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    Billy Boockford

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Glen Ellyn, IL

    High School:
    Glenbard West

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 195

    Position:
    OF/RHP

    Birthdate:
    06/06/1987

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R


    AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner enters his senior season with a .279 career batting average, two home runs and 37 RBI ... has added 27 runs, 11 doubles, one triple, 21 walks, four sacrifice flies and 14 sacrifice bunts in 79 games (59 starts) ... will compete for a starting spot at either corner outfield position ... served as a key member of the 2008 offense after returning from knee surgery that held him out for most of 2007 season ... has strong arm that is similar to that of Cody Rizzo (2006), another Notre Dame right-fielder who wore #17 ... can hit for average and power, with good base-running skills for his size ... also displays versatility to be an adept bunter when called upon ... top-scholastic pitching prospect that gives Irish an additional right-handed pitcher out of the bullpen.

    JUNIOR SEASON (2009): Appeared in 20 games and made eight starts in right field ... batted .290 (9-for-31) with four RBI ... added one run scored and four walks ... did ground into a double play ... batted .350 (7-for-20) against right-handed pitching ... batted .385 (5-for-13) with runners in scoring position ... hit .417 (5-for-12) with four RBI in five BIG EAST games (three starts) ... added one run scored and two walks ... registered a pair of multi-hit games (vs. Ohio State, Feb. 20; at Cincinnati, Apr. 9) ... recorded one multi-RBI game (two at Cincinnati, Apr. 9) ... batted .280 (7-for-25) with four RBI in games started ... batted .333 (2-for-6) with a run scored in games played off the bench ... tossed a scoreless inning of relief (his first and only pitching appearance in an Irish uniform) at Pittsburgh on Mar. 28 ... spent the summer of 2008 with the Hays Larks of the Jayhawk League (along with Irish teammates Sam Elam, Ty Adams and Steven Mazur) ... saw action in 48 games as an outfielder and started 46 ... batted .274 (45-for-164) with two home runs and 14 RBI ... added 28 runs scored, seven doubles, 16 walks, three sacrifice bunts and five stolen bases ... also tossed a scoreless inning of relief with a couple strikeouts.

    SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008): Appeared in 49 games and started 44 for the Irish, predominantly in right field ... batted .275 (41-for-149) with a home run and 26 RBI ... added 21 runs scored, 10 doubles, 15 walks, four sacrifice flies and 10 sacrifice bunts (second-most on the team) ... did ground into a team-high tying seven double plays ... batted .295 (31-for-105) against right-handed pitching ... hit an impressive .714 (10-for-14) with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... ranked fifth on the squad in doubles and tied for third in sacrifice flies ... hit .261 (18-for-69) with 12 RBI in 22 BIG EAST games (21 starts) ... added 10 runs scored, three doubles, 10 walks and eight sacrifice bunts ... his eight sacrifice bunts tied for second-most by any BIG EAST player in conference games ... registered the sixth-most multi-hit games on the team with 13, including one four-hit game ... recorded the sixth-most multi-RBI games with seven, including a three-RBI outing ... Notre Dame went 30-13-1 when Boockford started, including 25-11-1 when he played right field and 5-2 when he served as designated hitter ... batted .287 (41-for-143) with a home run and 26 RBI in games started ... went hitless in six at-bats coming off the Irish bench ... started the first seven games for Notre Dame ... opened the season going 0-for-3 against Liberty on Feb. 22, but rebounded with hits in each of his next three games, including a pair of multi-hit affairs ... went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against Iowa on Feb. 23 ... went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI versus Mount St. Mary's on Mar. 1 (doubled for the third consecutive game) ... went 2-for-5 against Maine on Mar. 4 ... drove in a run in three consecutive games (all over the weekend at the Irish classic in San Antonio) ... went 3-for-9 against Buffalo (Mar. 14), Southern Illinois (Mar. 15) and Texas-Pan American (Mar. 16) with three RBI and three runs scored ... went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against UTPA ... game opened a stretch of seven multi-hit games in his next 13 starts ... went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI and three runs scored against Georgetown on Mar. 20 ... registered back-to-back two-hit games against Georgetown (Mar. 22) and Ball State (Mar. 25) ... added a run scored, a double, a home run and two RBI against Ball State ... went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the second game of a doubleheader with Cincinnati on Mar. 29 ... doubled, drove in two and went 2-for-3 versus Rutgers on Apr. 4 ... posted another multi-hit game in the series finale on Apr. 6 against the Scarlet Knights (went 5-for-12 with three RBI in series against Rutgers) ... hit just .173 (4-for-23) over his next eight games before a career-best performance against IPFW on Apr. 23 ... went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI ... the four hits and three RBI were both career-highs ... drove in two more runs with a pair of walks against St. John's on Apr. 25 ... closed the series with the Red Storm with two more RBI on Apr. 27 ... struggled down the stretch of the season following a two-double performance against Mississippi Valley State on Apr. 30 ... closed the season with just two hits in his final 24 at-bats. FRESHMAN SEASON (2007): Appeared in 10 early games before missing rest of season due to knee injury ... hit .292 in limited duty (7 RBI, 5 R, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 4 SAC, 7 starts) ... tripled as starting RF in opener vs. Prairie View (2 RBI, R; 15-8, in San Antonio) ... doubled vs. Duquesne (2-for-4, RBI, R, SAC; 14-3, in Clearwater, Fla.) and hit 3-run blast vs. Dayton later on Spring Break (11-4, at Florida Gulf Coast).

    PREP & PERSONAL: Three-sport standout who was named Glenbard West HS male athlete of the year for `05-'06 (team record .565 batting average) ... captained baseball, football and basketball teams ... all-state senior season as talented two-way player included 41 RBI, .902 slugging (6 HR, 3B, 11 2B) and .637 on-base (16 BB, 12 Ks) in 32 games, plus 1.65 ERA, 54 Ks thrown, 19 walks and only 25 hits allowed in 42.1 innings ... other `06 honors: all-area, all-conference, academic all-conference and team MVP ... played in Stevenson All-Star Game, McQuin All-Star Game and Area Code Games ... his all-conference/all-area junior season included batting .357 (4 HR, 4 3B) ... helped win two regional titles (`03, `05) ... beat eventual state champ Lockport in `05 ... hit .357 as sophomore (5 HR) ... named top prospect at Midwest Team One Showcase ... pitched no-hitter in summer playoffs ... named to all-area football team (QB/safety) and top guard on basketball team ... member of National Honor Society (also senior mentor) ... uncle Tom Bolster played basketball at Emory ... father Bill Boockford played varsity golf at University of Miami ... born June 16, 1987, in Hinsdale, Ill. ... son of Bill and Sarah Boockford ... full name is William Daniel Boockford ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a history major.

    Boockford's Career Statistics

    YearG-SABRH2B3BHRRBI BBHPSOSF/SH SB-SBAOBSLGAVG
    200710/7245 71117 2040/40-0 .346.542.292
    200849/4414921 41100126 150244/100-0 .333.362.275
    200920/8311 90004 4080/00-0 .371.290.290
    Totals79/5920427 57111237210364/140-0.341.373.279

    Boockford in the BIG EAST Conference

    YearG-SABRH2B3BHRRBI BBHPSOSF/SH SB-SBAOBSLGAVG
    20070/000 00000 0000/00-0 ---
    200822/216910 1830012 100110/80-0 .354.304.261
    20095/3121 50004 2020/00-0 .500.417.417
    Totals27/248111 2330016120130/80-0.376.321.284
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