Kleinknecht named All-American

Barrett Kleinknecht (Source: FMU)
Barrett Kleinknecht (Source: FMU)

Florence, SC - From Francis Marion University

FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University senior shortstop Barrett Kleinknecht has been named to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) NCAA Division II All-America Team for 2010. Kleinknecht was selected to the third team.

The Florence native becomes the fourth All-American in the history of the FMU program, joining pitcher Dylan Owen (2007, 2006), pitcher and designated hitter Daniel Vizzini (1990), and infielder Mike Wilson (1979).

Kleinknecht led FMU with a .371 average and was the team-leader in runs scored (55), hits (79), doubles (19), homers (13), runs batted in (46), and slugging percentage (.662). He also shared the team lead in stolen bases (10-of-12). He compiled 24 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBIs games, while reaching base safely in 48 of 53 games. Nationally, he is ranked as the 56th toughest player to strike out with only 14 punchouts in 248 plate appearances and is 11th in Division II with eight sacrifice flies. He owns a .959 fielding percentage, is fifth in the Peach Belt Conference in fielding assists, and had a hand in 24 double plays this season.

He ended the season with an 11 game-hitting streak, his second double-digit streak of the year, and he batted 11-for-20 in post-season play.

Kleinknecht also found his way to the pitching mound on nine occasions. He posted a 6-1 record with a 1.74 earned run average, while holding opponents to a .165 batting average.

Kleinknecht earned All-Peach Belt Conference honors and various All-Region awards each of his two seasons at Francis Marion. He appeared in 107 career games and registered 105 runs scored, 35 doubles, 22 homers, 110 RBIs, and a .372 average.

Francis Marion finished its 2010 campaign with a 40-14 mark and earned a second straight invitation to the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The 40 victories is the second-highest win total in team history, and the Patriots spent a good deal of the season ranked in the Top 10.