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BASEBALL -- CU lands JC All-American

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Panola infielder Sojka
Cumberland University's baseball program has landed 2016 NJCAA All-American Austin Sojka, a power hitting infielder from Panola Community College (TX).

A native of Huntington Beach, CA, Sojka played for former CU assistant Todd Shelton at Panola where the Ponies went 38-19 in 2016.

A right-handed hitter, Sojka hit .444 in 53 games with seven homers and 22 doubles. He drove in 57 runs and scored 62 runs splitting time between shortstop and third base.

Coach Woody Hunt also scooped up another Panola infielder, second baseman Hector Morales.

Morales, who hails from Royal Palm Beach, FL, hit .346 for the Ponies with 10 homers and 10 doubles while driving in 50 runs.

Also expected to enroll this fall is Austin Krajnak, a power-hitting first baseball who played last season at Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

He previously played two seasons at Grayson Community College in Texas where as a sophomore, he averaged .393 at the plate with 14 home runs and 76 RBI.

"I spoke with his summer league coach Tuesday," Hunt said. "Austin hit seven homers in seven games last week in a wood bat league."

Expected to battle for time behind the plate is Florida International transfer catcher Nick Mira.

Grandson of former NFL quarterback George Mira, the Miami, FL native hit .368 in 22 games for FIU.

A dean's list student, he was second team all-conference at the College of Central Florida as a sophomore.

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