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    Chris Niesel

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Plantation, FL

    High School:
    St. Thomas Aquinas

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 205

    Position:
    Righthanded Pitcher

    Birthdate:
    11/18/1982

    Experience:
    2 MW

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R


    04/04/2014

    A Look Back At The 2002 Super Regionals At No. 1 Florida State

    The Irish defeated the Seminoles in three games to advance to the program's second College World Series.

    All-America righthander who returns as leader of pitching staff, along with classmate Grant Johnson (who missed the '03 season due to injury) ... known for his bulldog mentality and confidence that spreads to his teammates ... polished talent who challenges batters with pinpoint location on three pitches (low-90s fastball, tough curveball, improving changeup) ... enters '04 with 4.03 career strikeout-to-walk ratio that is on pace to break the ND record (4.00, by '93 grad. Alan Walania) while his low walk avg. (1.95 BB/9 IP) ranks sixth in ND record book ... posted 31-2 record in 33-game stretch (13-0 as senior at St. Aquinas HS, 13-1 at ND in '02 and '03, 3-1 in '03 summer Cape Cod League, 2-0 in '01 and '02 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series) ... responded to only loss of his ND career (vs. Nebraska) by dominating final 13 outings of '03 (1.94 ERA, 9-0, 84 Ks, 17 BB) ... his postseason damage with the Irish includes a 2.05 ERA in six appearances (5 GS, 2-0, 27 Ks, 11 BB, 29 H) ... posted 2.95 ERA in first two seasons at ND (13-1, 149 Ks, 37 BB, 154 H, 170.2 IP) ... one of five top prospects on '04 Irish roster, listed by Baseball America (Oct. '03) as No. 39 college prospect for '04 (16th among RHPs) ... performed like a veteran as a freshman, including key role in drive to '02 College World Series ... will serve as tri-captain in '04, alongside senior second baseman Steve Sollmann and catcher Sanchez ... fifth pitcher in last 27 seasons to serve as Irish baseball captain, joining fellow All-American Aaron Heilman ('00) as only non-senior pitchers ever to captain the Irish ... has developed a strong connection with second-year catcher ... had strong '03 fall and winter workouts under tutelage of first-year pitching coach Terry Rooney ... looking to add a slider to his repertoire in '04 ... tossed near no-hitter vs. West Virginia in '03 (bunt single) ... leader of junior class that was rated by BA as nation's top freshman class in '02 ... 10th ND pitcher with multiple double-digit K games in his career (11 vs. Villanova in '03, 10 vs. Southern Illinois in '02, as first ND freshman with 10-plus Ks in debut) to go along with five 9-K efforts ... pitched with Falmouth Commodes in prestigious Cape Cod League during summers of 2002 (3.42, 3-1, 25 Ks, 7 BB, 18 H, 23.2 IP) and '03 (7.18, 1-4, 5th in CCL with 7 saves, 13 GP, 33 Ks, 11 BB, 24 H, 26.1 IP) ... could face former Falmouth teammate Joey Metropoulos (USC) in 2004 ... won game-1 in 2001 and '02 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series before hard-luck loss in '03 (combined Blue-Gold stats: 1.93 ERA, 17 Ks, 1 BB, 11 H, 14 IP) ... battle-tested pitcher who played in Florida's talent-rich Broward County, for nation's 7th-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas squad (0.35 ERA, 13-0, 120 Ks, 11 BB in 81 IP as senior) ... one of five prep pitchers named by BA as a 2001 All-American (the other four opted to go pro) ... was expected to be a high pick in '01 before falling in draft due to strong commitment to attend Notre Dame (selected by Chicago Cubs in 46th round) ... one of 12 Florida natives to play for Notre Dame baseball program during the 10-year era of Miami native Paul Mainieri (four on '04 roster) ...inherited No. 10 jersey worn previous four seasons by shortstop Alec Porzel.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned All-America honors (second team from Collegiate Baseball magazine, third team from College Baseball Writers) and BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year after dominating season ... finished 3rd among BIG EAST pitchers with 2.65 overall ERA while ranking 2nd in wins (9-1) and innings (98.1), 3rd in Ks (87, 12th ND history) and 4th in low opp. batting (.232, 12th ND history) ... led staff in wins, Ks, IP, K-to-BB ratio (4.58, 7th ND history), starts (15), Ks "looking (26), groundball outs (112) and IP per appearance (6.2), ranking 3rd in opp. batting and 4th in ERA (his other stats included 3 CGs, 86 H, 19 BB, 5 WP, 3 HB, 2 HR) ... his 9-inn. averages: 7.9 H (4th on staff), 1.74 BB (12th ND history), 8.0 Ks (4th on staff), 4.58 K/BB (7th ND history), 10.3 GO (5th on staff) and 36.8 BF ... situational pitching: .222 opp. batting with runners on (2nd on staff), .207 with 2 outs, 29% of leadoff batters reached (both 3rd) ... his dominance in BIG EAST play included 7-0 record and 2.58 ERA in eight starts, plus .247 opp. batting and 8-to-1 K-to-BB ratio (49/6, in 52. IP) ... tied for first in BIG EAST wins, third in league ERA and fourth in Ks ... was two outs away from no-hitter in late showdown with West Virginia (broken up by bunt single from 3-hole hitter Lee Fritz in top of 7th) ... no-decision in opener vs. Dayton, leaving with 8-4 lead (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, K, 79 pitches; 9-10, at ASU) ... suffered what would be only loss in '02 and '03 season, vs. Nebraska at Minnesota Metrodome Classic (4 IP, 9 H, 6 R, BB, 2 Ks; 1-7, ends personal 22-1 streak) ... overcame poor support (8 total runs) in next three starts with 0.77 ERA (29 Ks, 2 BB, 10 H/.123 in 23.1 IP) ... no-decision in duel with Vanderbilt LHP Jeremy Sowers (8 IP, 3 H, UER, 9 Ks, 10 GOs, 104 pitches; 3-1 in 10) ... won his second outing in Jacksonville, Fla., vs. Eastern Illinois (8 IP, 2 H, 2 UER in 8th, 2 BB, 9 Ks, located 75 of 105 pitches for strikes; 3-2) ... had another tough no-decision, after posting 11 Ks and no walks in 7-inning opener at Villanova (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 71 pitches; 2-3 in 13) ... won next four starts, followed by no-decision and four more wins ... rattled off wins vs. Georgetown (7 IP, CG, 6 H, 2 R, BB, 9 Ks, 8 GOs; 6-2, Mainieri's 700th coaching win), at St. John's (6 IP, 9 H, 3 R/2 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 10 GOs, 96 pitches; 11-3), vs. Creighton in return to CWS site Rosenblatt Stadium (6 IP, R, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks; 2-1) and vs. Pittsburgh (7 IP, CG, 8 H, 2 R, 4 Ks; 5-2) ... no-decision in mid-week vs. potent Ball State (6 IP, 7 H, R, BB, 6 Ks, 61 of 83 for strikes; 1-3) ... his final six regular-season outings included 31 Ks and just 4 walks in 38 IP, capped by four wins: game-3 vs. UConn (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, BB, 7 Ks, 61 pitches; 6-3), 1-hitter vs. heavy-hitting WVU (7 IP, BB, 9 Ks, 101 pitches; 1-0), at Rutgers (6 IP, 6 H, BB, 2 Ks; 2-0) and at Virginia Tech (5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 Ks; 12-4) ... allowed just one 1st-inning run during regular season (0.64, 18 Ks, 0 BB, 9 H, .188, 14 IP) ... returned from finger injury with no-decision vs. host Cal State Fullerton in NCAA Regional (8 IP, 6 H, 3 R/2 ER, 4 BB, 5 Ks; 3-4).

