Kevin Becker-Menditto is one such alumnus.
Let’s start with his years at Division-III Alvernia. In 2012, as a freshman, Kevin went 5-1, 0.96, with 9 saves, in 28 innings. He allowed 23 hits, only 3 earned runs, only 2 walks, and struck out 29. His opponent’s batting average was .221. Kevin was named Mid-Atlantic Rookie of the Year, and to d3baseball.com’s 1st team as a reliever.
As a sophomore in 2013, Kevin was even better. He went 6-1, 0.28, with 12 saves in 31 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed 20 hits, an incredible one earned run, walked 2, and struck out 29. His opponents hit .177 against him. The awards rolled in: Kevin was named ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic, a d3baseball.com All-American, d3baseball.com Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team, and Commonwealth Pitcher of the Year.
In 2014, Kevin had probably his least effective season, and he was still excellent. He went 1-2, 2.74, with 10 saves, in 23 innings. He allowed 21 hits, 7 earned runs, 2 walks, and struck out 19. His opponents hit .233. After the season, he was named First Team All-Commonwealth, 3rd team All Mid-Atlantic Region, and ABCA 2nd team Mid-Atlantic All-Region.
After that junior year, Kevin came to the Valley to pitch for Front Royal. He went 2-0, 0.93 with 7 saves in 19 games and 19 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed only 7 hits and 7 walks, while striking out 14. His opponent’s batting average was .117, his WHIP was 0.725, his BB/9 was 3.3, and his K/9 was 6.5. All Things Valley League named him the 2nd best reliever in the league.
Returning to Alvernia for his senior year, Kevin just completed a season very close to his sophomore year. He went 1-2, 0.35, with 16 saves in 25 2/3 innings. He allowed 19 hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck out 20. His opponents hit .202. He set the Division-III record for both career saves (with 47), and career ERA (with a minimum of 100 innings pitched). He has been named First Team All-Region thus far, and I would expect more awards to roll in during the coming weeks.
Let’s total those four years: 13-6, 1.00, 47 saves, 108 1/3 innings, 83 hits, 12 earned runs, 7 walks, and 97 strikeouts. for rate stats, that totals to a 0.831 WHIP, 0.6 BB/9, and 8.1 K/9. Seriously- SEVEN walks in 108 innings?!?
That, ladies and gentlemen, deserves to be admired.
Congratulations, Kevin, for your fantastic college career!