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2011 CBD Season Preview: MAAC

The MAAC conference in 2010 was won by Canisius in the regular season with a 19-5 conference record. Marist came in second with a 16-8 record while Rider and Manhattan tied for third place with 15-7 records. Siena and Niagara tied for fifth place with 13-11 records. Fairfield finished in seventh with a 8-16 record while St. Peter’s finished in eighth with a 6-18 record and Iona finished last with a 3-21 conference mark.

The conference tourney saw the top four teams qualify for the double elimination tournament. Rider would walk away with the conference championship after going 3-0 to receive theĀ conference’sĀ automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. They were sent to the Austin Regional where they lost to Texas in the opener 11-0 and then Rice 19-1 to end their season.

Canisius (39-21 overall, 19-5 MAAC)
Top Returnees
Sr. 1B Brian Burton (.373 BA, 17 HR, 68 RBI)
Sr. SS Sean Jamieson (.371 BA, 7 HR, 51 RBI)
Rs. Sr. LHP Shane Davis (9-3, 4.58 ERA)
Rs. Sr. RHP Chris Cox (5-4, 6.07 ERA)

Key Losses
Shane McQuail (.397 BA, 20 HR, 81 RBI)
Mike Boemans (5-5, 5.85 ERA)

Fairfield (18-32 overall, 8-16 MAAC)
Top Returnees
So. 1B/3B Anthony Hajjar (.380 BA, 7 HR, 46 RBI)
Sr. IF Tucker Nathans (.357 BA, 7 HR, 50 RBI)
Jr. RHP Sam Robertson (2-5, 7.83 ERA)
So. RHP Mark Bordonaro (5-2, 8.19 ERA)

Key Losses
Jason Rago (.323 BA, 4 HR, 38 RBI)
Rob Garano (4-5, 4.29 ERA)

Iona (9-40 overall, 3-21 MAAC)

Top Returnees
Jr. 1B/C James Beck (.341 BA, 5 HR, 34 RBI)
Sr. IF Nick Rossetti (.337 BA, 5 HR, 34 RBI, 12-19 SB)
So. RHP Matt Marley (1-5, 7.43 ERA)
Sr. LHP Justin Wiley (4-6, 8.42 ERA)

Key Losses
Andre Passerelle (.325 BA, 13 HR, 45 RBI)

Manhattan (31-20 overall, 15-9 MAAC)
Top Returnees
Sr. OF Mark Onorati (.391 BA, 7 HR, 51 RBI)
Sr. IF Chad Salem (.383 BA, 15 HR, 68 RBI)
So. RHP John Soldinger (5-3, 2.83 ERA)
So. LHP Eric Luksis (5-6, 5.27 ERA)

Key Losses
Kevin Nieto (.363 BA, 10 HR, 42 RBI)
Tom Costigan (6-3, 5.29 ERA)

Marist (33-22 overall, 16-8 MAAC)
Top Returnees
Jr. IF/OF Jon Schwind (.346 BA, 4 HR, 42 RBI)
So. OF Mike Orefice (.331 BA, 2 HR, 36 RBI)
Rs. Jr. LHP Chad Gallagher (6-2, 4.58 ERA)
Sr. RHP Kyle Putnam (4-4, 5.84 ERA)

Key Losses
Ryan Gauck (.380 BA, 3 HR, 38 RBI, 9-10 SB)
B.J. Martin (6-3, 6.50 ERA)

Niagara (17-36 overall, 13-11 MAAC)
Top Returnees
Sr. IF/P Brian Deering (.302 BA, 3 HR, 28 RBI)
Jr. OF/P Adam Wagner (.290 BA, HR, 16 RBI)
Sr. OF Cam Stykemain (.273 BA, 22 RBI)

Key Losses
Matt Wietilspach (.333 BA, 9 HR, 45 RBI)
Daniel Morari (4-7, 5.15 ERA)

Rider (36-23 overall, 15-9 MAAC)
Top Returnees
A.J. Albee (.360 BA, 9 HR, 60 RBI, 14-17 SB)
Brandon Cotton (.351 BA, HR, 32 RBI, 12-17 SB)
Tyler Smith (6-4, 3.38 ERA, 9 SV)
Mike Thomas (9-3, 4.14 ERA)

Key Losses
Nick Wojnowski (.388 BA, 9 HR, 46 RBI)
Ryan Miller (1-5, 8.73 ERA)

Saint Peter’s (18-34 overall, 6-18 MAAC)
Top Returnees
Jr. SS Justyn Carter (.359 BA, 3 HR, 27 RBI)
So. RHP/C Brian Schroeder (.326 BA, 5 HR, 39 RBI)
So. Chris Grimes (.312 BA, 6 HR, 31 RBI)
Dom Macaluso (5-8, 4.90 ERA)

Key Losses
Conor Mullee (.325 BA, 8 HR, 45 RBI)
Mike Schaaf (3-4, 5.58 ERA)

Siena (27-27 overall, 13-11 MAAC)
Top Returnees
Kevin Quaranto (.413 BA, 12 HR, 54 RBI)
Dan Paolini (.368 BA, 26 HR, 64 RBI)
Zach Hartman (1-5, 6.28 ERA)
Kyle Sumple (3-7, 6.29 ERA)

Key Losses
Anthony Giansanti (.336 BA, 10 HR, 47 RBI, 1-0, 2.89 ERA, 6 SV)
Kyle Baldani (.326 BA, 18 RBI)

Predictions
1. Canisius
2. Manhattan
3. Rider
4. Siena
5. Marist
6. St. Peter’s
7. Niagara
8. Fairfield
9. Iona

Projected Player of the Year: Dan Paolini (Siena)
Projected Pitcher of the Year: Shane Davis (Canisius)
Series to Watch: Canisius at Manhattan (April 22nd-23rd)