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P.J. Zocchi completed his fourth season as Newberry's pitching coach in 2017.
Zocchi was instrumental in mentoring first team all-South Atlantic Conference and all-Eastern College Athletic Conference honoree Zack Kelly and honorable mention all-SAC recipient Evan Estridge in 2017. Reliever Robert Westenrieder also earned a spot on the SAC Championship all-tournament team.
Newberry pitchers set school records with five shutouts and 133 walks allowed during the 2017 campaign. Newberry also had its fifth-best ERA (4.80) and was seventh in school history with 7.44 strikeouts per nine innings in 2017 while contributing to school records in stolen bases allowed (22) and opponents' stolen base percentage (.537).
Zocchi (pronounced zaw-chee) is a native of the Bronx, N.Y., where he played for Iona Prep and was awarded with honors of All-State, all-region and the NYC Con Edison award in 2003.
Zocchi was listed by the Area Code games as one of the top 50 prospects in the nation in 2003. He then went on to play at Clemson and was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll from 2004-06. Zocchi was selected as a team captain in 2006-07.
At Clemson, Zocchi holds a career 11-2 record with a 3.97 ERA and was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 36th round of the 2007 MLB Draft.
In 2009, Zocchi played for the Oakland County Cruisers in the Frontier League where he was named a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in 2010. In 2010 he broke the Frontier League’s single season saves record and won the League’s Pitcher of the Year.
In 2011-13, Zocchi split time in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and with the Lincoln Saltdogs. With Lincoln, he won the Pitcher of the Year Award in 2011 and 2013. During his time with the Saltdogs, he set a number of team records for saves in 2011 and then again in 2012, while also setting the team record for ERA in 2013 with a 6-1 record and 1.61 ERA.