Serritella was two RBI away from being the MVC's first triple crown winner since 1999.
May 31, 2012
By Scott Gierman
Tucson, Ariz. – SIU first baseman Chris Serritella has been named a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American, Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced Thursday. The Saluki slugger was named to the Third-Team. He is the 13th All-American in SIU baseball history and the first since Doug Shields was a Third-Team All-American in 1990.
“It’s a great honor being named one of the top first basemen in the country,” Serritella said. “It’s definitely a great feeling, and it’s above my expectations.”
Serritella led the Missouri Valley Conference with a .389 batting average and tied for the conference lead with teammate Jordan Sivertsen with 13 home runs. In addition, Serritella led the MVC in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, doubles and total bases.
"Obviously Chris had a great year and it is nice to see him recognized for his accomplishments," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. "This is a tremendous and well deserved honor."
His 24 doubles and 156 total bases in 2012 set new single-season SIU records, and his 91 hits were one shy of the school record.
Last week Serritella was named First-Team All-Conference in the MVC. He finished just two RBI away from becoming The Valley’s first triple crown winner since 1999.
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