June 15, 2013
JONESBORO, Ark. -- For the first time since 2009, Lamar was represented on the American Baseball Coaches Association's All-South Central Region team as V.J. Bunner took first team honors at second base and outfielder Darian Johnson made the second team.
Bunner ran away with the vote for the first team after hitting .341 with 14 doubles and 49 runs scored this year. He also led the team in home runs with six, and was vital in a Lamar defense that ranked among the nation's best in fielding percentage and led the Southland in double plays.
The Vidor native is just the third Cardinal second baseman to be honored by the ABCA, and by nature of selection to the first team, he will be eligible for the ABCA All-America teams, which will be announced later.
Johnson, who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox last weekend, was the engine of the Lamar offense for much of the year. The Chandler, Ariz., native led the Cards in six offensive categories including batting average (.371) and runs batted in (47). His 89 hits this past season led the Southland and ranks as the third-most in school history.
Johnson is the third-ever Card outfielder to make the squad, joining Erik Kanaby and Jordan Foster, who earned ABCA honors twice.
In all, six SLC players were named to the teams with Central Arkansas serving as the only other league member with multiple selections.