June 16, 2009
A group of three Lamar student-athletes found themselves among the 24-member Southland Conference All-Academic Baseball Team announced by the league on Tuesday.
Brian Taylor earned first team honors and Jeremiah Sammy and Ricky Testa were voted onto the second team by a group of the league's head coaches, compliance/academic personnel and sports information directors.
Taylor carried a 3.34 grade point average and recently graduated with a degree in general studies. The senior second baseman produced one of the best offensive seasons in recent history, banging out a .371 average overall and .400 in SLC action, while belting seven home runs and 59 RBI. He became just the 14th player in school history to lead the team in the triple crown categories. The native of Cedar Park, Texas, was named second team all-SLC this season after grabbing honorable mention all-SLC and all-tournament team honors in 2008 as a junior.
Sammy completed his senior season with a .310 average, six homers and 33 RBI. His 44 walks were second on the team. He finished the spring semester with a 3.21 GPA in communications and recently signed a free agent contract with the Colorado Rockies.
Testa was also among the recent group of 26 Lamar student-athletes who graduated in May as he completed his coursework in general studies with a 3.07 gpa. In 2009, the senior from Mesquite, Texas, went 8-3 with a 4.13 earned run average and one save while appearing in 19 games. In two seasons as a Cardinal he saw action in 39 games with nine starts as he fashioned an 11-5 record with one save and a 4.39 ERA.
He was the first of four Lamar players selected in last week's MLB First-Year Player Draft, hearing his named called by representatives of the Rockies with the tenth pick of the 18th round, becoming the highest LU draftee since Michael Ambort was a fifth round choice of Houston in 2007. Both Sammy and Testa have reported to the Short Season A team in Casper, Wyo., where they were to be among 41 players on the roster.
Lamar has placed two athletes on the baseball all-academic teams in each of the past two seasons prior to this year's three selections.