MISCELLANEOUS: Interesting pitching prospect ... shows great deal of athleticism for someone with such a tall and lanky frame ... developed into one of Army's weekend starters as a freshman in 2011 ... emerged as one of the top starting pitchers in the Patriot League as a sophomore last spring ... started the deciding third game of the Patriot League Championship Series at Navy during freshman season ... led state of Connecticut in strikeouts as a senior in high school ... two-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Equaled an Army record by piling up five Patriot League victories in 2012 ... went a perfect 5-0 versus conference foes during "breakout" sophomore campaign ... ranks tied for ninth on Army's single-season wins ledger (seven in 2012) ... lists among the Black Knights' all-time leaders with a career earned run average of 3.93.
2013: Missed entire junior season due to injury.
2012: Appeared in 13 contests with nine starts ... finished with a 7-2 record and a 3.38 earned run average ... was a perfect 5-0 versus Patriot League foes during the regular season, winning each of his starts against conference opponents ... ranked third on the team with 58 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched ... ended the season by pitching six innings in the Patriot League Championship Series finale versus Holy Cross ... allowed four runs on six hits, while striking out seven ... received a no-decision ... began the season in the bullpen as first three appearances were in relief ... earned first win of the campaign against High Point during the opening weekend of the season ... fired three innings of relief against the Panthers to pick up first career victory ... drew first start of the year against Sacred Heart during the Black Knights' annual spring break trip to Florida ... received a no-decision after working four innings versus the Pioneers ... struck out a career-high eight batters against Illinois State to close out the trip to Florida ... began the conference slate by beating Navy in the second game of Army's four-game sweep ... tossed 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four ... pitched Army to a win over Lehigh his next time out, going eight strong innings ... equaled his career high with eight strikeouts in win versus Lafayette ... gave up just two runs on six hits over 6.1 innings versus the Leopards ... pitched first complete of his career in 2-1 win over Bucknell ... struck out seven and yielded just four hits in masterful outing ... finished the Patriot League season by beating Holy Cross ... scattered eight hits over 5.2 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out six ... wrapped up regular season by tossing four innings of relief versus Bloomfield ... credited with the win as Army rallied for an 11-5 victory.
2011: Worked himself into Army's weekend rotation by the end of the season ... appeared in nine games during a solid plebe campaign ... posted a 4.95 earned run average and a 0-2 record ... struck out 21 batters, while only issuing 13 walks ... his ERA ranked second best among Army freshmen ... started seven contests, including the third and decisive game of the Patriot League Championship Series at Navy ... took the ball in the season opener versus Radford ... struck out four and did not allow a walk in 4.2 innings during his collegiate debut ... pitched well in his next outing at Maryland, allowing just two earned runs in a career-best six innings ... started the Ohio State game ... yielded four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings against a talented Buckeyes' lineup ... struck out a career-high five batters in his start versus Massachusetts ... threw 4.2 innings and received a no-decision in the Black Knights' 10-9 come-from-behind victory over the Minutemen ... made his Patriot League debut against Lehigh ... pitched three innings out of the bullpen in first career relief appearance ... allowed just one run on one hit against the Mountain Hawks, while striking out two ... started conference contests at Lafayette and Bucknell ... recorded four strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work against the Bison ... entered the game as a reliever in Army's 7-3 victory over Lafayette in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals ... win vaulted Army into the PLCS ... took the ball in the third and decisive game of the Patriot League Championship Series against Navy in Annapolis ... did not allow an earned run in 4.1 innings ... struck out three and yielded just one walk in one of his best performances of the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Pat Richardson at Housatonic Valley High ... captained the team as a senior ... earned all-league and all-state plaudits following a standout senior season ... won the school's Sportsmanship Award at graduation ... received the school's Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior ... played for head coach Mike McGuire during the summer following his graduation while a member of Team Connecticut's 18 and under unit.
PERSONAL: Given name is Nicholas Michael Dignacco ... born April 1, 1992, in Hartford, Conn. ... parents' names are Mike and Karen Dignacco ... has three brothers, Tom, Mark and Scott ... Mark attends Clemson and plays club baseball ... Tony is a graduate of York College (Pa.) ... uncle, David Selden, is a retired Army Green Beret and currently trains Marines in Jacksonville, N.C. ... enjoys spending time with his friends and brothers ... avid New York Yankees fans ... also roots for the NFL's Green Bay Packers ... loves country music ... also enjoys listening to Dave Matthews Band and U2 ... majoring in American Legal Studies ... will enter the Ordnance Branch of the U.S. Army following graduation ... first duty station will be Fort Campbell, Ky.