Junior third baseman Frank Crinella (East Longmeadow, Mass.) of the Merrimack College baseball team has been named a Preseason All-American, as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association on Wednesday.
Crinella was honored on the Preseason All-American Second Team. He was selected as an Preseason All-East Region First Team member earlier this week. Crinella finished last season as the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, ABCA/NCBWA East Region Player of the Year and the seventh player in program history to be named an All-American.
The East Longmeadow native led the conference in many offensive categories and led the Warriors in essentially every offensive category. He ranked first in the NE-10 in runs scored (53), hits (69), triples (6), and RBI (40). He topped all Warriors in those four categories, as well as in batting average (.401), home runs (6), doubles (13), stolen bases (28) and slugging percentage (.651).
The infielder enters his third season on campus with a .360 career batting average, seven homers, 70 RBI, 40 stolen bases, 122 hits and 75 runs scored.
The Warriors are set to begin the season on February 28 at the Diamond Nation Complex in Flemington, N.J. against Southern Connecticut State University. Merrimack is set to play in its home opener on March 24 against the College of Saint Joseph.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN