Siena Baseball boasted a conference-high and program record-tying three First Team All-MAAC selections at the league’s postseason awards show held Tuesday night on the campus of Niagara University. Senior Dan Swain and juniors Jordan Bishop and Joe Drpich were each named to the MAAC’s top squad, while sophomore Brian Kelly was selected to the Second Team.
This marks the third time that the Saints have been lauded with three First Team All-MAAC selections (2002, 2010) since the conference established its current awards format featuring separate First and Second Teams beginning in 2002. Prior to that time, the league featured an All-North and an All-South squad to highlight the top performers from each of the MAAC’s two divisions. Siena boasted at least three MAAC All-North honorees on five separate occasions, including a record six in 1995.
A Preseason All-MAAC selection, Swain earns First Team acclaim for the first time in his career. The centerfielder from Newton, Massachusetts was previously named to the Second Team last year, the All-Tournament Team in 2015, and was the MAAC Rookie of the Year in 2014. Swain currently leads the MAAC in both total bases (114) and triples (five), is tied for the league lead in runs scored (47), and ranks third in home runs (nine), fourth in slugging percentage (.559), and fifth in hits (66). Swain hit .324 in his final season donning the Green and Gold, and led the Saints in both stolen bases (nine) and multi-hit performances (22).
Swain finishes his career ranked in the top-10 in program history in almost every offensive category, as he departs ranking tied for second all-time in triples (11), fourth in at-bats (781), fifth in both total bases (357) and extra-base hits (73), tied for sixth in times hit by pitch (30), seventh in hits (233), tied for seventh in doubles (42), 10th in both runs scored (142) and walks (89), and tied for 10th in home runs (20).
Bishop is the MAAC’s First Team selection at second base for the second straight season. A Preseason All-MAAC honoree, the Wappingers Falls, New York product led the Saints in both doubles (13) and sacrifices (six) this spring. Bishop hit .313 in 45 appearances (44 starts) while manning the keystone, and drove in 24 runs. He recorded 13 multiple-hit and seven multi-RBI performances.
Drpich receives All-MAAC honors for the third consecutive year, as the first baseman was previously tabbed a Second Team All-MAAC selection last season, and the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2015. The South Salem, New York standout currently leads the MAAC in slugging percentage (.577), and stands second in home runs (10), RBI (46) and total bases (105), fourth in average (.346), and 10th in hits (63). In 24 MAAC contests, Drpich led the league in average (.419), hits (39), total bases (67) and slugging percentage (.720), while ranking second in both home runs (six) and RBI (29). Overall, Drpich recorded both a 20-game on-base and a 14-game hitting streak this season, and led the Saints with 12 multiple RBI performances.
A native of Demarest, New Jersey, Kelly receives All-MAAC recognition for the first time in his young career. Siena’s primary third baseman hit .323 this spring, including a team-high .372 during the squad’s always challenging non-conference schedule. Kelly smashed four home runs and drove in 22 runs while achieving a .405 on-base percentage, and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts.
The Saints also placed six members on the MAAC All-Academic Team, an honor reserved for student athletes who have both completed at least two semesters at their institution and possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or above. Siena’s honorees were seniors Chris Amorosi and Patrick Ortland, and sophomores Max Goione, Kelly, Tommy Miller, and Tom Sutera.
The future is bright for a young Siena squad which was comprised of 22 freshmen and sophomores this season, and achieved 20-28-2 overall record while finishing tied for eighth in the MAAC with an 11-13 league mark. The Saints are set to return eight members of their starting lineup and all but one pitcher in 2018.