Sean McNally announced on Wednesday that sophomore infielder/outfielder Chris Marconcini will miss the entire 2012 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. Marconcini suffered the season-ending injury on Sunday during an intrasquad game.DURHAM, N.C. - Duke head coach
"Obviously we are tremendously disappointed about the injury to Chris," McNally said. "He is an elite talent who has worked very hard all year in preparation for his sophomore season. His presence in our lineup will be missed as will his defensive versatility. We know that he will attack the rehabilitation process and will come back a better player when he returns to the field. Everyone in our baseball program will support him during the rehabilitation process. The injury creates an opportunity for some other players who have also worked very hard. We will be counting on them to elevate their level of play this season."
Marconcini, who was recently named as a preseason All-ACC Second Team selection by College Sports Madness, earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors following his first season in Durham in 2011. He led Duke in doubles (15), triples (six), home runs (four), RBI (39), runs scored (41), slugging percentage (.481) and total bases (99) as a freshman last season. Marconcini started 55 of Duke's 56 games, posting a .291 batting average and eight stolen bases in 10 attempts.
A native of Brentwood, Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy), Marconcini was Duke's best hitter in clutch situations in 2011, batting .383 with runners in scoring position. His 39 RBI were the most by a Duke freshman since 1999 and he was only the seventh player in Duke baseball's 122-year history to lead the team in RBI, runs and extra-base hits.
Marconcini led Duke with 19 two-out RBI and a .386 batting average with two outs on the board. With runners on base and two outs, he hit .448 and put together a team-high 11 multiple-RBI games.
Duke opens the 2012 season on Friday with a three-game series at Texas.