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ATLANTA, Ga. – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced its 2017 preseason baseball all-conference teams on Thursday as voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Paine College placed a league-high three members on the preseason baseball all-conference first team, as Evan Krenz, Jahziel Morel and Ricky Carvajal each earned the honors.
Krenz (Augusta, Ga. / Lakeside HS) is coming off sophomore campaign, which earned him All-SIAC honors in 2016, as he led the conference with ten wins, which ranked him in the top-ten in division II in that category. He also finished the season with a 3.33 ERA and 78 strikeouts including six complete games and a no-hitter.
Morel (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Alabama Southern) had a stellar season at the plate as he led the team with 50 hits and 39 RBI while finishing second with a .323 batting average and four homeruns. Behind the plate Morel, threw-out 12 would be base stealers.
Carvajal (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / College of Albemarle) enjoyed a break-out season that saw him lead the Lions in homeruns with five, doubles with 13 and a .493 slugging percentage. Carvajal also finished second on the team with 49 hits.
Paine opens the 2017 season this weekend as they travel to St. Augustine, Florida for a three-game series against Flagler College beginning on Friday, February 3, at 5 p.m. at Drysdale Field.