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.