GENERAL: Consistent fielder who enjoyed a break-out year at the plate as a sophomore and led the team in hitting as a junior...Hard working athlete who has improved each season...One of the team's most patient hitters, with lightning-quick reflexes and bat speed...Possesses deceptive power and a good eye...Can hit for power and average and runs the bases extremely well...A reliable corner infielder with a solid arm...Defense at the hot corner solidifies the Saints talented defensive infield.
AS A JUNIOR: A Second-Team All-MAAC selection for the second straight season...One of the few Saints to start all 53 games....Went on a tear down South, where he hit .340...Ended the season leading the team in two categories, batting average (.279) and walks (23)...He notched 50 hits, with 11 doubles and one round-tripper....Reached base over 37% of the time and scored 25 runs...Was perfect on the bases, stealing eight bases in eight attempts...His 27 RBI tied for the team lead...As the everyday third baseman he recorded 97 assists and boasted an .890 fielding percentage.
AS A SOPHOMORE: A Second Team All-MAAC selection at third base...Started all 57 games at the hot corner, recording a .326 batting average--second on team...Led the Saints with 29 walks and finished second on the squad with a .440 on-base percentage...Tallied eight home runs and 29 RBI...His 43 runs were the third most on the team and 14 doubles tied for the second highest output...Committed just five errors in last 80 chances of season...Stole six bases in eight attempts.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2001: Played for the Geneva Redlegs of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
AS A FRESHMAN: Recorded a .366 on-base percentage, leading the team in walks (26) and hit by pitches (17)... Collected 36 hits in 169 at bats (.213), including two home runs and 16 RBI...Scored 29 runs and played in 57 games.
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered all four years at Wilson in baseball and football...Selected Bucks County Player of the Year and First Team All-State as a senior infielder...Also received Honorable Mention All-American recognition at quarterback and on the diamond.
ROSSI ON CIPOLLA: "Tony has matured into a complete player and one of our most reliable offensive options. He is a very hard worker who has improved each season, and is poised to have a senior season to remember."
STRENGTHS: Reliability, Patience, Instincts