After two successful seasons for Seward County, sophomore sluggers Luke Campbell and Quay Grant have signed their National Letters of Intent to play for Coach Ray Birmingham and NCAA Regional participant, the University of New Mexico for the 2010-2011 season.
Grant played primarily 3rd base for the Saints this season while also serving as Sewardís stopper at the end of ballgames. He finished the season hitting .365 with 13 doubles, 7 home runs, and 51 RBIís as well as a 3.67 ERA on the hill for the Saints. However, it was Grantís .446 batting average and 31 RBIís in 32 games during Jayhawk West Conference play that earned the sophomore 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-Region accolades when the postseason awards were announced. Grant says that he has been told that he will also be given the chance to work as a two way player while at UNM.
Campbell will join the hitter friendly confines of Isotopes Park at UNM after having yet another stellar season in the middle of the Seward order for Coach Galen McSpadden. Campbell led the Saints in hitting in 2010, posting a .378 average with 16 doubles, 9 home runs, and a team high 65 RBIís. It was the second straight season that Campbell put up big power numbers for Seward as the Arvada, Colorado native hit .362 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIís as a freshman in 2009. The two year totals for Campbell stack up favorably against some of the best players in school history as his 20 home runs ranks 8th all-time while his 122 RBIís but him 4th on the schoolís all-time list. Campbellís play on the diamond this season earned him 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All-Region honors.
The pair will join a Lobos team that made it to NCAA Regionals this season and took a run at Super Regionals after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in regional play by knocking off one of the top pitchers in the Pac-10 in Jordan Pries and the Stanford Cardinal in their first game of the tournament. UNM then held a late lead in their winners bracket game against Minnesota but lost the lead late and fell in extra innings before having their season finished by host Cal State Fullerton a day later to make them 38-22 to finish the 2010 season.