Senior duo receives two of the school’s most prestigious athletic honors at end-of-year celebration.
Senior duo receives two of the school’s most prestigious athletic honors at end-of-year celebration.
Excitement surrounds a program that welcomes back nearly everyone from 2014.
Former Irish standout Jeff Samardzija had an elite year on the mound for the Cubs and A's.
The Irish look ahead to their 2015 campaign as fall practices conclude with the annual Blue-Gold Series
The Irish invaded Tallahassee, Fla., for a three-game set with No. 1 Florida State April 4-6.
The Irish invaded Miami for a meeting with the No. 11 Hurricanes. ND picked up its 1st ACC road win & 1st ranked ACC win.
The Irish played host to Boston College at Chicago State's Cougar Stadium April 11-12.
The Irish play their first series on the new FieldTurf at Frank Eck Stadium as Clemson comes calling May 9-11.
During the rain delay Saturday night Notre Dame and Florida State had some fun.
AT NOTRE DAME (2012-14): Standout pitcher for the Irish that navigated playing two sports with overlapping seasons to have great success in both ... improved different aspects of game throughout first three seasons ... weekend starter all three years … made 32 appearances, including 30 starts … pitched 154.2 innings, hurled two complete games (both as a junior) and finished with an 11-11 record and a 3.03 ERA … struck out 105 batters … earned three monograms … drafted in the fourth round (121st pick) by the Baltimore Orioles of the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft in June 2014 … reported to the Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn League (Class A – Short Season) in June … minor league bio.
HONORS & AWARDS: Selected as Perfect Game's 39th-best midseason prospect among draft-eligible college players for 2014 draft ... rated by same organization as the No. 22 RHP (No. 46 overall) prospect and No. 34 by Baseball America prior to start of 2014 season ... in same Baseball America publication was ranked No. 2 prospect in state of Indiana, No. 6 prospect in ACC, No. 15 RHP prospect and No. 22 overall pitching prospect ... three-time baseball monogram winner ... four-time basketball monogram winner.
SENIOR BASKETBALL SEASON (2014-15): Returns for his final season with the Notre Dame basketball program as one of the top players in the Atlantic Coast Conference ... versatile two-sport standout, he also was a member of the Irish baseball program for three seasons ... drafted in the fourth round (121st pick overall) of the 2014 Major League Draft by the Baltimore Orioles ... spent two months (June and July) during the 2014 summer pitching for the Aberdeen IronBirds ... returned to campus in late July for basketball practices leading up to Notre Dame's tour of Italy ... a fixture in the Notre Dame starting lineup since his freshman season ... heads into the 2014-15 campaign having played in every game during his Irish career (101 contests) ... has made 82 consecutive starts and 85 starts overall since his freshman season in 2011-12 ... tallied 990 points during his career for a 9.8 career scoring average and grabbed 541 rebounds (5.4 rpg.) ... registered career bests of 13.9 ppg. and 7.1 rpg. as a junior ... looks to become the 56th player in Notre Dame basketball history to reach the 1,000-point mark ... leading defensive rebounder in the ACC in 2013-14 (5.9 per game) ... should be among the leading rebounders again for the Irish this season ... emerged as a versatile player at both ends of the floor ... has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor ... uncanny court vision allows him to be a distributor to his teammates ... an unselfish player with a great feel for the game ... ranks ninth all-time in career field goals made (175) and in three-point field goals attempted (475) ... 48 career games in double figures and grabbed 10-plus rebounds on 10 occasions ... has registered seven career double-doubles.
JUNIOR BASEBALL SEASON (2014): Joined the Irish just a few days after the end of the basketball season and logged 10 starts over the season's final two months ... despite a 3-5 record and a career-high 3.92 ERA, showed the ability to go longer in games and be a real "innings eater" by hurling the first two complete games of career and going at least 6.2 innings in each of final six starts ... as a comparison, went 6.2 innings or more just twice in first 26 career outings ... threw over 100 pitches in six outings after doing that just once in previous career starts ... finished year with a career-high 62.0 innings of work ... gave up 29 runs (27 earned) on 53 hits, 40 walks, nine wild pitches, one balk and two hit batters while striking out 36 ... allowed nine doubles, one triple and no home runs … never allowed a home run in 154.2 innings at Notre Dame ... team failed to score a run in three of 10 starts ... opened season with three innings of work at Duke (March 15) ... gave up no runs, three hits and two walks while striking out one ... hurled first career complete game in 4-2 victory over Boston College (April 12) ... went all nine innings and gave up two runs on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch while striking out six on a career-high 116 pitches ... allowed the two runs in the last two innings of the game ... put together seven strong innings against No. 11 Miami (April 21) before a tough, four-run eighth inning saddled him with the loss ... had given up just two runs on five hits and two walks on 79 pitches before ultimately being charged with six runs on seven hits and four walks ... struck out a career-high eight Hurricanes in the game ... earned the unfortunate complete-game loss at Maryland as he allowed just two runs on five hits and two walks in eight innings ... came back with two impressive outings to close out campaign ... shut down a talented offensive squad in No. 22 Clemson (May 9) by allowing just one run on three hits, a career-high eight walks and three wild pitches ... picked up back-to-back wins by throwing seven shutout innings against Pittsburgh (May 15) ... gave up four hits and issued four walks while striking out four as he tied his career high with 116 pitches ... earned a monogram.
