FLORENCE, S.C. - Armstrong State University senior Ryan Patterson and junior Mike Warren have each been named to the 2017 All-Peach Belt Conference Baseball First Team, announced this evening at the league's annual awards banquet in Florence, S.C.
The Pirates place two players on the league's first team for the second time in the last three seasons. Armstrong State wrapped up its final season of competition in 2017 by ranking second in the Peach Belt Conference in batting average with a .334 clip.
Patterson and Warren were two big pieces of the Pirates' offense in 2017. A senior from Snellville, Ga., Patterson earned first-team honors as a designated hitter for the Pirates, hitting .377 with seven home runs and 62 RBI. He ranked fifth in the league in RBI, eighth in walks and tied both an Armstrong State and Peach Belt Conference single season record this year with three grand slam home runs. This is the first All-PBC honor for Patterson in his career.
Warren, meanwhile, earns a first-team spot in the outfield for hitting .420 with one home run, 28 RBI and a team-best 23 stolen bases. The Macon, Ga., native had the highest batting average for an Armstrong State player since Roman Miestowski hit .445 for the Pirates in 1992, and he ranked second in the PBC in both batting average and stolen bases in 2017. Warren ended the season on a 29-game hitting streak and was the PBC's Player of the Week on April 17.
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