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Masco's Mike Manni commits to UMass

Masconomet senior catcher Mike Manni has verbally committed to UMass for the 2014-15 baseball season, the Chieftains announced this afternoon on their Twitter account.

Manni becomes the third Chieftain from the 2014 class to commit to UMass, joining righthanders Joe Klingensmith and Will Twiss. With Manni behind the dish, the Chieftains' pitching staff had an ERA of 1.04 -- including a combined 149 strikeouts and 17-1 record by Klingensmith and Twiss -- as they captured their MIAA Division 2 State Championship. For the season, Manni batted a team-high .399 and an OPS of .982, with three home runs and 27 RBI.