July 25, 2014

Furman loses catcher for rest of the season

Paul Nitto

From Furman SID:

Furman catcher Paul Nitto has been sidelined for the remainder of the season with a fractured hand sustained in Saturday’s contest against Wofford, Paladin head coach Ron Smith has announced.

Nitto, a 6-foot-1, 198-pound junior from Greenville, was struck in the hand by a pitch in the eighth inning and forced to leave the game. Prior to his exit he had singled in the first and fifth innings and was hit by a pitch in the sixth.

The J.L. Mann High School product hit .289 with four home runs and a team leading 41 RBI this year in 45 games, which included 24 starts at catcher, 10 at first base, 10 at designated hitter, and one start at third base.

Nitto was limited to action as a designated hitter early in the season due to a glove hand injury sustained in a 7-5 win over Presbyterian. He had hit .369 (24-for-65) over his last 21 games prior to his season ending injury. He was named SoCon Player of the Week on April 9 after hitting .545 (6-for-11) in the Paladins’ two games to one series victory over Elon.

He will be replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Zach Greenwell.