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HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac baseball outfielder Rob Pescitelli (West Islip, New York) was named to the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) North Division All-Star team and pitcher Robert Hitt (Suffield, Connecticut) was named to the Future's Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) West Division All-Star Team.
Pescitelli will represent the Valley Blue Sox in the NECBL All-Star Game on Sunday, July 19 at Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine at 5:05 P.M. and Hitt will represent the Torrington Titans in the FCBL All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 21 at Fraser Field in Lynn, Massachusetts with first pitch set for 7 P.M.
Pescitelli's all-star selection is the second straight season that a Quinnipiac baseball player has been named to the NECBL All-Star team as Thomas Jankins (West Brookfield, Massachusetts) and Vincent Guglietti (East Haven, Connecticut) represented the Plymouth Pilgrims at the 2014 NECBL All-Star Game. Jankins was named the starting pitcher for the 2014 All-Star game on his way to a record-breaking season.
This summer, Pescitelli is building off a strong junior season. He is currently fourth on the Blue Sox with a .279 batting average, .389 on base percentage and a .377 slugging percentage. He has clubbed three doubles, one home run, scored 11 runs, drove in 10 RBIs, walked seven times and been hit by four pitches.
For the Bobcats in the spring, Pescitelli batted .314 with a .419 on base percentage and .431 slugging percentage in 17 games. He ripped three doubles, hit one home run, scored nine runs, drove in 10 RBIs, walked eight times, was hit by two pitches and stole two bases.
Hitt has been one of the most impressive starting pitchers on the Titans roster, commanding a 2-1 record with a 1.51 ERA in six starts this summer. Hitt has pitched a team-high 35 2/3 innings allowing 28 hits, eight runs and six earned runs with just eight walks compared to 33 strikeouts, which is third on the team. Opponents are batting just .207 against Hitt throughout the summer.
This season for Quinnipiac, Hitt came on the scene and made an immediate impact as a freshman. He tied for the team-lead in wins on his way to a 6-4 record, one save and was third on the team with a 4.10 ERA. Hitt pitched a third best 59 1/3 innings, allowing 69 hits, 32 runs, 27 earned runs, walked just 17 batters and struck out a second best 49 batters.
The NECBL began play in 1994 and the league has grown to 12 teams playing a 42 game, regular season schedule from the beginning of June to early August, when the playoffs begin. The FCBL has been around for four seasons since 2011, now playing a 56 game schedule over the span of nine weeks. The playoffs begin in August before a champion is crowned in mid-August. Each league is a wood-bat league to prepare players for professional baseball after their collegiate careers.