Junior Jon Fitzsimmons (London, Ontario) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week while freshman Anthony Massicci (Ithaca, N.Y.) was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Fitzsimmons had three saves in three appearances last week, including two saves in a sweep at Manhattan. Fitzsimmons had five strikeouts in the eight outs he recorded on the week, and is now averaging 16.5 strikeouts per nine innings in conference play. The 6-foot-2 junior got the final out in a mid-week win over Buffalo, who went on to sweep Kent State on the weekend. Fitzsimmons threw two scoreless innings in a game-two win at Manhattan and also got the final out in the series finale to clinch the first sweep by a MAAC team at Van Cortlandt Park since the 2007 season.
In four starts last week, Massicci led the Canisius offense with a .545 batting average and six RBI as the Ithaca, N.Y. native extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Massicci reached base at least two times in all four of his starts, posting a .667 on-base percentage. Massicci’s double in the fifth inning of the series opener at Manhattan, started the Griffs’ four-run rally and he also had a two-RBI single in the seventh inning. In the series finale, his seventh-inning RBI single proved to be the game-winning hit in the team’s first sweep at Manhattan in program history.
Canisius has had a league-best eight players earn weekly awards from the conference office this season, twice as many as any other school in the MAAC. The eight players have claimed a total of nine awards, including three Player of the Week, two Pitcher of the Week and four Rookie of the Week awards.
Canisius (27-10) enters the week on a season-long seven-game winning streak and returns to the Demske Sports Complex on Tuesday, hosting the University of Akron. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.