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Grady, Wolchick, May are LU's first baseball All-Americans

Lander's Patrick Grady became Lander's most decorated baseball player this season when he was named to two All-American teams, three All-Region teams, and the All-Peach Belt Conference team in addition to being Lander's Male Athlete of the Year and his team's Most Valuable Player.
Lander's Patrick Grady became Lander's most decorated baseball player this season when he was named to two All-American teams, three All-Region teams, and the All-Peach Belt Conference team in addition to being Lander's Male Athlete of the Year and his team's Most Valuable Player.

GREENWOOD – Lander's Patrick Grady, Dylan Wolchick and Jeff May became the Bearcats' first-ever players in the 16-year history of the program to earn All-American honors it was announced this week.

The trio, who previously were named to the All-Peach Belt Conference and various All-Southeast Region teams, led Lander to a 35-16 season.

Grady, a junior outfielder from Pompano Beach, Fla., was named to the second team on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCWBA) All-American team and third team on the Daktronics team. He led the Bearcats in hitting with a .380 average and had six home runs, two triples, 16 doubles, 61 runs scored and 47 RBI, while stealing 13-of-16 bases. In addition, he posted a .592 slugging percentage and .536 on-base percentage.

Grady, the Lander Male Athlete of the Year and team Most Valuable Player, was also named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll for having a 3.0 or higher GPA for the academic year, and to the PBC baseball All-Academic team.

Wolchick, a junior right-hander from Margate, Fla., was an honorable mention on the NCWBA team. He posted a 10-1 overall record with a 2.71 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 96.1 innings pitched. His 10 victories tied a school record for wins in a season.

May, a senior catcher from Stem, N.C. was named honorable mention on the Daktronics team. May batted .375 with eight homers, one triple, 16 doubles, 38 runs, and 49 RBI, while recording a .625 slugging percentage and .431 on-base percentage.

Grady is now second on Lander's single-season list in walks (46) and runs scored (61), and his .380 batting average is fifth.

Meanwhile, May put his stamp on four all-time career lists, and two for a single season. He finished his three-year career second in sacrifice flies (14), third in doubles (44), fourth in home runs (19), and fifth in RBI (125). For single season, he is fifth in games played (57 in 2012) and sacrifice flies (6 in 2013).

Wolchick's 86 strikeouts this season puts him in a tie for fourth on the all-time list.