AUGUSTA, GA – Francis Marion University senior shortstop Barrett Kleinknect has been named to the Peach Belt Conference’s 2010 preseason All-Conference baseball team. The 11-member squad was selected by the conference head coaches and features players from eight of the 12 baseball-playing schools in the Peach Belt.
Kleinknecht was named the 2009 PBC Tournament MVP, a first-team All-Conference pick, and was selected to three different All-Region squads. A native of Florence, Kleinknecht batted .372 in 2009 with 50 runs scored and team-leading totals of 16 doubles, nine homers, and 64 RBIs. His RBI total was two shy of the team record. Kleinknecht finished fifth in the PBC in RBIs and sixth in total bases. He had a pair of 12-game hitting streaks, 27 multi-hit games, and 17 multi-RBI games. In the field, he committed only 11 errors in 256 chances and contributed to 28 double plays.
He also made 15 appearances on the mound, where he posted a 1-3 mark with a team-leading six saves and a 3.41 earned run average.
The Patriots open their 2010 season at Barton College on Feb. 2.
2010 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Preseason All-Conference Team
1B – Seth Kivett, UNC Pembroke
2B – Andre Airich, North Georgia
3B – Jordan Erisman, North Georgia
SS – Barrett Kleinknecht, Francis Marion
C – Daniel Pettiti, North Georgia
OF – Bud Lanier, Lander
OF – Alex Montes, Columbus State
OF – Alex Wyche, Armstrong Atlantic State
DH – Travis Howard, USC Aiken
SP – Matt McGovern, UNC Pembroke
RP – Martin Dewald, GCSU