West Palm Beach, Fla. – Postseason accolades continue to roll in for the Lynn University baseball program, as Patrick Dorrian and Rigo Beltran were named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-South Region honorees on Thursday morning. Dorrian was First-Team All-Region, while Beltran earned an All-Region Honorable Mention nod as a starting pitcher.
The announcement comes just one day after Dorrian was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and First-Team All-SSC, while Beltran earned a spot on the SSC's second team. It marks the seventh consecutive season that the Fighting Knights have had at least one NCBWA All-Region selection, and the third straight year that at least two players have appeared on the NCBWA All-Region list.
Dorrian, who was an NCBWA Preseason All-Region selection, finished the season ranked inside the SSC's top-five in batting average (.394), slugging percentage (.798), hits (74), on-base percentage (.471), runs batted in (57), triples (6) and home runs (17). He led the SSC with 160 assists in the field while posting a .943 fielding percentage.He finished the year ranked top-10 in the nation in slugging percentage and total bases (150) while ranking top-25 in home runs and triples.
The shortstop paced the Blue and White's offense all season long, reaching base via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in each of his 49 games played. He ended the 2017 season with a seven-game reached-base streak, giving him a total of 56 consecutive games reaching base safely—the longest streak on record in the SSC's illustrious history. He finished his career on Lynn's all-time leaderboards in batting average (.382, fifth), triples (8, fifth), home runs (26, seventh), slugging percentage (.685, second), on-base percentage (.459, eighth) and assists (306, seventh).
Beltran bounced back from an injury-shortened 2017 season with a career-best year in 2018. The southpaw delivered eight quality starts of 6.0 innings or more with three or less earned runs allowed. He racked up 87.2 innings with 87 strikeouts and just 30 walks. His 3.18 earned-run average was the lowest on the team, and he had a team-leading six wins.
The senior got off to a hot start on the season, winning each of his first five decisions. He turned in six outings of 7.0 innings or more, and struck out seven or more batters in eight of his 14 starts. Beltran saved his best outing of the season for his final game in the Blue and White, working a career-high 8.0 innings and striking out 10 on the road against Palm Beach Atlantic.
Delta State's Zack Shannon was named South Region Player of the Year, while Tampa's David Lebron claimed South Region Pitcher of the Year honors and his head coach was named the South Region Coach of the Year.