|Jacob Willis 25
A skilled corner infielder who enjoyed a sensational freshman season...Has tremendous bat speed and power to all fields...Showed great improvement manning the hot corner as his rookie year progressed.
AS A FRESHMAN: Started 48 of the 49 games he played...Led everyday players with a .298 batting average...Tied for team lead with five homeruns...Drove in 28 runs and scored 33 times...Led team with 14 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games...Batted .545 (6-for-11) and homered in each of Siena's three games with Niagara (3/27-28)...Went 6-for-9 the following MAAC series against Rider...Was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in win at Iona (5/1)...Boasted a .509 slugging percentage and stole three bases in four tries.
IN HIGH SCHOOL: Named All-ECC as a junior and senior at second base. ...Selected Team MVP as a junior and senior. ...Chosen as MVP of the Northeast Regional Summer Classic. ...Voted to play in the Perfect Game Tournament in Jupiter, Florida in 2003. ...Chose Siena because of its location, friendly atmosphere and academic reputation.
ROSSI ON WILLIS: "Jake enjoyed a great freshman season, and emerged as one of our top options at the plate. He will again be penciled into the middle of our batting order, where we will call on him for the big hit with men on base. In the field, Jake made great strides and we are confident he will develop into one of the leagues top third baseman, possibly as soon as this season."