Marian baseball has four members honored by NACC

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WAUKESHA, Wis. - Marian University baseball has had four members of their program earn recognition from the NACC announced the league office Thursday morning.

Sophomore Zachariah Sandoval (Santee, Calif.) was dominant on the bump for the Sabres this season earning first team All-NACC recognition.  Sandoval (4-3) boasted the third lowest earned run average in the NACC at 1.83 and in conference games only, threw a league-high 49.0 innings with a 1.10 earned run average.  The right-hander threw four complete games on the year and earned NACC Player of the Week honors twice.  In total, he finished with 59.0 innings on the year with 45 punch outs for a 6.86 strikeouts per nine innings average.  Six of his eight starts this season saw him allow one or fewer earned runs and seven of his starts qualified as a quality start.

Senior Jordan Walker (Pardeeville, Wis.) closed out his Sabre career in a big way at the plate and has earned a first team all-conference nod from the league.  Walker led the Sabres in nearly every offensive category during the year and finished second in the NACC with a .389 batting average and .487 on base percentage.  During the year, Walker was held hitless in only five of the 33 games he played in with 12 multi-hit games.  He went on to earn NACC Player of the Week honors once this season and slugged his way to a .579 slugging percentage with 17 extra-base hits, two of them being home runs.  Walker also had eight games this season where he drove in multiple runs where the Sabres went on to a 6-2 record.

Senior Hunter Berry (New Lisbon, Wis.) was a spark plug at the top of the Marian lineup and earned a spot on the All-NACC second team.  Berry ranked second in the NACC this season being hit by 13 pitches leading him to the 10th-best on base percentage in the conference at .424.  He also posted a career-best .317 batting average this season and scored 25 runs.  Berry had eight multi-hit games this season with six of those games seeing him record three or more hits.  He closed out the regular season reaching base safely at least once in 22 of the 30 games that he played in.

In just his second year at the helm of Marian baseball, Jordan Baitinger has been named the NACC Coach of the Year after improving Marian's win total by seven games from last season.  Baitinger has led Marian to their second-highest finish in the NACC as the Sabres finished second only trailing the 2015 team that earned a share of a NACC title.  The Marian pitching staff has especially seen a boast this season under his leadership as the earned run average for Marian dropped by 1.36 runs after allowing 69 fewer earned runs than a year ago.  The batting average for the Sabres also saw an eight-point improvement with Marian scoring 53 more runs than last season.

The full release and all-conference lists from the NACC can be found at http://naccsports.org/sports/bsb/2017-18/releases/20180509w5p8i5.

Marian opens the NACC Tournament later today, Thursday, May 10, at 4 p.m. from Kapco Park as the No. 2 seed.

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