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 JUNIOR:Started all 57 games...Batted .284 (59-for-208) and tied for second on team in hits and second on team in on-base percentage posting a .395 on-base percentage... Led team in walks 32...Posted 17 multi-hit games and strung together three separate six-game hit streaks over the season...Went 4-for-5 with three RBI in 10-0 win over Niagara (4/22)... Hit .307 (20-for- 65) in April with 13 RBI... Hit safely in last 6 games including MAAC Championships where he hit .533 (8-for-15).
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 had a slow start last season, but came on strong towards the end to provide his solid defense in the outfield and his aggressive offensive bat at the plate. Again for the second consecutive year he was elected co-captain by his peers. He has arguably one of the best arms in the conference and the staff is hoping he can continue to be one of the top outfielders in the conference in all areas. The coaching staff will be counting on him heavily to provide some much needed offensive help and leadership."
GETTING TO KNOW JOHN ROONEY:
Major: Psychology Twitter Handle: @JohnRooney4 What I like most about my sport: The individual and team aspects. Another Siena sport I follow: Basketball What is one thing you can't live without? Coffee If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Alaska If I could meet anyone, it would be: Kobe Bryant If I could have any pet, I would have: German Sheppard
Vacation spot: Aruba Color: Green Type of Ice Cream: Cookies and Cream Phone App: Espn Mobile Animal: Salmon Movie: Gladiator
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)