#21 Joe Spano
AT NOTRE DAME:Two-year monogram winner that missed the 2011 season following Tommy John surgery … enters his senior season with a 5.98 career ERA and 1-4 record, plus 32 strikeouts, 17 walks and 38 hits allowed (.262 opponent batting average) in 36 appearances (two starts) and 40.2 innings (three hit batters, 10 wild pitches, three home runs allowed) … in BIG EAST action, owns a 5.91 career ERA and 1-1 record, plus eight strikeouts, 14 walks and nine hits allowed (.265 opponent batting average) in 13 appearances (no starts) and 10.2 innings (one hit batter, three wild pitches, one home run allowed) … averaging 7.08 strikeouts and 8.19 walks per 9.0 innings pitched in his career … comes from a winning scholastic program … not necessarily a crafty left-hander as he can run his fast ball into the high-80s … owns a devastating breaking ball … fields position well and controls the running game.
JUNIOR SEASON (2011):Missed the entire campaign following offseason Tommy John surgery.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010): Made 23 appearances out of the Irish bullpen … served as the top left-handed reliever … his 23 appearances were the second-most by any pitcher on the staff … went 0-3 with a 7.59 earned run average… allowed 21 hits in 21.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .273 against him … struck out 20 and walked 21 … ranked second in relief appearances and third in games finished … averaged 8.44 strikeouts and 8.86 walks per nine innings … owns the highest strikeout per nine inning ratio of any returning pitcher … Notre Dame posted a 8-15 record when Spano pitched … did not allow a run in 14 of 23 appearances… collected a team-high tying four holds (vs. Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 20; vs. Gonzaga on Mar. 13; vs. Rutgers on Apr. 9; at Seton Hall on Apr. 17) … inherited 14 base runners upon entering the game and only allowed five to score … retired 15 of the 23 first batters he faced … went 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in eight appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action … allowed eight hits in 8.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .276 against him … struck out seven and walked 10 … went 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA in 15 appearances (all in relief) in non-conference action … allowed 13 hits in 12.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .271 against him … struck out 13 and walked 11 … went 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three appearances (all in relief) in the month of February … allowed no hits in 1.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .000 against him … struck out two and walked one … went 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA in nine appearances (all in relief) in the month of March … allowed four hits in 8.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .167 against him … struck out seven and walked nine … went 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA in eight appearances (all in relief) in the month of April … allowed eight hits in 7.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .276 against him … struck out eight and walked six … went 0-0 with a 24.75 ERA in three appearances (all in relief) in the month of May … allowed nine hits in 4.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .474 against him … struck out three and walked five … went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in nine appearances (all in relief) in home games … allowed 13 hits in 9.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .342 against him … struck out eight and walked six … went 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in seven appearances (all in relief) in away games … allowed seven hits in 6.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .333 against him … struck out eight and walked 12 … went 0-0 with a 1.42 ERA in eight appearances (all in relief) in Irish victories … allowed five hits in 6.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .208 against him … struck out eight and walked four … went 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 14 appearances (all in relief) in day games … allowed 10 hits in 13.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .222 against him … struck out nine and walked 11 … went 0-0 with a 9.72 ERA in nine appearances (all in relief) in night games … allowed 11 hits in 8.