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Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 05/24/2011
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2011 MAAC Championship: No. 4 seed Canisius College (25-30, 12-10 MAAC)
Location: Trenton, N.J. — Waterfront Park
Dates: May 26-29, 2011


  • The Canisius College baseball team will be the No. 4 seed in this week’s conference tournament at the 2011 MAAC Championship at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J.

  • The Golden Griffins are playing in the postseason for the fifth consecutive season.

  • Canisius is the No. 4 seed for the second time in program history (2007).

  • Canisius has advanced to the championship round of the MAAC Championship in each of the last two seasons.

  • Canisius is meeting Manhattan in the opening round for the second straight season and playing the Jaspers in the MAAC Tournament for the fourth straight year.

  • The Golden Griffins are looking for their first postseason title in program history.

  • Senior Sean Jamieson and junior Drew Pettit were each named to the Capital One Academic Academic All-America® Baseball Team on Tuesday. Pettit was named to the First Team while Jamieson was named to the Second Team.

  • On May 5, Jamieson was one of 25 shortstops nationally to be named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. 

  • Pettit led the MAAC with a .423 batting average in conference regular-season games.

  • Redshirt senior Shane Davis won his 35th career game on May 19, which is the second-highest total in the country among active pitchers.

  • Davis made his 55th start on May 19, tying Mike Goemans for most in program history.

  • Davis will be making his fourth postseason start. The previous three starts all came against Manhattan. Davis won all three decisions, throwing two complete games and 8.1 innings in the other game.

  • Davis was named MAAC Pitcher of the Week on Monday, while freshman Shane Zimmer was named MAAC Rookie of the Week.

  • Since March 29 (32 games), the Canisius bullpen has a 3.59 ERA during that stretch, covering 87.2 innings. Canisius opponents have a 5.13 bullpen ERA in 80.2 innings.

  • Since March 29 (32 games), the Canisius defense has posted a .979 fielding percentage, committing just 23 errors in that time frame.

  • Canisius has 141 wins since the start of the 2008 season, ranking third among Division I teams in the Northeast region. The Golden Griffins only trail Connecticut (150) and St. John’s (147).

  • Canisius coach Mike McRae is in his seventh season at Canisius, and has a 188-193 record with the Golden Griffins, including 141-86 (.621) since the start of the 2008 season. He is a three-time MAAC Coach of the Year, including 2008 and 2010 with the Golden Griffins.

  • McRae won his 250th career game in the 1-0 win over Fairfield on May 16.

  • McRae has taken his team to the postseason for the seventh time in the last nine years (Niagara in 2003 and 2004).

  • Canisius won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title in 2008 and 2010. 

  • Canisius has used 53 different batting lineups in 55 games this season.



  • The Golden Griffins are playing in the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and sixth time in program history (1994).

  • Canisius is the No. 4 seed for the second time as the Golden Griffins were also the No. 4 seed in 2007, losing to Le Moyne and Marist.

  • The Golden Griffins won their first postseason game in a 16-7 elimination game win over Manhattan in 2008.

  • Canisius advanced to the championship round of the MAAC Championship for the first time in 2009, as the Golden Griffins lost the first game and then won three straight one-run games before falling to Marist in the decisive game.

  • In 2010, Canisius won its opening MAAC Tournament game for the first time and eventually lost in the title round to Rider.


  • Canisius went 2-6 in the eight regular-season games against the three other teams in this year’s MAAC Championship, playing the three teams in three consecutive weeks and all on the road.

  • Five of the games were decided by one run, with Canisius going 1-4 in those five games.

  • Manhattan swept a doubleheader from Canisius on April 22, winning 4-3 and 1-0. The Jaspers scored four runs in the first innings of the opener and then scored the only run in the sixth inning of the second game.  The last game in the three-game series was cancelled due to rain.

  • Rider won the opening game and the rubber match to take the three-game series. The Broncs easily won the opener 7-0. Canisius bounced back with a 3-1 win in the nightcap. Rider then won 3-2 in the rubber game, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

  • Canisius won the first game of the three-game series at Siena but then dropped the next two games. The Griffs won 8-7 in 10 innings. Siena then won the second game 3-2 and took the rubber game 6-2. 


  • Canisius and Manhattan are meeting in the postseason for the fourth consecutive season and playing in the first round for the second consecutive season. Canisius has won all three games, with all three games being started by redshirt senior Shane Davis. 

  • Canisius and Rider have played four times in the last three postseasons. Rider beat Canisius in both of their meetings last season, winning 10-5 in the winners’ bracket game and then winning 4-2 in the championship game. Canisius eliminated Rider in the 2009 postseason, winning 9-8 on a walk-off, one-out, two-RBI single from Shayne Willson in the bottom of the ninth. No. 4 seed Rider defeated No. 1 seed Canisius 4-3 in the opening round in 2008.

  • Canisius and Siena met in an elimination game in the 2008 MAAC Championship. The Saints won 5-2 and ended the season for the Griffs, who won a program-record 41 games.




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