LEBANON, Tenn. – David Fanshawe, Tommy Crews, Cory Farris, Mike Mandarino, Aaron Wilkerson and Will Locante were all voted First Team All-TranSouth in a vote of league coaches announced this weekend in advance of the TranSouth Championships, which begin Monday in Jackson, Tenn. T.J. Murphy, Greg Appleton and Tommy Winegardner earned Second Team All-TranSouth honors as well.
Fanshawe and Wilkerson both earned First Team All-TSAC honors for the second straight season.
Wilkerson is 11-0 with a 1.00 earned-run-average in 81.1 innings of work this season, striking out 82 and allowing just 41 hits. Opponents are batting only .150 against the righthander, and the Waco, Texas, native has won 25 consecutive starts dating to February of 2010. He continues to lead the nation in ERA, ranks second in opposing batting average, wins and hits per nine innings (4.54) and third in runs allowed (nine).
Wilkerson tossed 54.0 consecutive scoreless innings earlier this season, one out shy of the record for consecutive scoreless innings in a single season across NCAA Divisions I, II and III. His 25 consecutive victories are tied for fourth all-time in college baseball history across NCAA Divisions I, II and III.
Fanshawe started the year very slowly at the plate but has batted .348 over the last 30 games this season, including .362 in TranSouth Conference action. The Miami, Fla., native has 10 doubles, six home runs and 29 RBIs while catching more than 80 percent of the innings this season. Fanshawe is also a big factor in the Bulldog pitching staff’s 3.23 ERA this year.
Mandarino was a First Team selection as the designated hitter after leading the TranSouth in home runs (15), RBIs (56), slugging percentage (.679) and total bases (127) and ranking second in doubles (16), sixth in hits (66) and 13th in batting average (.353). The Massapequa. N.Y., native is tied for ninth nationally in homers and tied for 15th in total bases and also has a 5-2 record on the mound with a 4.14 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 45.2 innings of work.
Locante has formed perhaps the best 1-2 pitching duo in the league, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.37 ERA and a TranSouth-leading 97 strikeouts in 68.1 innings on the mound. The lefthander has allowed just 46 hits and ranks second in the league in opposing batting average (.189), third in ERA and ninth in innings pitched.
The Memphis, Tenn., native also ranks third nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (12.78), 13th in hits per nine innings (6.06) and 14th in opposing batting average. Locante has won his last six decisions and has a 0.84 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched since March 19.
Crews also started very slowly at the plate as well this season, but his was mostly due to a hamstring injury suffered during the first week of the year. The Miami, Fla., native really started to show his true abilities starting in mid-March, batting .364 with seven doubles, eight home runs, 29 runs scored and 31 RBIs in the last 31 games of the year. For the season he has a .333 average with nine doubles, eight homers and 32 RBIs and ranks third in the conference in home runs and ninth in slugging percentage (.526).
Farris has been up-and-down for a lot of the season but put up solid numbers across the board. The Florence, Ky., native batted .277 but with eight doubles, 11 home runs, 42 runs scored and 44 RBIs. He ranks second in the conference in homers, fifth in RBIs and total bases (97) and eighth in runs scored.
Murphy has perhaps been the most surprising player for the Bulldogs in 2011. He moved into the everyday lineup in the second half of last year and after a slow start at the plate, has been CU’s most consistent hitter since the end of the Spring Break trip.
The North Olmstead, Ohio, native ranks sixth in the TranSouth with a team-best .367 batting average, adding eight doubles, two triples, 37 runs scored and 32 RBIs. He also leads the club with 30 walks and hit his first two career home runs this past week against Mid-Continent, both two-run shots in consecutive games. Murphy also transitioned from second base to third at the end of March, helping solidify the Bulldog defense.
Appleton was selected All-TranSouth for the second straight year after earning First Team honors in 2010. The Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, native carries a .324 average into this week’s conference tournament along with 12 doubles, seven homers, 41 runs scored and 33 RBIs. He ranks fourth in the league in home runs, tied for sixth in total bases (96), eighth in slugging percentage (.527) and 10th in runs scored.
Winegardner also earned Second Team All-TSAC accolades after leading the Bulldogs with 68 hits and 50 runs scored. The St. Leonard, Md., native has a .345 average and 11 doubles, six home runs and 34 RBIs along with 27 walks this season. He ranks second in the conference in runs scored, tied for third in total bases (99) and fifth in hits.
First Team All-TranSouth
Catcher: David Fanshawe, Cumberland University
Catcher: Doug Joyce, Union University
First Base: Mitch McClay, Trevecca Nazarene
Second Base: Tommy Crews, Cumberland University
Third Base: Travis Garcia, Martin Methodist
Shortstop: Craig Massey, Bethel University
Extra Infielder: Chad Reynolds, Trevecca Nazarene
Outfield: Chris Cain, Bethel University
Outfield: Cory Farris, Cumberland University
Outfield: Jordan Foreman, Trevecca Nazarene
Outfield: Matt Tidwell, Trevecca Nazarene
Designated Hitter: Mike Mandarino, Cumberland University
Starting Pitcher: Jared Davis, Union University
Starting Pitcher: Will Locante, Cumberland University
Starting Pitcher: Jeremey Stack, Union University
Starting Pitcher: Aaron Wilkerson, Cumberland University
Relief Pitcher: Dylan Kuhn, Trevecca Nazarene
Second Team All-TranSouth
Catcher: Leamond Arthur, Freed-Hardeman
Catcher: Kyle Kallsnick, Lyon College
First Base: Greg Appleton, Cumberland University
Second Base: Cody Crocker, Bethel University
Third Base: Cole McAdams, Union University
Third Base: TJ Murphy, Cumberland University
Shortstop: Tommy Winegardner, Cumberland University
Extra Infielder: Celtic Rush, Bethel University
Outfield: Tony Allen, Martin Methodist
Outfield: Michael Armenteros, Lyon College
Outfield: Seth Kennedy, Blue Mountain College
Outfield: Nathan Lawrence, Mid-Continent
Outfield: Jay Lowery, Bethel University
Designated Hitter: Jordan Stack, Bethel University
Starting Pitcher: Travis Garcia, Martin Methodist
Starting Pitcher: Josh McNatt, Lyon College
Starting Pitcher: Craig Stem, Trevecca Nazarene
Starting Pitcher: Joey Wilder, Bethel University
Relief Pitcher: Hunter Burge, Mid-Continent
Player of the Year: Travis Garcia, Martin Methodist
Coach of the Year: Jonathan Burton, Trevecca Nazarene