Manzo Paces Seven Cougars on All-CAA Team

Manzo Paces Seven Cougars on All-CAA Team
(Source: CofC Baseball)

RICHMOND, Va. --- Luke Manzo (Marietta, Ga.) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year and four College of Charleston players garnered All-CAA First Team honors to headline seven Cougars receiving postseason recognition from the CAA on Tuesday.

UNCW shortstop Greg Jones was named the CAA Player of the Year while Elon right-hander George Kirby collected CAA Pitcher of the Year honors. Manzo is the second Cougar in as many seasons to earn CAA Defensive Player of the Year recognition and third all-time. Delaware first baseman Joseph Carpenter was voted as the CAA’s Rookie of the Year as Elon’s Mike Kennedy garnered CAA Coach of the Year accolades.

Manzo has been a mainstay at shortstop for the Cougars over the last four years, making 216 starts and compiling a .973 career fielding percentage. The Marietta, Ga. native has put together a superb season at the diamond’s most challenging position, compiling a .972 fielding percentage with only seven errors in nearly 300 chances. Manzo has helped turn 21 double plays this season which ranks second on the team. He leads the nation in toughest to strike out (19.3 PA/K) and is batting .273 for the season with 24 RBI’s, 15 stolen bases and a team-high .422 on-base percentage,

Senior catcher Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.) earned All-CAA First Team honors for the first time in his career after leading the conference in home runs (14), total bases (121) and slugging percentage (.593) while ranking second in RBI’s (50) and fifth in batting average (.324). The two-time All-CAA selection clubbed seven home runs and drove in 22 runs during conference play while drawing 18 walks. He is tied for sixth all-time with 34 career homers and ranks 14th with 132 RBI’s.

Hart was recognized on the All-CAA First Team for the second year in a row after leading the CAA and ranking sixth in the nation with 40 stolen bases during the regular season. The three-time All-CAA selection enters the postseason ranked second in the conference in hits (66), third in runs scored (42) and fifth in walks (32). Hart batted .293 with two home runs, 18 RBI’s and 19 stolen bases in CAA play. He currently ranks fourth in program history with 74 career stolen bases and is six thefts shy of tying the Cougars’ single-season record of 46 set by Billy Colome in 1999.

Dixon earns CAA postseason accolades for the second straight season with a nod on the All-CAA First Team. The Greenwood, S.C. native finished the regular season ranked seventh in the conference and second on the team with a .314 batting average. He has driven in 15 runs to go along with seven doubles and two triples this season and ranks second on the team with 22 stolen bases. Dixon compiled a squad-best .337 batting average with six doubles and 11 RBI’s during league play.

McLarty was rewarded with an All-CAA selection for the first time in his career after leading the conference in ERA (2.04), innings pitched (92.2), strikeouts (108) and opponent batting average (.184). The three-time CAA Pitcher of the Week honoree is also tied for first in wins (8) while ranking eighth in the nation in WHIP (0.85) and 20th in strikeouts (108). He is currently fifth all-time at The College with 226 career strikeouts and his 108 K’s this spring ranks fourth on the program’s single-season list. McLarty went 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 66 strikeouts during CAA play.

Ocker garners his first career CAA postseason honors after leading the league and ranking 14th in the nation with 12 saves to earn a spot on the All-CAA Second Team. The Middletown, Pa. native compiled a 5-4 record with a 2.72 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 29 appearances during the regular season. He currently ranks second in both program and CAA history with 26 saves and is also second all-time at CofC in total appearances (91), relief appearances (84) and WHIP (0.98). His career totals of 212 strikeouts and .308 ERA also rank sixth and ninth all-time at The College respectively.

Davey put together a solid season as a senior transfer from NCAA Division II Erskine, batting .274 with 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 43 RBI’s to earn a spot on the All-CAA Third Team. The North Augusta, S.C. native led the Cougars in both multi-hit games (20) and multi-RBI performances (16) and was tied for seventh in the conference in RBI’s during the regular season. Davey batted .303 with four doubles, two home runs, 18 RBI’s and 42 total bases during league play.

Charleston returns to the diamond on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va. as the second-seeded Cougars begin their run in the 2019 CAA Championship against the highest remaining seed following the conclusion of day one.