JUNIOR BASKETBALL SEASON (2013-14): One of two players who started all 32 games for the Irish ... served as one of four captains on 2013-14 Notre Dame squad ... scored 441 points and grabbed 227 rebounds ... third-leading scorer (13.8 ppg.) and rebounder (7.1), both of which were career bests ... second-leading scorer for the Irish in Atlantic Coast Conference games at 13.9 ppg. ... along with Garrick Sherman, averaged a team-leading 7.1 rebounds per game in conference play, 10th best in the league ... led the Irish in three-point field goals made (76) ... connected on 45.2 percent (155-343) of his shots from the field, 37.8 percent (76-201) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (55-66) from the free-throw line ... connected on 41 three-pointers in ACC play... played second-most minutes on the team (1,190) and averaged 37.2 per game ... averaged 39.0 minutes in ACC play ... scored in double figures in 25 games during the season and netted 20-plus points on four occasions ... led the Irish in scoring eight times and in rebounding on 16 occasions ... pulled down 10 or more rebounds seven times and posted five double-doubles on the season ... never left the court in eight games (six in ACC play) ... scored 11 points on 4-8 shooting, including 3-6 from long range, in the season opener against Miami (Ohio)... finished 4-5 from the field and scored 10 points in win over Stetson... netted 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in loss to Indiana State .... notched first double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 101-67 win over Cornell ... that game began a seven-game double-figure scoring streak ... netted 12 points, dished off four assists, grabbed three rebounds, blocked two shots and made two steals in 98-93 loss to Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge ... scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in win over Delaware ... collected second consecutive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Bryant, marking the first time in his career that he had back-to-back games with a double-double ... finished with 21 points versus North Dakota State ... scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 79-72 win over Indiana in the Crossroads Classic ... connected on 6-11 shots from the field and scored 13 points in loss to Ohio State ... opened ACC play by scoring in double figures in five consecutive conference games ... scored in double figures in 14 of 18 ACC contests ... scored 16 points on 6-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 79-77 win over Duke in Notre Dame's ACC opener ... finished with his third double-double of the season as he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in loss at Georgia Tech, while also dishing off a career-high seven assists ... scored a team-high 19 points on 5-11 shooting from the field that included a 3-7 performance from three-point range in loss to Maryland ... netted 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in victory over Virginia Tech ... played all 40 minutes and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in road loss at Florida State ... in overtime win at Purcell Pavilion against Boston College, played all 45 minutes, scoring 17 points on 6-12 shooting from the field ... grabbed 10 rebounds and scored seven points in loss to North Carolina at home ... played 49 of 50 minutes in double-overtime win over Clemson and scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds and matched a personal best with seven assists ... in a homecoming win on the road at Boston College, netted 17 points and dished off four assists in 73-69 victory over the Eagles ... deposited a season-high 22 points (his fourth 20-plus point outing of the season) at Miami, connecting on 8-12 shots from the field, including a 6-7 performance from three-point range ... scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished off six assists in win over Georgia Tech ... was 7-10 from the field and 4-6 from beyond the perimeter in scoring 19 points in overtime loss to Pittsburgh ... suffered a sprained ankle against the Panthers, but still managed to play 41 of 45 minutes ... despite the ankle sprain, recorded his fifth double-double of the season in 63-61 loss at North Carolina in regular-season finale as he scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds ... ended the season by scoring 19 points and grabbing five rebounds in ACC Tournament first-round loss to Wake Forest ... an honorable mention all-ACC selection by the league's 15 coaches.
