Seven Jaspers Earn All-MAAC Recognition
MAAC Tournament Game Day Central
2011 Postseason Guide
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Seven members of the Manhattan baseball team collected All-MAAC honors on Wednesday at the conference's annual awards banquet on the eve of the 2011 MAAC Championships at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J. The All-MAAC First Team included Jasper senior outfielders Mike McCann and Mark Onorati, along with sophomore John Soldinger who was also named MAAC Pitcher of the Year. Manhattan third baseman Chad Salem, catcher Ramon Ortega, shortstop Nick Camastro and pitcher Eric Luksis received All-MAAC Second Team honors. Jaspers' sixth year head coach Kevin Leighton was named the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year after guiding Manhattan to a 31-17 overall record and 20-2 mark in the MAAC.
The Jaspers enter the 2011 MAAC Championships as the top seed and will face Canisius on Thursday at 3 p.m. The winner of the four team double elimination tournament format will receive the MAAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Soldinger led Manhattan in the regular-season with a 2.37 ERA and posted a 9-2 record, including seven wins in the MAAC. The local product from Bay Shore, N.Y. moved into a starting role this season after serving as the Jaspers' top reliever last season when he earned the 2010 MAAC Relief Pitcher of the Year award. Soldinger enters the postseason with 59 strikeouts over 95.0 innings of action. He won seven MAAC games and delivered five complete game performances, including a complete game victory over Notre Dame on March 4. Soldinger tied for second in the MAAC striking out 28 batters looking and he posted a 1.96 ERA in league contests.
McCann started all 48 games during the regular-season and registered a team best .371 batting average, which also ranked as the second highest in the MAAC. McCann posted a .450 on-base percentage, going along with 38 RBI and six home runs. He recorded 62 hits, 12 doubles and a .575 slugging percentage. It is the third time in his four years he earned All-MAAC recognition and the second time he is a First Team honoree.
Onorati was named to an All-MAAC Team for the fourth straight year, and it is the second consecutive season he earned First Team recognition. The senior from Williston Park, N.Y. started all 48 games during the regular-season and ranked second in the conference with 55 runs scored. Onorati led Manhattan with 63 hits, 19 doubles and had a .452 on-base percentage. He was second on the team with a .350 batting average and .578 slugging percentage.
Salem also received All-MAAC honors for the fourth straight year. He started all 48 games during the regular-season and led Manhattan with nine home runs, 50 RBI, 19 doubles and a .604 slugging percentage. Salem also ranked in the top-5 of the MAAC in RBIs (2nd), doubles (2nd), home runs (4th), slugging percentage (4th) and total bases (5th). He enters the postseason batting .341 and has a .424 on-base percentage.
Ortega, a red-shirt sophomore from Miami, earned Second Team honors after starting 41 of 45 appearances as the Jaspers' catcher. He hit .315 during the regular-season posting 45 hits, 22 RBI and a .413 slugging percentage. Ortega was the Jaspers top hitter in MAAC games batting .371 in 22 conference starts, which was the fifth highest in the league. He posted 37 RBIs and had a .529 slugging percentage in MAAC contests.
Camastro garnered Second Team honors after starting all 48 games during the regular-season at shortstop. He recorded a .418 on-base percentage and scored 31 runs. Camastro logged nine multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI performances. He hit .293 and enters the MAAC Tournament riding a 25 game reached base streak.
Luksis also earned Second Team honors after delivering a superb sophomore campaign. He posted a perfect 7-0 record in the MAAC with a 2.00 ERA in conference starts. Luksis started 12 of 13 appearances during the regular-season and harbored a 3.07 overall ERA. His seven wins tied Soldinger for a league best in MAAC victories. Luksis struck out 59 batters in 73 1/3 innings and led Manhattan with six complete games.
In addition, Manhattan had two players selected to the MAAC All-Academic Team. Sophomores Nick Camastro and Kyle Murphy were recognized for their success in the classroom. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters at their institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.