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May 13, 2013

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PITTSBURGH - Head Baseball Coach Joe Jordano announced on Monday that five additional student-athletes have signed Letters of Intent to continue their academic and baseball careers at the University of Pittsburgh. The incoming freshmen, who will join the 10 signees who inked NLIs in November, are P.J. DeMeo (Sewickley, Pa.), Dan Furman (Brookhaven, Pa.), Frank Maldonado (Short Hills, N.J.), Nick Montefusco (Medford, N.J.) and Nick Yarnall (Landisville, Pa.).

"We're very pleased with adding these young men to our program," said Pitt head coach Joe Jordano. "Not only are they outstanding baseball players but they're good people and that's an expectation that we have within our program. Their talents both on and off the field will make us a stronger program as we transition into the ACC."

The 2013 University of Pittsburgh Recruiting Class Additions:




Ht. / Wt.

City, State

High School

P.J. DeMeo



Sewickley, Pa.

Pittsburgh Central   Catholic

Dan Furman



Brookhaven, Pa.

Monsignor Bonner

Frank Maldonado



Short Hills, N.J.

Seton Hall Prep

Nick Montefusco



Medford, N.J.


Nick Yarnall



Landisville, Pa.



Below is a more detailed look at the newest members of University of Pittsburgh's 2013 Recruiting Class


P.J. DeMeo


Sewickley, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic

DeMeo is a right-handed hitting infielder from Sweickley, Pennsylvania...Rated the 57th best prospect in Pennsylvania by three-year letter winner at Pittsburgh Central Catholic under head coach Frank LaCava...Has a career average of .400 and has led his team to the WPIAL semifinals...A 2013 team captain and National Italian American Pittsburgh Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year...Played for Fred Albert and the Allegheny Pirates in the fall and represented the state of Pennsylvania at the Midwest Classic.

Jordano on DeMeo: "P.J. DeMeo is a very versatile infielder. He has worked very hard in the offseason and is a clutch player. He has swung the bat well during his spring season and we anticipate P.J. coming in and doing a great job for us."

DeMeo on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose to attend the University of Pittsburgh to be able to continue my education at a prestigious University, as well as represent my hometown in the ACC. The facilities are off the charts and the coaching staff made me feel like I was a part of the Pitt tradition and family."

Dan Furman


Brookhaven, Pa./Monsignor Bonner

Furman is a right-handed pitcher from Brookhaven, Pa....4-0 with a 1.31 ERA for the No. 1 ranked team in the state according to Under Armor Preseason All-American and Perfect Game preseason All Mid-Atlantic honoree...No. 4 ranked pitcher in Southeastern Pa. by the Philadelphia Inquirer...Went 2-0 at the Perfect Game WWBA World Championships, including a no-hitter...Named to the WWBA World Championship All-Tournament team...Threw 11 shutout innings helping the Chester County Crawdads win the Triple Crown National Championship...Pitched in the Triple Crown U.S. All-Star Classic...Carpenter Cup Classic selection as a junior...Earned All-Catholic, All-City and All-Delaware County honors as a junior catcher.

Jordano on Furman: "Dan is a righthanded pitcher that we really like. I think that he is going to blossom under Coach Oakes' guidance and I really believe that he'll be a guy who will have an opportunity to help us."

Furman on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose the University of Pittsburgh because it offers a world class education where I will be challenged in the classroom. Pitt also offers a world class baseball program which will provide me with an opportunity to learn from great coaches and play against some of the best competition in the country."

Frank Maldonado


Short Hills, N.J./Seton Hall Prep

Maldonado is an outfielder from Short Hills, N.J.... Selected to the Essex County NJ All-Star Baseball team...Competed with the New Jersey 9ers 17U prime team...A 2012 All-Tournament team selection for the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Assocation 17U Championships in Marietta, Ga....Had the highest batting average (.739) at the Championships with 17 hits... A captain for both the Seton Hall Prep Varsity Baseball and Football teams...Named first team All-SEC conference for football on both offense and defense.

Jordano on Maldonado: "Frank is a very solid baseball player and we're very excited to have him become a Pittsburgh Panther. He's going got compete right away and he shows a tremendous amount of upside so we're thrilled to have him and look forward to getting him on campus."

Maldonado on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose the University of Pittsburgh for a variety of reasons. From my very first visit I knew it was a great fit for me. The education I will be receiving is top notch. The campus is very impressive, and the facilities are exceptional. I strongly believe in the coaching philosophies and feel really comfortable around all of the coaches and players. The move to the ACC is a great opportunity for the program to succeed in the national spotlight and I am looking forward to being an integral part of it. I am proud to call myself a Panther!"

Nick Montefusco


Medford, N.J./Shawnee

Montefusco is a right handed pitcher and outfielder from Medford, N.J..A four year varsity starter and two year captain for Coach Brian Anderson and Shawnee High School...All-Conference selection as a sophomore...Set his school's single season saves record as a freshman...Led his team in ERA as a freshman and sophomore...Plays travel ball for Bob Parks and Baseball Parks of American...A member of the National Honor Society and the Shawnee Leadership Academy.

Jordano on Montefusco: "Nick is really a versatile guy. He's a bulldog on the mound. He loves to compete and, with his arm angle, we feel that he has something very early in his career that is going to be an asset to our staff."

Montefusco on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose the University of Pittsburgh because of the academic quality and reputation. These are exciting times with the move to the ACC and it is a great opportunity to play on a highly rated team with great coaches. I look forward to the challenges, both on and off the field, to pursue my baseball and academic goals."

Nick Yarnall


Landisville, Pa./Hempfield

Yarnall is an outfielder from Landisville, Pa...Rawlings Preseason All-Region team selection...Second Team All-State and First Team All-League as a junior...Made East Coast Pro Showcase team for the Oakland A's.

Jordano on Yarnall: "Yarnall is one of the best bats in Pennsylvania. We couldn't be happier to have Nick be a part of our program. He's a force with the stick so we're looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish early in his career."  

Yarnall on the decision to become a Panther: "I chose the University of Pittsburgh to further my academic and athletic career because of the great coaching staff, the great opportunities it brings to me after college and the opportunity to play in the ACC."


Pitt Baseball Announces Additions to 2013 Recruiting Class

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