|Jacob Willis 25
GENERAL: One of the top infielders in the MAAC and the team's most consistent offensive player...Skilled corner infielder who has enjoyed three great seasons at the plate already and has made a dent in the school's record book...Has tremendous bat speed and power to all fields...Showed great improvement manning the hot corner as his career has year progressed and led the team's offense the last two seasons...Enters senior season tied for eighth on school's all-time hit charts with 174 hits.
AS A JUNIOR: Preseason All-MAAC and MAAC All-Academic Team selection...Started all 45 games...Led team with a .339 batting average, 12 doubles, 16 extra base hits, and 56 hits...Posted 16 multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games...Went 7-8 on the base paths...Went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in 10-9 loss at Tennessee (3/11)...Went 3-for-4 with two RBI in MAAC opener at Iona (3/23)...Had seven hits in the three-game series with Manhattan (3/31-4/1)...Collected four hits in four at bats and scored two runs in 6-2 win over Saint Peter's (4/14)...Notched three hits and three RBI in series opener against LeMoyne (5/5)...Led team with a 3.76 batting average in MAAC games.
AS A SOPHOMORE: MAAC Second Team and All-Academic Team selection...Started 49 of 55 games...Led team with 67 hits, 16 doubles, 48 RBI, a .569 slugging percentage and a .356 batting average...Scored 35 times and homered on eight occasions...Also led the team with a 15-game hitting streak that included seven multi-hit and three multi RBI games...Had six hits in 13 at bats, scoring four times, homering once, and bringing in seven runs in a three game series against Saint Peter's (4/8-9)...Went 4-for-4, scoring one run and driving in a run in the Saints' 7-0 shutout of Iona (4/29).
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 has been a force in his first three years. When at the top of his game, he can be as productive as any player in the league. We will count on him for that production and senior leadership as a co-captain this season. The staff may also use his versatility as a pitcher this year."