|Jennifer Granato 2
GENERAL - An offensive-minded infielder with great bat control and power...Played third base in high school, but saw time at a variety of infield spots as a freshman...Versatile player who stepped in as a rookie and made a major impact...Chose Siena because of the campus, people she met and its reputation...A psychology major who aspires to be a physical therapist or dermatologist...Active in the community, she has volunteered for Challenger's baseball, Special Olympics and Race for the Cure.
AS A JUNIOR - Named to MAAC First Team and MAAC All-Academic Team ...Started all 36 games, batting a team-best .385...Tied a school record by hitting 12 home runs...Scored 22 runs and drove in 30...Posted 12 multi-hit games...Went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and drove in all four Siena runs in a 4-1 win at Manhattan (4/1)...Went 3-for-4, hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the back end of a doubleheader win against Fairfield (4/24)...Batted 4-for-4 with a home run in the second game of a doubleheader against UAlbany (5/1)...Named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athletes.
AS A SOPHOMORE- MAAC All-Academic Team selection...Started all 52 games played, batting .297...Had 46 hits, scored 28 runs, collected nine home runs and drove in 30 RBI in 155 at bats...Nine homeruns were second most in a season in school history...Went 3-for-4 against Morehead State (3/16), scoring twice, homering once, and driving in four runs...Batted a perfect 3-for-3, with a home run and five RBI against Niagara (4/22)...Had a five game hit streak...Went 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBI against Iona (5/6).
AS A FRESHMAN- Started 37 of 40 games played, batting .300...Had 36 hits in 120 at bats, scoring 19 runs and driving in 21 runs...Went 2-for-3 against Rider (4/10) with a home run and four RBI.
BEFORE SIENA - Excelled at basketball and field hockey as well as softball at Shenendehowa where she won the Girls' Physical education award as a senior...Was a First Team All-Area selection as a junior and senior on the diamond.
PARKS ON GRANATO- "Jenn had a phenomenal junior year, and we fully expect her to pick up right where she left off. She has incredible bat speed, and can hit with power to all fields. One of the things that makes her such a tough hitter, is her ability to hit with two strikes. You simply cannot make a mistake with her at the plate, or she'll make you pay for it. Jenn is our most experienced infielder, so we will rely heavily on her leadership on defense."