2019 ALL-CAA BASEBALL TEAM

(selected by CAA Head Baseball Coaches)

FIRST TEAM

Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/High School

Danny Wondrack, Charleston C Sr. Wall, N.J./Wall

Joe Satterfield, Elon 1B Jr. Greenville, S.C./J.L. Mann

Dupree Hart, Charleston 2B Sr. Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern

Greg Jones, UNCW SS So. Cary, N.C./Cary

Cole Weiss, UNCW 3B Jr. Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor

Kep Brown, UNCW OF Jr. Charleston, S.C./Wando

Bradley Dixon, Charleston OF Sr. Greenwood, S.C./Emerald

Jordan Hutchins, Delaware OF So. Dover, Del./Dover

Fox Semones, James Madison UT Jr. Woodbrige, Va./Hylton

Ian Fair, Northeastern DH So. Walpole, Mass./Walpole

George Kirby, Elon SP Jr. Rye, N.Y./Rye

Griffin McLarty, Charleston SP Jr. Buckner, Ky./Oldham County

Nick Robertson, James Madison RP So. Callaway, Va./Franklin County

2019 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Greg Jones, SS, UNCW

2019 CAA PITCHER OF THE YEAR: George Kirby, RHP, Elon

2019 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Luke Manzo, SS, Charleston

2019 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Joseph Carpenter, 1B, Delaware

2019 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Kennedy, Elon

SECOND TEAM

Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/High School

Vito Friscia, Hofstra C Sr. Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central

Jake Farrell, Northeastern 1B Sr. Westwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers

Jackson Meadows, UNCW 2B Jr. Lexington, N.C./North Davidson

Cam Devanney, Elon SS Jr. Amherst, N.H./Central Catholic

Zach Pearson, William & Mary 3B Sr. Houston, Texas/Mirabeau B. Lamar

Noah Bridges, UNCW OF So. Benson, N.C./South Johnston

Jeff Costello, Northeastern OF So. Lexington, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols

Anthony Galason, Elon OF Fr. Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck

Jimmy Joyce, Hofstra UT So. Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh

Hunter Smith, William & Mary DH Sr. Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell

Sean Mellen, Northeastern SP Jr. Norwood, Mass./Norwood

Jared Wetherbee, Elon SP So. Fiskdale, Mass./Avon Old Farms

Nathan Ocker, Charleston RP Sr. Middletown, Pa./Middletown Area

THIRD TEAM

Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/High School

Matthew Trehub, William & Mary C Jr. Southborough, Mass./BB&N

Chaz Davey, Charleston 1B Sr. North Augusta, S.C./North Augusta

Jake Rosen, Northeastern 2B Jr. Northborough, Mass./Saint John’s

Scott Holzwasser, Northeastern SS Jr. Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury

Trevon Dabney, James Madison 3B Fr. Douglassville, Pa./Berks Catholic

Ty Adcock, Elon OF Jr. Oxford, N.C./South Granville

Kevin Mohollen, Delaware OF Sr. Rose Valley, Pa./Strath-Haven

Brandon Raquet, William & Mary OF Jr. Boalsburg, Pa./State College

Kyle Novak, James Madison DH Fr. Oakton, Va./James Madison

Kyle Brnovich, Elon SP Jr. Milton, Ga./Kings Ridge Christian

Bodie Sheehan, William & Mary SP Sr. Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial

Ty Adcock, Elon RP Jr. Oxford, N.C./South Granville

Andrew Misiaszek, Northeastern RP Sr. Oceanside, N.Y./South Side

CAA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Player, School Pos. Cl. Hometown/High School

Joseph Carpenter, Delaware 1B Fr. Cornwall, Pa./Cedar Crest

Austin Colmery, Delaware OF Fr. Newark, Del./St. Mark’s

Trevon Dabney, James Madison 3B Fr. Douglassville, Pa./Berks Catholic

Corey DiLoreto, Northeastern OF Fr. Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial

Anthony D’Onofrio, Hofstra OF Fr. Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh

Javon Fields, Towson OF Fr. Bear, Del./Appoquinimink

Anthony Galason, Elon OF Fr. Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck

Kyle Novak, James Madison DH Fr. Oakton, Va./James Madison

Ryan Rue, Hofstra LHP Fr. Fair Lawn, N.J./Fair Lawn

Joey Silan, Delaware RHP Fr. Newark, Del./Caravel Academy

Zach Tsakounis, William & Mary LHP Fr. Arlington, Va./St. John’s College