Sierra voted MSC Player of the Year; seven players earn All-MSC honors
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Sierra voted MSC Player of the Year; seven players earn All-MSC honors
Cumberland's Rayden Sierra was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Year during a pre-tournament banquet Wednesday night in Bowling Green, Ky. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Rayden Sierra was voted Mid-South Conference Player of the Year, Carlos Moseley earned First Team All-Mid-South honors and five players were named Second Team All-MSC, as announced by the league office during a pre-tournament banquet Wednesday night in Bowling Green, Ky.

The Phoenix begin action in the Mid-South Conference Championships at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday against Shawnee State at Bowling Green Ballpark.

Sierra is batting .347 overall with 13 doubles, 20 home runs, 48 RBIs and 55 runs scored in 48 games, ranking second on the club in average and leading (at least tied) in the other four categories. The Andres Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, native ranks second nationally in home runs, fourth in total bases (138) and eighth in slugging percentage (.784).

Even more impressive, the senior outfielder batted .463 with nine doubles, nine homers, 23 RBIs and 28 runs scored in 17 conference games. He has 15 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI outings this season and enters the league tournament on a 19-game hitting streak. He is the second straight MSC Player of the Year for the Phoenix (Austin Krajnak in 2017) and the fifth in program history (Chris Smith – 2001, Billy Keppinger – 2000, Steve Green – 1997).

Moseley was the only other Cumberland players voted to the First Team, leading the Phoenix with a .351 overall batting average. The Elk Grove, Calif., native recorded 13 doubles, eight home runs, 35 RBIs and 37 runs scored in 45 contests. He has 18 multi-hit and multi-RBI games this season.

Nick Mira, Mykel Gordon, Thomas Galart, Polo Portela and Blake Young all garnered Second Team All-Mid-South recognition for CU.

Mira is batting .342 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBIs in 44 contests. The senior has started 30 contests behind the plate this season and has 13 multi-hit contests, including one of only three four-hit games this year for the Phoenix (Sierra has the other two). The Miami, Fla., native was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs versus Indiana Wesleyan on March 2.

Gordon posts a .274 overall batting average but has seven doubles, eight homers, 33 RBIs and 35 runs scored in 49 outings. The Avon Park, Fla., native posts a .295 average with 19 RBIs in 17 conference games. The junior infielder has 10 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI contests this season.

Galart has served as the team’s Friday starter most of the year, compiling a 7-4 record with a 3.25 in 13 starts, striking out 65. The junior righthander struck out 11 and allowed six hits in nine innings at Georgetown College, gave up one run in seven innings at Texas A&M-Texarkana. He allowed two earned runs or less in 10 of his 13 starts this season.

Portela is 8-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 outings covering 70.0 innings this year. The Sacramento, Calif., native has given up 62 hits with 54 strikeouts in 11 starts with four complete games. The junior righthander posted a two-hit shutout against Indiana Wesleyan, picked up a save with 2.2 innings of relief at Texas A&M-Texarkana and allowed one run in victories over Kentucky Christian and the University of Pikeville.

Young has registered a 4-1 mark with a 1.52 ERA in 14 appearances, all but one in relief, becoming the club’s No. 1 option out of the bullpen over the last month. The Ranburne, Ala., native has posted four wins and one save over his last 10 appearances (all since March 18), working 4.1 innings of relief at the University of the Cumberlands and 3.1 innings at Shawnee State to pick up victories.

The sophomore lefthander has seven relief outings of at least 2.0 innings, tossing 29.2 innings overall this season. Opponents are batting just .129 against him.

First Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Chris Gilbody, Georgetown College
C – Andrew Ramos, University of the Cumberlands
1B – Alex Dominguez, University of the Cumberlands
1B – Nelson Muniz, University of Pikeville
2B – Carlos Moseley, Cumberland University
3B – J.C. Santos, University of the Cumberlands
SS – Matt Peterson, University of Pikeville
SS – Matthew Valdez, Campbellsville University
OF – Levi Jones, Shawnee State
OF – Raudy Martinez, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Rayden Sierra, Cumberland University
OF – Tyson Solis, Campbellsville University
DH – Logan Roberts, Campbellsville University
UT – Sean Williams, Georgetown College
SP – Josh Avila, University of the Cumberlands
SP – Shawn Dubin, Georgetown College
SP – Zach Hurley, University of the Cumberlands
SP – Ricky Winfield, Lindsey Wilson
RP – DJ Wilson, Campbellsville University

Second Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Luke Hartlage, University of Pikeville
C – Nick Mira, Cumberland University
1B – Tyler Wagner, Georgetown College
2B – David Montoya, Campbellsville University
SS – Roberto Prado, University of the Cumberlands
3B – Mykel Gordon, Cumberland University
OF – Bryan Benz, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Steven Calderon, Lindsey Wilson
OF – Ty Housden, Campbellsville University
OF – Luke Lubiniecki, University of Pikeville
OF – Alec Salcedo, Lindsey Wilson
OF – John Shattles, Georgetown College
DH – Jay Vincent, University of Pikeville
UT – Tyler Maskill, Lindsey Wilson
SP – Tyler Deason, Campbellsville University
SP – Thomas Galart, Cumberland University
SP – Parker Loutensock, Georgetown College
SP – Polo Portela, Cumberland University
RP – Blake Young, Cumberland University

Player of the Year: Rayden Sierra, Cumberland University
Pitcher of the Year: Shawn Dubin, Georgetown College
Freshman of the Year: Nick Sanders, Lindsey Wilson
Coach of the Year: Brad Shelton, University of the Cumberlands
Champions of Character Award: Reed Spata, University of the Cumberlands