Baseball’s King and Knudsen Named NAIA All-Americans

June 5, 2015

June 4, 2015 — For the third year in a row the Bryan College Baseball Program had a player(s) named to the NAIA All-American Team.  Senior right handed pitcher Kenny Knudsen and junior outfielder Preston King both received 2nd Team designations by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee.  A total of 34 players received first and second team honors with an additional 34 student-athletes receiving honorable mention recognition.

King, Knudsen All-AmericansKnudsen transitioned to starting pitcher this past spring after spending the previous 3 seasons primarily out of the bullpen for the Lions.  Knudsen was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year after going 12-2 in 15 starts and recording 1 save.  In his 96 innings pitched, Knudsen struck out 102 hitters, walking just 28 and batters hit .163 against him (all Bryan College season records).  He also recorded 5 shutouts to go with 1 combined shutout, including a no-hit bid against Taylor University.

Preston King started in both left and right fields for the Lions over the course of the season, hitting in the two-spot for one of the top offenses in the NAIA.  During the regular season, King led the Lions in hitting before finishing with a batting average of .359, recording 78 hits, 23 doubles, 3 triples and 13 home-runs.  His 68 RBI over the course of the season is a record for the Bryan program.  For his efforts, King was named to the Appalachian Athletic All-Conference team.

“Our program has been fortunate to have many good players over the past decade and these two join the ranks,” head coach Taylor Hasty remarked. “I am very proud of these young men and I am grateful to the committee for recognizing how good they were for us during this past season.”

King and Knudsen join Tyler Latham (1st Team-C, 2013) and Grant Zawadzki (Honorable Mention-SS, 2014) as Bryan players to receive the NAIA All-American designation.  Knudsen is the first pitcher to receive the honor for the Lions.