Feb. 11, 2013
Senior pitcher Justin Brantley and junior outfielder John Ronney were elected baseball captains through a team vote earlier this season. The pair will be counted on for leadership as the Saints look to rebound from a rare down year last season.
Brantley had a rocky junior season, but he has as much talent as any pitcher in the MAAC. As a sophomore, he won four of his last five decisions, including an eight-inning gem against Canisius in the MAAC Tournament. Brantley has already started 42 games in his career, the second most in program history. He's collected 12 wins and 140 strikeouts in 226.2 innings of work.
"Justin is a major key for us," Rossi said. "We obviously need him to perform at a much higher level than he did last year, and the staff is confident he will. He's worked hard in the off-season, and he's excited to get the ball and prove what he can do."
Rooney was named Second Team All-MAAC after leading the team with a .316 average and 61 hits as a sophomore. The Preseason All-MAAC selection has started 112 games in his first two years with the program posting a .284 batting average and 16 stolen bases.
"John is the spark for us," Rossi said. "He just keeps getting better, and working harder. He's a great role model for our younger guys and a real star in the league."
The Saints begin the 2013 season at national power Central Florida this weekend. First pitch in the three-game series will be Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in Orlando.