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Seven Griffs Named all-MAAC, McRae Named Coach of the Year

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 05/25/2010
Coach Mike McRae was named MAAC Coach of the Year for the third time.
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FISHKILL, N.Y. — Seven Canisius College baseball players earned all-MAAC honors at the postseason awards banquet held Tuesday night. Canisius coach Mike McRae was named the 2010 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career (2008 at Canisius and 2003 at Niagara).

Senior designated hitter Ian Choy, junior shortstop Sean Jamieson and redshirt junior Shane Davis were named to the all-MAAC First Team while junior first baseman Brian Burton, junior infielder Steve McQuail senior outfielder Perry Silverman and senior outfielder/reliever Shayne Willson were named to the all-MAAC Second Team. Seven Golden Griffins receive MAAC postseason honors for the third consecutive season.

Choy, who was named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American earlier in the day, received all-MAAC First-Team honors for the third time in his career (2007 and 2009). The 2007 MAAC Rookie of the Year and 2010 preseason all-MAAC selection, Choy is hitting a career-high .379 this season to go along with career-highs in runs scored (58), RBI (55), hits (77), hit by pitch (24) and on-base percentage (.504). Choy currently holds the single-season Canisius records in HBP and on-base percentage.

In his first year at Canisius, Jamieson is hitting .355 with 64 runs scored, 15 doubles, seven home runs, 50 home runs and 34 walks. In conference play, Jamieson led the MAAC with a .568 on-base percentage and 39 runs scored. The shortstop has a .989 fielding percentage in 24 MAAC games and takes an errorless streak of 20 consecutive games to the MAAC Championship.

Davis, the 2008 MAAC Rookie of the Year and 2008 MAAC Pitcher of the Year, receives all-MAAC First-Team honors for the second time in his career. Davis is tied for the MAAC lead in victories with eight as the redshirt junior went 8-3 with a 4.70 ERA and had a career-high 67 strikeouts. Davis also went 5-1 with a 4.33 earned run average in eight conference starts.

Burton is named to the all-MAAC Second Team for the second time in his career (2008). The junior is setting career highs in a number of categories and is hitting .371 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI on the season. In conference play, Burton ranked third in batting average (.453), second in RBI (39) and third in home runs (nine).

McQuail, an all-MAAC Second-Team selection for the second straight year, led the MAAC in a number of offensive categories for the 2010 season. In 24 conference games, McQuail was first in the league in batting average (.505), slugging percentage (.989), runs scored (39), hits (48), RBI (50), doubles (12), home runs (11) and total bases (94). On the season, McQuail is hitting .413 with 86 hits, 18 home runs and 78 RBI, which is a new MAAC single-season record and ranks in the top 10 nationally.

Silverman had a breakout season in his first year as a regular starter and as the leadoff hitter in the Canisius lineup. The senior is hitting .330 with 73 hits, 73 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. Silverman set a new MAAC record with the 73 runs scored and reached base in 45.5 percent of opportunities as a leadoff hitter.

Willson, a 2009 all-MAAC Second-Team choice, hit .344 with 10 home runs, 54 RBI and 12 stolen bases on the season while also going 2-0 with five saves and a 3.60 ERA in 14 relief appearances. Willson also was named to the preseason all-MAAC team in the utility spot.

McRae has led Canisius to its second regular-season title in the last three seasons. McRae is the fifth baseball coach in MAAC history to win the award three or more times. Canisius is the only team in the Northeast region to win 35 or more games in each of the past three seasons and the 112 victories by Canisius are the most by a Northeast school since start of the 2008 season.

Seven Golden Griffins also were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team - Choy, Davis, senior Mike Goemans, junior Josh Marshall, senior Paul Panik, Silverman and sophomore Jon VanRemmen. Choy and Silverman received the honor for the third time in their career while Marshall received the award for the second time. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at his institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.

Canisius, the 2010 MAAC regular-season champions, starts play in the 2010 MAAC Championship on Wednesday, when the Golden Griffins take on No. 4 seed Manhattan. First pitch from Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y. is set for 3 p.m. All Canisius games at the MAAC Championship can be heard on the Golden Griffin Broadcast Network.

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