Serritella set new school records with 24 doubles and 156 total bases in 2012.
June 13, 2012
By Scott Gierman
Morgantown, W. Va. – Former SIU first baseman Chris Serritella has been named a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Third-Team All-American, the NCBWA announced on Wednesday.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized as one of the top first basemen in the country,” Serritella said. “It’s more than I expected and an honor to be thought of among the best players in the nation.”
Last week Serritella was voted the NCBWA District Player of the Year for District V, which includes all Division I schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
This is the third All-America team to recognize Serritella following his record-breaking junior season at SIU this spring. He has also been named a Louisville Slugger All-American and a College Sports Madness All-American. He is the 13th player in program history to earn All-American honors and the first since Doug Shields was a Third-Team All-American in 1990.
In addition Serritella earned All-Missouri Valley Conference First-Team honors and was selected to the MVC All-Tournament Team after helping the Salukis to the championship game.
“As Chris continues to rack up postseason awards he will go down as one of the most decorated players in Saluki history,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “He had a great career here and a monster year and is well deserving of all of the recognition that he has received.”
Serritella, who was drafted and signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round last week, won the MVC batting title with a .389 average and led the conference in seven other statistical categories. He was two RBI away from becoming the conference’s first triple crown winner since 1999. He also set single-season school records with 24 doubles and 156 total bases, and his 91 hits were one shy of the school record. His 30 home runs are third most in school history, and his .367 career batting average is the fifth highest in school history.