#22 Jeffrey Passantino
|HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)||Fort Meyers, Fla. (Bishop Verot HS)|
- Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American (2015)
- Atlantic Sun Second Team All-Conference (2015)
- Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team (2015)
- 2x Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week
2016: Tied for the ASUN lead with 15 starts on the mound...Finished tied for second in the league in wins after going 6-5 with a 3.40 ERA...In 98.0 frames of work he struck out 82 batters - the third most in the conference - and walked just 12...His 6.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio was tops in the ASUN and 12th best in the nation, while his 1.10 walks per nine innings ranked 13th nationally...The righty finished second in the conference with two shutouts while holding opponents to a .256 average against...In league play he finished 1-3 with a 5.13 ERA where in 40.1 innings he struck out 30 and walked just three...He recorded five or more strikeouts in 11 contests...Delivered a gem against North Florida in the ASUN Championship where he tossed a program record 9.2 innings while only allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts...He threw a season high 119 pitche (84 for strikes), but worked efficiently averaging just 12.3 pitches per frame...Passantino started the season 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his first six starts while punching out 39 and walking just four...Went to the Cape Cod over the summer and dominated the best players in the country...Was awarded the B.F.C. Whitehouse Award for the league's Most Outstanding Pitcher after combining to go 6-0 with a Cape Cod-leading 0.64 ERA, 55 strikeouts and only six walks.
2015: Toed the rubber in 16 games as a true freshman, making seven starts after being moved into the weekend rotation on April 11 after coming out of the bullpen for the first two months of the season...Wrapped up the campaign with a 5-1 record and a 2.69 ERA, the second lowest mark on the team...He struck out 64 batters in just 67 innings of work, compared to just 14 walks...Pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings over four games from April 25 to May 15, falling just two frames shy of the school's all-time mark of 21...In his collegiate debut against Butler, he gave the Lipscomb faithful a lot to be excited for by fanning six Bulldogs, including four straight, in four frames of work...Recorded two or more strikeouts in 14 of his 16 appearances...For the season he held opposing batters to a .211 average...Picked up first career save against Tennessee Tech (3/3) after working the final two frames...In his seven starts, the Bisons finished 6-1...He pitched in five true road games while making three starts...In those games he was 3-0 and held a microscopic 0.98 ERA where in 27.2 innings pitched he allowed just three runs with 29 strikeouts and just four walks...In seven games against conference opponents he compiled a 4-1 record and led the league with a 1.01 ERA, allowing only five runs in 44.2 frames of work with 39 strikeouts and six walks...His four wins in the A-Sun were the fourth most in the league...Was named A-Sun Pitcher of the Week after tossing 7.1 shutout innings against USC Upstate (4/18) in what was just the second start of his career...He rang up a career high nine batters against the Spartans, scattering four hits and no walks...On May 9 he worked eight complete innings in a win against Stetson and allowed just four hits with seven strikeouts on his way to earning his second A-Sun weekly honor in four weeks...On the road at Florida Gulf Coast he tossed 8.1 shutout innings, surrendering four hits and five punchouts on a season high 119 pitches...
High School: Prepped at Bishop Verot HS in Ft. Myers, Fla. under the tutelage of David Nelson...Helped Bishop Verot to a 3A State Championship in 2011, 2012 4A State Runner-Up and 2013 4A State Semi-Finalist...2012 and 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-America...Was named to the First Team All-Area in 2011 and 2012...Named Pitcher of the Year in both 2011 and 2012...Ranked 15th nationally for total number of strikeouts in 2013 by MaxPreps...Ranked 8th in the nation in wins compared to all '14 HS pitchers...Led his team in batting average, RBIs, doubles and home runs in 2013...In 2012 he was 10-1 on the mound with a 1.12 ERA, including eight complete games...Compliled a 22-4 career record on the mound...
Personal: Son of Jeff and Elizabeth Passantino...Has two younger sisters, Katharine and Ella...Plans to major in Business/Finance...Chose Lipscomb over Alabama, Missouri, Clemson, Nebraska, FGCU, UCF, USF and FAU...Grandfather played football at Catawba...Helped build custon pools as a summer job in 2013...Hidden talents include golf, chess and playing the drums...Favorite musical group is the Zac Brown Band...His ambition is to one day be a pilot.