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Gateway grad Vizzini strong for W&J, earns conference laurels

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 10:48 p.m.

The Washington & Jefferson College baseball team is hosting the Presidents Athletic Conference tournament Thursday to Saturday, and Gateway graduate Mike Vizzini, a senior right-hander for the Presidents, hopes to keep up his recent string of solid pitching.

Last week, he made three appearances and helped W&J post a 5-1 record to finish the regular season with a 27-13 overall mark and a 12-3 record in the PAC.

For his efforts, Vizzini was named the PAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

He earned the win in relief after pitching the seventh inning last Saturday during the Presidents' 6-5 come-from-behind win over St. Vincent in game one of a doubleheader.

Vizzini hurled the final three innings and allowed one hit while striking out three to earn the save at Grove City in an 11-5 conference triumph on April 28.

During the week, he fired 5 13 innings and allowed only one hit and two base runners. He struck out six of the 18 batters he faced.

Vizzini has appeared in 12 games this season with three starts and owns a 2-1 record and a 3.62 ERA.

He has 20 strikeouts in 32 13 innings and has limited opponents to a .231 batting average.

In four years with the Presidents, Vizzini has pitched in 46 games and has produced a 9-6 record with a 3.38 ERA. He has 74 strikeouts in 133 innings of work with four saves.

Last year, Vizzini pitched three shutout innings to earn the save in the PAC Championship Game, a 9-3 victory over Thomas More.

W&J is the top seed for this weekend's PAC Tournament at Ross Memorial Park in Washington.

The Presidents will host fourth-seeded Waynesburg on Thursday at 6 p.m.

No. 2 Thomas More will face No. 3 Bethany in the opener at 3 p.m.

W&J has claimed six straight PAC regular-season championships and is hosting the four-team double-elimination tournament for the eighth time in the past 10 years.

Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at mlove@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.

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