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  Joe Persichina
Joe Persichina

Player Profile

Palos Verdes, Calif.

High School:





Tillman Scholar: Joe Persichina is one of 19 "Tillman Scholars," carefully selected to participate in the "Leadership Through Action" program at ASU. Inspired by Pat Tillman's passion and action-oriented leadership style, the Leadership Through Action program enhances student leadership skills, helps them use their skills to develop solutions to community problems, and ultimately funds some of those projects. The two-semester course, in just its second year, has already produced several outstanding programs -- from a process to generate potable drinking water in drought stricken areas; to inner-city youth programs to celebrate cultural differences.

2006 (Junior): Played 40 games, starting 24 of them in the infield...named Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic...closed out the year batting .283 (26-92) with 14 runs scored...was four for four in stolen bases...had four pinch hits in six chances...played for the Goldpanners of Fairbanks in the Alaskan Summer League, hitting .328.

2005 (Sophomore): Utility infielder who started 28 games at second base (15), shortstop (8) and first base (5)... finished the season hitting .214 (24-for-112) with four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 15 RBI... also recorded five multi-hit games... went 1-for-4 with three RBI vs. Stanford (4/16)... hit a pinch-hit, solo home run vs. Wright State (4/3)... in his first career start at shortstop against California (4/9), he fielded eight chances flawlessly... hit a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning vs. Cal State Fullerton to clinch the Super Regional and a trip to Omaha.... played summer baseball for the Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League... hit .242 (23-for-95) with six doubles, one triple and 11 RBI.

2004 (Freshman): Named honorable mention All-Pac-10... played in 53 games and made 42 starts... 37 starts at first base and five at second base... finished sixth on the team hitting .320 (48-for-150) with seven doubles, one triple, one home run and 24 RBI... hit safely in 30 of 50 games... ranked ninth in league and led ASU with a .362 batting average in Pac-10 games (21-for-58)... career-high four hits going 4-for-5 with two runs scored against Washington State (4/23)... went 1-for-3 with three-run triple against Oral Roberts (4/8)... hit first career home run against Memphis (2/21)... went 3-for-4 with game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in 10-9 victory over Florida State (2/7)... went 2-for-4 with two RBI in NCAA Tournament win over Minnesota... recorded 13 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI contests... had four separate three-game hitting streaks this season... hit .455 (5-for-11) with the bases loaded (12 RBI)... played for the Alaska Goldpanners in the Alaskan Summer League... hit .278 (37-for-133) with six doubles, three triples and 20 RBI.

High School: A 2003 graduate of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif... earned four varsity letters in baseball and was captain his junior and senior seasons... coached in baseball by Roger Cannon... former big league catcher Don Slaught and his father (Lou) also helped coach Peninsula... played six years of summer baseball with the South Bay Sharks... earned all-league and all-area honors his junior and senior years... Los Angeles Times first-team all-region as a junior... hit .371 as a junior with four home runs and .341 with four homers, 10 doubles and 10 stolen bases as a senior... played in several baseball showcases, including the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championship in 2002... won the gold glove award at the Super 7 Series in East Cobb, Ga., with the Orange County Dawgs... helped his summer team to a gold medal as the USA Baseball Junior Olympics in Tucson, Ariz., in 2001... played on scout teams for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers... helped the AABC team to a silver medal in the 2003 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Mo.

Personal: Majoring in BIS with an emphasis in Business/Communications... active member in Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)... parents are Lou and Ilse Persichina of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif... has two older brothers, Anthony and Michael... father played baseball at Long Beach State... his aunt, Claudia Schneider, participated in the 1976 Olympics in Canada for the first US Women's Rowing team... his uncle (George Lockwood), was also a world-class rower and participated in the World Rowing Games in 1971-72 in Denmark... listed in Who's Who Among High School Students in 2001 and 2002... part of the ASB in high school and was the Commissioner of the Environment... also a member of the S.O.S (Serving our Society) community service club... enjoys listening to music, fishing, hiking and camping... favorite team is the Los Angels Dodgers... full name is Joseph Heinrich Persichina... born Dec. 14, 1984 in Torrance, Calif.

Career Stats at ASU:

Year       Avg  GP-GS    AB    R    H  2B  3B  HR  RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP   OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT   PO   A   E  FLD%
2004....  .320  53-42   150   27   48   7   1   1   24   60  .400  20   5  17   4  .412   2   2   3-4    293  45   5  .985
2005....  .214  53-28   112   19   24   4   2   2   15   38  .339  13   2  21   4  .300   3   2   4-4     94  76   4  .977
2006....  .283  40-24    92   14   26   2   0   0    8   28  .304  12   8  12   1  .407   1   3   4-4     45  80   10 .926
TOTAL...  .277 146-94   354   60   98  13   3   3   47   126 .356  45  15  50   9  .376   6   7   11-12  432 201   19 .971
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