STARKVILLE, Miss. – Coming off a stellar 2016 season that was full of awards and honors, sophomore Jake Mangum was pegged as a Perfect Game Preseason Second Team All-American, the publication announced Monday.
As a freshman in 2016, Mangum collected the SEC batting crown, recording a league-high .408 batting average, in addition to being named SEC Freshman of the Year, All-SEC First Team and recognition on seven All-America lists. Mangum’s .408 single-season average stands seventh in school history, ousting Rafael Palmeiro‘s .406 batting average during his rookie campaign in 1983.
Over 62 appearances and 43 starts last season, Mangum tallied 12 doubles, three triples, one home run and 28 runs batted in for a .510 slugging percentage and a .458 on-base percentage. Mangum spent the offseason playing summer ball in the prestigious Cape Cod baseball league for the Bourne Braves.
Mangum and the rest of the Diamond Dawgs will begin the 2017 season at Dudy Noble Field on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. CT against 2016 College World Series participant Texas Tech.