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    Cody Rizzo

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Temecula, CA

    High School:
    Chaparral

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 195

    Position:
    Outfielder (RF)/Catcher

    Birthdate:
    01/17/1984

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R



  • Cody Rizzo 2006 game-by-game stats (updated regularly)

    Returning starter in right field who also will serve as team's top backup behind the plate ... tremendous defensive player with great anticipation, quickness and a strong arm ... a quality baserunner and basestealer who could be one of team's top options in the leadoff spot ... former prep catcher who has honed his stellar defensive ability and instincts in outfield, showcasing his unique training as a soccer/baseball two-sport star ... ranked as one of team's top offensive players as a freshman before seeing second season hampered by nagging wrist injury ... a classic scrapper with unending hustle ... constant on-base threat due to fearless approach in the batter's box that produced 70 times hit-by-pitch in first three seasons ... nearly has doubled up the previous Notre Dame record for career HBP (Craig DeSensi had 38) ... enters '06 season already 4th on NCAA career HBP list, trailing only Tony Hurtado's 92 (San Francisco, '97-'00), Gabe Somarriba's 81 (Florida Atlantic, '99-'02) and the 74 by former Texas player Jeff Ontiveros ('99-'02) ... can hit to all fields with a quick, explosive swing ... looking to continue improving his opposite-field stroke ... enters '06 season with .278 career batting avg. in 170 games played (157 starts, 133 runs, 24 doubles, 3 triples, 14 home runs, 37 walks, 23-of-31 stolen bases) ... a .292 career hitter vs. BIG EAST teams (42 RBI, 4 HR) ... posted a combined .500 opening-week batting avg. (13- for-26) in '03-'05 seasons ... one of six members of senior class who have been position player starters with the Irish ... played alongside ND classmate Matt Bransfield with Alaska League's Mat-Su Miners in summer of `05 (30 GP, 12 R) ... suffered early foot injury in '03 summer season with Hays (Kan.) Larks ... his RBI triple helped Gold win second game (7-6) in '02 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series ... played for victorious Blue in '03 (3-for-10, 4 RBI, 3 R, HR, HBP, SB) ... also helped Gold win '04 fall intrasquad game (2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R, 3B, SB; 10-9) and played for Gold again in fall of `05 (4-for-10, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI) ... four of his Mat-Su teammates play for teams on ND's `06 schedule: Oklahoma's Kevin Duke, Georgetown's Matt Johnson and Louisville's B.J. Rosenberg and Nick Haley ... posted 3.00 GPA in 2003 fall semester (3.07 in fall of `05).


    AS A JUNIOR: Led '05 team and ranked 7th in BIG EAST with 17 stolen bases (23 att.), also 2nd on team and in BIG EAST with 21 HBP (3rd in ND history), 3rd in home runs (6), 4th in slugging (.423), doubles (8) and walks (22), 5th in runs (41) and on-base (.404) ... ranked 4th on team with .436 leadoff on-base, 5th in 2-out RBI (13) ... hit .190 with runners in scoring position, .246 with 2 outs, .281 vs. RHPs, .184 vs. LHPs, 0-for-4 with bases loaded, 1-for-2 as pinchhitter ... advanced runners 50% of the time ... late surge landed him 15th among BIG EAST leaders in conference batting (.352), 3rd in on-base (.514), 4th in slugging (.648) and SBs (7), 8th in HRs (4) ... Pittsburgh's Jim Negrych (1.311) and Ben Copeland (1.205) were the only players with a higher OPS (on-base plus slugging) in BIG EAST games than his 1.162 ... 4th on team with +8 plate-discipline ratio (22 BB+21 HBP -35 Ks) ... other '05 stats included .252 batting avg. (41 hits) in 60 GP/50 GS, 41 runs, 24 RBI, .423 slugging and a triple ... made 37 starts in right, plus 13 late-season starts behind the plate ... batted mostly in 5th (18), 6th and 7th spots (15 games each), plus 2 in 8th ... hit 29 points higher in road games (.262, 17 RBI, 20 R, 4 HR, 12 BB, 11 HBP, 7 SB) than at home (.233, 7 RBI, 21 R, 2 HR, 10 BB, 10 SB) ... 4-for-13 at BIG EAST Tournament (2 RBI, 2 R, HR, 2 SB) ... had hits in 11 of final 12 games in '05, batting .357 in those 12 GP ... hit just 2 HRs in first 49 games before smacking 4 HRs in final 13 ... stroked 2-out, 2-run blast in 1st inning (3-0) of BIG EAST title game vs. Pittsburgh (11-4) ... his 5-for-8 series at Pitt included reaching base 4 times and having a hand in 5 runs (2-for-3, 3 RBI, 3 R, HR, BB, HBP; 21-1) ... homered previous day in 8-5 loss (2-for-3, 2 R, HBP) ... helped secure postseason spot by batting 2-for-3 in final regular-season game vs. West Virginia (R, 2B, HBP; 7-3) ... launched 2-run HR and hit 3-for-3 to help complete sweep of UConn (3 R, HBP, 2 SB) ... hit 3-for-5 in 13-9 loss to Dayton (RBI, 2 R, HR, 2B, SB) ... helped Irish rally past Northern Illinois (2-for-2, RBI, 2 R, 3B, BB, HBP) ... hit 1-for-10 at NCAA Gainesville Regional (RBI, HBP, 2 Ks).


