A former standout pitcher at Amity Regional High School, in Woodbridge, Joe Ciancola, 20, from Orange, died Thursday according to an official statement on the University of Rhode Island’s Website.

A sophomore pitcher on the Rams’ baseball team, Ciancola is said to have suffered a medical emergency during a pre-season conditioning workout Monday. He was rushed to South County Hospital in South Kingstown, R.I. and later transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The statement does say that the workout was held under the supervision of a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified coach. Cause of death is still unknown.

University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley said in the statement:
“Joe was a beloved member of our baseball team and the URI community. We will miss him more than is possible to say. We send all of our sympathy, hopes, and prayers to Joe’s family. We pray that our shared memories of Joe, and his love for baseball and for life, will be a comfort to all who mourn his passing.”

University of Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn also commented in the statement:
“It is a tragedy any time you lose someone close to you, and even more so when it is a member of your family. Joe was and will continue to be a part of the University of Rhode Island Athletics family. On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators, I want to express our profound sadness for Joe’s passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and many friends. We mourn his loss and offer our thoughts and prayers to those closest with him.”

At Amity, Ciancola, who graduated in 2010, went 22-5 in his career on the mound, garnering all-state honors his senior season.


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