Siena’s Tony Rossi In-Studio on 104.5 The Team [AUDIO]
Siena baseball head coach Tony Rossi won his 800th game on Sunday and the win against Canisius also happened to secure the MAAC Championship and the program’s second birth in the NCAA Tournament.
“I didn’t know till after, my assistant coach brought up the lineup card and wrote ‘800’ on it,” said Rossi, in-studio with Armen and Levack, on Tuesday afternoon. “I knew that I had coached a couple thousand games but I didn’t know about the wins.”
Siena (26-31) is headed to the NCAA Regionals, despite starting the season 0-17 and playing 34 consecutive games on the road.
“I’ve been scheduling the pre-season trip on the road against really good southern teams for the last forty years. I’ve done that on purpose. Not for wins and losses, but basically have done that as a spring training for our guys to play against the best competition that they can play.”
The Saints now have the tough task of taking on TCU, the No.7 team in the country, and will then face either nearby Dallas Baptist or Sam Houston State.
“The thing that’s going to be difficult is now we’re playing three outstanding clubs, back-to-back. It’s going to be tougher because of the talent we’re playing but our kids are used to it. I don’t think they fear anybody.”
Siena’s first game is in Ft. Worth, Texas on Friday night at 8pm against TCU.