Pitt State’s Panduro named MIAA Pitcher of the Week after no-hitter
Paul Panduro tossed the program's first 9-inning no-hitter Friday.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – Friday night was a bit of a blur for Pitt State pitcher Paul Panduro.
“I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember 80% of the game,” Panduro says, “I can remember little pieces of the game. I remember the first and the last innings, but anything from the 2nd inning to the 8th…I can’t really tell you much.”
Panduro tossed a no-hitter on Friday night in Pitt State’s 9-0 win over Newman. It’s the third no-hitter in program history – but the first ever 9-inning no-hitter for the Gorillas.
“We felt like he could be our #1 or #2 guy all year, but he struggled a bit to start the season. This was his first start since the second or third week of the year. I’m really proud of him for working as hard as he has to earn the opportunity and making the most of it.” says head coach Bob Fornelli, “He was controlling his fast ball. He had not thrown enough strikes to start the season. It was great to see him get out there and get after it and give the team a chance to win.”
“I got my confidence back, and the energy from my teammates was electric,” Panduro says of what was working for him on Friday night, “They were very supportive. Every inning Austin Bonnel would say hey nothing has changed. Let’s to out there and get 1-2-3 and come back in, and that’s what I did.”
He was named the MIAA Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his performance against the Jets.
“It means a lot to get the recognition, but it’s not just for me. It’s for my teammates, our offense and our defense,” Panduro says, “We got the conference sweep. After losing five games in a row, that is a step in the right direction.”
While the no-hitter and the MIAA recognition are nice for Panduro, he says the best part of the week was seeing his parents after Friday’s game.
His family drove from Nebraska to watch him pitch – the first time they got to see him play this season.
“It means a lot, being Paul Panduro and making my family happy. That was the best thing for me,” Panduro says, “Seeing them so happy and proud, it really got to me. I don’t really tear up a lot. When I saw my mom and dad and they had tears in their eyes, I just had to let it go. That was the most important part of the weekend for me, seeing my parents after the game.”
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