Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017
Gapp Nabs NAIA All-American Honours
Kansas City, MO – The University of Cumberlands Patriots program had one of its finest seasons in school history in 2017, earning its second most wins in program history after a 43-17 season. Numerous players would turn in record setting seasons as the Patriots would garner its first Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship since 2004. Now, one Patriot continues to receive honors for his dynamic play on the diamond this year.
Senior starting pitcher Noah Gapp (St. Albert, Alta.) was named a Daktronics NAIA First Team All-American, national office officials announced. He becomes just the fifth Patriot to ever earn First Team All-American honors. He is also just one of two players from the Mid-South Conference to earn All-American status this season as Austin Krajnak from Cumberland University was named a Second Team All-American.
Gapp was a stud on the mound this season for the Patriots, finishing the year with a 10-4 record in 15 starts this year. He tallied a MSC best 1.94 ERA along with a conference best 10 wins on the year. Gapp also led the MSC this year in opponents’ batting average (.199), innings pitched (111 1é3), strikeouts (121), and runs allowed (29). He was also ranked in the NAIA Top 10 in innings pitched and ERA while being in the NAIA Top Five in strikeouts.
Gapp’s two year career was stellar here at UC as he now holds the single season records for strikeouts and innings pitched while being tied for fourth in single season wins. His 203 career strikeouts are now the most in Patriot baseball history.
Head Coach Brad Shelton said: “Noah was one of the most dominant pitchers in the country this year. He compiled one of the best seasons statistically in our programs history. He set the tone for our pitching staff with his work ethic and demeanor. He is a tremendous competitor who always wanted the ball. Most of all, he was a great teammate and a pleasure to coach.”