March 29, 2012

Baseball Notebook: Neshek And Risi's Bombs

With the Major League season about to start, former Butler standout Pat Neshek is aiming for a spot on the Baltimore Orioles roster. Also, BU first baseman Jimmy Risi has made neighbors of Bulldog Park nervous with his power. 

Neshek, who pitched for Butler from 2000-02, threw 6.1 shutout inning over seven appearances in spring training for the Orioles. Neshek, who has pitched for the Twins and Padres, missed the 2009 season after having surgery on a ligament in his right elbow. 

For more on his major league comeback, read about Neshek HERE.

Meanwhile, at Bulldog Park, folks on 52nd Street just past right field are on notice when junior first baseman Jimmy Risi is at the plate. The slugging lefty leads Butler with six home runs and has lifted his batting average to .312 after a slow start.

Last Saturday vs. Wright State, Risi hit a home run in the bottom of the 1st inning that was estimated at 440 feet. Against Valparaiso on March 18, he hit a ball over the daycare building in center field that traveled approximately 450 feet. Earlier in that same Valparaiso game, Risi pulled a ball foul to right field into someone's yard. Head coach Steve Farley estimated the foul ball traveled 465 feet.

"It's the longest ball I have seen hit at our field in 21 years," Farley said.