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Baseball - Sun, Apr. 29, 2012
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JACKSON, Tenn. - The 2012 TranSouth Conference Baseball postseason honors have been released. Cumberland University standout Mike Mandarino was voted as the TranSouth Player of the Year. Jonathan Estes of Freed-Hardeman University was voted as the TranSouth Coach of the Year. The first and second team all-conference awards were also announced, along with the TranSouth Conference Rawlings Gold Glove team. These awards will be presented during a ceremony prior to game three in the conference tournament, which starts Monday, April 30 at Union University's Fesmire Field.
Mandarino, 6-foot-1 pitcher/first baseman from Massapequa, N.Y., was named TranSouth All-Conference at two positions this season. He did his best work from the mound where he was named first team all-conference pitcher. Mandarino was 9-2 this season with 11 starts and 13 appearances with eight complete games. In 80.0 innings, he allowed just 22 earned runs, posting a 2.48 ERA with 63 strikeouts and just 28 walks. Mandarino was named to the second team as a first baseman. In 51 games, he hit .333 with a TranSouth best 15 home runs while finishing second in the TranSouth with 45 RBI. In his 171 at bats, he recorded 31 runs, 57 hits and nine doulbes.
Estes is in his third season as the head baseball coach at his alma mater, Freed-Hardeman. This season, Estes led the Lions to a 36-19 overall record and a league best 15-6 conference record. Estes led Freed-Hardeman to their first TranSouth Conference regular season title in 15 years, while also pushing the Lions into the NAIA National Polls. The Lions are ranked No. 19 in the latest rankings.

2012 TranSouth Conference Baseball Postseason Honors (Printable PDF)
Player of the Year:  Mike Mandarino, Cumberland University (photo)
Coach of the Year:  Jonathan Estes, Freed-Hardeman University (photo)
First Team All-Conference (photo)
Catcher - Doug Joyce, Union University
Catcher - Keith Tidwell, Martin Methodist College
First Base - Nick Flanagan, Martin Methodist College
Second Base - Robert Prieto, Freed-Hardeman University
Third Base - Evan Mansell, Freed-Hardeman University
Shortstop - Danny Grimm, Union University
Extra Fielder - Nate Bell, Blue Mountain College
Outfield - Gardner Richey, Blue Mountain College
Outfield - Brett Pawlan, Union University
Outfield - Justin Mackey, Freed-Hardeman University
Outfield - Clint Gobbell, Martin Methodist College
Designated Hitter - Chris Cain, Bethel University 
Starting Pitcher - Roberto Ferguson, Freed-Hardeman University
Starting Pitcher - Gary Ward, Bethel University
Starting Pitcher - Mike Mandarino, Cumberland University
Starting Pitcher - Will Irvin, Union University
Relief Pitcher - Cody Dew, Union University

Second Team All-Conference (photo)
Catcher - Tyler Roberson, Bethel University
Catcher - Jake Todd, Freed-Hardeman University
First Base - Mike Mandarino, Cumberland University
Second Base - Sam Lind, Cumberland University
Third Base - Ben Wallis, Blue Mountain College
Shortstop - Cory Urquhart, Cumberland University
Extra Fielder - Cody Ferrell, Cumberland University
Outfield - Lance Jarreld, Bethel University
Outfield - Brian Ferrell, Bethel University
Outfield - Rob Holley, Martin Methodist College
Outfield - Henry Castaigne, Lyon College 
Outfield - Seth Kennedy, Blue Mountain College
Designated Hitter - Jesse Hykes, Freed-Hardeman University
Starting Pitcher - Andy Southard, Freed-Hardeman University
Starting Pitcher - Chipper Smith, Cumberland University
Starting Pitcher - Tomas Rodriguez, Mid-Continent University
Starting Pitcher - Talan Roepcke, Lyon College
Relief Pitcher - Brock Glass, Martin Methodist College
Relief Pitcher - Hunter Burge, Mid-Continent University
Rawlings Gold Glove Team (photo)
Catcher - Keith Tidwell, Martin Methodist College
First Base - Nate Bell, Blue Mountain College
Second Base - Sam Lind, Cumberland University
Third Base - Justin McQueen, Martin Methodist College
Shortstop - Danny Grimm, Union University
Outfield - Justin Mackey, Freed-Hardeman University
Outfield - Hunter Mize, Blue Mountain College
Outfield - Antonio Butler, Cumberland University
Pitcher - Roberto Ferguson, Freed-Hardeman University