Five Diplomats Named All-Conference
LANCASTER, Pa. – Five members of Franklin & Marshall's baseball team were named to the All-Centennial Conference Team when it was announced Tuesday afternoon. The Diplomats (22-18, 12-6 CC) had two players named to the league's First Team, two landed on the Second Team and one was given honorable mention. The Centennial's coaches choose the team.
First basemen J.T. Triantos (Vineland, N.J./Sacred Heart) and freshmen designated hitter Will Benenson (Upper Montclair, N.J./Dwight Englewood) were named to the First Team.
Triantos is receiving his second CC postseason award in as many years, receiving honorable mention a year ago. His 297 putouts led the team and ranked third in conference while his .994 fielding percentage placed him eighth in the CC. The junior finished the season with 44 total bases, 28 runs scored, 25 walks, 22 RBIs and five sacrifice flies. Triantos batted .314 with a .430 on base percentage.
Benenson became just the fourth freshmen in CC history to garner First Team honors. He was first on the team with 26 RBIs, third with a .323 batting average, fourth in runs scored (20), and fourth in stolen bases (4). Benenson was tied for fifth in the CC with four sacrifice flies. He picked up 36 total bases for a .400 slugging percentage and finished with a .309 on base percentage.
Pitcher Mike Duranti (Plandome, N.Y./Chaminade) and senior outfielder Eric Bornstein (Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside) earned a spot on the Second Team.
The Second Team nod is the first for Duranti. His 2.85 ERA was first among starting pitchers on the team and seventh in the conference. Duranti held opposing batters to a .225 batting average, which placed him seventh in the CC. The senior finished the season with a 6-2 mark and 29 strikeouts. Duranti left his name in F&M's record book along the way, he is third in wins (17), third in games started (28) and fourth in strike outs looking (35).
Bornstein was first in the CC in fielding percentage (1.000) and sacrifice flies (7) as he earned his first CC award. He finished second on the team in runs scored (28), second in total bases (49), second in hits (40) and second in RBIs (23). Bornstein finished the year with a .320 batting average, .404 on base percentage and picked up 48 total bases for a .393 slugging percentage. His 10 sacrifice flies ranked him third in F&M history
Despite leading the conference in multiple categories, Matt Will (Oreland, Pa./Upper Dublin) was given honorable mention. Will earned First Team All-CC honors the previous two seasons and will go down as one of the best players to ever wear the blue and white.
Will led the conference and the team in on base percentage (.546), runs scored (46) walks (41) and assists (130). He was eighth with a .369 batting average and seventh in hits (45). The senior stole 13 bases and picked up 53 total bases to lead F&M.
He will end his career ranked in the top five in a handful of categories.
Will ranks first in on base percentage (.511), runs scored (160), hit by pitch (21), Second in walks (116) and assists (348), Third in hits (165), sacrifice flies (10) and double plays turned (65). He finished fourth with a .367 batting average (.367) and fifth in most at bats (450), RBIs (93), total bases (215) and stolen bases (50).