Melbourne, Fla. – The All-Sunshine State Conference accolades for 2017 were announced Wednesday afternoon, and three members of the Fighting Knights found themselves on the honoree list: Tyler Curtis, Miguel Ceballos and Patrick Dorrian.
Curtis earned himself the top honor of the season, Player of the Year, as well as a spot as third baseman on the All-SSC First Team. The senior third baseman ranks first in league On Base Percentage (.518) and second in Batting Average (.433), Slugging Percentage (.733), and Total Bases (137). The Newburgh, New York native also ranks Top-10 in league Runs (59), Hits (41), Walks (31), and Home Runs (13). Curtis is the sixth Fighting Knight to win Player of the Year and the fifth to do so in the last six years.
The duo of Ceballos and Dorrian found their names on the All-SSC Second Team. Ceballos started the first two games at shortstop, while Dorrian saw time at second base, but after those two games the Fighting Knights called a switch in the middle infield that worked for the remaining 48 contests of the season. This was the SSC's best defensive middle infield duo, as Dorrian and Ceballos ranked second and fourth respectively in assists (145 and 138).
As the team's primary second baseman, Ceballos was dynamic at the plate, leading the team and third in the conference in home runs, with 16 on the season. The Miami, Fla. Native was top 10 in the SSC in runs scored with 50, third in home runs (16) and could beat you with his speed, ranking in the top 10 in stolen bases (12).
Dorrian excelled in the six-hole all year and was an immediate impact hitter when he transferred in this season for Lynn. The Kingston, N.Y. native was sixth in the conference in runs scored (55), tied for fourth in hits (81) with teammate and Player of the Year, Tyler Curtis, fifth in doubles (16), seventh in triples (2), and was second in at bats (218).
Thirty-seven baseball student-athletes earned All-Sunshine State Conference accolades in 2017. The University of Tampa earned eight awards including Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year after securing the 2017 conference championship.
You can view the entire list of accolades here.