#43 Joe Spizzirri
AT NOTRE DAME: One-time monogram winner that enters his senior season with a 5.19 career ERA and 0-0 record, plus four strikeouts, five walks and nine hits allowed (.300 opponent batting average) in six appearances (no starts) and 8.2 innings … walk-on addition who will continue to add depth to 2010 pitching staff … a situational reliever with a good breaking ball … worked extremely hard and significantly improved his conditioning … could provide staff with a huge boost.
JUNIOR SEASON (2010): Made six appearances out of the Irish bullpen … went 0-0 with a 5.19 ERA … allowed nine hits in 8.2 innings of work as opponents batted .300 against him … struck out four and walked five … Notre Dame posted an 0-6 record when Spizzirri pitched … did not allow a run in four of six appearances… inherited 12 base runners upon entering the game and allowed seven to score … retired four of the six first batters he faced … struck out the only batter he faced in first career appearance on Mar. 10 at UTPA … tossed a scoreless inning of relief versus Pacific on Mar. 12 … worked a scoreless inning of relief against UIC on Mar. 24 … tossed 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings of relief against Central Michigan on May 12.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Did not see any game action during the spring … started game three for the Gold in the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series … worked 4.2 innings and allowed four runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits … fanned five (most of any Gold pitcher in series) and walked two … after allowing two runs in first inning, tossed 4.0 scoreless before surrendering the two unearned runs in the fifth inning … made 12 appearances and two starts for the California Collegiate League[apos]s Academy Barons this past summer … sported a 1-2 record with a 3.08 earned run average in 26.1 innings of work … surrendered 23 hits and 12 walks … struck out 25 … opponents hit just .232 against him … named a league all-star.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Did not see any game action during the spring … tossed 1.0 hitless inning of relief for the Gold in its 2007 Blue-Gold Series clinching victory … spent the 2008 summer with the Academy Barons of the California Collegiate Baseball League … selected to the 2008 Rawlings California Cup All-Tournament Team and invited to the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas … made 11 appearances for the Barrons, including six starts … posted a 3.38 earned run average in 34.2 innings of work … struck out 33 and walked 14 as opponents batted .273 against him.
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year baseball letterwinner at JSerra High School, serving as both a pitcher and first baseman (he also played football at JSHS) … named the JSerra scholar-athlete of the year in 2004, 2006 and 2007 … three-year baseball team captain who threw first no-hitter and hit first home run in the young history of the program … named JSHS athlete of the year in 2006 … had 0.00 ERA in 2007 before seeing season cut short by injury … received 2005 coaches award and played in 2006 North-South All-Star game … finished second at 2006 Duke Snider Home Run Derby, in Fallbrook, Calif. … played in Connie Mack tournament with Motor Patrol team (in Long Beach, Calif.) … also a three-year letterwinner in football as quarterback at JSerra, serving as a team captain in his sophomore and junior seasons … named football team[apos]s offensive MVP in 2006, when he led the league and country with 29 touchdown passes … class valedictorian and member of National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation … served as team mentor with Impact Leadership, a service organization … born March 17, 1988, in Mission Viejo, Calif. … son of Marc and Candace Spizzirri … full name is Joseph Marc Spizzirri … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.
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