Garnett, Krajewski, Mancini recognized by Little East for 2016 season
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three members of the Plymouth State University baseball team were recognized Tuesday for their outstanding seasons this spring as the 2016 Little East Conference Baseball All-Star teams were announced.
Junior third baseman James Garnett (Newport, R.I./North Kingstown) and junior designated hitter Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) were named to the All-LEC First Team, and sophomore outfielder Luke Mancini (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) was a Second Team selection. The All-Conference teams are selected by a vote of the league's head coaches.
Garnett, a 6'4" transfer from Community College of Rhode Island, had an outstanding first season in a Panther uniform. He started all 42 games, batting .318 (47-for-148) with 11 doubles, eight home runs, 32 RBI and 33 runs scored. A right-fielder-turned-third baseman, Garnett led the Panthers in home runs, RBI and runs scored, and ranked third in batting average and doubles. He matched the school record with three doubles in a game against Edgewood College (Wisc.) and his eight home runs were one shy of the school standard for round-trippers in a season. Garnett ranks third in the LEC in dingers, ninth in doubles, 11th in RBI, and 12th in runs scored.
Krajewski, a 6'2" veteran DH and first baseman, led the Panthers with a .384 batting average and 58 hits, including a school-record tying 17 doubles (equaling the mark set by Todd Steffanides in 1999). He had an 11-game hitting streak in March that included seven multi-hit games, and he collected five hits in a win over Edgewood (Wisc.) and four hits in a victory over Daniel Webster College. Krajewski ranks third in the LEC in doubles, fourth in hits and batting average, and fifth in on-base percentage (.451).
Mancini, a 6'0" outfielder, had a breakout season for the Panthers, starting all 42 games and recording 16 doubles (one shy of the school record), five home runs, 29 RBI and 28 runs scored. He also walked 10 times and was hit by a pitch a school-record 14 times, and stole 17 bases, including three in a key LEC win over Western Connecticut. Mancini ranks fourth in the LEC in doubles and stolen bases, eighth in home runs, and 13th in slugging (.500).
Plymouth State finished the season with a 20-22 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Little East under first-year head coach Clay Jenkins. The Panthers were the fourth seed in the LEC Tournament, but were eliminated with consecutive losses to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2-1) and Western Connecticut (4-1).
The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.
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