Dec. 17, 2010
As a sophomore Dan Paolini was the first student-athlete in Siena's Division I history to be named an All-American, earning recognition on Collegiate Baseball's Second Team. The magazine predicts he just might be the second one also.
Paolini (Stratford, Conn./Bunnell) was one of five second baseman selected by Collegiate Baseball as a 2011 Louisville Slugger TPX Preseason All-American. The junior was named to the Preseason Third Team.
Marc Brown (1991 - Associated Press, Men's Basketball), Liz Lops (1994 - WBCA Kodak, Women's Basketball), Tony Asterino (1981 - USILA, Men's Lacrosse) and Brent Herbst (2009, 2010 - USILA, Men's Lacrosse) were all Division I All-American Honorable Mention selections, but Paolini became the first to be included on one of the three teams in June.
Paolini also becomes the first Division I All-American in Siena baseball history. Gary Holle Sr. was selected a Division II All-American in 1975.
Paolini set a MAAC record with 26 home runs as a sophomore, and led the country in home runs per game. He crushed the program mark of 15 set 25 years ago by Steve Borg (1985).
Paolini, the MAAC's Rookie of the Year as a freshman, posted a .368 batting average (78-212) during his recently completed second season for the Saints. He also registered a league-best .816 slugging percentage while setting a school-record with 62 runs scored and 64 RBI. He stole 12 bases in just 15 attempts on the season, and made just four errors in 264 chances (.985) at second base.
Paolini ranked among the nation's leaders with four multi-home run games and had 20 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI games this season, including three games in which he drove in at least five runs.
This summer he played for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League, and competed in the inaugural College Baseball Homerun Derby at Omaha's famed Rosenblatt Stadium. Paolini and the Saints open their season in Orlando February 18 against Central Florida.