BROOKLYN, N.Y. –. On Wednesday, the Marlins came calling back for Turner, drafting the senior infielder in the 39th round, making him the 29th player in Blackbirds history to be drafted.
Turner, the Blackbirds’ number three hitter and starting first baseman, had an impressive final push this season, earning the King of Prussia, Pa. native second team All-ECAC and first team All-NEC honors. He was also named to the NEC All-Tournament team as the Blackbirds won their first ever NEC Championship tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Regionals this past weekend in Conway, S.C. In the Blackbirds’ first two NCAA Tournament games since 1972, Turner was 3-8 from the plate, with singles in each contest.
In his final season, Turner lead the Blackbirds, hitting .346 this season, which also ranks him third in the Northeast Conference. He also ranks 11th in the nation and leads both LIU and the NEC in on base percentage (.492). Turner also had five home runs and a career-high 15 double this year, to put his career total at 42, which puts him in a tie for second place in program history.