GENERAL:A local product from nearby Greenwich...Emerged as one of the MAAC's top relievers as an underclassmen, assuming the team's closer role last season...Tough mindset, and lively arm...Pin-point command.
AS A JUNIOR: Saw action in 23 games...Posted a 3.72 ERA while compiling eight saves in 29.0 innings pitched...Became Siena's All-Time saves leader (17)...Earned five saves in conference play...Picked up the victory in the semifinal of MAAC Championships against Rider (5/25) tossing 6.1 innings in 11-8 win... MAAC All-Academic and MAAC Honor Roll selection.
AS A SOPHOMORE:MAAC All-Academic Team selection...Led team with 22 appearances and seven saves...Second on the team with a 2.53 ERA and .258 opposing batting average...Had a 1.53 ERA in 13 MAAC appearances, striking out 15 batters in 17.2 innings of work...Tossed three innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first collegiate victory at Memphis (3/16)...Got the victory at Marist (4/14) with 3.2 innings of scoreless relief in the front end of Saturday doubleheader, and the save with a scoreless inning out of the pen in the second game. Was scored on just once in last nine appearances, including seven hitless outings.
AS A FRESHMAN:Made 19 appearances out of the bullpen...Was 0-2, but led the staff with a 1.47 ERA and struck out 28 hitters in 36 2/3 innings pitched while walking just nine...Earned two crucial saves against Marist (5/19) and Rider (5/26)...Allowed just one run in his last 12 appearances, and threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings at the MAAC Tournament.
BEFORE SIENA:A four-year member of the Greenwich baseball team...A First Team All-State selection as a senior, and the Wasaren League MVP...Honored by the Post Star as its Player of the Year, and was a First Team selection by the Troy Record and Saratogian newspapers.
ROSSI ON FRYER: "Neil is coming off another stellar season. He is one of the top pitchers out of the bullpen. He appeared in 23 games which was second on the team, with a team leading 8 saves. He is one of the top relievers in the conference, and the coaching staff is looking forward to him having another outstanding season. He again will be relied on heavily to be a major force."
GETTING TO KNOW NEIL FRYER:
Major: Accounting Twitter Handle: @neildownandbeg What I like most about Siena College: The strong feeling of community What I like most about coach: His passion for the game My biggest fear is: Clowns If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Greece Best advice I have ever received: "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
My Favorite... Color: Blue Sports Team: New York Yankees Phone app: Twitter Song: "Free Falling" by Tom Petty
Fryer Career Bests Debut: at Central Florida (2-18-11) First win: at Memphis (3-16-12) Strikeouts: 4 - Rider (4-15-11)