Donino Tabbed Ivy League Pitcher of the Week
PRINCETON, N.J. - Columbia reliever Joey Donino was named Ivy League Co-Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday, March 12 after lifting the Lions to their first win of the season against No. 16 Arizona last weekend. The junior gave up just one hit on no runs in two innings of work during the 8-4 victory against the defending national champion Wildcats on Saturday.
It was the first time in program history that the Lions faced a defending national championship team, and subsequently the first time to have ever defeated a team bearing that title.
Donino came on in the sixth inning as Arizona led 4-1 after scoring all of its runs in the fifth. The Avon, Conn. native held the Wildcats scoreless while his teammates rallied with two runs in the sixth and another five in the seventh to notch the win.
In the rubber match of the series at Arizona on Sunday, Donino came out of the bullpen with two on and nobody out in the eighth, posting two outs with one strikeout to get Columbia out of the jam.
Donino marks the first Columbia reliever to garner Pitcher of the Week honors since former reliever and starter Chris Kotes received the award back on March 26, 1990. Kotes was later drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 23rd round of the 1991 Major League Baseball draft.
Donino, earning the first Ivy League honor of his career, shares this week's title with Penn pitcher Pat Bet.