#11 Nick Christiani
Coach Corbin Quote: Getting Nick back for his senior year was very big for our team in many ways. He has a lot of experience in the SEC and he continues to get better. He will likely be a weekend starter and will win some big games for us. He is a very good teammate.
2008: Went 6-3 with a 4.97 ERA in 15 appearances, including 12 starts…Made first start of 2008 season against Miami (Ohio), allowing three runs, only one earned, and seven hits in five innings…Struck out five and walked three against Miami (Ohio)…Struck out a career-high 12 and only walked one in a career-high 8.1 innings of work against Xavier (3/2)…Allowed only three runs, two of them earned, on seven hits against the Musketeers…Gave up nine runs on nine hits in 2.1 innings of work against South Carolina (3/15) … Made first relief appearance of the season against Alabama (3/22), pitching 1.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three … Gave up two runs on three hits in 2.0 innings of work with a walk against Middle Tennessee (3/26)…Picked up his second win of the season in relief against MTSU (4/2), going three innings and allowing no runs on three hits, while striking out two…Recorded his third victory of the season against Western Kentucky (4/8), allowing one run on five hits while striking out six in 6.2 innings…Picked up fourth win of the year with seven inning start against Mississippi State (4/13). Struck out 10 and walked four, allowed just three hits and two runs. Both runs came on the first hit of the game in the third inning, a homer…Notched fifth win of the year in start against Auburn (4/20). Gave up four runs on five hits in five innings of work with three strikeouts and two walks…Threw first nine-inning complete game of his career against Kentucky (4/27). Took the hard-luck loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks … Scratched from his scheduled start against Tennessee (5/4) due to tingling in his fingers…Gave up a career high 10 runs (seven earned) on 12 hits in 5.1 innings against Georgia (5/11). Took the loss after striking out six to drop to 5-3 on the year … Allowed seven runs on eight hits in five innings of work against Florida (5/17). Struck out five wand walked two in the no-decision … Picked up sixth win of the year against South Carolina (5/23) at the SEC tourney. Allowed one run on five hits in 6.1 innings with four strikeouts and two walks … Charged with five runs on six hits in five innings in start against Oklahoma (6/1) in NCAA tourney play … Drafted in the 32nd round by the Cleveland Indians.
2007: 5-3 with 4.11 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 70.0 innings … 36 walks given up, most on team … Pitched in the weekend rotation to start the year and ended it as a top reliever … Started against Michigan (6/3) and gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings of work with four strikeouts and two walks in 10-7 VU win … Allowed two runs on six hits in four innings of relief work against Tennessee (5/23) in the SEC tourney. Struck out five and walked one … Tagged with the loss after giving up one run on two hits in three innings of work against Auburn (5/13) … Gave up one run on two hits in 1.1 innings with two strikeouts and a walk against Florida (4/29) … Allowed just one run on two hits in five innings of relief against Tennessee (4/22) with four strikeouts and two walks … Recorded an out and gave up a hit in relief appearance against Middle Tennessee (4/18) … Pitched 1.1 innings of one-hit scoreless relief against Lipscomb (4/17) with two strikeouts and a walk … Lasted just an inning in start against Kentucky (4/15), allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and a strikeout … Gave up one run on five hits in 6.1 innings against Alabama (4/8). Left the game with the lead after striking out six and walking five … Took the loss against South Carolina (4/1) after giving up five runs on four hits with two walks in 2.1 innings (shortest start of the year) … Picked up win with 7.1 innings of work against Arkansas (3/25). Gave up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and five walks … Gave up five runs and a career-high seven hits in 3.1 innings in loss to Ole Miss (3/17) … Pitched 7.1 innings of shutout baseball in win over Illinois-Chicago (3/10). Struck out eight with one walk and gave up six hits in picking up fourth win … Picked up third win after giving up three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings against Xavier. Struck out five and walked two … Threw six innings of four-hit shutout ball in win over Ball State (2/24). Struck out a career-best nine batters with four walks against the Cardinals … Gave up an unearned run in a career-high eight innings in win over Ohio (2/18). Struck out six with a walk while allowing six hits against the Bobcats … Gave up four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings with four walks in no-decision against Arizona State (2/10) … Had an outstanding summer with Orleans in the Cape Cod League, going 3-3 with a 1.88 ERA in 19 relief appearances. Picked up four saves while striking out 22 batters in 28.2 innings of work.
2006: Had the most appearances on the team with 25, including three midweek starts …. went 3-4 with a 4.79 ERA overall and 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 SEC games … Picked up the win against Michigan (6/4) in the NCAA Atlanta Regional. Held the Wolverines scoreless in 1.2 innings of work with two strikeouts … Took the loss in the first game against Georgia (5/27) at the SEC tourney … Allowed a run on two hits to end the game … Gave up one run on three hits in two innings of relief against South Carolina (5/20) in the regular season finale … Pitched 3.2 scoreless innings against LSU (5/12-5/14), struck out three and ceded one hit … Gave up two runs on three hits in two innings of relief against Lipscomb (5/10) … Allowed three runs on a career high four walks in two innings against Kentucky (4/30) … Threw 4.1 innings in a start against Austin Peay (4/25). Scattered five hits and gave up two runs and tied a career high with four strikeouts … Charged with the loss after giving up a season high six runs on five hits in 1.1 innings in a starting effort at Middle Tennessee (4/18) … Picked up the loss after giving up four runs in 0.2 innings of work against Georgia (4/14) … Set a then career high with 4.1 innings of two hit scoreless relief against Arkansas (4/9) … Pitched a scoreless inning against Arkansas (4/8) … Threw a shutout inning against Austin Peay (4/5) … Pitched a scoreless inning against Florida (3/31) … Allowed one unearned run in two innings of relief against Western Kentucky (3/28) and struck out a career best four … Picked up first career save against Ole Miss (3/17). Gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits in an inning. … Threw one inning of scoreless relief against Butler (3/15), Creighton (3/7) and Ball State (3/3) … Threw two innings of scoreless ball in win against Brown (3/12) and in his first career start against Tennessee Tech (2/22), where he picked up his first career win … First career loss came against Kent State (2/25) when he allowed two runs in 3.2 innings … Went 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 11 appearances, four starts, for the Manchester Silk Worms of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summer. Struck out 39 with 16 walks in 35.1 innings with two saves.
High School: Was the Gatorade New Jersey High School Player of the Year as a senior at Seton Hall Prep … Was the 128th ranked pro prospect in the country by Baseball America … Two-time all-state, all-county and all-conference selection in 2004 and 2005 … Helped lead school to No. 1 state ranking and state championship in 2005 … Were ranked No. 22 nationally by USA Today … Team was also the state champions in 2003 and went 60-3 in the two trophy winning years … Lettered in baseball for three years…Captained the baseball teams for two seasons and was a three-year starter…Played with the Bayside Yankees club team in 2003-04 and with the Bergen Saints in 2005.
Personal: Nicholas John Christiani… Born 7/17/87 in Linden, N.J…. Son of Roger and Lorraine Christiani … Has two sisters, Andrea and Elizabeth … Nickname is ‘Nasty’ … An economics major … Favorites include the movies The Rock, There Will Be Blood; Derek Jeter, Daniel Day Lewis … One thing he would change about his sport is to make metal bats illegal at all levels.