May 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Led by a pair of major Patriot League award winners, the Navy baseball team saw five of its players recognized on All-Patriot League teams as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Senior captain Kash Manzelli was selected as the Patriot League Player of the Year, while junior lefty Anthony Parenti was named Pitcher of the Year for the league.
In addition to Manzelli and Parenti, the left side of Navy’s infield was represented on the All-Patriot League First Team, as Travis Blue and Drew Hayes gave the Mids four players on the squad. Sophomore outfielder Robert Currie rounded out the All-League honors as he was named to the second team.
The league’s head coaches, who could not select their own student-athletes, voted on the awards.
Navy’s first Patriot League Player of the Year since Toph Lake in 1998 and just fifth all-time, Manzelli (Sr., Dunwoody, Ga.) batted .302 for the season and led the Patriot League with 37 RBIs while standing in the top five in the league in doubles (11) and home runs (3). After a slow start to non-conference play, Manzelli picked up his level of production once league play began and finished the 20-game Patriot League schedule third in batting average (.357), fifth in on-base percentage (.425), second in slugging (.500), first in RBIs (18) and third in hits (25). In 2013, he was recognized on the All-Patriot League Second Team.
Led by an ERA that was 1.10 runs lower than his nearest league competitor, Parenti (Elizabeth, N.J.) garnered the Patriot League Pitcher of the Year award. The ninth recipient all-time at Navy of this honor, the junior is the first Midshipmen to win the award since Mitch Harris in 2006. Parenti leads the Patriot League and stands third in the nation with a 0.93 ERA for the season, and also ranks 13th in the nation with a 0.86 WHIP. Over his 11 starts and 77.2 innings pitched, he has posted an 8-2 record with 71 strikeouts. Parenti has only given up six extra-base hits for the season, all doubles, and leads the Patriot League with a .188 batting average against. This is the first Patriot League postseason honor of his career.
“It's a tremendous honor being recognized by the coaches and the Patriot League as Pitcher of the Year,” said Parenti. “There's been some unbelievable pitching throughout the conference this year and to be seen as one of the top guys is an incredible feeling. It's a testament to the work that the entire team has put in throughout the year. Coach Mau has done an awesome job with the entire pitching staff, which has led to our continued success throughout the season. All the credit goes to the guys that have been on the field with me; we've played great defense and have had timely hitting when I've been on the mound.”
The shortstop and third base duo of Blue (Fr., Orange, Calif.) and Hayes (So., Collegeville, Pa.) joined Manzelli and Parenti on the all-league first team in each of their first years starting for the Midshipmen. The only freshman on the All-League First Team, Blue has been a staple in Navy’s lineup since the first game of the year and has played all 404 innings for the Mids, while posting a .284 batting average and the second-most RBIs on the team with 26. A quality defender, Blue fielded his position with a .970 success rate and made just six errors on the year. The player to his right, Hayes nearly mirrored Blue’s output as the sophomore third baseman played in and started all 49 games, while recording a .269 batting average with 19 RBIs. He exhibited a keen batting eye all season and is ranked as the 70th toughest batter in Division 1 to strikeout with just 12 strikeouts in 160 at bats. Both Blue and Hayes are first-time Patriot League postseason honorees.
Currie (So., Atlanta, Ga.) rounds out Navy’s All-League honorees as he was selected to the second team. After a solid freshman season in 2013, Currie has taken his game to another level and finished atop the Patriot League leaderboard in on-base percentage (.426), runs (38), hits (65), total bases (84) and steals (25) for the season while also standing second in batting average (.349).
Navy will begin postseason action this weekend with a semifinal matchup at Bucknell. The fourth-seeded Mids and top-ranked Bison will face off in a best-of-three series with a doubleheader on Saturday and the ‘if necessary game’ on Sunday. Play on both days will begin at 12-noon at DePew Field in Lewisburg, Pa.
2014 Baseball All-Patriot League Team
Player of the Year: Kash Manzelli, Navy (Sr., 1B)
Pitcher of the Year: Anthony Parenti, Navy (Jr., SP)
Rookie of the Year: Brett Smith, Bucknell (Fr., OF)
Coach of the Year: Scott Heather, Bucknell
First-Team All-Patriot League (%)
SP: Gunnar Carroll, Army (Sr.)
SP: Nick Dignacco, Army (Sr.)
SP: Anthony Parenti, Navy (Jr.)
SP: Dan Weigel, Bucknell (Sr.)
RP: Cory Spera, Lafayette (Jr.)
C: Jon Mayer, Bucknell (So.)
1B: Kash Manzelli, Navy (Sr.)
2B: Mike Garzillo, Lehigh (So.)
2B: Joe Ogren, Bucknell (So.)
SS: Travis Blue, Navy (Fr.)
3B: Drew Hayes, Navy (So.)
OF: Anthony Gingerelli, Bucknell (Jr.)
OF: Evan Ocello, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: Justin Pacchioli, Lehigh (Jr.)
DH: Corey Furman, Bucknell (Sr.)
Second-Team All-Patriot League ($)
RP: Nick Cassell, Lehigh (Sr.)
C: Tim McKay, Lehigh (Jr.)
1B: Connor Faust, Lehigh (Jr.)
1B: Alex Woinski, Lafayette (Fr.)
SS: Alex Jensen, Army (Jr.)
3B: Harold Earls, Army (Jr.)
OF: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross (Sr.)
OF: Jon Crucitti, Army (Sr.)
OF: Robert Currie, Navy (So.)
OF: Brett Smith, Bucknell (Fr.)
DH: Mark McCants, Army (Jr.)
% - 15 players due to tie in voting
$ - 11 players due to tie in voting