by SID - Junior catcher Andrew Giobbi broke his hand in his first at bat in Friday's win over Vermont. Head coach Tim Corbin said he is likely out 4-6 weeks. Despite the injury Giobbi continued to play and finished out the game. Coach Corbin said after Saturday's win over Vermont that "Gio" showed amazing toughness, just like he did over the summer when playing in the Cape. He was hit in the face by a pitch early in the summer and came back to finish out the season with Harwich. The league honored him with its 10th Man Award.
With Giobbi out, the catching position which was once an area of experienced depth, is now a question mark with little to no experience outside of practice. Curt Casali went into the year as the starter but has switched to first base due to an arm injury. Aaron Westlake has practiced behind the plate at times, but Saturday's game was his first real game action. He caught a no-hitter for six-plus innings and had four hits so you could say he had a good day.
Westlake's backup is redshirt freshman Drew Fann from Oakland High in Murfreesboro. Fann has yet to see action in a real game on the collegiate level, but he did belt a homer off of freshman flame-thrower Sonny Gray in the Black and Gold Series in the fall.
In a season of new faces in different places, add another change to the list.