PITTSBURGH, PA (WYTV) – Four years of hard work culminated last Saturday for Boo Vasquez. The Pitt Panthers lost their home finale 13-7, but after missing 14 games due to Mononucleosis earlier this season, the Cardinal Mooney grad was happy to still finish his collegiate career strong.
“Not how I planned it but I’m happy,” said Vazquez last Saturday after Pitt hosting Virginia Tech on Senior Day.
“I was able to come back like you said after being sick and play the way I know I can play and I did everything that I could to be successful. so I am happy.”
And Boo’s success spoke for itself. He leaves Pitt ranking in the top 20 all-time in 8 different categories, and became the 13th member to the 200 hit club.
“You look at the record book and you see his name quite a bit,” said Pitt Head Coach Joe Jordano.
“That is a testament not only to his talent, but how he preformed.”
Despite his success, Boo stayed the course at Pitt. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies out of high school, and was nearly picked last year, but he decided to come back, improve as a player, and finish his degree.
“To get a degree from here, it sets you up for life. If baseball doesn’t workout, I have something great to fall back on so I try to look at the big picture with things,” says Vazquez.
Boo will graduate with a degree in Economics and is considering Law School after baseball. But for now, he’s working towards his next chapter, and next month’s draft.
“Whatever way I head, I think it is going to be bright. Whether it’s the draft and playing pro ball or moving on in academics. I think I am in a good spot thanks to Pitt and the people here.”
“Hopefully it’s just the final day of a lot more final days to come. A lot of accomplishments and a lot of good things,” said Boo’s mother Maryellen.
“Where ever God takes him, we are going to be behind him 100-percent.”