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Jamieson, Paolini Headline 2011 Baseball All-MAAC Teams
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 05/25/2011
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Trenton, N.J. - Canisius College senior shortstop Sean Jamieson and Siena College junior second baseman Dan Paolini have been named the 2011 MAAC Baseball Co-Players of the Year and headline the 2011 All-MAAC Teams, as voted on by the league's head coaches.

Jamieson owns a .358 batting average in his final season playing for the Golden Griffins.  He has registered a conference-best 59 runs scored this year and has tallied 67 hits - including 13 doubles and 13 home runs - as well as 49 runs batted in.  He is second in the MAAC in slugging percentage (.658) and on-base percentage (.474)

Paolini has posted a .352 batting average (69-196) during his third season wearing the Green and Gold.  He has also registered league-bests in slugging percentage (.663), runs batted in (63) and home runs (17).  Paolini also recorded 44 runs scored, 10 doubles and 13 stolen bases for the Saints this year.

Manhattan College sophomore right-handed pitcher John Soldinger has been selected as the 2011 MAAC Pitcher of the Year.  Soldinger has a 9-2 record on the mound for the Jaspers and a 2.37 ERA.  He has fanned 59 batters in 95.0 innings of work during the regular season, and has held opponents to a .221 batting average. 

Tyler Smith of Rider University earned the 2011 MAAC Relief Pitcher of the Year award.  Smith has recorded a league-high 15 saves for the Broncs this season.  He closed out the regular season with a 3-3 record and a 2.50 ERA.  The sophomore left-handed hurler struck out 39 batters over 36.0 innings.

Rider's Nick Crescenzo was chosen as the 2011 MAAC Rookie of the Year.  Crescenzo led all rookies in the league in hitting .345 (51-148) in his first season for the Broncs.  He posted a .378 slugging percentage and a .387 on-base percentage during his rookie campaign.  Crescenzo also recorded 24 runs scored and 31 RBI.

The All-MAAC First Team includes Bryce Nugent from Marist as catcher and Brian Burton from Canisius at first base.   Paolini is at second base, while Jamieson is at shortstop.  Iona College's Chris Burke is at third base.  The outfield is made up of Manhattan's Mike McCann and Mark Onorati as well as Rider's Brandon Cotten.  Iona's James Beck and Marist College's Eric Helmrich share the designated hitter duties, while Marist's Ricky Pacione is the utility player.  Soldinger and Rider's Mike Thomas round out the All-MAAC First Team as the pitchers.

The All-MAAC Second Team includes Ramon Ortega from Manhattan at catcher and Iona's Michael Chiaravalloti at first base.  Fairfield's Tucker Nathans took second base honors, while Manhattan's Nick Camastro earned a spot at shortstop.  Manhattan's Chad Salem is serving as the third baseman.  In the outfield are Crescenzo, Mike Gallic from Marist and Preston Aldridge from Saint Peter's College.  Rider's Steve Galella is the designated hitter, and Brian Deering from Niagara University is the utility player.  Iona's Justin Wiley, Manhattan's Eric Luksis and Marist's Chad Gallagher were selected for the second team pitching corps.

Manhattan College head coach Kevin Leighton has been named the 2011 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year.  In his sixth season at the helm of the Japers' baseball program, Leighton has led his squad to an overall record of 31-17 and a 20-2 mark in the MAAC, en route to winning the regular season title and the top seed in the 2011 MAAC Baseball Championship.  This is the second time that Leighton has received this honor, previously winning the award in 2009.

2011 ALL-MAAC BASEBALL FIRST TEAM

Name

School

Pos.

Bryce Nugent

Marist

C

Brian Burton

Canisius

1B

Dan Paolini

Siena

2B

Sean Jamieson

Canisius

SS

Chris Burke

Iona

3B

Mike McCann

Manhattan

OF

Mark Onorati

Manhattan

OF

Brandon Cotten

Rider

OF

James Beck

Iona

DH

Eric Helmrich

Marist

DH

Ricky Pacione

Marist

UT

John Soldinger

Manhattan

P

Mike Thomas

Rider

P


2011 ALL-MAAC BASEBALL SECOND TEAM

Name

School

Pos.

Ramon Ortega

Manhattan

C

Michael Chiaravalloti

Iona

1B

Tucker Nathans

Fairfield

2B

Nick Camastro

Manhattan

SS

Chad Salem

Manhattan

3B

Mike Gallic

Marist

OF

Nick Crescenzo

Rider

OF

Preston Aldridge

Saint Peter's

OF

Steve Galella

Rider

DH

Brian Deering

Niagara

UT

Justin Wiley

Iona

P

Eric Luksis

Manhattan

P

Chad Gallagher

Marist

P

MAAC Co-Players of the Year

Sean Jamieson, Canisius
Dan Paolini, Siena

MAAC Pitcher of the Year

John Soldinger, Manhattan

MAAC Relief Pitcher of the Year

Tyler Smith, Rider

MAAC Rookie of the Year

Nick Crescenzo, Rider

Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year

Kevin Leighton, Manhattan

 


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Baseball
Team MAAC Pct. Overall Pct.
Canisius 20-4 .833 40-16 .714
Siena 17-7 .708 27-33 .450
Fairfield 15-8 .652 32-24 .571
Monmouth 12-10 .545 24-25 .481
Quinnipiac 12-10 .545 18-31 .367
Manhattan 11-13 .458 17-33 .340
Marist 10-14 .417 17-32 .347
Iona 9-15 .375 13-31 .295
Niagara 8-14 .364 20-31 .392
Rider 7-15 .318 16-33 .327
Saint Peter's 6-17 .261 11-41 .212
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