Varsity and Alumni Battle to 8-8 Tie
2013 Siena Graduates Continue Baseball Careers
Saints' Junior Ace Selected in 10th Round
Canisius Walks Off With First MAAC Title
Saints and Red Foxes Meet in Elimination Game
2013 MAAC Baseball Championship Game
Siena loses 12-11 heartbreaker to Canisius in MAAC title game (May 26, 2013)
Baseball Senior Day (5/17/13)
Photos from Siena's season-opening 7-1 baseball loss to Central Florida in Orlando
GENERAL:Co-captain...Local product with a high 80's fastball and an exceptional baseball heritage...Lanky pitcher with a lively arm, good mechanics and very high ceiling...Solid command on all four pitches with an outstanding changeup...Figures to again compete for a starting weekend job, perhaps in the front of Siena's rotation...Named a top-30 prospect in Perfect Game Baseball Collegiate League's Great Lakes Region after a solid summer with Southern Ohio Copperheads.
AS A JUNIOR:Started 14 games, including starts against all eight MAAC teams...Posted a 2-9 record and a 6.60 ERA on the season in 75 innings pitched...Went 1-5 with a 5.44 ERA in MAAC starts...Allowed just one earned run in six innings of work at Marist (4/15) and vs. Fairfield (5/11)...Began season with strong start at highly-regarded Tulane (2/17), striking out seven and allowing just three earned runs in seven innings of work...Also had seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work vs. Iona (4/7).
AS A SOPHOMORE:Started 15 games...Went 6-6 with a 3.29 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 87.2 innings pitched...Won four of his last five decisions...Allowed more than three earned runs in a start just once all season...Blanked Fairleigh Dickinson for 6 1/3 innings (3/12), allowing just three hits and fanning six batters...Threw seven shutout innings at Niagara (4/22), leading the Saints to a 3-0 win...Tied a career-high with eight strikeouts in just six innings at Saint Peter's (5/14)...Threw eight strong innings against Canisius in the MAAC Tournament (5/28), allowing two runs on just six hits in the victory.
AS A FRESHMAN:Took the mound in 16 games, with 13 starts...Went 4-5 with an 8.16 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched...Earned his first collegiate win at South Alabama (3/6), allowing one run on five hits in eight innings...Struck out season-high eight hitters at NYIT (3/20)...Earned clutch victories over Saint Peter's (5/9) and Fairfield (5/15) as Siena was pushing for a spot in the MAAC Tournament.
BEFORE SIENA:Exceptional athlete, lettering in four sports...Named All-League as a junior and senior, and Third Team All-State as a senior...Was also named an All-League basketball player and Male Athlete of the Year for Hudson High...Uncle, Mickey, played professionally for the Seattle Mariners and is currently a professional hitting coach...Cousin, Michael, is currently in the Cleveland Indians organization.
ROSSI ON BRANTLEY: "Justin had an off year last season and needs to bounce back strong for this club to be successful. He has a tremendous upside, and he's been working hard to get to top form. The staff is counting on him to bounce back and have a breakout year. The hope is he will be a major force for us, and emerge as one of the top pitchers on the staff, if not in the conference."
GETTING TO KNOW JUSTIN BRANTLEY:
Major: Business Management
Twitter Handle: @jbrant14
Where do you see yourself in another five years? Hopefully still playing baseball.
What I like most about Coach: His sense of humor and knowledge of the game.
If I didn't play baseball, I would: Be playing basketball everyday.
One thing people would be surprised to know about me: I can talk my way out of things.
My biggest fear is: Being seriously injured and not being able to play sports.
Professional Athlete: Barry Bonds
Pro sports team: New York Giants
Animal: White bangal tiger
TV show: Suits
Song: Public Service Announcement
Movie: The Dark Knight
Brantley Career Bests
First Appearance: Stetson (2-21-10)
First Win: South Alabama (3-6-10)
Strikeouts: 8 - Two times
BRANTLEY'S CAREER STATS