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PNG alumnus Cole Girouard, Lamar teammate Kelby Weyler named Southland All-Academic

Lamar University’s Kelby Weyler and Cole Girouard have been named to the Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic teams, the league office announced Thursday.

Weyler earned First Team All-Academic honors after recording a 3.90 cumulative grade point average in exercise science. The Village Mills native was the SLC Hitter of the Week for February 18 after opening his Cardinal career with a 7-for-11 performance that included a double and a triple.

He had at least two hits in every game and drove in four RBIs and scored a run as well. He kept that momentum up for the entire season with a .302 batting average, a .381 SLUG, and a .328 OBP.

Weyler had 19 total hits in 2020 including three doubles and a triple, and he scored nine runs and drove in 10 RBIs.

He ranked third on the team in batting average, second in doubles, third in total bases, second in sac bunts, fourth in at-bats, fourth in slugging percentage, third in total hits, fifth in on-base percentage, third in RBIs, and second in double plays turned. He was also a member of the Lamar University Dean’s and President’s lists, and one of five Cardinals to start all 17 games in 2020.

Girouard, a 2016 graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School, was one of five Cardinals to start all 17 games in 2020. He hit .258 with a .303 SLUG and a .317 OBP, collecting 17 hits including three doubles with 14 runs scored and five RBIs.

He was perfect in stolen base attempts and ranked third in the SLC in sac bunts and fifth in sac flies. In SLC play Girouard paced the team in batting average, total hits, runs scored, and stolen bases. He was a member of the Lamar University Dean’s and President’s lists with a 3.67 GPA in finance.

The All-Academic teams are voted on by head coaches, sports information directors, and academic/compliance staff members from each Southland Conference institution.

Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution to qualify for All-Academic selection.

Nominees who were also named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District team are automatically named Southland All-Academic honorees.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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