Timmy Ruffino II was called to the mound for his NCAA pitching debut a couple of weeks ago for Coppin State. This is an accomplishment that most baseball players dream about, but few ever actually achieve.
Pitching for a D1 college has been a dream for Timmy for many years, and he knew he would have to work extra to achieve this dream. Timmy was born with an underdeveloped right hand. After showing an interest in baseball, his parents decided not to let this physical condition define him, but instead to let him play the game he loved and figure things out along the way.
If you have ever met Timmy, you know that he doesn’t let it define him either. He embraces what has been nicknamed “The Nub”. If you have ever watched him pitch, you might not even realize that he is doing everything with one hand. The time and effort he has put into this sport that he loves is evident in the fluid motion of pitching and the seamless moving of his glove to his left hand. In a 2016 interview with Fletcher Mackel, Ruffino admitted that, “It makes me work harder every day.” When asked if he sees himself as being a role model, Timmy was quick to share that he hopes his accomplishments help other kids see that “just because they have a disability, doesn’t mean they can’t play sports.”
Not only has Timmy had a couple of appearances on the mound, he pitched his first collegiate career victory in relief against the University of Richmond Spiders, and he was named as this week’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. Timmy got his first collegiate career start Tuesday, which resulted in a win against Georgetown, 6-5. He threw 6 innings, only allowed 5 hits, and had 8 strikeouts.
Even with all of the work he puts in on the field, Timmy is more than just an athlete. Timmy is majoring in Sports Administration with a minor in Math. At the end of his first semester, his final GPA was 3.8 with 18 hours completed. This put him on the Dean’s List at Coppin State University.
You can follow along with Timmy’s stats this season by visiting Coppin State’s Baseball Page.