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Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 05/24/2010
The Golden Griffins are in the postseason for the fourth straight year and fifth time in program history.
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2010 MAAC Championship No. 1 seed Canisius College (37-19, 19-5 MAAC)
May 26-30, 2010
Location: Fishkill, N.Y. (Dutchess Stadium)

  • Canisius, the 2010 MAAC regular-season champions, is playing in the MAAC Championship for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in program history (1994).
  • Canisius is looking for its first postseason MAAC championship in program history and for its first berth in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Canisius opens against No. 4 seed Manhattan, the third consecutive year the teams have met in the postseason (Canisius won both of the previous meetings, with redshirt junior Shane Davis earning the win in both starts).
  • Canisius has won the MAAC title for the third time in program history (1994 and 2008) and for the second time in three years.
  • Canisius is 0-4 all-time in its first game at the MAAC Championship.
  • In 2008, Canisius won its first-ever postseason game. In 2009, Canisius battled through the losers’ bracket and advanced to the title game of the MAAC Championship for the first time in program history.
  • Canisius has won 30 games in three straight seasons — the only three seasons in program history with 30 wins.
  • Since the start of the 2008 season, Canisius has 114 wins — six more than any other team in the Northeast region (St. John’s has 108) and 18 more than any other team in the MAAC (Manhattan has 96).
  • Canisius (37-19) is one of four teams in the Northeast region with at least 35 victories — Connecticut (43-12), Pittsburgh (37-16) and St. John’s (36-18).
  • Canisius is the only team in the Northeast to win 35 games each of the last three seasons, and after the weekend’s games, is one of 22 teams across the country to accomplish the feat.
  • On the season, Canisius has scored 524 runs — 60 more than any other season in program history.
  • Canisius coach Mike McRae is in his sixth season at Canisius, and has a 161-163 record with the Golden Griffins. He is the only MAAC coach to lead two different schools to the MAAC Championship (Niagara in 2003 and 2004).
  • Three Golden Griffins were selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I First Team — senior Ian Choy, junior Josh Marshall and senior Perry Silverman. All three are now eligible to be named Academic All-Americans, which will be announced Tuesday. Canisius is one of two schools in the country, along with Western Kentucky, to have three First-Team All-District selections.
  • Junior Steve McQuail ranks in the top 10 nationally with 78 RBI. McQuail already owns the Canisius and MAAC single-season records. McQuail is hitting .413 on the season, trying to become the third player in program history to hit .400 in a season.
  • Senior Perry Silverman ranks in the top 10 nationally with 73 runs scored and has broken the Canisius and MAAC single-season runs scored records.
  • In MAAC games, Canisius is hitting .372, 39 points better than any other team. The Griffs rank sixth in ERA (5.62) and are second in fielding (.974).
  • In conference games, the Griffs have five players hitting .400 or better.
  • No. 2 seed Marist was the only MAAC team to defeat Canisius in a series this seaosn, taking two of three from the Griffs on May 15-16. The Red Foxes also eliminated Canisius from the 2009 MAAC Championship, defeating the Golden Griffins in two of the three meetings.
  • No. 3 seed Rider was swept by Canisius in a three-game April series between the teams at the Demske Sports Complex, with Canisius winning the first game 7-6 in 11 innings and then winning the next two games 8-2 and 13-2. Canisius eliminated Rider from the 2009 MAAC Championship while Rider defeated Canisius in the first round of the 2008 MAAC Championship en route to winning the MAAC title.
  • No. 4 seed Manhattan was swept by Canisius in a three-game series at the Demske Sports Complex, with Canisius winning 23-20, 10-8 and 4-0. The teams have met in an elimination game in each of the past two MAAC Championships, with Canisius winning each game.
  • Marist enters the postseason with a 33-20 record having won four straight and six of seven after a three-game sweep of Fairfield in the final series of the regular season.
  • The Red Foxes are led by Ryan Gauck with a .376 batting average while Ricky Pacione has a team-best 49 RBI.
  • The Red Foxes have hit 31 home runs on the season, with no player hitting more than six homers.
  • Chad Gallagher has been the team’s top starting pitcher, going 6-2 with a 4.58 ERA. Gallagher tied for the MAAC lead with five victories in conference play. Sean McKeown is the team’s closer and has a 3.02 ERA with a 4-1 record and seven saves.
  • The defending MAAC champions are in the postseason for the third time in the last four seasons and have won four MAAC postseason titles in the last 10 years.
  • Rider enters the postseason with a 33-21 overall record, having won seven straight and 13 of 15 after a sweep of Iona to earn the No. 3 seed for this weekend’s tournament.
  • Nick Wojnowski is hitting .399 overall and .466 in MAAC games, while A.J. Albee leads the team with eight home runs and 56 RBIs. Karl Johnston leads the team with 21 steals.
  • Mike Thomas was 5-0 with a 3.09 ERA and led the MAAC with 57 strikeouts in conference games. Closer Tyler Smith was 6-4 with seven saves in 28 appearances.
  • The 2008 MAAC champions, Rider is in the postseason for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years.
  • Manhattan enters the postseason with a 30-18 record and qualified for the MAAC Championship with a come-from-behind 19-18 10th-inning victory over Siena on Friday, rallying from a 17-5 seventh-inning deficit to defeat the Saints.
  • Mark Onorati leads the team with a .399 batting average while Chad Salem is hitting .391 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI. Six Manhattan batters are hitting better than .300.
  • John Soldinger leads the pitching staff with a 2.36 ERA in 20 appearances, making six starts. Soldinger also has seven saves. Eric Luksis has a 4-2 record with a 4.72 ERA in eight conference starts.
  • Manhattan is playing in the postseason for the eighth consecutive season, winning the title in 2006 and advancing to the regional finals.
  • Canisius is making its fourth consecutive postseason appearance and fifth appearance in the MAAC Tournament in program history (1994).
  • Canisius was the No. 4 seed in 2007, losing to Le Moyne and Marist. The Griffs were the No. 1 seed in 2008, losing the opener to Rider, winning the first postseason game in program history in an elimination game with Manhattan, before falling to Siena.
  • Canisius was the No. 2 seed last season, lost its first game and fought through the losers’ bracket and advanced to the championship game for the first time in program history.
  • Canisius and Manhattan are the only schools to make each of the past four MAAC Championships.
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