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Alumni report: Cacchione pitching well in 1st season with ASU

Palo Alto Online
In his 1st season at Arizona State, Dom Cacchione (SHP '18) has already made his impact felt. Dom has made 9 appearances on the season, 8 of them in reflief, for the 5th ranked Sun Devils (25-2, 8-1). Cacchione has struck out 9 batters in 10 innings on work thus far, and limited opponents to a .256 batting average against. 

Former Menlo School star Griff McGarry has become a regular starter for the University of Virginia baseball team and will make an appearance either Friday or Saturday when the Cavaliers visit Notre Dame to open a three-game ACC series on Friday.

McGarry (2-3, 3.67) has been the No. 2 starter most of the year but pitched the first game of a series against North Carolina State last weekend.

He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and was not involved in the decision of Virginia's eventual 4-3 win. He walked five and struck out eight.

The sophomore hurler, who led Menlo to a Central Coast Section title in his senior year, is currently on a two-game losing streak, though he's pitched well to win.

His last victory came March 2, when he shut out Seton Hall on three hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked five.

McGarry leads the Cavaliers' starters in ERA and leads the team with 42 strikeouts over 34 1/3 innings.

In 18 career apperances, including nine starts, McGarry has 64 strikeouts in 52 innings, along with 49 walks. He's 2-5, with a save.

Dominic Cacchione, who helped Sacred Heart Prep win the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title last year, may be able to give McGarry a scouting report on the Irish. Cacchione, who pitches for Arizona State, made his collegiate debut against Notre Dame earlier in the season, retiring the only two batters he faced.

Cacchione made his first collegiate start in the Sun Devils loss to Long Beach State on Tuesday night and while he didn't last long, allowing four runs on two hits and a pair of walks among the five hitters he faced, he did earn the start after compiling a 2.67 ERA over his first seven appearances. 

Cacchione was a preferred walk-on at Arizona State, joining one of his best friends, Serra High alum Hunter Bishop, who has grabbed national attention for his home run hitting prowess. The pair met while playing in the Palo Alto youth system growing up.

Bishop, a junior, has 26 home runs, 41 RBIs and is hitting .417 on the season for the Sun Devils (25-2). He's hit safely in 24 of his 27 games, including an on-going stretch of 18 of his past 19.

Arizona State is scheduled to host Stanford (and former Gator star Andrew Daschbach) in May.

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