May 20, 2014
Freshman centerfielder Dan Swain (Newton, Mass.) was named MAAC Rookie of the Year and senior closer Neil Fryer (Greenwich, N.Y.) was tabbed MAAC co-Relief Pitcher of the Year at the 2014 MAAC Baseball Awards Show Tuesday afternoon at Monmouth University's Pollock Theater on the eve of the 2014 MAAC Championships, which will be held May 21-24 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.
Swain was Siena's only All-MAAC selection, earning Second Team recognition. Fryer also earned MAAC All-Academic Team recognition, along with teammates Brian Fay, Bryan Goossens, Chris Kearney and Mike Williams.
Conor Panas and Rohn Pierce of Canisius were named the 2014 MAAC Player and Pitcher of the Year respectively. Griffs coach Mike McRae was the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year.
Swain, a two-time MAAC Rookie of the Week selection (February 18 and March 18), was second on the Saints with a .303 batting average and third on the squad with 53 hits. His career got off to a fast start when he homered in his first collegiate at bat at Central Florida - still the only home run UCF ace Eric Skoglund has given up all season. Swain enters the Tournament red-hot, leading the team with a .375 batting average over the last 17 games and hitting safely in 10 of his last 11 games played.
Swain is the only Siena student athlete to earn MAAC Rookie of the Year recognition this year (2013-14 academic season), and the fifth Siena baseball player named MAAC Rookie of the Year, tying for the most in the conference. Dan Paolini (2009), Ryan Finn (1999 - North), Dave Marek (1995 co-North) and Tim Christman (1994 North) were the others.
Fryer becomes the first Siena student athlete to be named MAAC (co) Relief Pitcher of the Year since the award's inception in 2004. He shares the honor with Marist rookie Ryan Thomas.
Fay carried a 3.24 GPA in accounting into the spring semester and he started 43 of the 47 games he played for the Saints this season. Goossens holds a 3.58 GPA in accounting and emerged as one of the team's MAAC starters. He finished the year strong, allowing just three total runs in his final two starts (both Siena wins). Senior Mike Williams of Clifton Park (3.42 - economics) and junior Chris Kearney (3.81 - finance) are both repeat selections on the All-Academic Team.
Siena is the No. 2 seed in the six-team Championships and opens play Thursday at noon (opponent TBA).