    AS A SOPHOMORE: Had strong start before wrist injury caused him to miss seven games, with injury lingering throughout season (affecting his batting and gap power) ... team's 2nd-leading hitter to start season (.367 batting in Feb./March) before dropping to .263 final avg. (52 GP/51 GS, 29 RBI, 39 R, 4 HR, 3B, 5 2B, 4 BB, 5 SB) ... had high HBP total (21) for second straight season (top two totals in ND record book at that time) ... finished with .348 on-base, .371 slugging (.719 OPS) ... his clutch production included pair of HRs in the NCAAs ... ranked 3rd on team for bases-loading batting (.625/5-for-8, 12 RBI, 3 SF) and runners advanced (24), 4th in leadoff OB (.444) ... hit .259 with runners in scoring position, .228 with 2-outs ... batted 49 points higher vs. LHPs (.303) and nearly 100 points on road (.305, 24 R) than at home (.213, 15 R) ... his batting in BIG EAST play (.262, 22-for-84, 17 RBI, 14 R, HR) nearly matched his overall ... split starts between right (25) and center (26), batting mostly in 8th (17) or 5th (14) spots ... opened with nine-game hit streak (10-for-34) ... hit 3-for-7 vs. San Diego State and home team at USC Classic ... scored after 2nd-inning single and made perfect throw to plate in 6th, preserving 2-1 lead in 3-1 win over USC (game called after 7 inn.) ... scored three times (1B, HBP) vs. Minnesota, at FAU Classic (19-7) ... 6-for-15 effort at Alamo City Classic (6 R, 2 RBI, 4 HBP) included early HBP/R and RBI single vs. Southern Illinois before key role in comeback (he was one of five Irish players to deliver 2-out, game-saving hit) - as his 2-run single forged 11-11 tie in 10th (ND won 12-11, in 11) ... had 3 R in title-game rematch vs. Texas San Antonio (2-for-3, HBP; 13-5) ... hit leadoff single and scored to cap 3-for-5 game in 7-inn. opener at West Virginia (2 R; 10 inn., 5-3) ... scored after 2-out double (2-0) and RBI triple in 7-1 win over St. John's (set ND record with 39th career HBP) ... had 2B/R, RBI groundout and solo shot down leftfield line for 9th-inning drama at Seton Hall (3-2) ... hit 1-for-10 at BIG EAST Tournament (3 R, BB, HBP, 3 Ks) ... scored key run in BET opener vs. BC, after HBP (2-2; win 3-2 in 9th) ... homered twice at Eck Stadium in NCAA Regional (3-for-13, 2 R, 5 RBI, BB) ... hit 2-for-3 in elimination game vs. UC Irvine (6-5), with 6th-inning leadoff blast for final margin (6-4; 0-1 pitch Glen Swanson over leftfield fence) ... tied final game of season (6-6, vs. Arizona), turning on 3-1 pitch from John MeLoan and pulling 3-run shot over leftfield fence (7-6 loss).


