2013 Xavier Baseball Preview: Pitchers and Catchers
Jan. 28, 2013
CINCINNATI - The 2013 Xavier baseball season kicked off with the first practice this past Friday. Head coach Scott Googins and the Musketeers look to build on a 28-28 record and 13-11 mark in the Atlantic 10 last season. XU is returning the majority of its roster, including a strong corps of pitchers.
Pitching Staff Overview
Alex Westrick, Zach Johnson and Scott Klever will figure into this season's starting rotation as well. Westrick was named to the A-10 All-Rookie team in 2012 after registering a 1.57 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 17 appearances. A transfer who is eligible to compete this season, Johnson has emerged as contender for a starting position. Klever tied for third on the team with four wins last year.
After missing the 2012 season due to injury, Markus Kuykendoll will be back in the Musketeers' bullpen. Kuykendoll will be joined by Alex Vice, who posted a 5-3 record with a 3.00 ERA last season. Joe Forney, Daniel Przeniczny and Jacob Bodner will see a lot of innings this season as well. Austin Lane, Eric Steine, Jarred Marks and Sean Campbell are also in Xavier's pen and available for use.
Vinny Nittoli will make an impact on both the mound and at the plate. The redshirt junior is a true power pitcher who has the talent to post double-digit victories. He posted a 4-5 record and 3.94 ERA in 14 starts last season. Nittoli hit .258 with 11 walks and 13 RBI in only 62 plate appearances.