May 18, 2012

Marcal, Fornaca & Franco Earn Baseball All-Ivy Honors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Ivy League announced its all-conference baseball teams on Friday afternoon and three Brown position players have been honored. Sophomore J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) as well as rookies Nick Fornaca (San Diego, Calif.) and Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) all garnered All-Ivy recognition. Franco and Fornaca were named to the second team while Marcal earned honorable mention accolades.

Franco was one of the team's most consistent hitters while being one of only two players to appear in every game this season for the Bears. The second baseman thrived in league play, batting .366 with 14 runs, five doubles, a triple and 10 RBI while slugging .465 with a .432 on-base percentage. Franco was also one of the team's most dependable defenders, registering 95 putouts and 117 assists. 

Fornaca made a big impact in his first season, taking over for all-league selection and current Baltimore Orioles farmhand Ryan Zrenda at the hot corner. The rookie third baseman led the team with a .328 batting average in 40 games. He also led Brown with three triples. In Ivy games, Fornaca hit .368 to lead the Bears and tallied 10 runs ,four doubles, 10 RBI and two steals. 

Marcal, a two-time Ivy League rookie of the week, provided immediate power for the Brown lineup, leading the team with five home runs, 32 runs and 52 hits, while batting .311. In conference games the right fielder hit .316 with a team-high 18 runs and 24 hits. Marcal belted three homers and five doubles for 10 RBI and a .526 slugging percentage.