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Trio Of Griffs Named ABCA All-Region

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 06/18/2013
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Pitchers Garrett Cortright and Jon Fitzsimmons along with first baseman Jimmy Luppens were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Northeast Region Division I Teams. Cortright and Fitzsimmons were named to the All-Northeast Region First Team while Luppens was a Second-Team selection.

Cortright, a 40th-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, posted an 11-4 record in 16 starts to go along with a 2.41 earned run average and 76 strikeouts. The Hamburg, N.Y native led the conference in earned run average and was tied for first with the 11 victories. Cortright set a conference record with 115.2 innings pitched to go along with five complete games. An All-MAAC First-Team selection, Cortright threw a nine-inning one-hitter in the first round of the 2013 MAAC Championship, allowing one unearned run, walking none and striking out seven.

Fitzsimmons, a two-time MAAC Relief Pitcher of the Year, was 4-0 with 10 saves and a 1.16 ERA in 21 appearances during the 2013 season. The London, Ontario native also had 38 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched and allowed opponents to post a .154 batting average. The 6-foot-2 right-hander recorded two outs – both strikeouts – of No. 1 seed North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.

Luppens, an All-MAAC First-Team selection, ranked second in the MAAC with a .368 batting average, third in slugging percentage (.508), first in on-base percentage (.468), fourth in RBI (47) and first in hit by pitch (18). The Wading River, N.Y. native led the MAAC with 24 RBI in conference play and had two walk-off hits for the Griffs on the season.

Canisius had three All-Region selections for the first time since the 2008 season and has 11 All-Region selections in the last six seasons – the most in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Canisius All-Region Selections Since 2008
2013: Garrett Cortright (First Team)
2013: Jon Fitzsimmons (First Team)
2013: Jimmy Luppens (Second Team)
2011: Sean Jamieson (Second Team)
2010: Ian Choy (First Team)
2010: Steve McQuail (First Team)
2009: Kevin Mahoney (First Team)
2009: Kevin Mailloux (First Team)
2008: Shane Davis (First Team)
2008: Kevin Mahoney (First Team)
2008: Kevin Mailloux (First Team)

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