|Nick Messinger 3
Co-Captain...Gifted natural athlete who had breakout season last year...Has good speed and runs the bases well...Has good hands and deceptive speed in the outfield that allow him to track down any ball hit in his area...Strong and accurate arm from the outfield.
AS A JUNIOR: MAAC Second Team selection...Named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team...MAAC representative for 2008 NCAA Sportsmanship Award...Named MAAC Co-Player of the Week (4/21) after batting .562 (9-16) with eight doubles, four runs scored, four RBI and four steals...Started 51 games and was one of only two players to appear in all 56 games...Third on the team with 15 multiple hit and eight multiple RBI games...Tallied career-high five game hit streak (5/3-10)...Recorded career-high four hits vs. Fairfield (4/12)...Led team and ranked tied for second in the MAAC in triples (4)...Led team with 10 outfield assists while also not committing an error...Led team in being hit by a pitch 12 times...12 stolen bases were second most on the Saints.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started 28 of the 33 games he played...Batted .226 with 21 hits in 93 at bats...Scored 13 runs and drove in 14...Was second on the team with five home runs, and recorded a slugging percentage of .441...Hit two home runs and had five RBI in the first game of the season at New Orleans (2/24)...Went 3-for-3 with a solo home run to account for the only run against South Alabama (3/1)...Hit a three-run home run at Tennessee (3/9)...Over the first 10 games of the season he batted .400.
AS A FRESHMAN: Started 20 of the 32 games he played in...Had 15 base hits in 68 at bats to finish with a .221 average...Scored 11 runs while driving in 10...Homered once...Stole four bases in five attempts...Went 2-for-4, scored once, drove in three runs, and stole one base in the Saints' 13-10 win over Holy Cross (3/28).
BEFORE SIENA: Was one of the top leadoff hitters in New England in high school where he was coached by former Major League Baseball star Greg Gagne...Is a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do Karate...Three sport athlete in baseball, football, and track...Captained all three teams...Led Bishop Feehan's baseball team to a conference championship his junior and senior years... Named a Conference All-Star his sophomore, junior and senior year...Selected as a member of the Area All-Star Team his junior and senior year... Posted a .326 batting average and a .578 on base percentage as a senior at Bishop Feehan...As captain of his football team, he led Bishop Feehan to four straight Super Bowl championships throughout his high school tenure...Named Conference All-Star for football his junior and senior year...Also led Bishop Feehan's track team to back-to-back Division Championships during his junior and senior year...Selected as a Conference All-Star for track his junior and senior year.
ROSSI ON MESSINGER: "Nick had a breakout spring last year making the All-conference team. He is coming off a fine offensive and defensive year and was elected co-captain. The staff expects him to pick right up where he left off and be a major contributor defensively as well as offensively. He is one of only a handful of players in Siena history to go through the season without an error, and he had 10 assists. We expect big things from him."
Messinger Career Bests
First Hit: Elon (3-4-06)
At Bats: 5 - Six Times
Hits: 4 - Fairfield (4-12-08)
Doubles: 2 - Iona (5-10-08)
Home Runs: 2 - New Orleans (2-24-07)
RBI: 5 - New Orleans (2-24-07)
Stolen Bases: 2 - Canisius (4-20-08)
Longest Hit Streak: 5 games