Siena College Saints

04/09/2014, 12:00pm EDT
By Siena Stats Information Department; Photos By
“I think we have a reason to be optimistic,” head coach Tony Rossi said. “We have one of the top rotations in the MAAC, and key returnees on offense. There’s a lot to look forward to. The staff built off what we did last year and had a really strong fall. We return a lot of quality innings, and if they continue to progress, I think pitching will be the strength of this year’s club.” –  Tony Rossi, Head Coach
Fresh off their sixth trip to the MAAC Championship game, the Siena baseball team enters the 2014 season with its highest expectation in years. The Saints return a solid core of veterans and welcome a talented group of newcomers committed to one goal: the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1999.
Junior Matt Gage is a major reason the Saints are feeling good about their chances after dominating the MAAC last year and earning First Team recognition after posting a 4-2 record and a 1.89 ERA in seven conference starts. Gage anchors a rotation including classmate Ed Lewicki (4-3, 3.92 ERA) and sophomore Bryan Goossens (1-5, 3.64 ERA).  All-time saves leader Neil Fryer also returns for his senior season (8 saves, 3.72 ERA, MAAC All-Academic Team).
Senior co-captain Vincent Citro (.282 BA, 43 R) will start at first base after a strong junior season. Junior Brian Fay (.289 BA, 37 RBI) will also see action after getting the majority of his 94 starts at third base his first two years. The Saints’ dynamic duo of Mike Allen and Tyler Martis return at second and short respectively. Allen hit .688 (11-for-16) with seven RBI in Siena’s four MAAC Tournament games last season, earning recognition on the All-Tournament Team. Martis had a stellar rookie season, starting all 57 games at shortstop. Senior co-captain John Rooney (.284 BA, 11 SB) will man right field for a fourth straight season and enters his final season 21 hits shy of the 200-hit club.

Player Spotlight

Matt Gage
Junior Matt Gage dominated the MAAC last year, posting a 1.89 ERA and 4-2 record in seven conference starts, making him one of two pitchers selected to the MAAC First Team. Gage struck out a school-record 88 batters and walked just 30 in 97.1 innings last season. He got a chance to fine-tune his game over the summer with the Chatham As in the prestigious Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League where he was named to the All-Star team.  He will again be at the front of the weekend rotation and a huge factor toward the team’s success.
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