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    Brandon Viloria

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Wailuku, HI

    High School:
    Maui

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 210

    Position:
    Righthanded Pitcher

    Birthdate:
    05/10/1981

    Experience:
    3 MW


    Valuable reliever who has pitched in number of roles during his Irish career ... fun-loving personality who likewise has a high level of competitiveness ... looking to make full-season contributions, after series of nagging injuries ... well-suited for role of throwing strikes and recording big outs ... has great agility around the mound, as one of team's best fielding pitchers ... consistent performer who has posted strong outings in high-pressure games ... first earned roster spot after solid showing in 1999 fall practice ... has an easy delivery that yields high strike totals ... allowed just 1.63 walks per nine innings during his first three seasons, putting him in position to challenge Alan Walania's Notre Dame record for fewest BB per 9 IP (1.64, from 1990-93) ... heads into senior season with 2.97 career ERA, 5-2 record and five saves in 39 appearances (one start), plus 31 strikeouts, just 11 walks and 56 hits allowed in 60.2 innings (.240 opponent batting average) ... his stellar control includes just one wild pitch and four hit batters in his career ... Academic All-America candidate who has posted five Dean's List semesters and a 3.63 cumulative grade-point average in challenging electrical engineering curriculum ... first Notre Dame baseball letterwinner from Hawaii (the program's all-time roster includes players from 43 states) ... previous Irish baseball players who have worn No. 45 include outfielder and eventual NFL tight end Irv Smith ('90-'91) and lefthander Chris McKeown ('96-'99) ... one of a handful of Hawaii natives to letter with a Notre Dame varsity team, including football placekicker Reggie Ho (Kaneohe), a starter on 1988 national title team ... five other Hawaiians have lettered with ND football: the Honolulu trio of end Walter Cabral ('51-'54), kicker Stefan Schroffner ('93-'94) and defensive end Jason Ching ('97-'99) ... plus the Kaneohe brother combination of offensive tackle Dom Prinzivalli ('85-87) and center Dave Prinzivalli ('87-'89) ... other recent ND student-athlete letterwinners from Hawaii include soccer players Mark Crowe (Maui, '87-'90) and Iris Lancaster (Waiahae,'96-'99).

    AS A JUNIOR: Posted 2.45 ERA that ranked second among Irish pitchers with 20-plus innings ... made 16 appearances as primarily late reliever, with 2-1 record, three saves, eight strikeouts and five walks in 22 innings ... did not have a wild pitch, with just one hit batter ... owned best opponent batting average (.203) on staff, with 16 hits allowed ... allowed just 2.05 walks per 9 IP (second-best on staff), plus team-best low of 6.55 hits allowed per 9 IP ... closed nine games ... allowed just 31.6 percent of leadoff batters to reach (second on staff), plus .214 batting with runners on (third on staff) ... led staff in groundout-to-flyout ratio (1.83) ... overcame rocky outing at New Orleans to allow just three earned runs in final 15 appearances (20.1 IP, 1.33) ... logged two shutout innings in wins over Duquesne (6-0; H, 2 Ks) and USC (15-8), with saving role vs. Trojans helping Irish rally at Express College Classic (Round Rock, Texas) ... picked up 7-5 win vs. Arkansas-Little Rock at Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio (4 H, R) ... saved 10-6 win at Georgetown (1.1 IP, K) ? won 5-2 battle with St. John's (2.2 IP, H) ... logged shutout innings in wins over Ball State (10-1; BB), Seton Hall (6-1) and Oakland (7-2, K) ... saved 7-2 win over Rutgers (3 IP, 2 H, UER, 2 BB, 2 Ks) ... added shutout innings vs. Detroit (23-1) and in 8-3 BIG EAST Tournament win over Rutgers ... made green-jersey NCAA Regional appearance in clinching 9-6 win over Ohio State (IP, 2 H, R, K).

