Matusik Named SSC Player of the Year; Four Garner All-SSC Baseball Honors
Winter Park, Fla. – Lynn University’s baseball program added to its amazing history following the announcement of Jason Matusik as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year as well as three others earning first and second team recognition. Matusik’s selection gives the Fighting Knights back-to-back player of the year accolades, just the fourth time in SSC history that has occurred. Joining Matusik on the first team is Jed Vandernaald while Cory Elasik and Enrique Perez were second team picks.
The Blue & White has the most Player of the Year selections among all SSC schools over the last ten years with Matusik joining Anthony Boza in 2012 and Nicolas Boisvert in 2007. Additionally, the last time a school claimed consecutive winners was Rollins in 2003-04.
A senior from Wellington, Fla., Matusik batted .386 with 48 RBI and 34 runs scored. His average ranked second among SSC hitters, as did his .637 slugging percentage. He led the league with 109 total bases, and his 48 runs driven in were also second-best among conference players. Matusik tallied seven home runs (T4th SSC) and 16 doubles (T5th). His play was even more impressive in SSC series, as his average rose to .395 in conference contests.
Vandernaaled anchored the Fighting Knights pitching staff, going 6-4 with a 2.68 earned run average, 69 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 84 innings pitched. He logged eight quality starts (six innings pitched and three or less earned runs), had five outings with at least seven strikeouts and earned a complete game shutout with nine Ks against Nova Southeastern. He lead all starters in the SSC in ERA and pickoffs (8) and ranked in the top-10 for strikeouts (5th), wins (T-5th and IP (6th).
Elasik batted .288 with three home runs, 21 runs batted in, 22 walks and a team best 35 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. The senior from Starke, Fla., raised his average 80 points over the final 17 games after hitting .440 to end the year.
Perez began the year at the bottom of the order but took advantage of an injury to become the table-setter for the Fighting Knights offense. He batted .322 with 33 runs, 18 walks and six stolen bases while finishing second to Matusik with 18 multi-hit games.
The Fighting Knights closed out 2013 with a 30-20 overall record and 13-11 mark in SSC play. Lynn returns nine field players and seven pitchers, including Vandernaald and Perez.