Photos from the games vs. Iowa and #7 Nebraska (16-6)
AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner enters his senior season with a .260 career batting average, two home runs and 21 RBI ... has added 33 runs, seven doubles, two triples, 19 walks, one sacrifice fly, seven sacrifice bunts and four stolen bases (six attempts) in 98 games (50 starts) ... will compete for a starting spot at either corner outfield position ... gained valuable experience as a platoon starter in right field ... one of team's top defensive outfielders, with quickness and good route running ... uses long frame for short, compact swing that can produce stinging line-drives with gap-to-gap power ... carried a 3.506 cumulative GPA into the `10 spring semester.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009): Appeared in 39 games and started 21 for the Irish, predominantly in right field ... batted .302 (29-for-96) with a home run and 13 RBI ... added 19 runs scored, two doubles, two triples, six walks, one sacrifice fly and one stolen base (two attempts) ... did ground into three double plays ... batted .327 (16-for-49) against right-handed pitching ... hit an impressive .342 (13-for-38) with runners on base ... batted .320 (8-for-25) with runners in scoring position ... hit a remarkable .393 (11-for-28) with two outs ... hit .267 (12-for-45) with four RBI in 15 BIG EAST games (10 starts) ... added seven runs scored, one double, two triples, three walks and one sacrifice fly ... registered the ninth-most multi-hit games on the team with five, including a trio of three-hit games (Apr. 29 vs. Bowling Green, May 12 at Illinois State, May 14 at St. John's) ... recorded two multi-RBI games, including a three-RBI outing against Purdue on Feb. 22 (all came from off the bench) ... Notre Dame went 11-10 when Ashdown started, including 9-9 when he played right field and 2-1 when he played left field ... batted .282 (24-for-85) with a home run and seven RBI in games started ... batted .455 (5-for-11) with six RBI off the bench ... hit an impressive .375 (3-for-8) in pinch hitting opportunities ... came off the bench with a pair of huge base hits against Purdue on Feb. 22 ... he had a two-run single in the eighth before adding a go-ahead (eventual gamewining) RBI single in the 10th ... recorded a career-best 11-game hitting streak from April 29 through May 20 ... batted .429 (18-for-42) with 10 runs scored and five RBI over the course of the streak ... committed one error in 50 fielding chances ... spent the summer of 2008 with the Conejo Oaks of the California College League ... saw action in 32 games, including 27 starts ... batted .250 (25-for-100) with a home run and 15 RBI ... added 22 runs scored, three doubles, two triples, 16 walks and 12 stolen bases.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008): Gave Irish depth in the outfield and saw action in 22 games, including three starts ... batted .393 (11-for-28) with a home run and four RBI ... added seven runs scored, three doubles, a walk, two sacrifice bunts and one stolen base ... appeared as a defensive replacement against Iowa (Feb. 23), Albany (Feb. 24) and Lehigh (Mar. 6) ... registered first at-bat of the season against Arizona on Mar. 9 ... came off the bench against Buffalo on Mar. 14 and went 1-for-1 ... went 0-for-2 versus Georgetown on Mar. 20 ... went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI double against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Mar. 26 ... went 1-for-2 with another double against Manchester College on Apr. 9 ... served a pinch-runner for the Irish and scored the eventual game-winning run against Villanova on Apr. 11 ... went 1-for-2 against the Wildcats on Apr. 13 ... picked up first two starts of the season in series against West Virginia (filled in for injured Billy Boockford) ... went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored on Apr. 18 ... recorded another multi-hit game on Apr. 20 against WVU ... went 2-for-4 with two runs scored ... belted first career home run in pinch hitting opportunity against Chicago State on Apr. 22 ... went 1-for-3 with a walk in third and final start of the season against Mississippi Valley State on Apr. 29 ... went hitless over six consecutive at-bats before driving in a run with a pinch-hit single against West Virginia on May 21 in the BIG EAST Tournament ... batted .417 (5-for-12) with a double, two RBI and four runs scored in three starts ... hit .357 (5-for-14) with an RBI and five runs scored in BIG EAST action ... did not commit an error in 14 fielding chances.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007): Played for the Blue team in the 2006 Blue-Gold World Series ... went hitless in seven at-bats with a sacrifice bunt ... platooned with Ryan Connolly as starters in right field (and 9-hole hitters) for most of 2007 season ... appeared in 36 games while starting 26 (24 in RF, plus single starts in left, vs. Iowa, and center, vs. Harvard) ... his starts included batting once in the 6-hole and five times in the #8 spot (plus 18 at #9) ... his season stats included 12 hits (.158 batting avg.) and 12 walks (plus 4 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B, 21 Ks, HBP, 5 SAC and 2-3 SBs) ... made a pair of errors in 53 fielding chances (.962 fielding pct.) ... hit .184 in BIG EAST play (7-for-38, RBI, 2 R, 6 BB, HBP, 10 Ks, 2-3 SB, E) ... doubled and scored versus Iowa (8-1 loss, at Stetson) ... added a pair of sacrifice bunts and scored a run the next day, in 16-6 win over #7 Nebraska (K) ... helped beat Cleveland State in home opener (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B; 5-3) ... added hits in next two games, wins over Western Michigan (1-for-4, RBI, R, BB, 2 Ks; 17-9) and South Florida (1-for-3, K; 1-0) ... closed USF series with 2-for-4 game (1-9) ... went 1-for-3 with pair of walks, run scored and sacrifice bunt in two-game series at Pittsburgh (2-4, 0-5) ... similarly was 2-for-5 in pair of 4-3 losses at Cincinnati (RBI, 2 BB, SB, K) ... played in BIG EAST Tournament games versus Rutgers and Villanova (1-for-6, R, 4 Ks; 2-13, 2-3). PREP & PERSONAL: Inducted into Catalina Foothills High School baseball hall of fame, where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter in center field (his .991 career fielding pct. is best in team history) ... led Falcons to national rankings in the `05 and `06 seasons ... ranks among CFHS career top-three in runs (124), hits (110), and walks (74); also top-five in career on-base pct. and triples ... captained team as a senior while being named defensive MVP, with his `06 stats including a .329 batting avg., 29 runs and a .529 on-base pct. (also led pitching staff with 2.90 ERA and 12.2 Ks/7 IP) ... named all-conference each of final three seasons while helping team win four conference and regional titles ... leading member of two state runner-up teams (`04, `05) ... named second team all-state, first team all-region and first team all-Southern Arizona as a junior, after batting .435 and setting team records with a .669 on-base pct. and 59 runs (also `05 team offensive MVP) ... hit .455 as 3-hole hitter for `05 summer-league team ... named team all-conference as a sophomore (.341 batting, .520 on-base) ... shifted to leadoff position in summer season after his sophomore year, earning `04 summer-team MVP honors after batting team-best .482 with 20 stolen bases ... invited to play with American Legion team at Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Mo. ... attended Notre Dame fall baseball camp in `05 and `06 ... earned two varsity letters in football, as a wide receiver, defensive back and kicker ... an all-conference and all-city football player as a junior ... member of National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar quarterfinalist ... awarded Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence five times (three in baseball, two in football) ... his grandfather, Bill Farthing, played football, basketball and baseball at Northwest College (Powell, Wyo.) ... his father, Boyd Ashdown, and grandfather, Laurence Ashdown, played football at Southern Utah ... born April 14, 1988, in Salt Lake City, Utah ... son of Boyd and Kristin Ashdown ... full name is Brayden Boyd Ashdown ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an English and pre-professional studies double major.