After an impressive season at Lamar University Dutch shortstop Stijn van der Meer returned to the Netherlands to play for Curacao Neptunus Rotterdam in the Dutch Hoofdklasse. He was named to the All-Southland Conference 2nd Team and his coach had a lot of praise for his play:
Van der Meer was the conference’s leader in hits (78) and was third in batting average at (.351). He finished the season 7-of-8 eight in a two-game series at Sam Houston State. He was one of two players (Reed Seeley) to start every game for Lamar.
The Rosmalen, Netherlands, native began the season as Lamar’s leadoff hitter, and stayed there until the 38th game of the season when he was moved to the third spot in the lineup. He was LU’s leader in games played, at-bats, runs, hits, total bases, slugging, on-base percentage and was second in doubles.
“Stijn did a great job, and had a great year for us,” said Gilligan. “I’d hate to think about what our year would’ve been without him as our shortstop.”
He had the team’s most multiple-hit games (25) and accounted for three four-hit contests, and had Lamar’s third-longest hit streak (10).