Dayton, Tenn. – The league recently announced the list of 383 baseball student-athletes who have been named 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes, and Bryan College's Brandon Marklund (JR/North Vancouver, Canada) and Tucker Cain (SO/Jacksboro, Tenn.) were the Lion's representatives. Four Appalachian Athletic Conference schools made the list with Truett McConnell (Ga.) leading the pack with four, then Point University (Ga.) with three, followed by Bryan with two, and Bluefield College (Va.) with one.
Marklund, a junior pitcher from North Vancouver, Canada, hurled his way through 65 innings, the second-highest on the team this season, and battled his way to five wins, which is the third most of any Lion this year.
Despite his limited playing time, Cain, a native of Jacksboro, Tenn., made the most of the 14 games he saw action. A few highlights of this season include scoring a run against Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference foe, Madonna University (Mich.) to help split the doubleheader with the Crusaders, crossing home plate against then 14th ranked Campbellsville University to aid the upset, adding a run on the board against fellow AAC foe Truett McConnell University (Ga.) (receiving votes at the time) as the Lions completed the sweep, and connected for a hit in a key split against conference opponent Point University (Ga.).
Marklund, Cain, and the rest of the Lions managed to battle their way to a remarkable 35-16 regular-season overall record and finish 17-10 in conference play, which proved good enough to earn their first-ever at-large bid to the National Tournament and 3rd overall appearance.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, click here.
To view the full list of 2017 NAIA Baseball Scholar-Athletes, click here.