Wake Forest baseball players and coaches shaved their heads on April 19 to support the Vs. Cancer Foundation.
Walter on Pirro
"Matty has made huge strides from a year ago. With a vastly improved delivery and dedication to fitness he has emerged as a weekend starter. His fastball is up to 94, he can carry his velocity deep into the game and he features two quality off-speed pitches he can throw in any count."
Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 21st round of the MLB Draft with overall pick No. 644 ... Served as Wake Forest's Friday night starter the majority of the year, posting a 7-4 record and 3.67 ERA ... Won each of his first five starts, holding a 2.51 ERA at the time ... Dominated Delaware (Feb. 13) in his first start, throwing 5.0 shutout innings of one-hit ball while striking out nine ... Also picked up wins against George Mason (Feb. 21), Marshall (Feb. 28), Virginia Tech (March 7) and Florida State (March 13) ... Struck out 32 batters in 23.0 innings over his first four starts ... Earned his sixth win at Clemson (March 27), allowing one run in 7.0 innings on four hits with seven strikeouts ... Limited Boston College to just two hits and no runs (Apr. 3) ... Won his final outing in Old Gold & Black at Duke (May 14), striking out seven and conceding one run in 6.2 frames ... Started a team-high 14 games.
Made five starts and appeared in 18 games in 2014 ... Maintained an ERA of 5.94 while finishing the season with a 2-2 record ... Struck out 43 batters in 36.1 innings ... Started the second game of the doubleheader against Marshall (Feb. 17) and struck out a career-high seven batters ... Earned his first win of the season at Elon (March 26) by pitching two scoreless innings and striking out four ... Also won the second game of the doubleheader at Notre Dame (March 30) by pitching 2.1 scoreless frames ... Struck out three in two innings at NC State (May 9) ... Playing with the Kernersville Bulldogs in the Carolina Virginia Collegiate Baseball League during the summer.
Made 12 starts on the mound for the Demon Deacons ... Ended the season with a 3-6 record and a 5.52 ERA ... Struck out 30 batters and allowed a .268 opponent batting average in 58.2 innings of work ... His inning total was the third most on the team ... Earned his three wins on the season in his first three starts of the year ... Struck out four and allowed two earned runs in 5.0 innings in a win at ULM in his season debut on Feb. 17 ... Went 5.0 innings in each of his next two wins, as well, allowing just one earned run against both West Virginia (Feb. 24) and against New Mexico State (Mar. 2) ... Went a season-high 6.2 innings vs. Virginia on April 6, striking out four and allowing just two earned runs ... Struck out a season-high five batters at Florida State on April 26 in 6.0 innings.
2012 (Freshman) Made 10 appearances and pitched 20.2 innings on the year ... Started three games and came out of the bullpen seven times ... Posted a 2-1 record and a 3.92 ERA ... Struck out 12 batters and held opponents to a .225 batting average ...Pitched 0.2 innings and struck out a batter in his collegiate debut at New Mexico State (2/17) ... Started his first-career game vs. Valparaiso (3/6) and lasted 3.0 innings while striking out five batters and giving up two earned runs ... Also went 4.0 innings in a start vs NJIT (3/14) and a season-high 5.0 innings in a start at High Point (3/27).
As a senior, was a 2011 New York State Gatorade Player of the Year finalist ... All earned First Team All-League and was an Under Armour Preseason All-American in 2011 ... Ranked 390th nationally by Perfect Game and sixth in New York State ... Was First Team All-Northeast Region ... Was named the CNY Pitcher of the Year in 2010 after finishing the season with an 8-1 record, a 1.04 ERA, 84 strikeouts and seven walks in 48.0 innings ... Earned First Team All-State, First Team All-CNY and First Team All-League in 2010 ... Selected to the USA 18U 36-man roster ... Named to Yankees East Coast Pro Showcase Team ... Member of the 12th ranked Sportszone Chiefs summer baseball team.
Son of Michael Pirro and Lisa Wendler ... Father, Michael, was drafted by the Giants in 1984 ... Grandfather, Joe, pitched in the Cardinals and Tigers organizations ... Has twin sisters, Victoria and Alexandria ... Communication major.