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2011 MAAC Preseason Baseball Poll

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Edison, N.J. – Rider University has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2011 MAAC Baseball Championship, according to a preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Rider, the defending MAAC Champion, finished with 73 points in the poll, while Marist College finished second (67).  Canisius College placed third with 65 points.  Manhattan College placed fourth (56), followed by Siena College (51), Niagara University (28), Fairfield University (27), Saint Peter’s College (20), and Iona College (18).

Siena junior second baseman Dan Paolini was named the 2011 MAAC Baseball Preseason Player of the Year.  Paolini, 2010 MAAC Player of the Year, posted a .368 batting average last season.  He also registered a league-best .816 slugging percentage, while setting a school-record with 62 runs scored and 64 RBI. Paolini stole 12 bases in just 15 attempts on the season, and made just four errors in 264 chances (.985) at second base.

The infield for the 2011 preseason team includes: Marist’s Bryce Nugent as catcher, Siena’s Kevin Quaranto at first base, Dan Paolini at second base, Canisius’ Sean Jamieson at shortstop and Manhattan’s Chad Salem at third base.  In the outfield are Manhattan’s Mike McCann and Mark Onorati along with Rider’s Brandon Cotten.  Fairfield’s Anthony Hajjar is the designated hitter, and Marist’s Jon Schwind is the utility player.  Canisius’ Shane Davis and Rider’s Mike Thomas round out the Preseason All-MAAC Team as the pitchers.

2011 MAAC Baseball Preason Coaches’ Poll 2011 MAAC Baseball Preason Team
1. Rider 73 Bryce Nugent Catcher Marist
2. Marist 67 Kevin Quaranto First Base Siena
3. Canisius 65 Dan Paolini Second Base Siena
4. Manhattan 56 Sean Jamieson Shortstop Canisius
5. Siena 51 Chad Salem Third Base Manhattan
6. Niagara 28 Mike McCann Outfield Manhattan
7. Fairfield 27 Mark Onorati Outfield Manhattan
8. Saint Peter’s 20 Brandon Cotten Outfield Rider
9. Iona 18 Anthony Hajjar Designated Hitter Fairfield
Jon Schwind Utility Marist
Shane Davis Pitcher Canisius
Mike Thomas Pitcher Rider
2011 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year: Dan Paolini, Siena