RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College senior shortstop Branden Shaw (Cooper City, Fla./Plantation) was voted to the 2015 New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division II/III All-State Third Team, according to balloting released by the NJCBA last Thursday. All 17 head coaches of the non-Division I four-year baseball programs in the state were eligible to vote.
The complete set of 2015 D-II/III All-NJCBA teams and special award winners can be viewed at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y3KRrrh92X6YMWFH0oaQfYmKCQ4Lt6_JfQF4AB7OlXw/edit.
Shaw, a converted outfielder, was in his first year with Felician after previously playing at Broward College and Barry University. In 46 games as a Golden Falcon, he batted .308 with five doubles, five triples, and three home runs. He finished seventh in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in hits (53), fourth in runs scored (43), 10th in runs batted in (34), tied for eighth in walks (22) and tied for second in stolen bases (23) while hitting in the top three spots in the Felician line-up.
Naif, a freshman right-hander, finished second in the CACC and tied for 30th nationally in NCAA Division II with 26 appearances. He had an 0-1 record and a 2.16 earned-run average. In 25 innings he struck out 14 batters and allowed an opponent batting average of .165. He gave up no runs on four hits in 10 1/3 innings in conference play.
Strickland was also named the CACC Rookie of the Year and to the Daktronics All-Region First Team while splitting time between third base and second base. He hit a team-high .350, eighth in the CACC, in 44 games, with nine doubles, two triples, 25 runs, 25 RBI and nine steals.
Felician (20-27, 11-9 CACC) tied for fifth place in the regular-season CACC standings, and qualified for the league playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels.