HAMMOND, La. – Sam Roberson, a fifth-year senior, is the kind of leader that helped Southeastern Louisiana baseball build its championship success, but it hasn’t always been easy.
“Sam is the definition of what our program stands for,” team manager Zack Shickel said. “He carries himself in a positive manner both on and off the field. He is a leader and one of the most likeable guys on the team.”
Although Roberson has several accomplishments throughout his career, including making the All-Regional Team during Southeastern’s 2014 NCAA postseason trip to the Baton Rouge Regional, he encountered a bit of a rough patch.
Injured leading up to his junior season, he fought through the pain to continue playing. He initially tore his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), but was misdiagnosed and then broke his thumb in the season’s first game.
Roberson sat out three weeks for his thumb and, when he returned, continued playing through the elbow pain because the doctors told him everything was fine. It was not until after the NCAA Regional he found out the severity of his injury.
Roberson underwent Tommy John surgery and two months later had wrist surgery to repair the ligaments in his hand. It was a total 15-month recovery, forcing him to sit out his Senior year.
“I missed playing and being able to escape for a little bit from everything going on,” Roberson said. “Before I got hurt, if something was going on in my life, I would just go to the cages and hit. I couldn’t really do that for a while, so I had to figure out what to do.”
Despite the injuries, Roberson kept a leadership role on the team as he took a redshirt season.
“He was a great teammate because as a leader he did a great job taking the time to get to know the other guys on the team and really knew how to relate to each of them,” former teammate Kevin Carr said. “He makes himself approachable to discuss the game of baseball with.”
Entering his final season in Hammond, the native of Dallas, Texas, has been playing baseball since he was 5 years old. Roberson has always been a fan of baseball, enjoying the sport more than others.
“I was good at baseball,” Roberson said. “It was the type of sport where it didn’t matter how short you were.”
Roberson would like to continue his playing career as a professional. If not, he has a desire to coach or run his own indoor baseball training facility, placing an emphasis on development of the complete person.
When he isn’t busy with baseball or school, Roberson enjoys visiting his family’s ranch in Huntsville, Texas. He is also passionate about scuba diving and would love to do it more.