Sierra garners Academic All-America accolades
Monday, June 4, 2018
Sierra garners Academic All-America accolades
Rayden Sierra garnered Second Team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. (Credit Chris Wells, Mid-South Conference)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Rayden Sierra was named Second Team Academic All-America presented by Google Cloud, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and released Monday by the national organization.

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, which Sierra garnered last month, putting him in the pool of candidates for Academic All-America.

The Andres Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, native posts a 3.77 GPA in Managament. Chris Hall and Sam Lind were both named First Team Academic All-Americans in 2014 for the Phoenix, the only other Academic All-Americans honored by CoSIDA in program history.

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. He ranked 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 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 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Baseball Teams

P – Erik Eggert, Saint Xavier University
P – Matt Patton, Taylor University
C – Tanner Watson, Taylor University
IF – Matt Bandor, Indiana Tech
IF – Tyler Cunningham, William Woods University
IF – Augie Isaacson, Friends University
IF – Glen McClain, Indiana Tech
OF – Jared Adkins, Taylor University
OF – Tivon Faneyte, Keiser University
OF – Tyler Sroczynski, Trinity Christian College
DH – Troy Puga, Friends University

P – Nick Little, Concordia University [NE]
P – Doug Molzahn, Oregon Tech
C – Chase Almendarez, Houston-Victoria
IF – Daniel Neal, Union College
IF – Roberto Prado, University of the Cumberlands
IF – Jon Stewart, Cornerstone University [MI]
IF – Jarett Thoren, Corban University
OF – Gianfranco Garlobo, Peru State College
OF – Jaxson Hooge, Tabor College
OF – Rayden Sierra, Cumberland University
DH – Reed Spata, University of the Cumberlands

Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year: Augie Isaacson, Friends