Images of the Cardinals during their run to the BIG EAST regular-season championship.
2013: Was 1-0 with a 5.30 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 14 relief appearances and 18.2 innings pitched. Earned first career win working career long 3.1 innings of dominant relief with four strikeouts in victory over Oklahoma State in NCAA Regional title game. Matched a career-high working 2.1 innings of scoreless relief with strikeouts against Rutgers in BIG EAST Championship. Provided two innings of relief allowing one run on one hit in finale of Cardinals' sweep against Pittsburgh. Worked career long 2.1 innings of relief against No. 3 Vanderbilt on April 23 allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts. Struck out career best five while allowing one run in season-high two innings of relief against Rutgers on March 23. Made third straight scoreless relief outing in Cardinals' March 20 win over USC. Made first appearance of the season with 0.2 innings of scoreless relief in Cardinals' March 10 win over Alabama to complete series sweep.
2012: Had one save and a 4.38 ERA in 14 relief appearances and 12.1 innings pitched. Finished with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings of scoreless relief at Pitt on May 18. Had one strikeout in an inning of shutout relief against SHU on April 15. Pitched a scoreless ninth inning in April 6 win at Georgetown. Struck out the side in order for the second time this season during his perfect inning of relief against Villanova on March 30. Pitched career-long 2.0 innings of relief and had career-best four strikeouts in Cards' March 17 win over Ball State. Earned first career save with a perfect ninth inning, including two strikeouts, in Feb. 26 win over Oakland. Made collegiate debut in impressive fashion by striking out the side in order in the eighth inning of Cards' win over EKU.
High School: Played four seasons of baseball as a pitcher and first baseman for coach Mike Zunica at St. Rita High School. Ranked as one of the top 250 players in the nation in the class of 2011 by Perfect Game USA. Earned All-State, All-Conference, All-Area and All-Region honors at St. Rita, which earned back-to-back state runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010. On the mound, was 7-2 with four saves, a 2.10 ERA and 70 strikeouts, while as a position player, hit .475 with 14 home runs, 70 RBI, 16 doubles and 10 stolen bases. Injuries limited his production as a prep senior. Also earned four letters in football as a defensive lineman. Attended same high school as former Cardinal pitcher Tony Zych.
Personal: Born Joseph Dominic Filomeno on Dec. 31, 1992 in Joliet, Ill. Son of John and Cherise Filomeno. Has three siblings, Ashley, Regina and Nick. Majoring in exercise science at U of L. Biggest thrill in sports was getting the win in relief against the No. 1 team in the state in front of more than 3,500 fans as a sophomore. Person with the greatest influence on his athletic career was his father, who has taught him everything he knows and sacrificed so much for him to play. After college, he wants to play professional baseball and if that does not work out, he wants to be a college strength coach. Hobbies and outside interests include fishing and golf. Favorite movie is Bull Durham. Favorite TV show is SportsCenter. Favorite athlete is Billy Wagner. Favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Favorite candy bar is Butterfinger. Favorite food is lasagna. Favorite teams are the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. Enjoys listening to hip hop and country music. If he could have dinner with three people, he would invite his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather.