LANCASTER, Pa. – Dan Marano was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Year to lead a contingent of four Franklin & Marshall baseball players who garnered All-CC honors on Tuesday.
Marano, who became the program's first Player of Year recipient since 2006 and only the third Diplomat to earn the distinction, also landed on the First Team, while Andrew Mascis and Kengo Kawahara earned a spot on the Second Team, and Jack Buckley received Honorable Mention recognition.
Marano (Maple Shade, N.J. / Bishop Eustace) led all Centennial batters with a .411 average, while his on-base percentage of .452 was good for fourth, and his 43 RBIs ranked second. The All-CC honor was the second of his career after Marano was named to the First Team and was selected as the Rookie of the Year in 2015. His 62 total hits were the third highest in program single-season history and the most since 2006.
The senior first baseman registered multiple hits in 16 contests and tied a CC single-game record with a 6-for-6 effort against Drew on April 19th. Marano was outstanding in the field as well with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, not committing an error in 295 total chances.
Mascis (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. / St. Joseph Regional) registered the third All-CC honor of the career after twice landing on the First Team as a reliever. One of the Conference's most-dominating starters in 2018, the senior righty compiled a 5-2 record with a 3.65 overall ERA. His ERA in CC play was a mere 1.57 through 34 1/3 innings, which was good for third among all Conference pitchers.
He tossed a pair of complete games on the year, including an impressive performance against Muhlenberg in last Saturday's CC Tournament game, throwing nine innings and allowing just one earned while striking out three.
Kawahara (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) was dynamic as the Diplomats' leadoff hitter in 2018, on his way to earning the first All-CC honor of his career. He placed second among Conference leaders in walks with 26, while his .452 on-base percentage ranked third and his 15 stolen bases were sixth. The senior centerfielder collected 12 doubles, four homers, 26 RBIs and a team-leading 36 runs.
He registered multiple hits in 17 games, including a career day against Ursinus on April 13th that saw Kawahara tally a 4-for-5 line with four runs scored, four RBIs, two doubles, and a home run.
Buckley (Bronx, N.Y. / H.S. of American Studies) burst onto the scene as a sophomore starter, registering a 5-1 record and a 3.47 ERA. He struck out 48 batters in 49 1/3 innings of work and surrendered just nine walks, which was the second fewest among CC pitchers who tossed at least 48 frames. Buckley struck out five or more batters in six outings, with a season-high of seven on three occasions.
F&M posted a 19-18-2, 10-7-1 CC record on the year, advancing to the CC Tournament for the 11th time in program history and the first since 2015.