    AS A FRESHMAN: Lived up to prep All-American status with clutch performances, en route to 3.36 ERA (5th among ND regulars) and 4-0 record in 14-appearance season (11 starts) that was split due to mononucleosis (62 Ks, 18 BB, 68 H, 72.1 IP, 2 WP, 4 HB) ... fourth on staff with .241 opp. batting ... had more walks than Ks in only one outing ... posted 2.05 ERA in five postseason appearances (4 GS, 22 Ks, 7 BB, 23 H, 26.1 IP) ... was in line for several more wins ... allowed just .203 batting by righthanders (best among ND pitchers with 25-plus IP) ... 21 of his Ks came "looking" ... allowed just 2.24 BB/9 IP, with staff's second-best K-to-walk ratio (3.4) ... allowed just 37% of leadoff batters to reach (3rd on staff), adding staff-best .208 batting with runners on and .220 with 2-outs (4th) ... on track to win debut (2-1) vs. Southern Illinois at UNO Classic (5 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 10 Ks, 87 pitches; 2-6) ... first ND freshman to post double-digit Ks in debut (two previous ND freshmen had posted 10-plus Ks in any game) ... followed with nine Ks, one walk vs. Fairfield at Homestead (Fla.) Challenge (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 98 pitches; 6-4) ... no-decision vs. USC in Round Rock, Texas (3.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R/5 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks; ND rallied, 15-8) ... left Ark.-Little Rock game as potential 5-1 winner (7 IP, 8 H, R, BB, 4 Ks, 92 pitches; Irish rally 7-5) ... left at UConn with 8-3 lead (7.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 4 Ks; 8-9) ... won 7-inning game at Georgetown (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 101 pitches; 10-6) ... had potential 2-1 win vs. St. John's (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R/1 ER, BB, 4 Ks, 104 pitches; 5-2) ... missed five weeks with mononucleosis ... eased back out of bullpen, saving May 12 road game vs. Villanova (2.1 IP, BB, 4 Ks; 8-1) before facing just seven to save 10-6 game with Boston College (2 IP, H, K) ... added strong no-decision vs. Virginia Tech at BIG EAST Tournament (5 IP, 6 H, R, 5 Ks; 8-4) ... entered 2-2 NCAA Regional game vs. Ohio State with two outs and runners on second and third (run came in on balk but he K'd Joe Wilkins and ND rallied, 8-6) ... won clinching Regional game vs. OSU (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 66 pitches; 9-6) ... took his place in ND baseball history in home state, beating top-ranked Florida State in decisive third game of NCAA Super Regional (8 IP, 6 H, R, 3 BB, 5 Ks, 109 pitches; 3-1) ... potential 2-1 winner vs. Rice in College World Series (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 Ks; 5-3).

