Photos from Siena's season-opening 7-1 baseball loss to Central Florida in Orlando
GENERAL:Co-captain...A fantastic athlete who emerged as one of the league's best outfielders as an underclassmen...An offensive catalyst who also makes big plays in the outfield...Strong contact hitter who puts the ball in play with regularity near the top of the lineup...Strong arm and above average speed.
AS A SOPHOMORE:Second Team All-MAAC...Started 54 of team's 55 games, batting a team-best .316 (61-for-193)...Led team with 18 multi-hit games, 61 hits, 10 doubles, two triples and nine (9-for-9) stolen bases...Hit .356 (31-for-87) in MAAC games...Hit safely in 23 of last 27 games...Went 4-for-5 with four RBI, two runs scored and two doubles vs. Niagara (4/29)...Was 2-for-4 with three RBI in win at Canisius (3/25)...Had a triple, three RBI and four walks in backend of doubleheader at Liberty (2/26)...Struck out just 16 times in 212 plate appearances.
AS A FRESHMAN:Immediately established himself as Siena's everyday rightfielder, starting all 58 games...Hit .258, with 15 RBI, 41 runs scored, and seven stolen bases...A three-time MAAC Rookie of the Week...Had season-high three-hits at Louisiana-Lafayette (2/26) and Iona (4/9)...Recorded at least one hit in 20 games of a 21-game stretch (4/3-5/7), hitting .361 (30-for-83) during that timespan...Scored seven runs in three games at Saint Peter's (5/13-14).
BEFORE SIENA:A five-year starter at Bishop Ludden High School, and a two-time All-State selection...Also played basketball for four years and football for three...Assisted with youth athletic programs in Syracuse as a referee, coach, and assistant.
ROSSI ON ROONEY: "John is one of the best athletes on the team. He is coming off a year where he played through injury to lead the team in most offensive categories. He has one of the best arms in the conference, and the staff is hoping he can stay injury free and continue the journey to being one of the top outfielders in the conference in all areas. The coaching staff will be counting on him heavily to provide much-needed offensive help."
GETTING TO KNOW JOHN ROONEY:
My favorite class at Siena is:Nutrition
What I most like about Siena baseball: My teammates
If I could be on a reality TV show, it would be:Survivor
Flavor of ice cream:Cookies and Cream
Pro sports teams:The yankees and the Lakers
Rooney Career Bests At-Bats: 7 - at Marist (4/15/12) Hits: 4 - vs. Niagara (4/29/12) RBI: 4 - vs. Niagara (4/29/12) Runs: 3 - Four times Hit Streak: 9 games (3/11/12-4/4/12)