NEWBERRY - Newberry College head baseball coach Russell Triplett has announced the hiring of P.J. Zocchi as the Wolves' pitching coach.
“We are extremely excited about P.J. joining our program and working with our pitching staff,” Triplett said. “His experiences, knowledge and tremendous work ethic make him a perfect fit here at Newberry. I look forward to him having an immediate impact on our guys.”
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.