Melbourne, Fla. – After ranking top-five in the league in seven major offensive categories, Lynn University baseball's Patrick Dorrian has been named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year and All-SSC First Team. Senior starting pitcher Rigo Beltran earned All-SSC Second Team honors for the Blue and White, giving Lynn multiple players on All-SSC teams for the eighth consecutive season.
Dorrian continues the Fighting Knights' strong run in major SSC awards, as the Lynn baseball program has now won three consecutive and six of the last seven awards. The Fighting Knights are the only SSC baseball program ever to win three consecutive Player of the Year awards, and now hold the all-time lead with seven Players of the Year, breaking a tie for the top spot with Tampa (6).
It is a run that only two other men's programs in the history of the SSC have been on, as Florida Southern's men's golf program (1995-2001) and men's cross country program (2004-2010) accomplished the same streak.
The Kingston, New York, native finished the season ranked inside the top-five in the league in batting average (.394), slugging percentage (.798), hits (74), on-base percentage (.471), runs batted in (57), triples (6) and home runs (17). Dorrian led the league 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 Sunshine State Conference'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.
Tampa's David Lebron was named SSC Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season, while his head coach Joe Urso collected his 12th SSC Coach of the Year honor. Florida Southern's Jacob Teter was named the Freshman of the Year for the league.