PIKEVILLE – The 2013 baseball season may have ended on a down note for the University of Pikeville, but some good news came out of it this week when third baseman Erik Manning was named to the all-conference team.
Manning is a 6-0 freshman from Somerset who led the Bears with a .329 batting average this season and was honored as a First-Team All-Mid-South Conference selection.
“We’re very proud of Erik and the type of season he had,” said Coach Chad Gassman. “His season was one anyone would be proud of, but for him to post these numbers as a freshman is even more impressive. He had a great season for us and we’re thankful the coaches around the Mid-South saw that and appreciated it as well.”
In addition to hitting, Manning led the team in seven other statistical categories, was second in three others and fourth in another. Included in that was his 22 doubles, which was four more than the next highest total in the league and was good for fifth in the country.
He also led the team with 50 hits, 33 RBIs, 74 total bases, a .487 slugging percentage, getting hit by a pitch eight times and three sacrifice flies.
The Somerset High School product was second on the club with a .393 on-base percentage, 152 at bats and was tied with 11 stolen bases. In addition, his 19 runs scored was good for fourth on the club.
The Bears finished the 2013 season 18-26-1 overall with a 6-15 worksheet in the Mid-South Conference.
In addition, nine members of the Bears were named academic all-conference on Wednesday. They were Simon Beeson, a sophomore from Columbia, Mo.; Cody Clark, a junior from Ashland; Chaz Contreras, a junior from Gilbert, Ariz.; Dakota Gilkison, a freshman from Pisgah Forest, N.C.; Corey Gilligan, a junior from Las Vegas; Sean Ryan, a junior from Chico, Calif.; Joe Valentino, a junior from Tollhouse, Calif.; and Luke Wright, a junior from Georgetown.