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Paul Nardozzi

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Paul Michael Nardozzi

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.

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Paul Nardozzi set the all-time Pitt strikeout record in 2007 and was drafted the same year.

Nardozzi was 7-1 with a 0.26 ERA, 103 strikeouts and 19 hits allowed in 53 IP as a high school senior. He was named to the TPX Louisville Slugger First-Team High School All-American.

As a freshman in college, he was 6-3 with a 4.61 ERA. In 2005, he followed with a 5-6, 4.02 campaign. As a junior, Nardozzi fell to 4-5, 6.45. He made his 38th career start in the season finale, setting a school record. For the Newport Gulls that summer, he was 5-1 with one save and a 2.05 ERA, 8th in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. In his senior year, Nardozzi was 5-5 with a 3.93 ERA. His 260th career strikeout set the Pitt record, which had stood for 39 years.

The Detroit Tigers chose Nardozzi in the 31st round of the 2007 amateur draft. He made his professional debut with the Oneonta Tigers on June 20, working three scoreless frames against the Lowell Spinners, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out two. He finished the season 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 outings.

In 2008, Nardozzi went 5-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 32 contests for the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Sources: Pitt website, Pitt News Release, 2005-2007 Baseball Almanacs, [1]