    PREP & PERSONAL: Senior All-American with nation's 12th-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas High School (0.35 ERA, 13-0, 120 Ks, 11 B in 81 IP, 10.9 K-to-BB ratio, 9-inn. avg. 13.3 Ks, 1.2 BB,) ... one of five '01 prep pitchers named first team All-America by BA ... winning pitcher in state semifinal, with his 2-hitter ending 25-game win streak for nation's #6-ranked Lakeland (Raiders lost state title vs. nation's #1 team, Seminole) ... first team all-state, Broward County pitcher of year, Florida 4A-6A player of year ... led '01 team (30-6) to conference, district, regional titles ... no-hitter in regional quarterfinal (13-0) vs. Miramar, beating Nova for regional title (11 Ks, 3 H; 2-0) ... senior captain ... 27-5 career record (246 Ks, 227 IP) ... three times all-conference and all-city, team MVP as sophomore and senior ... played in state all-star game ... received Cy Young Award ... second team all-county despite subpar junior season (2.91, 6-2, 67 IP, 69 Ks, 11 BB) ... first team all-county as sophomore (2.21, 8-3, 70 Ks, 67 IP) ... participated in 2000 Team One Midwest Regional (#5 prospect) ... his '00 summer (No. 1 starter) included 2.38 ERA, 7-0 record and just 8 BB in 51 IP (Connie Mack state champs, regional win over Memphis Tigers) ... named best pitcher at '99 Team One tournament (at Notre Dame) ... helped team win two Tournaments of the Americas ('98, '99), 2000 Hertz Invitational ... participated in Premier Baseball Showcase ... committed to Notre Dame on his visit during the 2001 ND-Purdue football weekend ... attended ND summer baseball camp ('99) ... named south MVP in BCAA all-star game, also playing in FACA all-star game ... twice won punt-pass-and-kick tournament (7-8-year-old division) ... member of National Honor Society ... father Rudy Niesel played baseball at Spring Hill ... sister Lee Ann Niesel plays volleyball and softball at Nova Southeastern (Fla.) ... born Nov. 18, 1982, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... son of Rudy and Laurajean Niesel ... full name is Christopher Wilhelm Niesel ... marketing major in Mendoza College of Business.

    Niesel's Career Stats

    YearG/GS/CGIPHRERBBKWPHBBKAVGHRW-LSVERA
    200214/11/072.16833271862242.24174-023.36
    200315/15/398.18634291987530.23229-102.65
    Career29/26/3170.2154675637149772.236913-122.95
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