Jan. 31, 2013
Siena's been picked sixth in the nine-team MAAC baseball league's 2013 Preseason Coaches' Poll. Outfielders Mike Fish and John Rooney were each named to the 11-member Preseason All-MAAC team.
A close vote had Manhattan top the poll with 74 points followed by Canisius with 72. Rider was picked third with 59 points, then: Marist (57), Fairfield (48), Siena (31), Niagara (29), Saint Peter's (18) and Iona (17).
Fish (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem) has battled injuries throughout his career, but when on the field he's proven to be one of the top all-around players in the conference. He batted .305 in 31 games played as a junior, upping his career average top .293. He enters his senior season with 10 home runs and 70 RBI. Fish is one of the conference's top defensive outfielders, registering 13 assists in 155 games played.
Rooney (Syracuse, N.Y.) was a Second Team All-MAAC pick as a sophomore last season when he started 54 of 55 games and batted a team-best .316. Rooney hit .356 in MAAC games last season and led the team in multi-hit games (18), hits (61), doubles (10), triples (2) and stolen bases (2-for-2). He's a stellar outfielder as well with a strong arm.
The Saints have turned over half their roster from last year's 18-37 team that finished eighth in the MAAC (8-16). The new-look squad features 10 freshmen and a junior college transfer.
"We're young, but we should be a fun team to watch," veteran head coach Tony Rossi who enters his 43rd season said. "Defensively, we will be much better than we were last year. I'm really excited about the future of our program."