Battle-tested righthander whose impressive 1999 season was overshadowed by two-time Irish All-American Aaron Heilman ... could be one of the key elements to Notre Dame?s 2000 season ... may have the chance to face several top-level opponents during the pre-conference schedule ... has turned in some of his best career efforts versus quality teams ... an effective control pitcher who has averaged just 1.8 walks per nine innings during his career ... owns a 3.91 career ERA in 35 appearances (15 starts), with a 9-1 record, one complete game, a shared shutout, 77 strikeouts, 19 walks, 102 hits allowed and just four wild pitches in 94.1 innings ... has a lanky 6-5, 200-pound frame that he uses effectively ... has continually improved his off-speed pitches during his Irish career ... has a loose, quick arm ... throws his fastball in the mid-80s, with a tough slider and an improving changeup ... a strike thrower who has shown great poise since his promising rookie season ... could continue to become more of a solid power pitcher as he gains strength and speed in his fastball ... hails from Omaha, Neb., where current Irish pitching coach Brian O?Connor played collegiately (at Creighton) ... named a Northeastern Collegiate League all-star during summer of ?98 ... one of six Nebraska natives to letter with the Notre Dame baseball program and the first since 1965 ... four of the previous Nebraska letterwinners also hailed from Omaha: rightfielder Edward Callahan (1894), lefthanders Jean Ferryman (1951) and Dan McGinn (1965) and Francis McGrath (1924), with the other being Howells native Robert Mohr, who helped patrol the Irish outfield in 1937 ... currently resides in Kansas City, Mo., after his family moved there during the summer of ?99 ... noteworthy former Notre Dame players who have worn No. 21 include centerfielder Dick Nussbaum (1971-74)?father of current Irish senior outfielder/catcher Matt Nussbaum?and first baseman Henry Valenzuela (1985-86).
AS A JUNIOR: Turned in one of the top seasons in the BIG EAST Conference, despite being overshadowed at times on his own team by the spotlight placed on Heilman and eventual seventh-round draft pick Tim Kalita (in addition to veteran righthander Alex Shilliday) ... posted the best winning percentage of any pitcher on the Irish staff who totaled five-plus decisions, with a 6-1 record in 13 appearances (11 starts) ... did not pitch in the BIG EAST tournament or the NCAAs due to elbow injury ... ranked third on the staff with a 3.70 ERA in 58.1 innings ... was the runaway Irish leader in strikeout-to-walk ratio, at 5.63 (47 Ks/8 BB) ... allowed 60 hits (four of them home runs) for a .263 opponent batting average (second-best on the staff) ... his excellent control was evidenced by totaling just one wild pitch and two hit batters ... lefthanders hit just .215 versus him (second-best on the staff, behind lefty Mike Naumann?s .158) ... allowed leadoff batters to reach first base just 23.0 percent of the time (best on the staff) ... ranked second on staff with .278 opponent batting average with runners on base ... his nine-inning averages included 9.3 hits allowed, 7.3 strikeouts, 1.2 walks (best on staff), 11.0 groundouts and 37.2 batters faced ... averaged 5.0 innings per start ... allowed three-plus earned runs in just four of his 13 appearances (four-plus in only one) ... won all three of his BIG EAST decisions (six appearances, four starts), with a 4.15 ERA (eight-best in the conference), 20 Ks, 28 hits allowed and just one walk in 26 IP ... tough-luck loser in his first start, 3-2 at Florida International (4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 K) ... delivered clutch 5-3 win over his hometown school Creighton, in title game of the Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio, Texas (5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K) ... that win propelled him to victories in five of his next eight appearances ... tossed two shutout innings in planned rotation of 12-8 win over Western Michigan (1 H, 2 K) ... that appearance launched him on a six-game, 26-inning stretch that included 20 strikeouts and just one walk ... turned in one of the most dominating appearances by an Irish pitcher in recent memory, as Irish posted crucial 10-1 win at Rutgers ... that seven-inning complete game included two hits (one a solo home run), two strikeouts, 10 groundouts and 22 batters faced (one above the minimum) ... pitched 1.2 relief innings in 9-8 win over Pittsburgh (2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 K) ... tossed six solid innings to beat Michigan, 14-4 (2 R, 7 H, 4 K) ... beat Seton Hall, 17-8, with six strong innings in relief of Kalita (1 R, 5 H, 7 Ks) ... set his career-high in Ks for the second straight game by totaling eight Ks in 9-1 win over Oakland (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB) ... picked up his sixth victory in his final appearance, 11-5 at Georgetown (6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Made 14 appearances (two as a starter) while compiling a 5.11 ERA in 24.2 innings ... won both of his decisions while leading team with 5:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio (21/4) ... had three wild pitches, four hit batters and 35 hits allowed (for .330 opponent batting) ... his final outing of ?98 produced a gutty and timely 4.1-inning performance, as the Irish rallied to beat Providence in a BIG EAST Tournament elimination game (9-7) ... inherited a 4-0 deficit in the fourth inning of that game before holding PC to three more runs on seven hits (3 Ks) ... gave up six earned runs while recording two outs in 17-3 loss at Miami on Feb. 22, before posting a 3.18 ERA over the rest of the season (11 games, 22.2 IP) ... drew no decision in start versus Ball State, a 4-3 loss (4 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 K) ... had impressive start the next week to beat Manchester, 3-2 (5.2 IP, 2 UER, 4 H, 6 K) ... allowed no earned runs in his final four relief appearances of regular season (3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 K).
AS A FRESHMAN: Made eight appearances (two starts) while winning his only decision and posting a 2.38 ERA ... pitched once in the final 29 games, due to elbow problems ... totaled nine Ks and seven walks in 11.1 innings ... named all-tournament at Irish Baseball Classic, after pitching four shutout innings to beat Penn State, 9-8 in 11 innings (1 H, 2 BB, 3 K).
PREP & PERSONAL: A member of the baseball and tennis teams at Creighton Prep High School ... twice all-conference and all-state as a junior in baseball ... played in the Orcutt all-star game ... attended same high school as former Notre Dame football offensive lineman Tim Ridder (1995-98) ... member of the National Honor Society ... born March 20, 1978, in Dallas, Texas ... son of Gary and Sharon Cavey ... full name is Scott Timothy Cavey ... a marketing major in the College of Business.
Career vs. BIG EAST*
* - includes BIG EAST Tournament
Cavey's Career Stats
8; vs. Oakland, gm 1, 6 IP (5/1/99)
7; vs. Seton Hall, 6 IP (4/25/99)
6; vs. Manchester, gm 2, 5.2 IP
7.0; at Rutgers, gm 1 (3/28/99)
5.2; vs. Manchester, gm 2 (4/14/98)
Fewest Hits Allowed (min. 5 IP)
2; at Rutgers, gm 1, 7 IP (3/28/99)
3; vs. Oakland, gm 1, 6 IP (5/1/99)
The Cavey File
? Scott Cavey tossed a two-hitter in the 10-1 win at Rutgers on March 28, 1999?a win that proved crucial in Notre Dame?s march to the BIG EAST regular-season title. Cavey needed just 74 pitches to complete one of the best performances by a Notre Dame pitcher in the 1990s. He faced one batter over the minimum (22) and allowed two hits and no walks, with two strikeouts, 10 groundouts. A solo home run in the third inning from Mike Popowski ended Cavey's bid for a no-hitter and a shutout. Pete Zocolillo added a single later in the game but Cavey induced Jake Daubert into a double-play groundball.