Hard-hitting junior who is slated to shift from left to right field, trading places with his classmate Brian Stavisky (who patrolled right field for most of 2000 and 2001) ... again will be counted on to provide key RBI while hitting in middle of the order, likely in fifth or sixth spots (with Stavisky returning at cleanup hitter) ... had a statistically-deceiving sophomore season in which he hit just .257 but delivered several clutch RBI, while also drawing 30 walks and ranking fifth on the team in on-base percentage ... a gritty and hard-nosed player who never backs down from a challenge ... a former high school infielder who has made steady strides in his outfield defense, due in part to his all-around athleticism and competitive instincts (he was an all-conference quarterback as a prep) ... has a smooth - yet aggressive - swing ... an emotional player who takes confidence into every at-bat ... hit a combined .287 in his first two seasons (265 ABs), with 56 RBI, 52 runs, seven home runs and 12 doubles ... appeared in 89 games as a freshman and sophomore, with 59 of 76 starts coming in left field (five at DH, 12 at second base) ... his career stats also include 13 more walks (38) than strikeouts (25), plus 10 times hit-by-pitch, four sacrifice flies, two sac. bunts and four stolen bases on eight attempts ... owns a .276 career batting average versus BIG EAST teams (6 HR, 25 RBI) ... scrappy player with a strong work ethic who is a product of one of the nation's top summer programs - Seattle-based Washington Bankers (current Irish senior RHP Matt Buchmeier was a member of that '99 team) ... could face two of his former teammates, USC pitchers Brett Butler (Woodinville High School, '98-'99) and Frasier Dizzard ('99 Washington Bankers), when the Irish and Trojans play in Round Rock, Texas, on March 9 ... made his first trip to Notre Dame on his official recruiting visit ... 12th Washington native to letter with the Notre Dame baseball program, with that group including recent Major League draftees Allen Greene (OF, '96-'98, Seattle) and All-American Brant Ust (IF, '97-'99, Redmond) ... assumed number eight jersey worn by several former Notre Dame greats, including OF/2B James Sass ('88-'89), power-hitting OF/1B Frank Jacobs ('89-'91), 3B Matt Haas ('91-'94) and Ust ('97-'99).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started at left field for most of 2001, batting .257 with 37 RBI (third on team), three home runs and nine doubles ... his dropoff in batting (down from .354 in 2000) was deceiving, as many of his hits came in big games and clutch situations ... one of four Irish players to appear in each of first 51 games before being sidelined for seven games with a back injury ... showed his toughness by returning to action as one of Notre Dame's top players in the NCAAs ... appeared in 56 total games, making 52 starts in left and three at DH (in NCAAs) ... his value as a clutch RBI producer was evident in 49 starts at the No. 5 spot in the batting order (six in the No. 6 hole) ... nearly led team in walks (30, seventh in BIG EAST and one shy of Stavisky's team-best total) while totaling team-high nine times hit-by-pitch - yielding team's fifth-best on-base percentage (.382, close to his .413 in 2000) ... his other season stats included 15 Ks, three sacrifice flies, two sac. bunts and 4-of-6 stolen bases ... averaged 15.1 plate appearances per strikeout, second-best on team behind Stanley (17.3) ... made two errors on 66 fielding chances (.970) ... his strength as a patient contact hitter was evident in his 2-to-1 walk-to-K ratio (best on the squad), with just two Ks coming on called third strikes ... reached base on 46.7 percent of his leadoff ABs (third-best on team) ... produced an RBI on a team-best 86.4 percent of his plate appearances (19-of-22) with a runner on third base and fewer than two outs (the second-best Irish player in that category, Stavisky, was nearly 150 percentage points lower at 72.2) ... also hit 65 points higher than his overall average with runners in scoring position (.322) ... hit .250 with two outs, .286 with runners on ... posted .232 average in BIG EAST regular-season games (13 RBI, 19 R, 3 HR, 15 BB) ... singled home Stavisky for go-ahead run (6-5) in 5th inning of 7-5 win at Mississippi State ... also played key role the next day in 4-2, 11-inning win over the Bulldogs, with his early RBI single providing 2-0 lead ... later reached when his 11th-inning blooper fell down the rightfield line before scoring go-ahead run on Joe Thaman's double into the leftfield corner ... collected three RBI in 8-3 win over Texas-Pan American, at Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio ... named to IBC all-tournament team, after batting 5-for-11 (6 RBI, 3 R, 2B, SB) in wins over UTPA, Texas-San Antonio and Sam Houston State ... hit pair of RBI singles versus top prospect Matt White in wooden-bat exhibition game versus the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (in St. Petersburg) ... slapped RBI single to shallow center field for 2-0 lead versus Florida Atlantic ace Peterson Benjamin in 3-0 win (in St. Petersburg) ... his walk helped set up Andrew Bushey?s bases-loaded, deep-infield popup that plated Steve Sollmann for 3-2, 11-inning win over Miami (Ohio) at Fresno State Classic (the RedHawks misplayed the popup and threw high as Sollmann raced home) ... hit RBI 6th-inning single, stole a base and scored to cap scoring in 3-0 win over Cleveland State ... smacked early solo home run versus senior LHP Ian Ostlund in 9-8 loss at Virginia Tech, adding another solo shot vs. senior RHP Anthony Miller in four-run 8th inning that gave Irish an 8-6 lead ... stroked two-run single in eight-run 6th as Irish blew open 2-2 game for 10-2 win at Rutgers in seven-inning opener ... lifted sacrifice fly the next day, cutting RU?s lead to 4-3 in the 9th, before delivering go-ahead run in the 11th, on a two-out single through the right side that scored Sollmann for 5-4 win (completing huge three-game sweep) ... hit solo home run versus Villanova freshman LHP Mike Ciccotelli in 15-2 Irish win ... drew two-out walk on two-strike count at St. John?s, helping set stage for Bushey's two-run single that yielded 3-0 lead in 1st inning of 3-2 win ... back injury forced him to miss final game of Connecticut series, three games at Boston College and BIG EAST Tournament - with the Irish losing four of those seven games minus their clutch five-hole hitter (41-9-1 in the first 51) ... helped jumpstart offense in NCAAs, hitting 7-for-16 while reaching base 13 times in five NCAA games (4 RBI, 2 R, 4 BB, 3 2B, 2 Ks, 2 HBP) ... drew four-pitch walk as part of ND's nine-run 4th inning in opening NCAA win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee (12-4) ... forged 3-3 game in 4th inning the next day vs. Florida International, after stroking two-run double to left-center (FIU won 7-6 in 10 innings) ... collected career-best four hits in back-and-forth elimination game vs. UC Santa Barbara (an 11-10 win in 10 innings) ... had RBI single in 4th inning of that game before his full-count double sparked three-run 7th (for 9-8 lead) ... fittingly added another clutch hit with the Irish facing their last out of the season in regional title game versus FIU, ripping two-out, 2-2 pitch for a double to left-center before scoring on Paul O'Toole's triple for the game's final run (5-4).
