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Season: Led team in hitting (.287), runs (30), hits (54), doubles (10), total bases (77, tied), slugging (.410) and on-base percentage (.355) ... Tied for third on the team with three home runs ... Tallied 18 RBIs ... Appeared in 52 games with 49 starts. At No. 1 TCU (2/18-19): Made debut in second game of the series and tallied first career at-bat ... Went 1-for-3 with a double in first career start in the finale. Vs. Xavier (2/24-26): Scored three runs in series opener after entering as a pinch runner ... Started both ends of a doubleheader (2/25) and went 5-for-8 with a home run and two RBIs ... Singled three times and drove in a run in the first game ... Hit first career home run and doubled in the nightcap, also scoring two runs and drawing a walk. At Pacific (3/4-6): Reached base three times in the series opener with a triple and two walks as well as an RBI. At UC Davis (3/8): Went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and RBI. At Sacramento State (3/9-11): Had two hits in the series finale including a double. Bucknell (3/22): Went 2-for-2 off the bench with a double, hit by pitch and a run. Columbia (3/24-26): Tallied two doubles, a triple, four runs scored, two RBIs, and a stolen base in four-game series. At No. 22 Michigan (3/31-4/2): Singled once in all three games and scored a run. Ohio State (4/8-9): Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a double in series opener ... Singled in finale to start six-game hitting streak. At Maryland (4/14-16): Collected at least one hit in each game ... Hit two home runs in the series finale. Northwestern (4/21-23): Limited to two hits in the series, but the first extended his hitting streak to six games, and the last was a walk-off hit to win the series finale and start another six-game hitting streak. At Iowa (4/28-29): Went 5-for-11 in the series including a three-hit game in the series finale. Villanova (5/16) & No. 22 Nebraska (5/18-20): Batted 9-for-18 with five RBIs and two doubles in the final four games of the season ... Went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs and a double vs. Villanova ... Went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, a double and two runs ñ including the game-winner - in a walk-off win over the Huskers in the series opener ... Went 3-for-4 in second game against Nebraska ... Singled, scored and drove in a run in season finale.
Four-year letterwinner in the outfield for Punxsutawney Area under head coach Mike Dickey ... Conference Player of the Year and Team MVP as a junior ... Named all-conference as a sophomore and senior ... Served as team captain as a senior ... Helped lead team to four District 9 Championships ... Played travel baseball for Chandler World ... Perfect Game Mid-Atlantic second team ... Honorable mention Perfect Game All-American ... Ranked in Perfect Game Top 500 ... Named to WWBA All-Tournament team ... Also played football for two years and earned one letter and an all-conference nod ... Set school single-season touchdown receptions and receiving yards records ... Volunteered with Challenger Baseball and Special Olympics ... Senior class, baseball association and varsity club president.
Full name is Braxton William Giavedoni ... Born February 14, 1998 in Dubois, Pa. ... Parents are Tony and Barbie Giavedoni ... Has two siblings, Lauren and Connor ... Father, Tony, played football and basketball for Clarion ... Mother, Barbie, is a 1990 graduate of Penn State ... Two uncles and an aunt also attended Penn State ... Sister, Lauren currently attends Penn State ... Cousin, Devin Mesoraco, plays baseball for the Cincinnati Reds; cousin, Jordan Mesoraco, played baseball for Clarion; cousin, Derek Lefever, played baseball for Duquesne; uncle, Doug Mesoraco, played baseball for IUP ... Intends to major in security and risk analysis.