Edwin Borbon called it surreal -- and he wasn’t even playing.
Just getting the chance to watch his big brother Julio play in the World Series for the Texas Rangers was exciting enough for Edwin, a senior outfielder for Trevecca Nazarene.
“It was awesome,” Edwin said. “When the crowd was getting into it, the place just went down. It was just a great experience overall.”
Edwin flew down on Saturday for Game 3 in Texas and got to see the Rangers’ only victory before the San Francisco Giants closed out the series in five games on Monday. Edwin, his parents, younger sister and uncle all watched the game from a family suite. He said he even got to mingle with the wives of Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton and Game 3 starter Colby Lewis.
While the rest of his family stayed for all three games in Texas, Edwin flew back to Nashville on Sunday night to make it back in time for class Monday.
“I wish I could have (stayed longer) but it was such a great experience,” Edwin said.
Julio, who played his college ball at Tennessee, is in his second year with the Rangers. The outfielder had two at-bats during the first two games of the World Series. He got a hit and scored a run in Game 1.
“Just to think my brother is a big leaguer is such a joy,” Edwin said. “I’m so proud of him."
After this season, Edwin would like to find himself on the same track to the big leagues.
The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, batted .376 during his first year with the Trojans in 2009. The Chattanooga State Community College transfer led the team with runs (44), stolen bases (15), triples (6) and RBIs (37).
Trevecca coach Jonathan Burton said Edwin has had some professional interest and he could see Edwin signing with a team next year if he doesn’t get drafted in June.
“I’m working for it, for sure,” Edwin said. “I’m trying my hardest to get my own name out there. The chances are there. They aren’t the greatest chances but I’ll take any opportunity I get.”
• Top freshman: Dani Walker’s Saturday turned out pretty well.
The Lipscomb runner finished fourth in 17:54.5 at the Atlantic Sun Conference championship meet in Spartanburg, S.C. It was the highest individual finish at a conference meet in school history.
After the race, the Wichita, Kan. native was named the conference’s freshman of the year and was selected to the All-A-Sun first team. Junior Ashley Lehman (11th) and freshman Alex Newby (13th) were named to the second team.
As a team, Lipscomb finished second, which was its highest finish in program history. North Florida captured the league title.
Belmont took fourth and Nicole Muldowney (8th) was named to the second team.
On the men’s side, Belmont took second and Lipscomb placed ninth.
The Bruins’ Hillary Cheruiyot took finished and earned all-conference first-team honors. Erick Kigen placed 10th, was named to the second team and was selected as the men’s freshman of the year. Teammate Brandon Mahaney (19th) also joined Kigen on the all-freshman team. Lipscomb’s Jeff Musick finished 13th and was named to the all-conference second team.
• More cross country: At the Sun Belt Conference championship in Bowling Green, Ky., the Middle Tennessee men just fell short of defending their title. The Blue Raiders finished second behind champion Arkansas-Little Rock.
MTSU had four runners finish in the top 20 led Festus Chemaoi in third-place. The senior from Kenya finished the 8,000-meter race in 25:02.8. He reached the NCAA Cross Country Championships last year and will try to qualify again this year. The South Regional will be held on Nov. 13 in Birmingham, Ala.
MTSU coach Dean Hayes said Chemaoi isn’t just a good cross country runner as he also excels in the 800-, 1,500- and 10,000-meters in track.
“Probably of all the athletes we have ever had, there maybe some better in one event, but he has probably the greatest range of anybody we’ve ever had,” Hayes said.
On the girls’ side, Deanna Brasz, one of four Canadians on the MTSU roster, placed ninth as the Blue Raiders finished fourth as a team.
• Players of the week: A couple area players picked up athlete of the week awards due to their achievements last week. MTSU senior outside hitter Izabela Kozon picked up her fourth Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Player of the Week honor of the season.
The native of Poland had missed the last two weeks due to an injury but she recorded 35 kills in two matches against Georgia Tech and North Texas last week.
Belmont’s Kayla Albritton was named the Atlantic Sun Conference volleyball player of the week.
The senior outside hitter from Gainesville, Fla. had 29 kills, 11 digs and two service aces in two matches last week. She currently ranks second in the conference and 18th in the nation in service aces per set (0.47). Her 148 career aces are an Atlantic Sun record.
Also at Belmont, senior soccer player Brett Walker was named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District IV First Team, as announced by CoSIDA on Tuesday. It is the forward’s second first-team selection. The Fairmount, W. Va. native has a cumulative GPA of 3.73.
• Four Blue Raiders named to All-Sun Belt team: After finishing second in the Sun Belt Conference during the regular season, four Middle Tennessee women’s soccer players were recognized for their efforts when the all-conference teams were announced Tuesday.
Forward Regina Thomas (four goals, seven assists), midfielder Vanessa Mueggler (12 goals, seven assists) and defender Fran Howells were selected to the first team. Forward Whitney Jorgenson (seven goals, seven assists) was selected to the second team.
Mueggler was also named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV Third Team on Tuesday. The senior has been named to the Sun Belt Commissioner’s List for having at least a 3.5 GPA three times.
The Blue Raiders finished 9-2 in league play and earned a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday. Middle Tennessee (12-8) opens with the seventh seed, Florida Atlantic.