NAIA RELEASE | KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2017 Baseball All-America Teams as selected by the NAIA-Baseball Coaches Association All-America Committee. Madonna University first basemen Taylor Grzelakowski earned honorable mention recognition.
A senior from Fraser, Michigan, Grzelakowski had a career year in 2017 as he hit .426 with 75 hits in 176 at-bats with 59 runs scored and 60 runs batted in. He also had 16 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs. He led the team in average, hits, runs, doubles, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage (.756) and on-base percentage (.538).
The first basemen for the Crusaders in 2017 had 28 multi-hit games and 16 multi-RBI games and had the second longest hitting streak of the season at 13 games.
He finished his career as a .345 hitter with a .519 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage. His on-base mark is fifth-best in program history, his 164 RBI is the third-best in a career and he is also in the top 10 in games played and started, at-bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases and walks.
Grzelakowski previously was named Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Player of the Year, WHAC First-Team All-Conference, All-Academic Team, Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-America.
This is the fifth All-America honor for the Crusaders baseball program and fourth individual honoree as Jeremy Gooding was a two-time First-Team All-American in 2011 and 2013.
Grzelakowski signed a contract with the Utica Unicorns of the United Shores Professional Baseball League. He is hitting .313 in his first pro season with two doubles, four home runs, eight runs scored and nine RBI.
The Unicorns play their home games at Jimmy John's Field in Utica, Michigan. You can learn more about the league here.
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