SOPHOMORE BASEBALL SEASON (2013): Started all 10 appearances on the mound during sophomore campaign, the third most on the Irish roster ... compiled a 4-2 record with a 1.71 earned run average ... allowed 49 hits in 47.1 innings pitched, holding opponents to a .272 batting average against ... struck out 29 batters and walked 28 ... held opposing left-handed hitters to a .206 average against (14-for-68) ... limited all batters to a .224 clip (22-for-98) with runners in scoring position, and forced a team-high tying eight groundball double plays ... did not allow an earned run over final 23 innings pitched (four starts) ... added a 2-2 record with a 1.83 ERA in seven BIG EAST starts ... surrendered only seven runs in 34.1 innings pitchers during conference outings ... tossed a pair of perfect innings in season debut against Kent State (March 26) ... hurled four shutout innings in first home start against Villanova (April 5), limiting the Wildcats to three hits ... earned first win of the season in a start versus Quinnipiac (April 20), allowing two runs over five innings, walking two and striking out three batters ... won second consecutive outing in the first game of a BIG EAST series against Connecticut (April 26), striking out four Husky batters in 5.1 innings of work ... spun a season-best seven shutout innings in a no-decision versus USF (May 3), limiting the Bulls to five hits on 88 pitches ... struck out a season-high five hitters in four shutout frames at St. John's (May 12), surrendering only two hits to the Red Storm ... completed third straight solid outing following six scoreless innings at Cincinnati (May 17) ... won only BIG EAST Championship start against Pittsburgh (May 23), allowing no earned runs in six full innings … earned a monogram.
SOPHOMORE BASKETBALL SEASON (2012-13): A starter in every game ... notched 310 points (8.9 ppg.), 164 rebounds (4.7 rpg.) and 75 assists (2.1 apg.) ... also had 16 steals and 12 blocked shots ... made a team-high 58 three-pointers ... shot 44.5% from the field, including 37.7% from long-range ... was 34-48 (.708) from the free throw line ... played the third-most minutes on the team (1,123/32.1 mpg.) ... led the Irish in scoring three times ... was named to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team ... earned the Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year Award ... averaged 7.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in BIG EAST play ... scored in double-figures 14 times during the season ... his first double-digit effort came in the second game of the campaign when he poured in 13 points in an 84-57 win over Monmouth ... scored 11 points in 41 minutes of play in a 79-70 overtime setback to Saint Joseph's during the semifinals of the CVC Classic ... went for 10 points in a 92-64 victory over Chicago State ... tallied 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in an 81-68 besting of Purdue at the Crossroads Classic ... in the following game, he was 7-9 from the floor en route to 18 points in addition to notching six rebounds and five assists in a 74-62 win over IPFW ... reached double-figures for a third straight game with 12 points on 5-7 shooting in an 85-57 victory over Kennesaw State ... hauled in nine boards versus Niagara, an 89-67 win ... recorded 10 points an six rebounds in a 66-60 triumph at Cincinnati ... was 6-8 from the floor, including 4-6 from three-point range, and finished with 17 points and five boards in a 69-66 besting of Rutgers ... scored 12 points in the 63-47 loss to Georgetown ... also had 12 points in the following contest, a 73-65 win at USF ... played a career-high 56 minutes and tallied 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the epic 104-101 five-overtime victory over eventual national champion Louisville ... also had a career-best seven assists against the Cardinals ... had 13 points and seven rebounds in a 73-57 loss at Louisville ... deposited a season-high 21 points in a 69-61 win over Rutgers in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship ... was 7-10 from the field, including 6-8 from beyond the arc, against the Scarlet Knights ... the six treys were a season-best total that he also achieved the following night in an 18-point performance in a 73-65 triumph over Marquette in the league quarterfinals ... was 6-10 from three-point range versus the Golden Eagles ... totaled nine points and eight rebounds in the 69-57 setback to Louisville in the BIG EAST semifinals.
