Sunday, October 2, 2011
MAAC Players---Jessika-Jo Sandrini, Siena
After an astounding freshman season, Siena's Jessika-Jo Sandrini was inexplicably left off the All-MAAC team. She was on this blog's All-MAAC team though, and although I told you a year in advance that she would be a dynamic player in the MAAC, I have to admit that she exceeded my own projections.
Jessika-Jo was at or above .400 all season in 2011, finishing third in the MAAC with a .387 average; more importantly, she was number one in on base percentage (.532) with only the great Teresa Healy being anywhere near her. Amongst the leaders in runs, doubles, slugging percentage, walks, HBPs and fewest strikeouts, J-J was part of a formidable one-two punch with teammate Shannon Jones.
As great as Jessika-Jo is in the batter's box, it's her pitching that the rest of the MAAC is really going to have to worry about the next three seasons. Her 12-9 record with a 2.99 ERA is just the tip of the iceberg with her, and don't be surprised if she becomes dominant very soon. As a freshman, she led the Saints to the third best ERA in MAAC play.
Jessika-Jo will beat teams with her bat and her arm for the next three years!