KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lyon College baseball player Tyler Tognarine (JR/Cape Coral, Fla.) (pictured below right) has been named a 2017 NAIA All-America honorable mention, the national office announced on Tuesday. Tognarine is the ninth National All-American in program history, and first since Griffin Glaude in 2014.
Tognarine led the Scots' pitching staff all season posting an 11-5 record on the mound. He also had a team low 1.99 earned run average, while leading Lyon with 11 complete games, four saves, 113.1 innings pitched and 92 strikeouts. Lyon went on to post a 35-24 overall record in 2017 – finishing third in the American Midwest Conference and winning their first ever conference tournament championship. The Scots then went on to their third National Tournament Opening Round appearance where they went 1-2.
The Cape Coral, Fla., native's best outing came in the National Tournament Opening Round, when he led the Scots to a 2-1 win in 10 innings over Louisiana State-University Alexandria. Tognarine pitched all 10 innings, while giving up just one earned run and walking three and striking out nine batters.
Only two other members of the AMC were named All-Americans in Columbia's Andrew Warner and Central Baptist's Jalin Lawson. Warner was named a First Team All-American and Lawson earned Second Team All-American status.
Oklahoma Wesleyan's Christopher Acosta-Tapia was named the National Player of the Year.