Chris Serritella selected to Baseball America's All-America First Team

    Serritella led the Missouri Valley Conference with a .389 average and 13 home runs.

    Serritella led the Missouri Valley Conference with a .389 average and 13 home runs.
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    June 22, 2012

    By Scott Gierman 

    CARBONDALE, Ill. – Former SIU first baseman Chris Serritella has been named the best first baseman in the country as Baseball America selected him as a First-Team All-American. He is one of just 15 players in the country on the first team. Baseball America is the fourth publication to name Serritella an All-American this year and the first to name him to its first team.

    “This is probably the best award and greatest honor I’ve received this year,” Serritella said. “Being named the best first baseman in the country is unbelievable.”

    The last Saluki baseball player to earn First-Team All-American honors was Bobby Doerrer in 1981.

    "Of all the awards Chris has received, this is perhaps the most prestigious,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “To be recognized by such a respected publication as a First-Team All-American and the top first baseman in Division I baseball is a tremendous honor and a testament to just how great of a year he had. We are extremely proud of Chris and all that he has accomplished.”

    Serritella, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round of this year’s MLB Draft. won the MVC batting title with a .389 average and led the conference in seven other statistical categories including 13 home runs. 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.

    This year, Serritella has also garnered Third-Team All-American recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and from Louisville Slugger. He was named an All-American by College Sports Madness. Serritella was also voted the NCBWA District Player of the Year for District V, which includes all Division I schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Earlier this week, the American Baseball Coaches Association selected him for the All-Midwest Region Second Team. In addition he 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 last month. 



    He is currently playing with the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies New York-Penn League affiliate.