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Former Lake City star Manzardo named third-team All-America

| May 27, 2020 1:12 AM

Washington State first baseman Kyle Manzardo, a sophomore from Lake City High, was named to the All-America third team by Collegiate Baseball on Tuesday.

Manzardo is the first Cougar All-American since Jared Prince (OF/P) and Jay Miller (OF) each earned third team honors in 2006 and is WSU’s first All-American infielder since Ray Hattenburg (UTL) earned honorable mention in 1999 and Casey Kelley (1B) was a third-team selection in 1998. Manzardo finished the shortened season hitting .435 with seven doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI, a .500 on-base percentage and a Pac-12 best 27 hits. The Coeur d’Alene native tied for the league lead in doubles, was second in batting average and was fourth in slugging (.694) and runs scored (21).

Manzardo recorded a hit in all 16 games Washington State played in 2020, and will take a 17-game hitting streak into the 2021 season, tied for the sixth-longest hitting streak in the program history.

Manzardo also earned WSU’s first Pac-12 Player of the Week Award since 2016 following a four-game series sweep of Niagara in Pullman. He hit .556 (10 for 18) with 11 runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and nine RBI.