COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M third baseman Boomer White was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in voting conducted by the league’s coaches, the SEC announced on Monday.
White is batting .411 on the year with 41 runs, 17 doubles, four home runs, 41 RBI and eight stolen bases. The junior third baseman set the SEC record for most hits in league play with his 57 knocks in 30 games. He topped the old record of 54 set by Tennessee’s Chris Burke in 2001 and equaled by Alabama’s Josh Rutledge in 2008 and LSU’s Micah Gibbs in 2010.
White’s .411 overall batting average ranks second in the SEC. He paced the league with a .486 on-base percentage and his 17 doubles ranked fourth.
In league action, White led the SEC in batting average (.467), on-base percentage (.524) and slugging percentage (.648). He also ranked second in doubles (13) and RBI (28).
It marks the first-ever SEC Player of the Year honor for an Aggie. Tyler Naquin was the last conference player of the year for Texas A&M, honored by the Big 12 in 2011. He is the fifth Aggie to pick up conference player of the year accolades, joining Naquin, Jose Duran (2008) and Jason Tyner (1998) in the Big 12 and John Byington (1989) in the Southwest Conference.
The honor goes in a packed trophy case for White. He earned All-Midwest Region Second Team recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association and All-Big 12 First Team distinction as a sophomore at TCU in 2014. He was also named Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 NCAA Fort Worth Regional that year.
The Aggies return to action Wednesday when they play either Vanderbilt or Missouri in a 9:30 am contest at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.