|HONORS & AWARDS
|2017||American Championship All-Tournament Team|
|2017||American Weekly Honor Roll (April 17)|
Appeared in 56 games, making 52 starts as a true freshman...Saw action in the outfield and at first base...Hit .276 on the year with 48 hits, 36 runs and 27 RBI...Hit nine doubles, one triple and one home run...Was 5-for-6 on the base paths...Walked 28 times...Had 11 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games...Made his collegiate debut vs. Wake Forest (Feb. 17) in right field and went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI...Opened 2017 with a hit in his first eight games, including a three-hit game vs. UT Rio Grande Valley (Feb. 28)...Had a season-high four-hit game with three doubles in a win at Memphis (April 13)...Belted first career home run at USF (April 29)...Drove in a season-high four RBI with three hits in NCAA Houston Regional win over Baylor (June 3)...Went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run and RBI in American Championship win over UConn (May 25)...Drove in a pair in the American Championship game vs. East Carolina (May 28)...Entered the American Championship, hitting .245 and finished year hitting .276, going 12-for-27 (.444) with seven runs and 10 RBI in final eight games of the year...Named to American Championship All-Tournament Team...Helped Houston to a regular-season and conference tournament championship title as well as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Houston Regional.
Was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Friendswood High School…Named a Regional First Team All-American by Rawlings/Perfect Game…Earned First Team All-State honors at first base…Named his District’s MVP….Was a member of the Texas All-Star Team…Honored as the Galveston County MVP…Was a part of the Perfect Game Texahoma Region Dream Team in 2016…Was a 2016 SACSN 3 Arrow National Team Award Winner…Name dot the Texas Sports Connection Top 50 players in Texas High School Baseball…Featured in the VYPE Baseball Preseason issue…Played summer ball for the highly-touted Banditos organization…Hit .590 and was 6-0 on the bump with a 1.26 ERA…Helped high school team to a District Championship, four playoff appearances, a Regional Semi-Final and an Area Final…Also played football and basketball…Off the field, was a scholarship recipient of the U.S. Marine Distinguished Athlete Award and was a member of the Student-Athlete Community Service Network (SACSN).
Full name is Lael Joseph Lockhart Jr.… Born December 31, 1997… Son of Nancy and Lael Lockhart Sr.… Has two siblings Kylie and Kyle… Plans to major in Sports Management and play professional baseball.