Baseball’s Mantoni Earns NE-10 Accolades, Carnevale Garners All-Rookie Honors

SOUTH EASTON, MA – Junior Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, MA) of the Merrimack baseball team picked up Northeast-10 All-Conference second team honors while Joe Carnevale (East Providence, RI) was tabbed to the All-Rookie squad, as announced by the league office Wednesday.

This marks the second career all-conference nod for Mantoni as he hauled in third team honors.

Mantoni led the Warriors with six home runs on the season, including a walk-off two-run blast to give Merrimack a 10-8 victory over UMass Lowell. The junior co-captain also paced the squad with 29 RBIs on the year. Mantoni batted .313 to rank second on the team as he collected 50 base hits. He landed 18 extra-base hits in the spring with 11 doubles, a triple and six homers.

The product of Northbridge, MA, slugged .506 on the year and owned an on-base percentage of .442. Mantoni crossed the plate 22 times during the 2012 campaign. Batting mainly at the clean-up slot, the designated hitter started 48 contests and drew 19 walks while stealing one base.

On the mound, Mantoni sported a 4-5 record with a 5.40 ERA. In 11 starts on the hill, he racked up 52 strikeouts and 48.1 innings pitched.

Mantoni was also earned All-America honors by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) this year.

Carnevale made 11 starts on the bump this season and boasted a 3-3 record in the spring. The rookie finished his first collegiate season with a 3.73 ERA. He paced the Merrimack pitching staff with 56 strikeouts and 62.2 innings pitched.

This year, Carnevale was named the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week and collected one of his two Rookie of the Week nods on the year March 12 after tossing six scoreless innings in an 8-0 win over Molloy. The freshman right-hander fanned a season-high 12 batters in the game, including the first six batters he faced and eight of the first nine.

The Warriors posted a 17-32 overall record in 2012 with a 4-17 mark in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference. This spring, Merrimack tied the program's longest winning-streak since the 1999 season with eight-straight victories from March 10 through March 17.