The Canisius baseball team got some good news Thursday ahead of its opening game in the NCAA Tournament.
Junior outfielder Brett Siddall was chosen as a Louisville Slugger third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Siddall, the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is hitting .353 for the Golden Griffins, with 24 doubles, 12 home runs, 63 RBIs and 46 runs. The native of Windsor, Ont., is in the top five in the MAAC in seven offensive categories, and his 24 doubles set a school single-season record.
Siddall leads a Canisius offense that has been strong overall. The Griffs ranked first in the MAAC in batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.417) and slugging (.450).
Siddall becomes the sixth Canisius player to make an All-American team in the last eight years. The Griffs (34-28) open play in the Springfield (Mo.) Regional of the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday against host Missouri State. The game in the double-elimination tournament will be available online at ESPN3. Canisius has plenty of experience – its 62 games played are the most of any NCAA Tournament team – a fact that’s hard to believe for a team that calls Western New York home. The Griffs also come in on a roll, having won their last five games in the MAAC Tournament to win the championship.
Missouri State (45-10) has won 16 straight games. The Bears are led offensively by freshman Jake Burger, who is hitting .333 with 20 doubles, three triples and 40 RBIs.