Senior Hurler Won Six Games For Xavier This Year
Musketeers Are In Four-Team Regional With Vandy, Oregon And Clemson
Forney, Elliott Drive In Three Runs Apiece In XU's Victory
Nittoli, Rizzie Earn CSM First Team All-Conference Accolades
Musketeers And Bluejays Will Play Fourth-Straight Game
Xavier mounted a come-from-behind effort that included a four-run seventh inning and walk-off win on an error in the ninth. The Musketeers earned the series win in the final game of the season.
The Xavier baseball team is in the middle of the Atlantic 10 playoff hunt and needs a big result this weekend against George Washington.
The men's tennis A-10 tournament highlights this week's Olympic sports action. Baseball hosts Rhode Island, golf plays in state, and track and field heads to Tennessee.
Xavier trailed 3-0 but battled back to take game two of the three-game Atlantic 10 series against Charlotte.
The Blue squad beat the White squad 5-2 on a rainy Thursday at Hayden Field to take the best-of-three series, 2-1. Sophomore Vinny Nittoli talks about the series and looks forward to the spring season.
Pictures from Xavier's 2014 NCAA Regional meeting with Vanderbilt. The Musketeers fell, 11-0, in the contest.
Photographs from Xavier baseball's 5-0 win over Creighton in the BIG EAST Championship.
Pictures from Xavier baseball's 8-2 win over St. John's in the BIG EAST Baseball Championship.
2014 All-BIG EAST First Team
2014: A two-way star for the Musketeers this year as a pitcher and in the outfield, separated himself on the mound in earning All-BIG EAST First Team and College Sports Madness BIG EAST All-Conference First Team accolades as a hurler ... Finished season with a 6-4 mark and 2.38 ERA with career-marks in strikeouts (66) and walks (23) ... Notched a .273 batting average with 19 RBIs, 16 runs and four homers in 43 games in the field ... Jumpstarted Xavier's run to the BIG EAST Championship by picking up an 8-2 win over St. John's in the conference tournament, allowing two runs with four strikeouts in eight innings ... Scattered six hits and notched five strikeouts over seven innings of scoreless work against St. John's (5/3) to earn a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll ... Tabbed the College Sports Madness BIG EAST Player of the Week and named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on March 17 after fanning a career-high nine batters in a seven-inning, one-run performance in the Musketeers' 7-1 win over Toledo ... Earned recognition on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on March 10 following his seven strikeouts and 16-1 win over Georgia State ... Went 5-of-7 at the dish with two homeruns, six RBIs and three runs scored in games against Bradley and Dayton to garner BIG EAST Player of the Week honors on March 3rd ... Left mark on Xavier's record books, graduating with career marks with 51 starts (4th), 280.0 innings pitched (7th) and 186 strikeouts (t-9th).
2013: Atlantic 10 Baseball All-Championship Team ... Played and started in 56 games for Xavier ... Led the team in slugging percentage (.477), RBIs (41), home runs (6) and doubles (17) ... Also led the team with 12 multiple-RBI games and tied for second on the team with 17 multi-hit games ... Registered a career-high four hits versus St. Bonaventure and a career-best two doubles against Dayton ... Went 2-for-4 at the plate with a career-high four RBIs against Wright State ... Named A-10 Co-Player of the Week on March 25 after going 7-for-8 with three walks, a sacrifice fly, three doubles, a triple and a monstrous home run on his way to a sensational 1.875 slugging percentage in Xavier's series against St. Bonaventure ... Hit .615 with four doubles, a homer, three RBIs and six runs scored in the A-10 Championship to earn A-10 Baseball All-Championship Team status ... Closed season on a six-game hitting streak ... Also made 12 appearances, with 10 starts, on the mound ... Posted a 2-2 record with 4.73 ERA in 45.2 IP ... Struck out a season-best four batters three times.
2012: Saw action in a total of 37 games including 14 starts on the mound ... Pitched 77.2 innings posting a 3.94 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 32 walks on his way to a 4-5 record ... Scattered three hits over six innings of work to earn the win against Toledo ... Went six innings, allowing four runs, to pick up a win at Western Illinois ... Won third-straight game after giving up one run on seven hits in seven innings versus Charlotte ... Threw 7 innings and had a season-high-tying six strikeouts against Saint Louis ... Earned a win against La Salle, not allowing a run in seven innings and fanning four batters ... Struck out six hitters against George Washington. Hit .258 on the season with 13 RBI, seven runs scored and 11 walks ... Picked up an RBI single at College of Charleston ... Plated one run and scored once versus Sacred Heart ... Picked up a pair of hits against Toledo ... Had two RBI at Western Illinois ... Went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored against Ohio.
2011: Earned a team-best 7-1 record in 13 starts on the mound for XU ... Struckout a career-high eight batters against Temple (3/26) ... 2011 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection ... Struckout 48 batters in 2011.
Prior to Xavier: Three-year varsity letter winner for baseball and football at Pine-Richland ... Was named Pitcher of the Year and also received All-State honors in football ... Baseball team had a 28-4 record his senior year under head coach Kurt Wolfe ... Was on the honor roll.
Personal: Entrepreneurial studies major ... Born November 11, 1990 in Tempe, Ariz. ... Was high school teammates with current XU baseball player Mitch Elliot ... Father played baseball and football at Youngstown State ... Parents are Mike and Rena Nittoli.