Walk-on who impressed Irish coaches with ability to throw strikes ... looking to boost strength while making most of opportunities ... had three solid outings for Gold squad, including a save, in 2003 fall Blue-Gold intrasquad series (4.50 ERA, 4 IP, 3 H, BB) ... joins seniors Joe Thaman and Zach Sisko as former St. Louis University High School players on '04 Irish squad ... assumes No. 24 jersey worn by closer John Corbin ('00).

PREP & PERSONAL: Helped lead SLUHS squad to '03 state quarterfinals, after winning conference, district and sectional titles ... second team all-conference in '03, posting 2.14 ERA and 7-2 record for 22-4 team (36 IP, 38 Ks, 9 BB) ... posted three-hitter vs. rival Vianney (10-0, 7 Ks) and 5.1 shutout innings in state quarterfinal ... yielded just one run in '02 relief appearances ... '03 American Legion All-Star with Dupo squad (1.37, 4-3, 41 IP, 28 Ks, 5 BB) ... posted 2.75 ERA, 4-3 record with Dupo in '02 (43 IP, 30 Ks, 21 BB) ... national merit commended student, member of National Honor Society, president's and admissions ambassador, editor of literary magazine and newspaper staffer ... worked during summer of '03 as research technician at Washington University in St. Louis ... born Feb. 6, 1985, in Belleville, Ill. ... son of Enrico and Barbara Bertucci ... full name is Enrico Joseph Bertucci ... enrolled in First Year of Studies ... intends to major in engineering.

Rico Bertucci
Rico  Bertucci


Belleville, Illinois

High School:
St. Louis University HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 170

Righthanded Pitcher



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