AS A FRESHMAN: Made big impact in final month of 2000, capped by all-tournament performance at NCAA Starkville Regional ... ranked second among Irish regulars with .354 batting average (just shy of Stanley's .362) ... appeared in 33 games, with 21 starts (12 at second base, often as replacement for injured senior Jeff Perconte) ... made two regular-season starts at DH and two in left before manning left field in NCAAs ... hit in the sixth-ninth spots prior to NCAAs (when he batted fifth each game) ... collected four home runs and three doubles in 82 ABs, plus 19 RBI, 18 runs, eight walks and 10 Ks ... ranked second on team in on-base percentage (.413), fourth in slugging pct. (.537) ... hit .400 vs. lefthanders ... reached on 44.4 pct. of leadoff ABs (third-best on team) ... also hit .400 with runners on base (second on team) ... led team in pinch-hit ABs (3-for-11) ... made six errors in 65 chances (.908) ... hit .393 at Eck Stadium (11-for-28) ... batted .472 (17-for-36, 11 RBI) in May ... collected first hit and run scored in 9-7 loss to Minnesota ... had two hits in three straight early games, helping beat Akron (10-3; RBI, R), Illinois (12-3; RBI) and Detroit (10-3; RBI, R) ... singled and scored in first BIG EAST game (11-5 loss at Villanova) ... enjoyed huge game in 12-1 win at Georgetown (2-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, BB, 3 R) ... hit 2-for-5 in sweep of Oakland (9-3, 5-3; HR, RBI, 2 R) ... pushed hitting streak to five games in Pittsburgh series (5-for-8), with home run, double, single, five RBI and three runs in wild 22-18 loss ... collected hits in each of final five games (8-for-15, 4 RBI, R, 2B, 2 BB, 1 E in 11 chances), as starting leftfielder in NCAA Regional action ... his all-tournament performance in Starkville included three hits in opening rally past Tulane (8-4; RBI, R) and an RBI double and two walks in elimination-game win over the Green Wave (10-6) ... added two hits and RBI the next afternoon (7-0 win over Mississippi State) before closing 1-for-5 in regional title game vs. Bulldogs (a 10-9 loss).
PREP & PERSONAL: Three-year shortstop at Woodinville High School ... all-state as a senior, after hitting .415 while setting school records for home runs (5) and RBI (29, in 18 games) ... captained team as a junior and senior while earning all-conference and all-eastside honors ... helped team finish fifth in 1998 state tournament, after winning conference title and earning national team ranking in '97 ... named Woodinville's male athlete of the year as a senior ... played in state all-star game ... earned Golden Glove award as a junior ... helped Washington Bankers summer team reach 1999 Connie Mack World Series ... hit 5-for-10 in the CMWS, with two doubles and four RBI ... three-year member of Woodinville football team, twice earning all-conference honors as a defensive back ... named an all-conference quarterback as a senior ... a two-year football team captain ... recipient of NFL Scholar Athlete of the Year award ... led football team to 9-1 record as a senior, with 600-plus passing yards and 500-plus rushing yards ... his 15-year-old sister Brittany Billmaier is a Junior Olympics gymnast ... born Oct. 16, 1980, in San Jose, Calif. ... son of Jim and Michelle Billmaier ... full name is Kris Carl Billmaier ... a government major in the College of Arts and Letters .
Billmaier's Career Stats
4-for-6, vs. UCSB, NCAAs (5/26/01)
3-for-4, vs. Tulane, NCAAs (5/26/00)
3-for-5, vs. Pittsburgh (5/7/00)
5, vs. Pittsburgh (5/7/00)
5, at Georgetown, gm 2 (4/22/00)
3, three times (last vs. Pitsburgh; 5/7/00)
2, at Va. Tech, gm 2 (3/25/01)
2, at Georgetown, gm 2 (4/22/00)
8, at Va. Tech (2 HR), gm 1 (3/25/01)
8, at G'town (2 HR), gm 2 (4/22/00)
2, four times (last vs. Fla. Int'l, 2001)
6 games (Feb. 17-March 2, 2001)