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Two-Time Defending Conference Champions Tabbed as the Favorite to Three-Peat in 2013

Manhattan Baseball Picked to Win the MAAC, Again

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics Department
Release: 01/31/2013
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The two-time defending conference champion Manhattan Jaspers were selected as the league's preseason favorite on the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coaches' Poll. The Jaspers received 74 points in a poll that was much closer than one would expect for a program that has eight of nine starters back and three-time All-MAAC selection John Soldinger who returns to the top of the pitching rotation. Manhattan was only two votes ahead of Canisius (72), the 2012 MAAC runner-up.

Senior catcher Ramon Ortega was a unanimous selection for his position on the 2013 Preseason All-MAAC Team. Ortega was joined on the Preseason All-MAAC Team by Jaspers' senior second baseman Nick Camastro, who returns to arguably the premier middle infield in the league joining 2012 First Team All-MAAC shortstop Yoandry Galan.

Ortega was a First Team All-MAAC honoree last year, after leading the MAAC with 51 RBI and ranking third with seven home runs. The Miami native was instrumental in guiding Manhattan to its second straight conference crown as he was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team posting six RBI in five postseason starts. Ortega started 50 of 57 appearances behind the plate in 2012. He had 12 multi-RBI performances and recorded 12 doubles. Ortega has started 147 of 160 appearances at Manhattan and has posted 158 hits and 103 RBI.

Camastro is also a two-time All-MAAC selection who received First Team honors in 2012. He started all 59 appearances last season and was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team after batting .476 to help lead the Jaspers to their third MAAC crown in the last seven years. Camastro finished fifth in the MAAC with 66 hits and ranked fourth with 16 doubles. The Lagrangeville, N.Y. native was also fifth in the league with a .435 on-base percentage. Camastro hit .314 and stole 20 bases. He has started all 163 career appearances and enters his final season with 166 career hits.

Niagara red-shirt senior first baseman Ryan McCauley was voted by the coaches the 2013 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. McCauley was second in the league last year with a .362 batting average, going along with 12 home runs, 20 doubles and he tied Ortega with 51 RBI.

Manhattan begins its defense as the MAAC's top team on Feb. 22 at Florida International. The Jaspers open MAAC play at Iona on March 23 as they look to make a run for the program's fifth MAAC Regular-Season title in six years.

 

2013 MAAC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll

2013 Preseason All-MAAC Team

1.

Manhattan

74

 

Ramon Ortega

Catcher

Manhattan

2.

Canisius

72

 

Ryan McCauley

First Base

Niagara

3.

Rider

59

 

Nick Camastro

Second Base

Manhattan

4.

Marist

57

 

Zach Shank

Shortstop

Marist

5.

Fairfield

48

 

Adam Wayman

Third Base

Rider

6.

Siena

31

 

Ryan Plourde

Outfield

Fairfield

7.

Niagara

29

 

Mike Fish

Outfield

Siena

8.

Saint Peter's

18

 

John Rooney

Outfield

Siena

9.

Iona

17

 

Ian Lindsay

Designated Hitter

Rider

 

 

 

 

Joel Klock

Utility

Niagara

 

 

 

 

Garrett Cortright

Pitcher

Canisius

 

 

 

 

     
   

2013 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year: Ryan McCauley, Niagara

 

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