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Baseball Wins Two MAAC Weekly Awards

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 05/10/2010
Junior Steve McQuail
Courtesy: Dave Schofield
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Canisius College junior Steve McQuail (Wantagh, N.Y.) and senior Mike Goemans (Guelph, Ontario) were named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. It's the second honor of the day for Goemans who was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper earlier in the day.

McQuail, who becomes the first player to be named MAAC Player of the Week twice in the 2010 season, continued his productive month of May and MAAC season by hitting .611 (11-for-18) with 11 runs scored, four home runs and 12 RBI in four Canisius wins last week. McQuail had a 10th-inning walkoff homer against Niagara on Wednesday. McQuail also had a grand slam in the opening game of the weekend sweep against Manhattan and is now hitting 8-for-10 with three grand slams and 24 RBI with the bases loaded. In seven games in the month of May, McQuail is hitting .563 with seven home runs and 22 RBI. In 18 conference games, McQuail is hitting .486 with 35 hits, 28 runs scored, eight doubles, 10 home runs and 43 RBI while slugging 1.014.

McQuail leads Canisius in a number of offensive categories - batting average (.395), hits (73), home runs (17), RBI (71) and slugging percentage (.768). McQuail set the MAAC single-season record for RBI, breaking the record of 67 set by Chuck Kulle of Le Moyne during the 1993 season.

Goemans threw a one-hit shutout of Manhattan in the final game of the Golden Griffins' weekend sweep, a 4-0 victory at the Demske Sports Complex on Sunday. Goemans allowed a second-inning single, walked a batter in the third inning and also hit a batter in the third before retiring the final 19 Manhattan batters to complete the shutout victory.

It was the first one-hitter by a Canisius pitcher since Mike Bax on April 9, 2005 and first one-hit, nine-inning shutout by a Golden Griffin in the last 20 years. Goemans, a 2009 all-MAAC Second-Team selection, improved to 5-3 on the season and has a 4.36 ERA, the lowest ERA of any Canisius starting pitcher.

Canisius is 34-16 overall and 16-2 in the MAAC and has already clinched a berth in the 2010 MAAC Championship with six games left on the regular-season schedule. The Griffs can clinch the MAAC regular-season title with one win in the upcoming weekend series at Marist (May 15-16).

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