June 8, 2017 – The Bryan baseball team continues to be nationally recognized after completing one of the most successful seasons in program history. Justin Morhardt, a junior this past season, was named to the NAIA All-American second team. The Winsted, Conn., native was a driving force for the Lions this season with his excellent play earning a place in the record books for years to come.
Morhardt, a catcher and first baseman for the Lions this season, led the AAC in batting average, total hits, hits per game (1.48), doubles, and on-base percentage (.551). His slugging percentage ranked 4th in the conference, while his RBI total ranked 9th, tied for 8th in homeruns, and 5th in total bases. He also put together the 12th-highest batting average in the country, was 15th in total hits, 30th in doubles and slugging percentage, 34th in total bases, and 36th in hits per game.
Morhardt was also named the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Player of the Year this season, along with earning All-Conference First Team honors. He was a leading force for Bryan’s offense that shattered many of the school’s records. He registered a program-best .439 batting average and pieced together a total of 86 hits to be named the new hits leader. He now ranks 3rd all-time in doubles with 20, crushed 12 homers for 4th-best, drove in 51 runs to rank 9th, and was walked 47 times, which is the 2nd most for any Lion. He also sits with the 4th-best slugging percentage after compiling .724.
The Lions put together a remarkable 35-16 regular-season record and finished 17-10 in conference play, which earned them their first-ever at-large bid for the National Tournament and 3rd overall appearance in program history. The team earned national recognition being ranked as high as No. 14 in the coaches’ poll. The Lions defeated No. 5 seed St. Ambrose University in the national tournament before being eliminated by No. 3 seed Midland University (Neb.).
For the full list of 2017 NAIA Baseball All-Americans and Honorable Mentions, please click here.
Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director