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A former multi-sport standout at Carmichaels High School, Gasti has started 37 games for the Cleveland State University baseball team and played in 40 games for the Vikings.
Gasti was a shortstop and pitcher for the Mikes but has spent time in the outfield as a freshman. The pre-med major and former Carmichaels valedictorian ranks fifth on the team with a .289 batting average (39-for-135) with seven home runs, 27 RBI, 11 doubles and 27 runs. Cleveland State, a member of the Horizon League (that's where NCAA basketball finalist Butler hails), is 11-35.
Gasti earned 11 letters (four baseball, four basketball, three football) at Carmichaels and earned two Baseball All-District first-team selections as a junior and senior. As a junior, Gasti helped Carmichaels win a WPIAL Class A championship and reach the PIAA title game. He batted .477 and led the WPIAL with 42 runs. He also posted a 9-1 record with 81 strikeouts and 1.05 ERA.
He pitched a complete game in the PIAA championship, which Carmichaels lost. His older sister Nikki pitched Carmichaels to WPIAL Class AA titles in 1998 and 1999 and the 1998 state title.
As a senior, Gastio batted .535 with 20 extra-base hits, including six home runs.