CU Baseball BIO
27 Pat Venditte

2008 (Senior): 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.

2007 (Junior):
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. 

High School:
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. 

 

 

 

Pat Venditte as a righty.Pat Venditte as a lefty.

Position: Left-Handed Pitcher/Right-Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Omaha Central HS