STORRS, Conn. (WTNH)–Part of what makes a successful coach is the ability to find good talent. And that’s exactly what UConn baseball coach Jim Penders has done during his time in Storrs. Penders finds a lot of his best players locally, including New Britain native and current Houston Astros outfielder George Springer.
And this year, Woodbridge’s Vinny Siena has been raking for the Huskies. The junior infielder leads the team with a .358 batting average. He is currently fourth in the country in hits and has 43 RBI, which puts him in the Top 50 in the nation.
In short, Siena is having a fantastic season.
“It’s a pride thing, staying in Connecticut instead of going and playing for an SEC or ACC school,” Siena said. “I get to see my family, I get to represent Connecticut. It’s a great feeling.”
“He’s always worked hard at his game, but I think he’s allowed his teammates in a little bit more,” Penders said. “He doesn’t take himself as seriously as he may have used to, and he’s having a lot more fun. Usually when you have more fun, you get better results too.”
UConn next plays on Wednesday against Holy Cross.