OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Senior right-hander Frank Valentino will draw the Opening Day assignment for the NYIT baseball team on Friday at 5 p.m. ET at Arkansas State, coach Bob Malvagna announced Tuesday.
"Last year was a great learning experience for me," Valentino said. "Although I did not have a great statistical season, failure is the most valuable teacher. At Suffolk, I was able to get away with a wider strike zone and some poorly located pitches. As a junior with NYIT, I began toying with the pitches and mindset – unnecessarily changing mechanics and pitch grips as opposed to mastering command and game plan. This past summer I strung together excellent consecutive starts. Since the start of the preseason, I have continued to master pitch location, command and a fearsome demeanor on the mound."