30 Titans in 30 Days...Day 1. Patrick Austin.
The 2013 Torrington Titans
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Titans Outlook: Austin comes back to a city and field at Fuessenich Park that he grew up in for his first full season with the FCBL team.
2013 has been a breakout year for the former Torrington Red Raider and P-38's standout at U-Mass.
After starting the year in the bullpen for Beacons, Austin worked his way into the staring rotation quickly and was made a conference starter right out of the gate.
The highlight of a 2-2 season to date was a complete game, two-hit shutout over Plymouth State at the end of March, a game in which he took a perfect game into the seventh inning.
"That was the highlight for me this spring." Austin said. "It's been an amazing year that was helped by my time in the Futures League a year ago. I played against some pretty good competition last summer that helped me get ready."
In that game, Austin was simply dominant, facing just 28 batters (one over the minimum, a double play erased the only threat Pylmouth had in the seventh) while former 2012 Titan teammate Matt Consiglio knocked in the only run Austin would need with a first inning RBI double.
After the perfect game was spoiled in the seventh, Austin allowed another single, giving Plymouth State their only opportunity of the day but Austin induced a double play, turned by former Raider teammate Bryan Failla and Consiglio.
He has started seven games while appearing on nine. A 3.46 ERA in 41.1 innings includes 30 strikeouts.
In 2012, Austin began the year with the P-38's before being added to the Titans roster.
In a crucial game on August 6, Austin started the second game of a double header against Martha's Vineyard with playoff implications on the line.
He pitched three strong innings, allowing two runs on three hits in a game the Titans would win 6-4 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Austin posted a 0-1 record with a 5.06 ERA but gained invaluable experience that he looks forward to translating into a solid summer at his favorite ball park.
"I love playing at Fuessenich Park." Austin said. "When that place is rocking, it's tremendous. Playing at home, where I have spent so much of my career pitching is a great honor. I look forward to spending the entire season in front of my home town fans."