Richard Folmer was the only relief pitcher on the All-Southland Conference teams.
May 18, 2009
FRISCO, Texas - The Southland Conference announced its 2009 all-conference teams on Tuesday with SFA pitcher Erich Lehmann making the second team, and Sean Meyers and Richard Folmer each finding their names on the third team.
In addition to those three seniors, junior shortstop Tanner Hines and senior outfielder Zach Gardner earned honorable mention from the league.
The three selections to the first three teams is the most for SFA since 2007, when SFA had three players earn all-conference, and is only the third time in recorded history that three `Jacks have made the team.
For Lehmann, it is the second time he has earned all-conference honors in his career after having been named to the 2007 All-SLC third team. The senior from Fort Worth has put together a stellar finale to his four-year career at SFA, going 7-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 2009, ranking in the top five in the SLC in both categories. Lehmann had won each of his last six starts before taking a no-decision on Thursday against Lamar in a game in which he left with a lead after six innings of work, the 10th time in 13 starts this season he has gone at least six innings in a start.
He will leave SFA as the all-time leader in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts. Only one other active pitcher in the Southland Conference - Northwestern State's Jimmy Heard - has more career wins than Lehmann's 25. He was outstanding at home this year, boasting a 4-0 record and a 1.79 ERA at Jaycees Field, striking out 30 and only walking four batters in 40.1 innings.
Meyers makes his first career appearance on an all-conference team after leading the `Jacks in nearly every offensive category this season. His .404 average ranks him sixth in the league and also puts him in position, with at least two games remaining for SFA, to become only the second Lumberjack to hit .400 in a season. The only other to do so was Jeff Medlin, who hit .412 in 1984.
The senior from Conroe, Texas, finished the regular season with seven home runs and 49 RBI to pace SFA. His 17 doubles this year are second only to Gardner's 18, and he was ideal in RBI situations all season. Meyers finished with 12 games in which he drove in multiple runs, and has brought a runner home from third with less than two outs in 20 out of 23 opportunities this season.
Folmer also is closing out his career with his first all-conference honor in his four years. He is tied for tops in the league with 12 saves, having converted all but one save opportunity this year in anchoring one of the best bullpens in the entire Southland Conference. As a senior he has set the all-time saves record at SFA with 21, and his dozen saves this year are just one short of Kyle Standley's 1987 mark of 13.
The senior was the only relief pitcher to find his way onto any of the first three teams, and currently his 3.23 ERA is the lowest of his career. His 28 appearances are the second most on the SFA roster, but he has held opponents to a .155 batting average for the entire season while fanning 33 batters in just 30.2 innings.
Gardner and Hines also turned in standout seasons that resulted in honorable mention honors for each, with Gardner earning postseason recognition for the second time in his career and Hines earning it in just his first year as a Lumberjack. The 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup combined for 92 runs scored this season, and 32 stolen bases between them.
Gardner finished up the regular season by hitting .335 with five home runs and 28 RBI, and setting career highs in home runs, RBI, doubles, hits, runs scored and stolen bases. As for Hines, he took advantage of the regular-season finale to set a new school-record hit streak of 19 games. A .352 hitter this season, he also drove in 18 runs and swiped 17 bags and even led the entire Southland Conference with 10 sacrifice bunts.
League champion Texas State led the league with seven selections to the all-conference teams including Paul Goldschmidt taking both SLC Player and Hitter of the Year honors. Right-hander Kane Holbrooks was voted as the SLC Pitcher of the Year while Bobcat head coach Ty Harrington was selected as the league's top coach.
The `Jacks now head to the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will face off with the No. 1 Bobcats. The game is slated for a 4:00 p.m. start, and depending on the result, SFA will face either No. 4 Lamar or No. 5 UTA in the double-elimination tournament.