|Dan Paolini 2
GENERAL: Tri-captain...A Louisville Slugger TPX Preseason Third Team All American, a College Baseball Lineup All-America second team selection, and the defending MAAC Player of the Year...Ranked as No. 316 prospect by perfectgame.org...One of the premier power hitters in all of Division I...Heads into the 2011 season just ten round-trippers away from Siena's career home run record of 47, set by Ryan Finn...A complete player who is also a terror on the basepaths and a slick-fielding second baseman...Preseason MAAC Player of the Year.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Named the MAAC Player of the Year, an all-conference first team selection, an ECAC First Team All-Star, an ABCA Northeast Region Second Team selection, and a second-team All-American after one of the most brilliant offensive seasons in program history...Hit .368 with a program and conference-record 26 home runs, 64 RBI, 62 runs scored, 12 stolen bases, and an .816 slugging percentage in 53 games played (all starts)... Was also an asset in the field, committing just four errors all season long...Led Division I with 0.49 home runs per game, was second in the country in four-baggers, and was selected to participate in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby...Had four multi-homer games on the season, including a 4-for-5, two-HR, seven-RBI performance against Bryant (5/3)...Tied a career-high with five hits against Saint Peter's (5/8), going 5-for-6 with two home runs, two doubles, five runs scored, and four RBI...Named MAAC Player of the Week on May 17th after going 7-of-16 with three home runs and eight RBI in a three-game series sweep over Fairfield...Went on a 12-game hit streak from April 24th through May 15th to tie a personal-best, recording 28 hits in that span.
AS A FRESHMAN: Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American...ECAC and MAAC Rookie of the Year...Also named to ECAC First Team and All-MAAC Second Team...Named Second Team All-Northeast by the American Baseball Coaches Association...Three time MAAC Rookie of the Week and was once named MAAC Player of the Week...Led the MAAC with a .430 batting average, 86 hits, and .484 on-base percentage...Added 11 home runs, a team-leading 53 RBI and ranked third in the MAAC with a .685 slugging percentage...86 hits set a new program single-season record...Ranked first in the Northeast, second among all freshmen and ninth nationally in all of Division I with his .430 batting average...Hit safely in 44 of 50 games...Ended the year with a 12-game hitting streak, posting multi-hit games in 11 of those contests...Also recorded a separate hit streak of 12 games from 2/26-3/21...Hit .468 in non-conference games...Hit for the cycle in a win over Saint Peter's (4/5), going 4-for-5 with a home run, five RBI and career-high five runs scored...Registered four hits in a doubleheader sweep of Iona (5/9) to break the program's single season hit record with 81 at that time...Named MAAC Player of the Week (3/16) after batting .600 with six RBI and five runs scored in a four-game weekend series at Big East power West Virginia.
BEFORE SIENA: Earned three letters in baseball and basketball at Bunnell...Played guard for the basketball team and saw action at shortstop and pitcher for baseball...Named All-State in baseball as a junior and senior...All-Conference last three years...Hit .400 his junior season...New England Underclassmen Perfect Games participant where he was named to the Top Prospects Team.
ROSSI ON PAOLINI: "Dan is coming off arguably the finest season of any player in the program's history. While it will undoubtedly be very hard for him to duplicate that record breaking year, he will again be the featured player on this year's squad and will be counted on to supply much of the offensive production."
PAOLINI CAREER BESTS
First Hit: Arkansas State (2-21-09)
At Bats: 6 - Nine times
Hits: 5 - Two times
Runs: 5 - Two times
Doubles: 2 - Two times
Home Runs: 2 - Six times
RBI: 7 - Bryant (5-3-10)
Longest Hit Streak: 12 games - Two times