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Kyle Pettoruto

 
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A native of Andover, Massachusetts, Kyle Pettoruto is in his first year at Rutgers and coaches outfielders, baserunning and hitting.

He spent the previous six seasons with head coach Steve Owens at Bryant and was part of six-straight Northeast Conference regular season championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. The Bulldogs led the conference in nearly every major offensive category during his tenure in Smithfield.

Pettoruto played a role in producing 40 All-NEC selections, 46 All-New England selections, six ABCA All-Northeast selections, two NEC and New England Players of the Year, four NEC Rookies of the Year, two New England Rookies of the Year, one Collegiate Baseball Freshman Player of the Year and four Freshman All-Americans in his six seasons. He helped the Bulldogs finish in the top 20 in the country in scoring and slugging percentage in four of his six seasons, and the team finished in the top 25 in a host of other categories over the six years.

Pettoruto helped put together one of the best offenses in program and NEC history in 2019. The Bulldogs set school and NEC records for home runs (81), hits (679), RBIs (455) and runs scored (487). Bryant finished the regular season seventh nationally in batting average (.311), fifth in hits (679), eighth in runs (487) and 10th in scoring (8.1). The Bulldogs placed eight on the All-NEC teams and 10 more on All-New England teams.

The highlight of Pettoruto's tenure occurred in 2018 as he helped Ryan Ward achieve the greatest season in program history. Ward set program records for hits (101), total bases (158) and finished with a .409 average on his way to earning 18 postseason recognitions. He was the first NEC player to earn player and rookie of the year honors and was also named the New England Player/Rookie of the Year and the National Freshman Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball. Ward was named All-American by four outlets, a Freshman All-American by four others and was the first NCBWA District I Player of the Year in program history.

In 2014, the Bulldogs ranked seventh in the country in stolen bases (99) and also finished 14th in batting average (.302), 15th in scoring (6.7), 19th in runs (386), 20th in doubles per game (1.98), 23rd in home runs per game (0.67), ninth in slugging (.436) and 13th in OBP (.391).

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