Jan. 25, 2013
DiBenedetto comes to the Hilltop following a coaching stint with the Illinois Indians, a competitive youth baseball travel team, and four years of playing professional baseball.
DiBenedetto was selected in the 37th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox. He played for two seasons in the Red Sox organization before going overseas to play with Reggio Emilia Baseball in Italy during the 2011 season. DiBenedetto finished his professional career in 2012 after a stint with the Baltimore Orioles organization.
DiBenedetto, a native of Fort Myers, Florida, graduated from Trinity College (Conn.) in 2008 with a degree in economics. While at Trinity, DiBenedetto led the Bantams to the 2008 NCAA D3 National Championship and the best winning percentage in NCAA history (45-1). During his junior season, DiBenedetto was named as First team all New England Shortstop, as well as the First team all NESCAC Shortstop. As a sophomore, DiBenedetto was named as the Second team all NESCAC shortstop.
On Saturday, Georgetown baseball will host the Ninth Annual First Pitch Dinner, being held on campus. The event will be held at the Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall on the Hilltop. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and events beginning at 7 p.m. The annual event celebrates the beginning of the Georgetown baseball season and honors the 2012 team and its seniors. Current MLB Network studio host Larry Bowa and Joe Garagiola Jr. (L'75) will serve as the keynote speakers.
The Hoyas will begin team practice on February 1, and have their first contest on February 15 in Spartanburg, S.C. where they will play Wofford College.