Krajnak named MSC Player of the Year, Sierra also First Team All-MSC
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Krajnak named MSC Player of the Year, Sierra also First Team All-MSC
Austin Krajnak was voted MSC Player of the Year this week, leading the league in seven offensive categories. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Austin Krajnak was voted Mid-South Conference Player of the Year while Rayden Sierra earned First Team All-Mid-South honors and Kevin Connolly and Hector Morales garnered Second Team accolades, as announced Thursday by the league office in advance of the conference tournament that begins Friday.

Krajnak leads the Mid-South in seven categories, including batting average (.398), hits (68), runs scored (52), RBIs (61), home runs (20), total bases (144) and slugging percentage (.842). The Little Elm, Texas, native ranks second nationally in home runs, sixth in total bases, seven in slugging percentage and 13th in RBIs.

The senior has 22 multi-hit and 18 multi-RBI contests this season. He is the first player since at least 2005 to hit 20 home runs for a Mid-South Conference team and became the first Cumberland player with 20 homers in a season since 2010 (CU was in TranSouth Conference at that time).

Krajnak hit two home runs in a game three times this season, belting two against Clarke University in February and Shawnee State and Brescia University in the last week.

Sierra is batting .352 with 15 doubles, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and 50 runs scored in 52 outings. The Andrés Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, native has 22 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI contests. He hit three home runs and drove in six runs against Georgia Gwinnett and belted two homers versus Bethel University.

He ranks second in the league in RBIs, total bases (128) and slugging percentage (.663) and is tied for the conference lead in hits while ranking in the Top 10 in doubles, batting average and home runs.

Morales is batting .327 with 12 doubles, seven homers, 38 RBIs and 44 runs scored in 52 games. The Port St. Lucie, Fla., native has 18 multi-hit and eight multi-RBI outings and is batting .396 over the last 14 contests.

Connolly batted leadoff in 41 of the team’s 53 games this season, posting a .304 overall with 13 doubles, six home runs, 32 RBIs and 48 runs scored. The Omaha, Neb., native has 17 walks with 21 multi-hit outings.

First Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Justin Beatty, University of Pikeville
C – Jayden Jackson, Lindsey Wilson
1B – Anthony Roberts, University of Pikeville
2B – Jesse Reyes, University of the Cumberlands
SS – Matt Valdez, Campbellsville University
3B – Austin Krajnak, Cumberland University
3B – Kevin Pantoja, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Josh Bailey, University of Pikeville
OF – Landon Byron, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Romello Carbuccia, Campbellsville University
OF – Steven Paredes, Lindsey Wilson
DH – Reed Spata, University of the Cumberlands
UT – Rayden Sierra, Cumberland University
SP – Michael Conrad, Georgetown College
SP – Dalton Dahley, University of Pikeville
SP – Noah Gapp, University of the Cumberlands
SP – Nick Przybylek, Campbellsville University
SP – Indalecio Romo, Campbellsville University
RP – D.J. Wilson, Campbellsville University

Second Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Riley Joyce, Campbellsville University
C – Andrew Ramos, University of the Cumberlands
1B – Ryan Garner, Georgetown College
1B – Chase Schmittou, University of the Cumberlands
2B – David Montoya, Campbellsville University
2B – Hector Morales, Cumberland University
3B – Carlos Garmendia, Campbellsville University
SS – Roberto Prado, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Brandon Benson, Georgetown College
OF – Bryan Benz, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Kevin Connolly, Cumberland University
OF – Sam Medina, Georgetown College
DH – Sean Williams, Georgetown College
UT – Jan Carlos Ortiz, Lindsey Wilson
SP – Manny Castellano, University of the Cumberlands
SP – James Doubet, Lindsey Wilson
SP – Tyler Straley, Shawnee State
SP – Ricky Winfield, Lindsey Wilson
RP – Louis Corral, Lindsey Wilson
RP – Jared Welander, Campbellsville University

Player of the Year: Austin Krajnak, Cumberland University
Pitcher of the Year: Noah Gapp, University of the Cumberlands
Freshman of the Year: Kyle Fieger, Georgetown College
Coach of the Year: Brad Shelton, University of the Cumberlands
Champions of Character: Derek Moore, Shawnee State