St. Marys grad Manning leads league in hits

Staff Writer

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — University of Saint Francis junior baseball player and St. Marys Memorial grad D.J. Manning continues to lead the Crossroads League in hits heading into the last week of the regular season.

 Manning, who leads off for the Cougars and plays centerfield, has 49 hits this season in 43 games. He produced his 100th career hit in USF’s doubleheader against Mt. Vernon Nazarene University on Sat., April 18. He has 12 multi-hit games this season including four three-hit games. He also had a 10-game hitting streak earlier this season. Manning is batting .308 and is 9-for-14 in stolen bases attempted. The 6-foot, 190-pound Manning also just recently concluded spring drills with the USF football team. This is Manning’s first season starting in centerfield for USF. Last season he played left and right field.

At St. Marys Manning set the football single-season rushing record and led the Rider baseball team in hits in 2012 with 43.