Venditte is arguably college baseball’s most unique player as the only
ambidextrous pitcher in the country ... He returned to Creighton for
his senior season after being drafted in the 45th round of the 2007 MLB
Draft by the New York Yankees... He was a near consensus preseason
All-American, including first-team by Rivals.com ... Finished with a
9-3 record, a 3.34 ERA and seven saves in a team-high 86.1 innings ...
Appeared in 37 games, leading the Valley and ranking second nationally
... Finished career with 110 appearances, second-most in school history
and fourth-most in MVC history ... Ranked among MVC leaders with 101
strikeouts, 86.1 innings pitched, nine wins and seven saves ...
Recorded a strikeout with his right and left arm in 17 of his 35
appearances this year and 39 different times in his career ... His 101
K's tied for sixth-most in a season at CU ... His 255 career strikeouts
are tied for fifth-most in school history ... Finished 10th in career
innings pitched, with 248.1 ... Served as team’s closer or long
reliever, he threw 3+ innings in 15 different games ... Earned win with
four innings of one-run ball against #5 Wichita State (April 12) ...
Made only second career start against #10 Nebraska at Rosenblatt (April
23) ... Named MVC Pitcher of the Week on April 14 after recording two
saves in a doubleheader sweep of North Dakota State (April 9) and a win
over #5 Wichita State (April 12) ... Led the team in strikeouts for a
third straight season, despite relief role ... Owned close to a 4:1
strikeout-to-walk ratio in his career (255 K’s, 64 BB) ... Third player
in CU history with two seasons of 90 or more strikeouts (Dan Smith,
Alan Benes) ... Father, Pat Venditte Sr., entered Omaha Oldtimers
Baseball Association Hall of Fame on May 14 ... Throws a fastball and
curve ball from the right side and a slider from the left side ...
Naturally right handed thrower, he is also a switch hitter.
Capped historic season with a multitude of national recognition ...
Earned All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball
and Rivals.com ... Was named the InsidePitching.com Midwest Region
Pitcher of the Year ... Was named the MVC Tournament Most Outstanding
Player and Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Week after
leading Creighton to its first-ever tourney title ... Allowed only one
run on six hits while striking out 13 batters in 12.0 innings of work
at the MVC Tournament ... Matched career-high with 10 strikeouts in 6.1
innings of work in the championship game against 12th-ranked Wichita
State in his first career start (5/26) ... For the season, he was 8-2
with four saves in a school-record and MVC-best 38 appearances ... His
1.88 ERA set a new CU single-season mark and was second-best in the MVC
... Recorded team-highs with 99 strikeouts in 95.2 innings of work ...
Strikeout total ranked fourth in the MVC ... Had scoreless streak of
43.2 innings from April 10 to May 26 ... Held opponents to a .189
batting average, best in the Valley ... Batters were only 5-for-33
(.152) with runners in scoring position and less than two outs ...
Opponents hit 26-for-137 (.190) with runners on base ... Combined with
teammate Marc Lewis to set a new CU single-game record with 16
strikeouts in game one of a doubleheader at Arkansas-Little Rock (3/3)
... Struck out career-high 10 batters in 4.2 innings against UALR,
earning MVC Pitcher of the Week laurels ... Pitched with both arms in
32 of his appearances, and recorded at least one strikeout with both
arms 10 times ... Left-handed batters were just 18-for-101 (.178)
against him, while right-handed batters hit 44-for-227 (.194) ...
Finished the season with a 9.1 strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio ...
Perfect on all 23 of his fielding chances with 20 assists ... Was
featured in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.
2006 (Sophomore): One
of three known ambidextrous pitchers in college baseball in 2006 ...
Had a team-leading 30 appearances with a 4-3 record ... Logged 62.2
innings in 2006 after only pitching 3.2 in 2005 ... In his first six
appearances of the season, he had a 0.00 ERA in 8.2 innings of work ...
Recorded team-leading 54 strikeouts ... Saw his first action of the
season against Arkansas-Little Rock (2/11) ... Pitched four perfect
innings at Bradley (3/25) ... Pitched 5.2 innings in the MVC Tournament
against Wichita State for his longest outing of the season on May 24
... Pitched both left-handed and right-handed in 22 games ... Had a
11.7 strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio with his left arm despite being
a natural right hander ... Had 12 appearances in which he struck out
batters with both arms ... Switched arms for the first time in his
college career against Illinois-Chicago (2/17) and recorded three
strikeouts ... Earned MVP honors at the 2006 Central Illinois
Collegiate League All-Star game as a member of the Quincy Gems ... Made
television appearances on ESPN’s Cold Pizza, George Michael Sports
Machine and was also featured in Baseball America.
2005 (Freshman): Took
the mound five times as a rookie, throwing exclusively right-handed in
each outing ... First career appearance came against Texas
A&M-Corpus Christi on March 9 ... Threw one hitless inning against
North Dakota State (5/19) ... Pitched the final two outs of the season
against Nebraska (6/5) in the NCAA Tournament.
All-Nebraska second team as a senior, when he tallied a 5-4 record,
pitching both left and right-handed ... Named the team MVP as a senior
... Lettered two seasons in baseball for coach Scott Hodges ... Played
in the Collin-Orcutt All-Star Game ... Honor roll student all four
years ... Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State his senior year.