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McMahon's Daniello Primed to Make Impact on UConn Baseball

NORWALK, Conn. – You haven’t heard the last of Bryan Daniello . The Brien McMahon senior baseball star just wrapped up a stellar high school career with the Senators and is ready for the next step.

Daniello will play for the University of Connecticut next season, joining a program that had 10 players picked in the Major League Baseball First Year Amateur Draft last June. He will suit up for the Huskies after being named the Connecticut Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year earlier this week.

“I love playing the game of baseball, so playing college baseball is always something I’ve looked forward to,” said Daniello, a Norwalk resident. “I can’t wait to get to that next level and play against big-time competition.”

According to Daniello, he is one of 10 freshmen joining the Huskies next season. With McMahon’s high school season just completed after falling in the Class LL state tournament, Daniello is looking forward to joining his new teammates.

“I’ve been in touch with a lot of the guys, and I can’t wait to get up there and play for Coach [Jim] Penders,” he said. “I’m just going to work my hardest. I’ve always been a hardworking kid, and I’m just going to go out there and do the best I can.”

The talented Daniello was a force all over the field for McMahon this season. He dominated on the mound with an 8-1 record, a 1.35 ERA and 78 strikeouts. He hit .407 with seven home runs and 26 runs scored. He also wreaked havoc on the basepaths all season with his speed, stealing 19 bases in 22 attempts.

Among several other honors, Daniello has been named an All-State player and was named the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Player of the Year last season.

“Hopefully I’ll show them they can give me a shot to play,” he said. “If I’m not starting I’m not going to get down because there are kids that have been there before me.”

Daniello was recruited as a middle infielder, but he said there is a possibility he could end up as the Huskies’ closer. But he brushed aside any expectations.

“I’ll play anywhere. If they want me in the outfield, I’ll go there,” Daniello said.

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