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Baseball Heads To Trenton For MAAC Championship
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 05/21/2013
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2013 MAAC Championship
No. 3 seed Canisius College (39-15, 15-9 MAAC)
Waterfront Park (Trenton, N.J.)
First round: Canisius vs. Marist - Thursday at 3 p.m.

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Live Video: MAAC.TV

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BATTING PRACTICE

  • The Canisius baseball team will be the No. 3 seed in the 2013 MAAC Championship, taking part at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton, N.J. (May 23-26).
  • Canisius is making its seventh consecutive appearance in the MAAC Championship and is looking to win the first postseason championship in program history. 
  • The winner of the four-team, double-elimination tournament receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Canisius now has the longest active streak in the MAAC with its seven straight appearances in the conference tournament.
  • Canisius is the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament for the first time in program history.
  • Canisius has qualified for the championship round of the MAAC Championship in three of the past four years, the most of any team in the conference.

NOTING THE GRIFFS

  • Canisius has won 39 games this season, which ties for the third-highest total in MAAC history. It is the fourth time in conference history that a MAAC team has won 39 or more games, with Canisius having three of those teams (2008 and 2009).
  • Since starting the season 4-4, Canisius is 35-11 (.761) in its last 46 games.
  • Canisius is 19th in the country in winning percentage (.722).
  • Canisius is 35-13 in MAAC series during the past six seasons, including 15 three-game sweeps and one two-game sweep. 
  • Canisius is 25-9 in road games. The Griffs have the most road wins of any Division I team in the country, two ahead of the 23 road wins by Cal-State Fullerton.
  • Sophomore Devon Stewart was named the MAAC Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Canisius has now had nine different players win 12 weekly honors from the MAAC this season, both the highest number in the conference.
  • Canisius leads the MAAC in eight offensive categories, including batting average (.306), on-base percentage (.412), slugging percentage (.427), stolen bases (99) and runs per game (6.9).
  • The Canisius pitching staff leads the MAAC in strikeouts per nine innings (6.7), fewest walks allowed per nine innings (2.95) and hits allowed per nine innings (8.27). The Griffs rank second in ERA (3.93).
  • The Griffs also lead the MAAC in fielding percentage (.968).
  • Canisius set a program record with an 11-game winning streak, ranging from April 10 to April 27. The Griffs saw that winning streak come to an end in an 11-6 loss to Marist in 10 innings on April 28.
  • Canisius has had four winning streaks of five games or longer this season. The Griffs have had 15 winning streaks of five or more games since 2008, the highest total in the conference.
  • Junior Jesse Kelso was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team on May 3, and is the eighth Golden Griffin to earn All-District honors in the last five seasons. Kelso is now eligible to be named a Capital One Academic-All American on May 31.
  • Three Canisius pitchers combined to throw the program’s first nine-inning no-hitter at the Division I level in an 8-0 win at Iona on March 29.
  • Canisius has 13 Canadians on its roster, the most at the NCAA Division I level.
  • Coach Mike McRae won his 300th career game in a 16-8 win over Ohio University on March 16. McRae, the only Canadian head coach in Division I baseball, coached in 500th career game with the Golden Griffins in the regular-season finale against Fairfield

MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

  • Canisius is making its seventh straight appearance in the MAAC Championship and eighth appearance overall.
  • The Griffs won their postseason game in 2008 and have appeared in the championship round of the MAAC Championship in three of the last four years.
  • Canisius is the No. 3 seed in the MAAC Championship for the first time in program history. The No. 3 seed won the conference title in 2008 (Siena), 2009 (Marist) and 2010 (Rider).
  • Canisius was the No. 1 seed in 2008 and 2010, the No. 2 seed in 2009 and 2012 and the No. 4 seed in 2007 and 2011.
  • The Griffs also appeared in the MAAC Championship in 1994 after posting a 17-1 record in conference play.

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