Veteran position player who has made a name for himself as clutch postseason performer, batting .471 in 19 career NCAA Tournament games (well above overall .299 career batting) ? returns to right field, where he played as a junior after flipping with classmate Brian Stavisky (who moved from left to right in 2002) ? will be counted on for consistent RBI production, as likely cleanup hitter (he hit in that spot in several 2002 games vs. lefthanders) ? will serve as 2003 team tri-captain, alongside senior right-
hander J.P. Gagne and junior second baseman Steve Sollmann ? only returning starter in outfield, after Stavisky signed as sixth-round pick of Oakland A?s (senior centerfielder Steve Stanley was an A?s second-round pick) ? looking to raise his overall game with more consistent plate production ? coming off strong 2002 fall season in which he regularly hit the ball with authority ? has developed into excellent outfielder, due to all-around athleticism and eagerness to meet any challenge ? gets good jumps on the bases ? his other career NCAA Tournament stats include 33 hits in 70 at-bats, 17 RBI, seven doubles, one triple (.600 slugging pct.), nine runs and nine walks ? played lead role in drive to 2002 College World Series, batting combined .615 (16-for-26, 8 RBI, 3 2B, 3B) in Notre Dame Regional and Super Regional series at top-ranked Florida State ? fearless competitor who lives for big-game situations ? had a statistically-deceiving sophomore season in which he hit just .257 but delivered several clutch RBI, while his .282 regular-season batting in 2002 was slowed by minor back injury ? former high school infielder who also was an all-conference quarterback as a prep ... has a smooth ? yet aggressive ? swing ... heads into final season with .299 career batting average, 97 RBI, 10 home runs, 20 doubles and 52 walks in 154 games (138 starts) ... owns .273 career batting average vs. BIG EAST teams (8 HR, 44 RBI), including 8-for-19 (.419) vs. Pittsburgh (HR, 7 RBI) and 8-for-20 (.400) vs. Virginia Tech (3 HR, 8 RBI) ... needs to log 46 games in 2003 to become 16th Notre Dame player to appear in 200-plus games ? scrappy player with a strong work ethic who is a product of one of the nation's top summer programs, Seattle-based Washington Bankers ?12th Washington native to letter with Notre Dame baseball, with that group including recent Major League draftees Allen Greene (OF, ?96-?98, Seattle) and All-American Brant Ust (IF, ?97-?99, Redmond) ... assumed No. 8 jersey worn by several former ND 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 JUNIOR: Used another strong postseason (.429, 26-for-58, 14 RBI) to push final batting average to .313 (fifth on team), with 41 RBI, three home runs, one triple and eight doubles ? his other season stats included 14 walks, seven times hit-by-pitch and 11 sacrifice bunts (second on team) ? posted .927 fielding pct. (8 errors, 6 assists) ? hit .282 in regular season before batting 3-for-14 at BIG EAST Tournament and nearly .500 (16-for-35) in NCAAs ? appeared in 65 of 68 games, with 58 of 62 starts in right (three in left, one at second base) ? hit mostly in No. 7 spot (35 games), also making 12 starts as cleanup batter plus starts in 5th (5), 8th (5), 6th (4) and 9th (1) spots ? led team with 17 two-out RBI, batting .351 with two outs (third on team) ? hit .382 with runners on (fourth on team) ? batted .362 at Eck Stadium (34-for-94) ? slowed early due to minor back injury, batting .203 in 9-10 start before second-half surge ? had an RBI single and two-run double in 15-8 win over USC ? hit 4-for-9 in sweep at Georgetown (RBI, BB) and 5-for-7 in Valparaiso doubleheader (3 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B, BB) ? went 4-for-10 in St. John?s series (4 RBI, 2 R; 3-run shot in 4-3 loss) ? hit 3-for-9 in key sweep of Virginia Tech, including one-out single up the middle that plated Stanley (1-1) in 6th inning of seven-inning opener (ND won 2-1 in the 11th) ? added similar RBI single in 4-2 nightcap ? hit 4-for-10 in sweep at Seton Hall (2 RBI) ? launched 6th-inning, solo home run for 3-2 lead vs. Bowling Green (the game was called moments later) ? delivered pair of singles and scored twice as cleanup hitter in 7-4 win over Michigan ? had two-run single in 5-2 win over Boston College ? his early home run yielded 2-0 lead vs. Virginia Tech in BIG EAST Tournament, later adding two-run single ? named to all-NCAA Notre Dame Regional team after batting 7-for-12, with 11 total bases (2 RBI, 3 R, 3B, 2 2B) ? had three singles and sac. bunt as cleanup batter in 8-6 win over Ohio State, with his single up the middle capping five-run, 7th-inning rally that produced 7-5 lead ? his RBI triple, double and run (yielding 5-for-5 Regional start) helped Irish jump out 12-1 in 25-1 win over South Alabama ? singled, doubled and scored final two Irish runs in Regional clinching win over OSU (9-6) ? opened Super Regional at Florida State as cleanup hitter and again responded with big game (4-for-5, 5 RBI, R), factoring into six runs in 10-6 win ? with RBI single in the 3rd, single and run scored in the 6th (6-5 lead) and two-run singles in the 8th and 9th ? hit 3-for-5 as Irish battled in second game at FSU (12-5 loss) before adding two hits in 3-1 decisive game (including 4th-inning single and run scored for 2-0 lead) ? singled and scored on Javi Sanchez three-run shot that forged 7th-inning tie with Stanford at College World Series (the Cardinal won, 4-3) ? drew bases-loaded walk for early 2-0 CWS lead vs. Rice (ND won 5-3) ? closed strong postseason with a single and walk in 5-3 loss to Stanford.
