Chris Serritella named Louisville Slugger All-American

    Serritella was two RBI away from being the MVC's first triple crown winner since 1999.

    Serritella was two RBI away from being the MVC's first triple crown winner since 1999.
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    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.