Kriss, Torres, Byrne Earn All-MAAC Honors
TRENTON, NJ - Iona College baseball senior Matthew Kriss, junior Joe Torres and freshman Matt Byrne earned All-MAAC honors for their performance during the 2013 season. Kriss was named to the First Team at the utility position while Torres and Byrne earned Second Team accolades as an outfielder and designated hitter respectively.
Kriss appeared in and started all 51 games for the Gaels in 2013. He batted .287 with a team leading seven doubles, 16 walks and 20 RBI. He also led the Gaels with 14 multiple hit and three multiple RBI efforts. Kriss' 15-game hitting streak from Apr. 13 - May 12 was the longest of the season and the longest in more than a decade for the Iona baseball program. A true utility player for the Gaels, Kriss started 27 games at third base, 17 games at short stop, four games at first base, three games as a designated hitter, and two games at pitcher.
Torres appeared in 50 games for the Gaels this season, batting .263 with 50 hits, driving in 11 runs and tied for the team lead with two home runs. He led the MAAC with 26 stolen bases on 29 attempts and recorded an outstanding .994 fielding percentage. He registered 12 mutli-hit games, including a four hit effort at Niagara on Apr. 7.
Byrne appeared in 43 games and made 36 starts while batting .258 with 32 hits, and 18 runs scored in his rookie campaign. He hit his first collegiate home run in a win at Fordham on Apr. 16. Byrne drew a team-best 16 walks and was successful on eight of 10 stolen base attempts. He had eight multiple-hit efforts on the season and posted a season long seven game hitting streak to start the season from Feb. 15 - Mar. 2. During the MAAC slate, Byrne was No. 2 on the team with a .317 batting average.
Ten Iona student-athletes were also named to the MAAC All-Academic team. Torres and Matt Kriss joined classmates Derrick Bligh, Thomas Kriss, Pete Ladis, Anthony LaFauci and Conan Leon. Sophomores Steve Basile, John Nargoski and Mariano Rivera also made the list.
To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.