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .344 against him … struck out 11 and walked 10 … left-handed hitters batted .267 (8-for-30) against him … right-handed hitters batted .277 (13-for-47) against him … batters hit .222 (10-for-45) against him with runners on base … batters hit .344 (11-for-32) with the bases empty… batters hit .286 (8-for-28) with two outs … registered four consecutive scoreless and hitless appearances against Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, Penn State on Feb. 28 and Harvard on Mar. 6 … totaled 2.2 innings of work, two strikeouts and one walk during the stretch … walked two and surrendered one earned run in 1.0 inning on two hits at UTPA on Mar. 9, but rebounded with three straight appearances without allowing an earned run (Mar. 10 vs. UTPA, Mar. 12 vs. Gonzaga and Mar. 14 vs. Pacific) … worked back-to-back scoreless outings against UIC on Mar. 24 and USF on Mar. 26 … registered three consecutive scoreless and hitless outings versus Rutgers on Apr. 9 and Apr. 11 and Seton Hall on Apr. 17 … added two more scoreless relief appearances versus Toledo on Apr. 27 and St. John[apos]s on May 1 … each of his outings against the Rockets and Red Storm lasted 3.0 innings … struck out career-high five in 3.0 innings of work against the Rockets … struggled over his final two appearances with a nagging injury (allowed 11 earned runs on six hits in 1.0 inning) against West Virginia on May 8 and Central Michigan on May 12.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2009):Made 13 appearances on the mound in the spring, two were starts … went 1-1 with a 4.19 earned run average in 19.1 innings of work … allowed 17 hits as his opponents batted .250 against him … struck out 12 and walked 16 … went at least five innings in one of his two starts, including a career-best 5.1 innings against Trinity on March 14 (allowed three earned runs on six hits; struck out three and walked four) … right-handed hitters batted .184 (7-for-38) against him … averaged 5.58 strikeouts and 7.45 walks per nine innings … Notre Dame posted a 2-0 record when Spano started … did not allow any runs in eight of 11 relief appearances … made first career appearance on Feb. 22 against Purdue (0.2 scoreless innings of relief with one strikeout and one walk) … struggled in his next outing on Feb. 27 against Gonzaga (tagged for two earned runs on two hits in 1.0 inning of work; struck out one and walked none) … tossed 4.0 innings of relief at #7 Rice (surrendered two earned runs on two hits; struck out two and walked two) … made first career start for the Irish on March 14 against Trinity … was charged with the first loss of his career against Oakland on March 25 (allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits in 3.2 innings of work; fanned two and walked three) … made another scoreless relief appearance against Louisville on April 24 (retired only batter he faced) … recorded fourth scoreless relief appearance of the year against UConn on May 2 (walked one and struck out one in 1.0 innings of work) … made another scoreless relief appearance and picked up first career victory against UConn on May 3 (walked one and yielded a hit in 0.2 innings) … recorded second start of the season against Illinois State on May 12 (did not allow an earned run on two hits in 2.0 innings of work; struck out two and walked two) … made a pair of scoreless relief appearances in the two games against Louisville on May 23 at the BIG EAST tournament … made one appearance for the Gold in the Blue-Gold World Series … impressive start in game-2 secure the victory … tossed 6.1 scoreless innings … surrendered just two hits, struck out three and walked one.
PREP & PERSONAL: Ranked among the top-70 left-handed pitchers in all of high school baseball (per Perfect Game) … was the only sophomore on 2006 Seton Hall Prep team that won 2006 conference and state titles … helped that team earn national top-25 rankings before playing for nation[apos]s top-ranked team in 2007, with that squad winning conference, county and state championships … his 2007 season stats included a 2.20 ERA and 3-1 record in five stats, on a staff that included current Notre Dame freshman Evan Danieli and eventual first-round draft pick Rick Porcelli … played at SHP for Mike Sheppard, Jr. (son of former Seton Hall University head coach Mike Sheppard) … named to the ‘top prospects’ team at the 2006 Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase … received the SHP commitment award in 2006 and again in `07 … threw two no-hitters in the summer of 2006, for the county champion Vailsburg Legion team … pitched during the summer of 2007 at the World Wood Bat Association tournament in East Cobb, Ga., as a member of the Farrah Builders travel team (based in Oceanport, N.J.) … hails from same hometown (Verona, N.J.) as former Notre Dame football tight end Anthony Fasano (now a member of the NFL[apos]s Miami Dolphins) … son of Joe and Eileen Spano … enrolled in Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major.
Spano[apos]s Career Statistics
Spano in the BIG EAST Conference