Kansas City, MO- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2017 Baseball All-American team which includes senior first baseman James Land (SR/Gulfport, Miss.).
Land was named to the NAIA All-American First Team after capping off a stellar senior campaign for the Crusaders. Land, also the SSAC Player of the Year, hit .381 for the Crusaders including 21 home runs and 74 RBI. The 21 home runs ties the single season record at William Carey which has been in place since 2004. Land also becomes the first Crusader to be named to the NAIA All-American team since 2003. In two seasons as a Crusader, the Mississippi Gulf Coast transfer hit 31 home runs and knocked in 128 runs. Land also had 31 doubles in two years as well as 4 triples and tied an NAIA record for home runs in an opening round in 2016 with five round trippers. In 2017, Land hit 6 home runs in 14 postseason games for the Crusaders including a walk off home run against Texas Wesleyan in an opening round elimination game. He also hit the only grand slam of the 2017 NAIA World Series.
The Crusaders have won 85 games in the last two years combined, including a third place finish at the NAIA World Series this season, much in part to the contributions of Land's bat and solid defensive play at first base. Land now awaits the 2017 MLB Draft, which will be held June 12-14, with hopes of continuing his career.