FRESHMAN BASEBALL SEASON (2012): Made 12 appearances, including 10 starts ... his 10 starts were third most by any pitcher on the staff ... went 4-4 with a 3.18 earned run average in 45.1 innings of work ... allowed 47 hits as his opponents batted .276 ... struck out 40 and walked 21 ... in BIG EAST games only, ranked tied for first in fewest home runs allowed (none), fourth in ERA (1.95), fourth in earned runs allowed (eight), tied for fifth in fewest hit allowed (32), tied for fifth in fewest runs allowed (12) and seventh in opposing batting average (.237) ... averaged 7.94 strikeouts and 4.17 walks per nine innings ... posted a 1.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... did not allow an earned run in five of 12 appearances, including four of his 10 starts ... registered the fifth-most innings pitched (45.1) without surrendering a home run in single-season school history ... went 4-3 with a 1.95 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 32 hits in 37.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .237 ... struck out 31 and walked 18 ... went 2-1 with a team-best 1.42 ERA in five appearances (four starts) in home games ... allowed 17 hits in 19.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .236 ... struck out 19 and walked seven ... went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two relief appearances ... allowed five hits in 6.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .217 ... struck out five and walked three ... left-handed hitters batted .268 (11-for-41) ... right-handed hitters batted .279 (36-for-129) ... made career debut in a start on March 20 against Eastern Michigan (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 K, 1 BB) ... picked up the victory with 2.2 innings of relief without allowing an earned run to Pittsburgh (March 25) ... struggled with a blister in first career BIG EAST start against Seton Hall on April 7 (1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 2 BB) ... tossed 6.0 shutout innings, limited Georgetown (April 21) to four hits and secured series sweep ... struck out six, walked one and limited Rutgers to one unearned run on five hits in 5.0 innings of work on May 13 (clinched the series for the Irish) ... opened the BIG EAST tournament against No. 2 seed St. John's and failed to retire a single batter (allowed six hits and seven earned runs), but rebounded three days later against the same Red Storm club with a tremendous outing ... held St. John's to an earned run on eight hits in 6.2 innings with four strikeouts and one walk … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN BASKETBALL SEASON (2011-12): One of three Irish players to appear in all 34 games ... started 18 contests ... posted averages of 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game ... notched 30 assists, 17 steals and five blocked shots ... averaged 24.1 minutes per game ... shot 41-120 (.342) from three-point range ... scored in double-figures nine times, including three 20-plus point efforts ... registered one double-double ... led the Fighting Irish in scoring four times and three times apiece in rebounds and blocked shots ... averaged 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in BIG EAST play ... started 12 of the team's 18 BIG EAST regular-season contests ... tallied 10 points and nine rebounds in just his second career game, a 59-53 win over Detroit ... netted a season-high 24 points against Sam Houston State in the third game of the season ... went 6-for-10 from beyond the three-point arc in the 74-41 win over Sam Houston State ... the 24 points were the most for an Irish freshman since Torin Francis had 25 during the 2002-03 season ... earned his first career start in the following game, a 93-69 win over Delaware State ... scored 11 points against Georgia in the Progressive CBE Classic ... had 11 points at Gonzaga ... his first BIG EAST start came in the 67-58 upset of No. 1 Syracuse ... registered a double-double with 23 points and 11 boards in a 76-59 triumph of Marquette ... was named the BIG EAST Co-Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Golden Eagles ... posted 10 points and five rebounds in a 71-53 win over Rutgers ... scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 74-70 comeback overtime victory at Villanova ... was 7-for-12 from three-point range against Villanova ... had 12 points and six rebounds in a 57-53 besting of USF ... tallied 10 points versus Xavier in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
PREP & PERSONAL: Drafted in the 38th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by San Diego Padres as a senior out of St. John's Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts ... ranked the 33rd-best overall prospect nationally by Perfect Game ... ranked the 167th-best overall prospect nationally by ProspectWire.com ... posted an 11-2 record with a 1.75 earned-run average and 160 strikeouts in 90 innings pitched ... also played third base ... batted .400 with a .750 slugging percentage as a senior ... widely considered a top-five round pick by many MLB scouts entering the 2011 draft ... collected a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts and two walks in a 5-0 victory over the Spy Ponders, 5-0 (did not allow a ball to leave the infield) ... earned all-state honors in baseball during his senior season in addition to being a three-time all-conference performer ... 2010 Massachusetts Coaches' Division I North Most Valuable Player ... at the Massachusetts state championship, struck out 14 and surrendered three hits in 12.0 innings pitched and posted a 0.00 ERA ... named MVP of the 2008 Eastern Massachusetts Babe Ruth Tournament and led the New England Lightning to the silver medal at the AAU National Championships ... four-year basketball letterwinner at St. John's Prep, finishing career as the all-time leading scorer (1,713 points) ... played under the guidance of head coach Sean Connolly ... averaged 23 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists during high school career ... team captured the state title during senior season ... 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Massachusetts ... 2011 ESPN Mr. Basketball for Massachusetts ... ranked 73rd nationally by Scout.com and 100th by ESPNU ... two-time all-state selection and three-time all-conference pick, including being named the conference's MVP as a junior and senior ... three-time team captain ... copped team MVP honors during final three seasons ... two-time conference champion ... squad posted a 46-4 record during junior and senior seasons ... only junior selected to the Boston Globe Super Team and the Boston Herald High Dream Team ... selected as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Catholic Conference and was named to the Catholic Conference All-Star Team ... also selected as team's MVP and served as team captain ... helped lead team to a 3-0 record at the 2010 AAU National Showcase in Orlando, Florida ... averaged 30 points and 20 rebounds per game at the 2010 AAU Nationals ... lettered in football as a quarterback during freshman and sophomore seasons ... full name is Patrick Bergin Connaughton ... son of Leonard and Susan Connaughton ... father played football at Framingham State College ... uncle, Richard, played baseball at Springfield College ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a management consulting major.
**Career Stats Attached Above As PDF (As Of May 17, 2014)**