Canisius picked to win MAAC

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EDISON, N.J. – Canisius College is the top choice to win it all during the 2008 MAAC baseball season, according to a preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Canisius finished with 71 points in the poll, four points ahead of second-place Manhattan College (67). Marist College placed third with 66 points. Fairfield University and Siena College tied for fourth place (50), followed by Rider University (36), Saint Peter’s College (34), Iona College (19), and Niagara University (12).

Saint Peter’s Kevin Kallert (Weehawken, N.J.) was named the 2008 MAAC Baseball Preseason Player of the Year. Last season, Kallert owned a .376 batting average and collected 59 hits, 35 runs and 29 RBI for the Peacocks.

Eight of the MAAC’s nine schools are represented on the Preseason All-MAAC Team. The infield includes: Canisius’ Kevin Reimer (Steinbach, Manitoba) as catcher, Allie Abbatiello (Eastchester, N.Y.) from Iona and Rick Seltzer (Allentown, Pa.) from Siena at first base, Saint Peter’s Dennis Alexander (Hamilton, N.J.) at second base, Siena’s Chris Klepps (Bristol, Conn.) at shortstop, and Canisius’ Kevin Mahoney (Miller Place, N.Y.) at third base. In the outfield are Canisius’ Ian Choy (Mississauga, Ont.), Niagara’s Tim Alberts (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and Kallert. Fairfield’s Peter Allen (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) is the designated hitter, and Rider’s Jamie Hayes (Sunshine, Fla.) is the utility player. Manhattan’s Tom Costigan (Cold Spring, N.Y.) rounds out the Preseason All-MAAC Team as the pitcher.

2008 MAAC Baseball Preseason Poll

2008 MAAC Baseball Preseason Team

1.

Canisius

71

Kevin Reimer

Catcher

Canisius

2.

Manhattan

67

Allie Abbatiello

First Base

Iona

3.

Marist

66

Rick Seltzer

First Base

Siena

4.

Fairfield

50

Dennis Alexander

Second Base

Saint Peter’s

Siena

50

Chris Klepps

Shortstop

Siena

6.

Rider

36

Kevin Mahoney

Third Base

Canisius

7.

Saint Peter’s

34

Ian Choy

Outfield

Canisius

8.

Iona

19

Tim Alberts

Outfield

Niagara

9.

Niagara

12

Kevin Kallert

Outfield

Saint Peter’s

Peter Allen

Designated Hitter

Fairfield

Jamie Hayes

Utility Player

Rider

Tom Costigan

Pitcher

Manhattan

2008 Preseason Player of the Year: Kevin Kallert, Saint Peter’s