LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Rayden Sierra was voted CoSIDA Academic All-District® 2 College Division, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently. Sierra is now entered into the pool of candidates for Academic All-America honors.
Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior, hold a 3.30 GPA and above and be a starter or major contributor off the bench to be eligible for nomination for the CoSIDA Academic All-District® award. Sierra carries a 3.77 GPA in Management.
Sierra got off to a slow start this season but finished strong, batting .350 with 16 doubles, 22 home runs, 54 RBIs and 63 runs scored. The Andres Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, native ranks second nationally in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.773), sixth in total bases (157) and 33rd in runs scored.
He led the Phoenix in batting average, doubles, home runs, RBIs and runs scored this season, posting a team-best 71 hits as well while drawing 31 walks, second most for CU. Sierra batted .408 (51-for-125) with 13 doubles, 15 homers, 39 RBIs, 43 runs scored, 19 walks and just 13 strikeouts over the last 35 games of the season, posting an .888 slugging percentage during that stretch.
2018 Baseball CoSIDA Academic All-District® 2 College Division
P – Erik Eggert, Saint Xavier University
P – Zach Hurley, University of the Cumberlands
P – Matt Patton, Taylor University
C – Tanner Watson, Taylor University
IF – Matt Bandor, Indiana Tech
IF – Glen McClain, Indiana Tech
IF – Daniel Neal, Union College
IF – Roberto Prado, University of the Cumberlands
OF – Jared Adkins, Taylor University
OF – Rayden Sierra, Cumberland University
OF – Tyler Sroczynski, Trinity Christian College
DH – Reed Spata, University of the Cumberlands