BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Canisius is the favorite to win the MAAC baseball title, after setting a league record with 42 wins last season.
Seven members of the starting lineup will be back this spring, along with three of the top four members of the rotation.
Canisius made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament on the diamond last spring. The Griffs open the season this Friday against Albany in North Carolina.
Senior first baseman Jimmy Luppens is the preseason Player of the Year. Last season, Luppens hit .360 with 40 runs scored, 10 doubles, five home runs and 48 RBI.
Niagara is picked to finish 8th out of eleven teams in the MAAC.