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Key member of 2002 relief corps, posting 3-1 record, two saves and 3.32 ERA in 12 relief appearances and 21.2 innings (8 Ks, 5 BB, 21 H, .241 opp. batting) ... did not hit a batter, with two wild pitches ... his .182 opponent batting by lefthanders ranked first on staff ... proved tough vs. leadoff batters, allowing just 28.6 percent to reach (second-best on team) ... averaged just 2.1 walks per 9 IP (fourth on staff) ... tossed 2.1 innings of middle relief in Aaron Heilman's 7-5 win at Mississippi State, facing just nine batters in 32-pitch outing (H, HB, K) ... logged two innings to help beat Texas-Pan American, in San Antonio (14-9; 3 H, 2 R/1 ER) ... played key role in undefeated Spring Break (7-0-1), with two wins and a save ... faced just 11 batters in 3 IP to save 4-3 win over Eastern Michigan, at University of Pacific (4-3; 2 H, R, 38 pitches) ... registered pivotal 5-4, 10-inning win over host team at Fresno State Classic, retiring final seven batters he faced (21 pitches) ... held on to beat Portland in FSU Classic title game (7-6), after replacing Danny Tamayo in top of the 8th (he watched the Irish match UP's four runs in bottom of 8th, for 7-5 lead) ... two walks and an error cut that lead to 7-6 in the 9th, with runners on second and third, before Viloria won a nine-pitch duel with Eric Kull (called third strike) ... loaded the bases with an intentional walk and struck out Steve Chamberlain (swinging) before serving up Kory Castro's game-ending groundout up the middle to shortstop Alec Porzel ... that 43-pitch outing ended in memorable fashion, as the Irish ... clad in ceremonial green jerseys for St. Patrick's Day ... rushed in to celebrate the title ... saved 8-2 win in second game at Rutgers (3 IP, H, BB, 3 Ks, 11 BF) ... faced just six batters in 1.2-inning stint of 5-2 BIG EAST Tournament loss to Virginia Tech (H) ... helped Irish cause in NCAA win over UC Santa Barbara (11-10, 10 inn.; 2.1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, K).

    AS A FRESHMAN: Made 10 relief appearances and one start, with 3.18 ERA, 15 Ks, just one walk and 19 hits allowed in 17 IP ... did not allow a run in first five outings (10 IP) ... tossed three shutout innings in debut vs. Manchester (5-1; 2 H, 2 Ks) ... logged three shutout innings to help beat Illinois (5-1; H, 3 Ks) ... his lone start included two shutout IP (K) in planned rotation vs. Toledo (6-3) ... tossed scoreless 6th in 5-4, 11-inning win over Michigan (H).

    PREP & PERSONAL: Two-year member of baseball team at Maui High School, as pitcher, first baseman and third baseman ... helped 21-1 team win conference title as a junior, earning No. 2 seed in state tournament ... baseball captain as a senior, earning team MVP and all-conference (as first baseman) ... tossed no-hitter in first varsity start, at tournament in Hilo vs. Waialua ... posted unbeaten record as a junior, 3-3 as senior ... class valedictorian, member of National Honor Society and student government president ... also played baritone (tuba) in school band ... born May 10, 1981, in Wailuku, Hawaii ... son of Adelfo and Sandra Viloria ... full name is Brandon Jonathan Viloria ... an electrical engineering major in the College of Engineering.

    Viloria's Career Stats

    Year G/GS/CG IP H R ER BB K WP HB BK AVG HR W-L SV ERA
    2000 11/1/0 17.0 19 6 6 1 15 1 1 0 .284 0 0-0 0 3.18
    2001 12/0/0 21.2 21 10 8 5 8 0 2 0 .241 1 3-1 2 3.26
    2002 16/0/0 22.0 16 10 6 5 8 0 1 0 .203 1 2-1 3 2.45
    Career 39/1/0 60.2 56 26 20 11 31 1 4 0 .240 2 5-2 5 2.97

    Viloria's Career Bests

    Innings Pitched
    3.0, vs. Rutgers (5/4/02)
    3.0, at Rutgers (4/7/01)
    3.0, vs. Eastern Mich. (3/10/01, @UOP)
    3.0, vs. Illinois (3/12/00, @Jacksonville)
    3.0, vs. Manchester (3/7/00)

    Strikeouts
    3, at Rutgers (4/7/01), 3 IP
    3, vs. Chicago State (4/18/00), 2 IP
    3, vs. Illinois (3/12/00, @Jacksonville), 3 IP

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