|Phil Cahill 3
Cahill begins his second season on Rossi's staff. He graduated from Siena in May of 2009 after playing four years for the Saints. Cahill was an All-MAAC performer behind the dish in 2008 when the Saints made a run to the MAAC title game. He works primarily with the infielders, and in his first year, he oversaw the development of two All-MAAC selections.
"Phil's knowledge of the program is a valuable asset to the staff," Rossi said. "He has a high baseball IQ and his transition to coaching was a smooth one."
GENERAL: Co-Captain...A versatile, offensive-minded catcher who has started three seasons behind the dish...Was enjoying successful junior season before suffering season-ending arm injury in late April...Possesses a strong arm and a consistent glove...Has a smooth swing and solid fundamental approach at the plate...Will be asked to elevate his game on both sides of the ball this spring.
AS A JUNIOR: MAAC Second Team selection...Appeared in 34 games, starting 28 behind the dish before suffering season-ending arm injury in late April...Drew 18 walks, amassing a team-high .425 on-base percentage while also striking out just six times in 85 at-bats...Reached base safely by either a hit or walk in 24 of 28 games started...Threw out six of 26 would-be base stealers and led team with five pickoffs...Made just one error and allowed only two passed balls in 135 total chances, accruing a solid .993 fielding percentage...Finished season strong, hitting .444 (6-18) with six runs scored and five RBI over final six games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started 39 games recording 30 hits in 126 at bats for an average of .238...Scored 16 runs and knocked in 17, which tied for third on the team...Committed just one error behind the plate, posting a fielding percentage of .993...Totaled five hits, two RBI and two runs in an 11-7 win at Niagara (4/8)...Went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI at Iona (3/24)...Went 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs and an RBI to beat Canisius 10-1 in the backend of a doubleheader (5/12).
AS A FRESHMAN: Started 18 of the 24 games he appeared in...Led freshmen hitters with a .232 batting average and 15 RBI...Had 16 hits in 69 at bats, scoring six times...Went 3-for-4, scored one run and collected four RBI in the Saints' 9-8 victory over Connecticut (4/17).
BEFORE SIENA: Comes from one of the top high school programs in New Jersey...Led Christian Brothers Academy to three straight North "A" Shore Conference Championships during his sophomore, junior and senior years...Led CBA to the Non-Public "A" State Championships, where they finished as runner-ups his sophomore and senior years...Led his local American Legion team to 2004 District Championships...That same year he was named to the American Legion All-Star Team and was selected as MVP of the game...Selected to participate in the Team New Jersey 2003 and 2004 Wood Bat High School World Series...Selected Second Team All-Monmouth County in 2004...Selected to the Third Team All-State Parochial that same year...Named a 2005 Carpenter Cup honoree...Honored as a Monmouth County Shore Conference All-Star that same year...Was one of the top hitters on the team his senior season with a .403 batting average, 25 RBI, an on-base percentage of .539, and a slugging percentage of .522... Participates in numerous volunteer activities in his hometown.
ROSSI ON CAHILL: "Phil is coming off an outstanding spring that was cut short with an arm injury. Elected a co-captain, he was an All-conference performer, and if he can bounce back from the injury, he will be a major force. He does an effective job handling the pitching staff and needs to continue to be a leader in that area."
Cahill Career Bests
First Hit: Charlotte (3-11-06)
At Bats: 6 - Niagara (4-8-07)
Hits: 5 - Niagara (4-8-07)
Doubles: 1 - Eight Times
RBI: 4 - Twice
Longest Hit Streak: 4 games