Marnati is fourth in program history with 228 hits.
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Four Named All-American
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Release: 05/21/2012
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MASON, Ohio --- The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) announced its 2012 baseball All-Americans, and California Baptist University had four players named to the two teams.

Matt Marnati and Kevin Odom were named to the first team. Jon Bengard and Andy Crowley were named to the second team.

Marnati, the Pacific West Conference Tri-Player of the Year, hit .352 with a team-leading 74 hits and 24 doubles. He also led the team with 53 RBIs and was second with 51 runs and third with 11 stolen bases. He is a three-time all-conference honoree in three seasons in Riverside.

Odom, meanwhile, hit .360 and led the team with 56 runs scored, 32 walks and a .518 on-base percentage. The PacWest Co-Newcomer of the Year, also had 13 doubles, six home runs, 40 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

In a breakout season, Bengard, the PacWest Pitcher of the Year, was 11-2 with a 3.01 ERA, getting 70 strikeouts in 80.2 innings. He won 11 of his 14 appearances, including a complete-game victory in the final pool play game at the NCCAA World Series. His 11 victories is tied for second-most in a single-season in program history.

In his first collegiate season, Crowley, the PacWest Freshman of the Year, led the Lancers hitting .372. He also had 40 runs, 38 RBIs, 10 doubles and eight stolen bases.

The Lancers finished the season 43-13 overall, their third straight 40-win season. They also won the NCCAA World Series and won the Pacific West Conference title, which was their third straight conference crown.


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