LANCASTER, Pa. – Six Franklin & Marshall baseball players were named to the 2015 All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team, announced by the league office on Friday. Reliever Andrew Mascis and designated hitter Dan Marano became just the seventh and eighth freshman in conference history to land on the first team, while starting pitcher Alex Guerra, first baseman Luke Seib and outfielder David Iacobucci were named to the second team, and catcher Christopher Vincent received honorable mention recognition.
Marano also garnered CC Rookie of the Year accolades; becoming the second Diplomat in three years to win the award, while head coach Ryan Horning was announced as F&M's first Centennial Coach of the Year.
Marano (Maple Shade, N.J. / Bishop Eustace) was stellar throughout his freshman campaign as one the Diplomats' most-consistent hitters in the heart of the order. He currently sits third in the conference in RBIs with 32, while his .380 batting average is good for eighth. He started 35 of 37 games and led the team with 52 hits and tied the team lead with two homeruns. Marano's 10 doubles tied for second, while his 25 runs scored were good for third. Playing mostly as the team's designated hitter, he collected two or more hits in 17 contests, including a season-high four against Southern Vermont on March 17.
Mascis (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. / St. Joseph Regional) was the team's lights out closer in just his first year on the mound for the Diplomats, breaking the program's single-season record with eight saves, which was also the most by a freshman in CC history. The righty reliever accumulated a 0.54 ERA through 16.2 innings, good for the sixth-lowest in F&M single-season history. All of Mascis' saves came in conference play, including a scoreless ninth against Haverford in the CC Playoffs on May 2, sending F&M to the conference championship.
Guerra (Randolph, N.J. / Randolph) earns the honor for the first time in his career. He proved to be one of the conference's most dominant pitchers during his senior season, tying for second in the CC with five wins and placing 12th with a 2.82 ERA in a team-high 54 1/3 innings of work. The Diplomats' right-handed ace peppered his name throughout the school's career record book, placing third in wins (17), 10th in career ERA (2.88), first in starts (32), tied for second in shutouts (3), third in most innings pitched (209 2/3), and eighth in strikeouts (137).
Seib (Chevy Chase, Md. / Georgetown Prep) also garners the distinction for the first time in his career as the junior first baseman places fourth in the CC with 29 RBIs. He has started 34 of 37 games and put together a .311/.387/.426 slash in 122 at-bats. Seib's 38 hits place fourth on the team, while his two home runs tie for first. He registered multi-hit games 12 times this season, including four contests with three hits.
Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa. / Great Valley) lands on the list for the first time. His 14 stolen bases are tied for sixth in the CC and tied for second on the team. Splitting time between outfield and catcher, the F&M sophomore has started all 35 games he appeared in, registering a .318/.383/.447 line in 132 at-bats. Iacobucci has recorded 13 multi-hit games, including a career day against Southern Vermont on March 17th with a 3-for-4 effort to go along with two homers four runs scored and seven RBIs.
Vincent (Montclair, N.J. / Montclair) has been strong behind the plate for the Diplomats and started in 27 of 34 games he appeared in. The sophomore catcher has totaled a .300/.368/.380 slash in 100 at-bats. Vincent's 17 RBIs are tied for fifth on the team, while his 20 runs are good for seventh. On April 9 against Messiah, Vincent put together a 3-for-5 effort with one double, two RBI, two stolen bases and four runs scored.
In just his second season at the helm, Horning garnered coach of the year honors after guiding the team to a 27-12 record, a 13-game improvement from a season before.
F&M captured wins in its first two CC Tournament games to advance to its first final since 2013, where the Diplomats fell to Johns Hopkins on Sunday. As the Mid-Atlantic region's No. 7 team, F&M has a chance for the first at-large bid in the history of the program when the NCAA Tournament field is released late Sunday night. The Diplomats look to improve their odds, adding a pair of games this week to the schedule and are set to travel to No. 2 Frostburg State today at 4:00 p.m.