See the numbers. Jack Dallas earns All-WAC First Team honors for Lamar – Orange Leader

Highlighted by first-team selection of West Orange-Stark product Jack Dallas, five members of Lamar University’s baseball team have been named to the 2022 All-Western Athletic Conference team, it was announced. league officials on Tuesday afternoon, including two all-defensive team selections.

With Dallas, seniors Matthew McDonald (outfielder) and Adam Wheaton (starting pitcher) earned second-team honors, while classmates Chase Kemp (first base) and Kirkland Banks (second/third base) were named on the WAC All-Defensive Team.

A homegrown product that rewrote the LU record books, Dallas enters the 2022 WAC Championships as the school’s all-time leader in saves and appearances. This season alone, Dallas has made 25 appearances, posting a perfect 4-0 record with a league-leading 13 saves. He struck out 51 batters in 38.2 innings while posting a 1.86 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.

Dallas’ 13 saves also set a new LU single-season record, breaking the mark the Orange native set in 2021. Dallas, along with Kemp, are officially the only two players in program history to have won all-conference honors in both the Southland Conference and WAC.

One of the most consistent pitchers in the entire conference, Wheaton was traded to LU for his senior season and all he did in his one year was lead the conference in wins (10) , earned run average (2.79) and innings pitched (84.0) and rank among the top 10 in the league in opposing batting average, runners selected and runs allowed. He finished the regular season with a 10-2 record (.833), 2.79 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 84 innings of work. Wheaton three starts where he didn’t allow an earned run and two others where he only allowed a run to score.

McDonald really stood out for the Red and Whites last season. A three-year letter winner, McDonald posted a career year leading the Cardinals in several different offensive categories, including batting average (.365), hits (72), homers (6) , doubles (17), total bases (109), and finished second on the team in RBI (41), slugging (.553) and OPS (.982). He finished the regular season tied for fourth in doubles.

Along with his stunning numbers on offense, McDonald proved to be a huge threat in the outfield with several ESPN-worthy moments. He hit a home run at UT Rio Grande Valley where he jumped over the wall and caught the ball with his outstretched arm behind him and preserved a win over Stephen F. Austin where he came to throw at home on a single left shot. down, a potential tying run three feet from the plate for the final out of the game.

Kemp and Banks were named to the WAC All-Defense Team. A sure-handed first baseman during his five-year career with the Red and White Kemp was honored on the playoff team after posting a .993 faceoff percentage. Kemp had 454 chances at his post with 409 strikeouts, 42 assists and just three errors. He was joined on the all-defensive team by Banks, who took over the starting role at second base at the third of the season. Banks, who also spent time at third base, brought stability to the Cardinals’ infield once he took over. A skilled defender with great reach, Banks was only scored with three errors in 153 chances with 96 assists. He also participated in the realization of 17 double plays for LU.

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