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Dante Chirico
Dante Chirico pitched into the eighth inning in Saturday's win against Old Dominion.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Baseball’s Chirico Named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week

App State senior right-hander Dante Chirico has been named the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Chirico becomes the third Mountaineer this season to garner weekly recognition, joining Joseph Zamora (March 26) and Banks Tolley (April 2).

Chirico was exceptional in his start against Old Dominion on Saturday, delivering a career-high eight innings in the Mountaineers’ 4-3 win over the Monarchs, marking the longest outing by a Mountaineer pitcher this season.

The Chapin, S.C. native allowed just one run, while scattering seven hits and struck out eight, without walking a batter in the outing. He did not allow a runner to advance past second base until the sixth inning and did not allow a run to score until the eighth.

The performance served as an encore for Chirico, who tossed seven innings a week prior, combining with Cody Little to one-hit South Alabama.

Over his last two outings Chirico has combined to work 15 innings, allowing just two earned runs (1.20 ERA) on eight hits, while striking out 15, without allowing a walk.

Chirico is holding opposing hitters to a batting average of just .233 this season, which is seventh-best in the Sun Belt. He also ranks ninth in the conference in looking strikeouts (18) and 10th in innings pitched (60.1).

Chirico and the Mountaineers will close out the regular season this week by welcoming the Georgia Southern Eagles to Smith Stadium.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}