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'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'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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