BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University senior Patrick Dorrian claimed another award for the Fighting Knights' baseball program on Wednesday afternoon, as he was selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-South Region First Team for NCAA Division II.
This marks the third time this season that Dorrian has been recognized by an organization as an All-Region selection, as the ABCA and Rawlings join the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. It also marks the second consecutive year Dorrian has made each of the three All-Region squads, though it is the first time he has landed on each of the three organization's first teams.
Dorrian is the first three-time First-Team All-Region player for Lynn since John Silviano in 2016, while the Blue and White have had at least one All-Region honoree for 14 consecutive seasons dating back to 2005.
An ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-South Region selection a season ago, the Kingston, New York, native finished this 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).
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. In total, 17 players from the Sunshine State Conference earned All-Region recognition across the two teams.