Canisius College junior Drew Pettit (Fonthill, Ontario) and senior Sean Jamieson (Simcoe, Ontario) were named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Baseball Teams on Tuesday. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Canisius was the only school at the University level to have two players selected to the Capital One Academic All-America® Baseball Teams in 2011. The Golden Griffin baseball team has an Academic All-American® for the second consecutive season (Ian Choy in 2010) with Pettit and Jamieson ranking as the sixth and seventh in program history. It is the first time in school history, in any sport, that Canisius has had two Academic All-Americans® from the same team in the same year. Pettit and Jamieson were two of three players selected from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Ricky Pacione from Marist).
Pettit led the MAAC in conference play with a .423 batting average. The economics major ranks fifth in the MAAC with 66 hits on the season. Entering the postseason, Pettit is hitting .344 with 32 runs scored, 11 doubles, six home runs and 38 RBI. The Griffs' starting third baseman has committed three errors in the last 34 games, recording a .974 fielding percentage during that stretch. Pettit is hitting .423 with runners in scoring position.
Jamieson leads Canisius in most offensive categories as the team's starting shortstop is hitting .358 with 67 hits, 13 home runs, 49 RBI, a .658 slugging percentage, .474 on-base percentage and 22 stolen bases. Jamieson was a two-time MAAC Player of the Week and was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on March 28. The biology major was one of 25 shortstops named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List.
The No. 4 seed Canisius College Golden Griffins open play in the MAAC Championship against No. 1 seed Manhattan on Thursday, with first pitch at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J. set for 3 p.m. Fans can listen free on GoGriffs.com or purchase a pay-per-view video broadcast through MAACSports.com.