    AS A FRESHMAN: Emerged as valuable player (3rd on squad with .314 batting) ... hit-by-pitch 28 times (7th in NCAA record book) ... 2nd on team in runs (53; 6th in BIG EAST, 4th-most ever by ND freshman), leadoff OB (.509) and 2-out RBI (16), 3rd in HRs (4) and overall on-base (.425), 4th in RBI (38) and slugging (.445), 5th in TBs (85) ... added 60 hits, 11 doubles, one triple and 11 BB ... hit 4-for-9 with bases loaded ... started four early games in center, batting some leadoff before settling in at RF (29 starts; 13 in LF) and 7-hole (27) ... hit .284 in BIG EAST play (14 RBI, 20 R, 2 HR) ... went 3-for-5 at ASU (2 RBI, 2 R, linedrive HR) ... hit 4-for-11 at Villanova (4 R, 2 2B, BB) ... helped sweep at St. John's (3-for-7, 3 RBI, 5 R, HR) ... 3-for-3 vs. Bowling Green (2 RBI, 3 R, HR; 7-2) ... had 4 RBI in 12-4 win at Virginia Tech (2-for-3, 2 R, linedrive HR, BB) ... hit .417 (10-for-24) in postseason, including 6-for-13 to help win BIG EAST title (4 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 HBP) and 4-for-11 at NCAA Regional (3 R, 2 2B, 2 HBP) ... hit 2-for-4 vs. West Virginia (2 RBI, R, HBP; 9-1) before key role in winners-bracket game vs. Rutgers (3-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, HBP, pair of sliding catches; 9-3) ... added two more great defensive plays on final day vs. RU, robbing Johnny Defendis of home run in first title game (BB, R; 11-15) before helping win 11-3 clincher (1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB) ... went 2-for-5 in NCAA opener vs. Arizona (2 R, 2B; 13-5), with highlight-reel defensive play after sprinting from right to shallow center for full-extension dive ... closed season batting 2-for-3 vs. NCAA host Fullerton (R, 2B; 1-7).


    PREP & PERSONAL: All-state (CIF) catcher and record-setting goalscorer for nationally-ranked soccer team at Chaparral HS ... helped U.S. u-16 national team beat Cuba (2-1) en route to '00 Pan Am gold medal (Monterrey, Mexico) ... invited to '02 USA tryouts ... team captain in baseball, soccer ... led baseball team to three conference titles ('99, '00, '02) ... three times all-conference, all-city in '01, '02 ... hit .501 as senior (29 RBI, 6 HR, 19 SB) ... school record for putouts (109) as junior (6 HR were 2nd in CHS history; .390, 14 RBI, 5 HR) ... hit .420 as sophomore (14 RBI, 5 HR, 5 3B, 7 SB), .513 as freshman (22 RBI, 4 HR, 10 SB) ... all-tournament at '01 USA Baseball Labor Day Tournament (Tucson, Ariz.) ... played in '00 USA Baseball Tournament in Tucson (.420, 5 HR, 12 SB) ... hit .520 at '00 USA national trials in Houston (2 HR) ... played on silver-medal team at Junior Sunbelt Classic in Oklahoma (.500, 6 SB) ... totaled 64 goals, 49 assists in final three soccer seasons for nation's #5 team (in '02), with highest goal totals in team history (20 in '00, 21 in '01, 23 in '02) ... all-CIF as sophomore (16 A) and senior (14 A), three times all-conference and all-city, helping win three conference soccer titles ... named soccer MVP during his freshman season ... his former teammate Ian Etherington just completed his third season as member of ND men's soccer team ... received Governor's Scholar Award ('00), all-CIF Academic Athletic Award ... visited campus during 2001 Notre Dame-Michigan State football weekend ... grandfather Dean Van Ausdall played football at L.A. City College ... born Jan. 17, 1984, in Alhambra, Calif. ... son of Charles and Jodie Rizzo ... full name is Cody Michael Rizzo ... a double major in sociology and international peace studies, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.

    Rizzo's Career Stats

    Year GP/GSABRH2B3B HRRBIBBHPSO SF/SHSB-SBAOB SLGAVG
    200358/5619153601114381128333/11-2.425.445.314
    200452/51175394651429421304/15-6.348.371.263
    200560/501634141816242221352/117-23.404.423.252
    Career170/15752913314724314913770989/323-31.394.420.278
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