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 ... appeared in first 51 games before being sidelined for seven games with back injury ... showed his toughness by returning as one of team?s top players in the NCAAs ... appeared in 56 games, making 52 starts in left and three at DH (in NCAAs) ... made 49 starts at No. 5 spot in batting order (six in 6-hole) ... nearly led team in walks (30, seventh in BIG EAST) while totaling team-high nine times hit-by-pitch, yielding team?s fifth-best on-base percentage (.382) ... his other season stats included two sac. bunts and 4-of-6 stolen bases ... averaged 15.1 plate appearances per K, second-best on team ... made two errors on 66 chances (.970) ... his strength as a patient contact hitter was evident in his 2-to-1 walk-to-K ratio (best on squad), with just two Ks on called third strikes ... reached base on 46.7 percent of his leadoff ABs (third on team) ... produced RBI on team-best 86-percent of plate appearances (19-of-22) with runner on third and fewer than two outs ... hit 65 points higher than his overall average with runners in scoring position (.322) ... posted .232 average in BIG EAST regular season (13 RBI, 3 HR, 15 BB) ... singled home Stavisky for go-ahead run (6-5) in 5th inning at Mississippi State (7-5) ... added RBI single in 4-2, 11-inning win over the Bulldogs ... later reached when his 11th-inning blooper fell down the rightfield line before scoring go-ahead run on Joe Thaman?s double into leftfield corner ... named to Irish Baseball Classic all-tournament team (5-for-11, 6 RBI, 3 R, 2B, SB) ... hit pair of RBI singles vs. top prospect Matt White in wooden-bat exhibition game vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays ... slapped RBI single to shallow center for 2-0 lead vs. Florida Atlantic ace Peterson Benjamin (3-0) ... his walk helped set up 3-2, 11-inning win over Miami (Ohio) at Fresno State Classic ? smacked two solo home runs in 9-8 loss at Virginia Tech, ... stroked two-run single in eight-run 6th as Irish blew open 2-2 game for 10-2 win at Rutgers (7 inn.) ... 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 ... hit solo home run vs. Villanova (15-2) ... back injury forced him to miss final game at UConn, series at Boston College and BIG EAST Tournament ? with the Irish losing four of those seven games ... helped jumpstart offense, 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, stroking two-run double to left-center (FIU won 7-6 in 10) ... collected four hits in elimination game vs. UC Santa Barbara (11-10, 10 inn.) ... had RBI single in 4th inning of that game before his full-count double sparked three-run 7th (for 9-8 lead) ... added another clutch hit with the Irish facing their last out in regional title game vs. FIU, ripping two-out, 2-2 pitch for double to left-center before scoring on Paul O?Toole?s triple for final run (5-4 loss).
AS A FRESHMAN: Made big impact in final month, capped by all-tournament performance at NCAA Starkville Regional ... second among Irish regulars with .354 batting ... appeared in 33 games, with 21 starts (12 at second, as replacement for injured 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) ... collected four home runs and three doubles in 82 ABs, plus 19 RBI, 18 runs, eight walks and 10 Ks ... second on team with .413 on-base pct., fourth in slugging (.537) ... reached on 44.4 pct. of leadoff ABs (third-best on team) ... hit .400 with runners on (second on team) ... made six errors in 65 chances (.908) ... hit .472 in May (17-for-36, 11 RBI) ... collected first hit and scored in 9-7 loss to Minnesota ... had two hits to help beat Akron (10-3; RBI, R), Illinois (12-3; RBI) and Detroit (10-3; RBI, R) ... enjoyed huge game vs. Georgetown (12-1; 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) and 5-for-8 in Pittsburgh series, with three hits and five RBI in wild 22-18 loss (HR, 2B, 3 R) ... collected hits in final five games (8-for-15, 4 RBI, R, 2B, 2 BB), as starting leftfielder in NCAA Regional ... his all-tournament performance in Starkville included three hits in opening rally past Tulane (8-4; RBI, R) and RBI double and two walks in elimination-game win over the Green Wave (10-6) ... added two hits and RBI in 7-0 win over Mississippi State.
PREP & PERSONAL: Three-year shortstop at Woodinville High School ... all-state as a senior, hitting .415 while setting school records for home runs (5) and RBI (29) ... captained team as a junior and senior while earning all-conference and all-eastside honors ... helped team finish fifth in 1998 state tournament, 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 (5-for-10, 2 2B, 4 RBI) ... three-year member of Woodinville football team, twice earning all-conference as defensive back ? all-conference quarterback as a senior ... two-year football team captain ... recipient of NFL Scholar Athlete of the Year award ... led football team to 9-1 record as a senior (600-plus passing yards, 500-plus rushing) ... his 16-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 ... political science major in College of Arts and Letters.
Billmaier's Career Stats
4-for-6, at Florida State (6/7/02, NCAAs)
4-for-6, vs. UCSB, NCAAs (5/26/01)
3, eight times
5, at Florida State (6/7/02, NCAAs)
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 Georgetown (2 HR), gm 2 (4/22/00)
2, five times (last vs. Fla. Int'l, 2001)
7 games (May 31 - June 9, 2002)