LANCASTER, Pa. – Andrew Mascis, Dan Marano and Alex Guerra were named to the 2015 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic All-Region Team, announced Wednesday. Mascis landed on the second team, while Marano and Guerra garnered third team accolades.
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 nine saves, which was also the most by a freshman in CC history, led the conference and was the seventh most in the country. He continues to stockpile offseason awards after being named to D3Baseball.com's 2015 All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team and the All-Centennial Conference (CC) First Team earlier in the month.
The righty reliever accumulated a 0.48 ERA through 18.2 innings, good for the fifth-lowest in F&M single-season history. All but one 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. He also tossed a shutout ninth frame in a 4-1 upset of No. 2 Frostburg St. on May 8.
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 was named the CC Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the first team after placing fourth in the conference with 32 RBIs, while his .363 batting average was good for 11th.
He started 37 of 39 games and led the team with 53 hits and tied the team lead with two homeruns. Marano's 10 doubles tied for second, while his 25 runs scored were good for fourth. 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.
Guerra (Randolph, N.J. / Randolph) earns his second offseason honor after being named to the All-CC Second Team earlier in the month. He proved to be one of the conference's most dominant pitchers during his senior season, tying for first in the CC with six wins and placing ninth with a 2.54 ERA in a team-high 60 1/3 innings. Guerra also surrendered just nine walks, the second fewest among CC pitchers with at least 50 innings of work.
The Diplomats' right-handed ace peppered his name throughout the school's career record book, placing third in wins (18), 10th in career ERA (2.80), first in starts (33), tied for second in shutouts (3), third in most innings pitched (215 2/3), and eighth in strikeouts (137).
Climbing as high as No. 7 in the Mid-Atlantic regional rankings, F&M captured wins in its first two CC Tournament games to advance to its first final since 2013, falling short to Johns Hopkins on championship Sunday. F&M finished the season with a 28-13, 13-5 CC mark, good for its highest win total since 2006 and the fourth-most in program history.