Team Co-Captain -2001, 2002
Hard-nosed third baseman and catcher who was 15th-round draft pick of Colorado Rockies following 2002 season ... two-year team captain who quickly picked up the position of catcher, with quick feet and hands to go along with his great arm strength and strong leadership skills ... rated by Baseball America as the BIG EAST Conference’s best defensive third baseman in ’01 and ’02 ... earned Verizon/CoSIDA second team Academic All-America honors in 2002, graduating with a 3.43 cumulative GPA and three Dean’s List semesters as a finance major … potent line-drive hitter who went to opposite field with regularity ... named all-BIG EAST Conference in 2001 and ’02 … started 24 games at catcher in 2001 and ’02 seasons, in addition to serving as a catcher during the summer of 2001 as member of the Cape Cod League’s Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox ... finished career ranked fourth on Notre Dame doubles list (54), also ranking sixth in games started (222) and total sacrifices (30), seventh in fielding assists (437), and eighth in at-bats (777) and games played (223) … his other career stats included a .304 batting average, 236 hits, 129 RBI, 73 walks, 11 home runs, six triples and a .942 fielding pct. (46 errors, with an average of 4.9 games per E) … averaged 10.6 at-bats per strikeout in his career … helped Hays (Kan.) Larks summer team reach title game of 2000 National Baseball Congress World Series ... invited participant in the Academic Honors faculty mentoring program … member of the winningest class in Notre Dame baseball history (188-67-1).
AS A SENIOR: Earned third team all-BIG EAST and second team Academic All-America honors … fourth on team with .323 batting and .496 slugging, plus team-best 59 RBI, 19 doubles (sixth among BIG EAST players) and 41 runners advanced … third on team with six home runs … set ND record with 17 total sacrifices (10 sac. bunts) … hit .366 with runners in scoring position (fourth-best on team), 6-of-9 with bases loaded … appeared in 63 games, including final 61 after shoulder injury … made 49 of 63 starts at third (14 at catcher), batting mostly cleanup (26 games) or in No. 5 spot (22) … posted .950 fielding (11 Es) … hit 5-for-5 in 8-7 loss at New Orleans (solo HR, 2B, 2 RBI singles) … played key role in 15-8 comeback vs. USC (RBI single, RBI double, 3 R) … hit 5-for-7 in Georgetown sweep (7 RBI, 2 HR, 2 2B, BB) … hit 9th-inning single and scored tying run (4-4) vs. Western Michigan (5-4) … broke open Ball State game with grand slam (10-1) … tied ND record with seven RBI vs. Detroit (23-1; 4-for-6), including 3-run opposite-field shot and 2-run single to right-center in 1st inning, later adding RBI single and double … did his part in NCAA Regional vs. South Alabama (25-1; 3-for-5, 3 RBI, 3 R, HR, 2B) … helped Irish battle in 12-5 Super Regional loss at Florida State (3-for-5, RBI, R) … had RBI single and scored for 2-0 lead in College World Series vs. Rice (5-3).
AS A JUNIOR: Named first team all-BIG EAST, ranking fourth on squad with .335 batting and 36 RBI ... BIG EAST’s second-leading hitter (.425) while his 27 BIG EAST RBI tied for second ... third on team in doubles (17) ... made 10 starts at catcher, 51 at third ... posted team-best 13-game hit streak ... hit 8-for-22 at Fresno State Classic ... had 3-run double at Rutgers (8-2; 5 RBI) ... went 3-for-4 vs. West Virginia (8-1; 2 RBI, 2 R) ... his full-count walk followed two others that reached with two strikes and two outs, with Ken Meyer’s 0-2 grand slam then beating Central Michigan 6-4 (the Irish claimed the No. 1 ranking days later) .... hit two-run single in 3-2 win at St. John’s, batting 2-for-2 in 7-3 win over SJU (3 RBI) ... named to NCAA all-South Bend Regional team (6-for-23), with RBI single vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (12-4) and run that forged 8-8 tie vs. UCSB (11-10).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started 62 games (all at third), batting .275 (30 RBI, 3 HR, 10 2B) with .939 fielding (11 Es) ... led squad with 20.5 plate appearances per K (just three on called third strikes) ... second on team with 24 walks … hit 3-for-5 vs. Wake Forest (8-5; 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B) ... had three RBI vs. Illinois (12-3; 3-for-4, 2B, R) ... went 3-for-3 vs. St. John’s (8-3; RBI) and homered in wild 22-18 loss to Pittsburgh (RBI double, 2 BB, 3 R) ... hit 7-for-17 at NCAA Starkville Regional, including 2-for-4 in 10-6 comeback vs. Tulane (RBI, R, 2B, BB) ... walked, scored and added tying RBI double (8-8) in regional title-game loss to host Mississippi State (10-9).
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 37 games (36 starts) at mostly third base, missing month due to midseason knee injury ... hit .266 (10 RBI, 2 HR, 8 2B) with .901 fielding (11 Es) … hit one of team-record-tying seven home runs vs. New Orleans ... sparked 19-16 rally vs. University of Dallas (4-for-6, RBI, 3 R) ... named to Irish Baseball Classic all-tournament team (5-for-16) ... had a double and RBI in 8-1 NCAA Tournament win over Creighton.
PREP & PERSONAL: All-state shortstop/pitcher at Cardinal Mooney High School, batting .440 as a senior … set school records for career hits (101), doubles, RBI ... tri-county athlete of the year ... played 1997 summer ball with Youngstown Astro Falcons ... played in American Amateur Baseball Congress all-star game with Team Ohio, and on Connie Mack state-title team … lettered in football and as basketball point guard ... member of National Honor Society ... born Aug. 30, 1979, in Youngstown, Ohio ... son of Michael and Martha Bushey ... full name is Andrew William Bushey ... graduated with a finance degree from the Mendoza College of Business.
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