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Julian Sanders in action for Great Britain at the European Baseball Championships
Julian Sanders in action for Great Britain at the European Baseball Championships

Julian Sanders Earns Silver Medal with Great Britain at European Baseball Championship

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Julian Sanders of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball team earned a spot on the Great Britain national team at the recent European Baseball Championship in the Czech Republic, and helped his team earn a silver medal.

Sanders started three games at first base before being sidelined with a minor injury suffered on a slide into home plate. He batted .429 with two walks and two hit by pitches for an on-base percentage of .636, while also driving in two runs in a win over Hungary. Great Britain clinched a medal with an 8-4 win over Germany in the semifinals, before settling for silver after falling to Spain in the gold medal game on Oct. 1. 

At CMS, Sanders had a big year last season, earning third-team All-America honors from and capturing the SCIAC Athlete of the Year Award. He broke the CMS record for home runs in a season, while batting .398 with 59 RBI, both team highs as well.

Over the course of the regular season, Sanders was named the SCIAC Hitter of the Week three times. He captured the honor after compiling hits in eight straight at-bats over the course of a Texas trip, including a 5-for-5 effort against Texas Lutheran. He also earned it after hitting 8-for-12 in a three-game series sweep of Pomona-Pitzer, and after a big three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning and CMS down by a run in a comeback win over Whittier. Following his performance in the Pomona-Pitzer series, Sanders was also the runner-up for the National Player of the Week Award from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. 

Sanders' efforts in the 2023 season helped CMS to a 28-11 record, matching its highest win total since 1988, and the program's first-ever SCIAC Postseason Tournament bid, when he hit his record-breaking 14th homer against top-seeded La Verne.