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Joe Witkowski
Joe  Witkowski

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Middletown, Conn.

High School:
Xavier

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
C

B/T:
R/R

As a Redshirt Junior (2010)
Played in 53 games, including 45 starts ... batted .220 with five doubles and eight RBI ... threw out 37.7 percent (20-of-53) of base stealers ... went 2-for-4 with a run scored against then-No. 18 Connecticut (May 30) in the BIG EAST Tournament championship game ... was 2-for-3 with two runs scored at Boston College (May 18) ... had two RBI as part of a 1-for-3 day at the plate at Notre Dame (May 2) ... had an RBI and went 2-for-4 against Georgetown (April 24) ... scored two runs and went 2-for-4 against LIU (March 31) ... was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored against Columbia (March 24) ... went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks at then-No. 11 North Carolina (March 10).

As a Redshirt Sophomore (2009)
Appeared in 28 games and made 19 starts ... batted .357 with six doubles, four triples and 12 RBI ... posted a .423 on-base percentage ... threw out 32.0 percent (8-of-25) base stealers ... went 1-for-3 with an RBI double against Louisville (May 9) ... was 1-for-3 with an RBI triple at Seton Hall (May 2) ... had two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate against FDU (April 29) ... was 1-for-2 with a triple and two RBI at Fordham (April 22) ... had a home run and two RBI against Cincinnati (April 18) ... went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored against Wagner (April 7) ... scored two runs and went 2-for-4 at the plate against Rutgers (April 4) ... went 2-for-4 with two runs scored at Hofstra (March 18) ... scored two runs and went 2-for-3 with a walk against Albany (March 15) ... went 2-for-5 with an RBI, a double and a run scored at Utah Valley (March 10) ... was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored versus Penn State (Feb. 20).

As a Redshirt Freshman (2008)
Played 27 games, including 20 starts ... went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored against Hofstra (April 16) ... finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored against Columbia (March 25) ... went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Fairfield (March 15) ... had a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to cap a 2-for-4 game against LIU (March 12) ... combined to go 4-for-9 with three RBI, a home run and a double at Cal St. Northridge (March 8) ... went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored against Kent State (Feb. 28) ... finished 2-for-4 with an RBI at Winthrop (Feb. 24) ... had a home run, two RBI and three runs scored against Gardner-Webb (Feb. 23) in collegiate debut.

As a Freshman (2007)
A redshirt season.

At Xavier
Earned four varsity letters as a catcher/outfielder at Xavier ... earned team defensive and offensive Most Valuable Player honors and served as captain as a senior ... named the MVP of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State Game as a senior ... an All-State Class LL selection by the Hartford Courant and New Haven Register and a Rawlings ABCA All-Region choice his senior season ... hit .439 with three home runs, 15 extra-base hits, 33 RBI and 30 runs in 2006 to highlight a career that included 11 home runs and 84 RBI in four seasons.

Personal
Joseph Matthew Eagan Witkowski ... born in Middletown, Conn. ... son of Jim and Laurie Witkowski ... has an older sister, Jessica ... lists his grandfather, John G. Rinato, as the person he most admires ... lists Roger Maris and Ricky Hatten as his favorite athletes ... came to St. John's for the academics and a chance to play baseball in the BIG EAST Conference ... majoring in sport management.

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