Harris, Mata and Turner tabbed for All-SSC honors

Harris, Mata and Turner tabbed for All-SSC honors

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo redshirt senior Alex Mata and redshirt juniors Dylan Harris and Chase Turner were named to the Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference when the conference's post-season honors list was unveiled Wednesday.

Dylan Harris, who played all 49 games for Saint Leo, adds his second team honors to his 2014 First Team and Freshman of the Year honors while he was an honorable mention selection in 2015. Harris led the team in batting average this season with a .448 and 99 hits. The Land O' Lakes native's 99 hits were the most since the 1999 season when Brian Krot tallied 102 hits. Of his 99 hits, 24 were for extra bases including 20 doubles and four home runs. Harris drove in 33 runs while scoring 49 himself. He finished the year with a .593 slugging percentage and a .472 on-base percentage. Harris went 15-for-19 on the base paths in stolen bases this season moving him to 40 stolen bases in his career.

From February 11 to April 1, Harris recorded a team best 26-game hitting streak before capping off the 2016-17 campaign with a 13-game hit streak. His .448 batting average, 99 hits, and 221 at-bats led the SSC this season. Harris' 49 runs this season moved him to seventh all-time in program history with 150 career runs scored, seven shy of teammate Alex Mata.

Alex Mata, who played all 49 games this season in right field, adds second team honors to his 2016 first team honors to wrap up his Saint Leo career. Mata finished second on the team in batting average with a .340 and hits with 68. The Fort Myers native drove in team-best 58 RBI, second-best in the SSC, and scored 30 runs moving him to sixth all-time in program history.

During the season, Mata broke the Saint Leo career hits record, doubles record and the total number of at-bats. Mata finished his career with 782 at-bats with 271 hits and 64 doubles. Of his 68 hits this season, Mata recorded 22 extra base knocks with 16 doubles and six home runs.

Chase Turner is a first-time honoree for All-SSC accolades after playing 42 games for the Lions on the season. The Tampa native ended his junior season with a .323 batting average with 53 hits in 164 at-bats. Turner recorded 10 extra base hits including seven doubles, one triple, and two home runs. The third baseman scored 23 runs while knocking in 23 as well.

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