Oct. 16, 2009
Pete Parise, a 2007 Pitt graduate and four-year letterman of the baseball team was recently selected as the Memphis Redbirds 2009 Reliever of the Year after he successfully led his team to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League Champion title and an appearance in the Triple-A National Championship series.
As a member of the Memphis Redbirds, Parise is just one level away from the major league St. Louis Cardinals. Since he has been with the team as a right-handed closer, he has gone 2-1 with eight saves and owns a 4.17 ERA. After appearing in five of the six playoff games for Memphis, Parise marked a new Redbirds’ record with four saves in the playoffs and successfully gave up no runs while on the mound.
Although he was an outfielder and strong hitter during his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Parise took the advice he repeatedly heard from scouts while pursuing his professional playing career, and became a pitcher. During his senior season Parise made 11 relief appearances for the Panthers, going 2-1 with four saves and a 1.12 ERA.
At the conclusion of his collegiate career Parise was ranked as Pitt’s all-time leader in hits (253), at bats (827), games played (208) and games started (208). In addition, he also finished in the top 10 in career doubles, triples, RBI, total bases, strikeouts, runs scored and saves.