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Vulgamore collects preseason honor

EDISON, NJ – Canisius College and Monmouth University shared the top spot in the 2019 MAAC Baseball Preseason Poll and Quinnipiac University’s Liam Scafariello is the Preseason Player of the Year.

Canisius and Monmouth tied with 104 points. Canisius secured five first-place votes, and Monmouth received three. Canisius won the 2018 MAAC Baseball Championship. Monmouth was the 2018 Regular Season Champions.

Marist College was third in the poll with 102 points. The Red Foxes collected the remaining three first-place votes. The Red Foxes finished in a tie for fourth in the regular season in 2018.

Quinnipiac concludes the top four with 91 points. The Bobcats were runners-up to Monmouth in the regular season in 2018.

Manhattan College (70), Fairfield University (64), and Siena College (60) were separated by 10 points in spots five, six, and respectively.

Niagara University was eighth with 53 points. Rider University (32), Iona College (30), and Saint Peter’s (16) rounded out the 11-team poll.

Scafariello was a First Team All-MAAC selection a season ago as a junior. The Southington, CT native was second in the MAAC in home runs (15) and seventh in slugging percentage (.512). The outfielder tied Quinnipiac’s Division I career home run record with 31. The senior was also a First Team All-MAAC selection in 2017.

Joining Scafariello in the outfield of the All-MAAC Team is his teammate Brian Moskey, Mark McKenna of Canisius, Marist’s Frankie Gregorio, and Rider’s Joe Simone. Moskey was named Second Team All-MAAC in 2018 and Simone was a First Team honoree.

Colton Bender of Quinnipiac and Mike Ionta from Rider share the catcher’s spot on the Preseason All-MAAC Team. Around the infield on the All-MAAC Team is Peter Battaglia of Niagara at first base, Marist’s Anthony Lazar at second, Conner Morro of Canisius at shortstop, and Evan Vulgamore from Quinnipiac at third.

Fairfield’s John Signore, who was a First Team All-MAAC selection last season, is the pitcher for the Preseason All-MAAC. While Marist’s Tyler Kapuscinski is the designated hitter and Manhattan’s Richie Barrella—Second Team All-MAAC in 2018—makes the team at utility.

Rank Preseason Poll Points
1. Canisius (5) 104
1. Monmouth (3) 104
3. Marist (3) 102
4. Quinnipiac 91
5. Manhattan 70
6. Fairfield 64
7. Siena 60
8. Niagara 53
9. Rider 32
10. Iona 30
11. Saint Peter’s 16


Preseason All-MAAC Team
Player Position School
Colton Bender Catcher Quinnipiac
Mike Ionta Catcher Rider
Peter Battaglia First Base Niagara
Anthony Lazar Second Base Marist
Conner Morro Shortstop Canisius
Evan Vulgamore Third Base Quinnipiac
Mark McKenna Outfield Canisius
Frankie Gregorio Outfield Marist
Brian Moskey Outfield Quinnipiac
Liam Scafariello Outfield Quinnipiac
Joe Simone Outfield Rider
John Signore Pitcher Fairfield
Tyler Kapuscinski Designated Hitter Marist
Richie Barrella Utility Manhattan


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