East Haven outfielder Nick Lamberti committed to the University of Connecticut Tuesday. The outfielder had another strong season, posting a .589 batting average and .740 on-base percentage with 21 stolen bases and 20 runs.
Lamberti, who will be a senior in the fall, said the scholarship offer is still being discussed and that he is going to use his senior year of high school to decide what he will major in.
He was also getting looks from St. John’s, Hartford and Southern Connecticut State University, but said he is pleased with his choice and happy to get this weight off his shoulders before his senior year.
“I’m really happy, now I can just go into every game and play like no one’s watching me,” he said. “I’ve already committed. I don’t have to worry about anything.”
The outfielder said defending Big East champion UConn’s future is bright and he wants to be a part of it. He joins a long list of the state’s best high school players to stay home and play for UConn. All-State players like Amity pitcher Sam Nepiarsky, Foran catcher Joe Zanghi, Fitch shortstop Aaron Hill and Notre Dame-West Haven outfielder Griffin Garabedian have all decided to play for the Huskies.
“I think they’ve got a shot to go to the World Series in Omaha,” Lamberti said. “They’re in a new conference, new teams, a lot of travel. This is Division I baseball and it’s one of the best schools in the northeast.”
Lamberti also said the coaching staff made him feel right at home during his visit. He said coach Jim Penders came prepared.
“He was talking to me, he said, ‘I know what you did the past three years.’ ” Lamberti said. “He knew all of my stats, he said, ‘You never strikeout and that’s what I like about you.’ ”
Lamberti was a CHSCA All-State selection and Southern Connecticut Conference All-Oronoque selection for his efforts last season.