tenure at Tarleton. The redshirt junior catcher hit .344 in 38 games with 17 runs scored primarily out of the leadoff spot in the lineup.
The Texans had four athletes named to the all-LSC second team, including three seniors.
Despite an injury-plagued senior season, Colton Burleson still earned second-team all-conference recognition with three wins and 23 strikeouts, while Kevin Meredith (.291; 6 HR; 30 RBI) and Evan Robinson (14 runs; 115 defensive assists; .942 FLD) also earned second-team honors in their senior campaign. It was the first career all-conference award for all three seniors.
Rounding out the four second-team selections was junior transferAlec Humphreys in his first season with Tarleton. After coming to Tarleton from Texas Tech, the junior from Midlothian hit .310 in his debut season with 23 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
Tarleton also had two players named academic all-conference for their efforts in the classroom - Dalton Weeks and Eythan Lenz.
Weeks hit .276 on the season while maintaining a 3.73 grade point average as a Professional and Relational Communications major. Lenz pitched in 13 games out of the bullpen and posted a 3.63 ERA while holding on to a 3.50 GPA as a Business Administration major.
Tarleton State will begin the conference postseason tournamentThursday afternoon at 3 p.m. against tournament host Texas A&M-Kingsville.