(BAY CITY, MIich.) – The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced the recipients of the Spring 2017 GLIAC Commissioner's Awards on Thursday (June 15). The awards are presented after the Fall, Winter, and Spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play. All grade-point averages are based on a 4.0 scale.
The six male honorees are: Kevin Borst (Tiffin), Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican), Connor Foley (Northwood), Alex Nannetti (Grand Valley State), Kyle Petermann (Michigan Tech), Austin Szink (Walsh).
The six female student-athletes recipients are: Lyndsay Butler (Wayne State), Ally Farrah (Ashland), Bekah Kastning (Hillsdale), Jenna Lenza (Grand Valley State), Kristen Lucas (Wayne State), Molly Oren (Hillsdale).
Szink has had one of the best seasons for the Cavaliers in recent memory after being named All-American Honorable Mention, the Cavaliers' first since joining the NCAA. Szink earned accolades by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and D2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA), and it's the first time anyone on the Walsh baseball team has earned All-American honors since Ben Biery was named after the 2000 season. Szink has also been named as an All-GLIAC, NBCWA All-Midwest, D2CCA All-Midwest, and ABCA All-Midwest First Team selections.
He is Walsh's first male athlete to be named a Commissioner Award winner. On top of his athletic accomplishments, he proved that he could do just as well in the classroom after he recorded a 4.0 during his first year as a graduate student.
Szink was named an honorable mention as a catcher as a threat at the plate both on offense and defense. His .648 slugging percentage was fifth in the GLIAC and his 13 home runs were fourth. He also had 53 runs scored for seventh in the GLIAC, and was seventh in RBIs with 45 and total bases with 116. Szink sported a perfect fielding percentage and has caught 12 runners stealing, second-best in the conference.
Szink joins Sarah Berger as a recipient of the award, and is the first male athlete to be honored from Walsh. Berger was honored during the winter season.