Was the regular starting catcher for much of the first half of the season before missing the Northwestern series with an injury, leading to Aaron Greenfield taking over the majority of the catching time the rest of the season....Played in 28 games overall while starting 26, all at catcher....Started the most games at catcher of anyone on the team....Started 21 of the first 34 games but just five of the last 22 contests....Third on the team with four sacrifice hits....Second on the team in putouts (156)....Had an impressive .990 fielding percentage, committing just two errors in 193 total chances.
Went 2-for-2 in his first start of the year at Tulane (2-18)....Went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI as well as his first collegiate home run vs. Bowling Green (3-4)....Scored a run and had a hit vs. Central Michigan (3-6)....Went 1-for-3 in the first game of the Furman series (3-18) and had a season-high 11 putouts and then had 10 putouts along with a hit and a run scored in the final game of the series (3-19)....Was 2-for-4 at Arizona State (3-26)....Went 1-for-3 wit h a double and a walk in the Big Ten opener at Minnesota (3-31)....Scored two runs vs. Minnesota (4-1)....Went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the opener of the Michigan State series (4-14)....Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a sacrifice in the second game of the MSU series (4-15)....Went 1-for-3 with a pair of runs and a walk vs. Michigan (5-13)....Went 1-for-2 in his final start of the year vs. Ohio State (5-20).
Got first career at-bat and scored a run vs. Gonzaga (3/8); Walked once in three at-bats vs. Dallas Baptist (3/9); Singled, walked and drove in first career run in win at Delaware (3/19); Went 1-for-3 in win at James Madison (3/26 Game 2); Singled and scored a run in win vs. Bucknell (3/30); Went 1-for-3 and scored a run at Purdue (4/2 Game 2); Went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a SAC in win at Northwestern (4/9 Game 1); Singled, scored a run and had an RBI in win over Minnesota (4/16 Game 2); Went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt vs. Ohio State (5/9); Went 2-for-4, scored a run and drove in a run with a double in win at Michigan State (5/15).
Made second team Inter-AC and first team Main Line junior year ('03); Batted .423 and made first team All-Inter-AC in Philadelphia; First team All-Area Chester County and Carpenter Cup Player senior year ('04); Earned 3 Varsity letters and was captain senior year.
James John Spinelli was born on August 13, 1986 in Paoli, Pa; Son of Jim and Linda Spinelli; Sister Stefanie (22); James is majoring in management of information systems.
Robbie Wine on James Spinelli
- "Spin is a very good college catcher. His defensive abilities are an important part to this team. He has a lot of energy and passion when he plays. He works hard at the game and adds character to our team. Spin is a good student and is a very important part of our team."