Notre Dame will play 13 games against Baseball America's preseason top 25.
AT NOTRE DAME: One-time monogram winner ... made good progress as a freshman ... ready to compete for more time out of the bullpen with potential for mid-week starts ... hits upper-80's on fastball and displays an excellent changeup and solid curve ... entered the 2014 spring semester with a team-high 3.913 GPA.
HONORS & AWARDS: BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2013) ... made the Dean's List during the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Made eight appearances for the Irish on the mound (one start) ... went 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA ... allowed 10 hits in 9.2 innings pitched, holding opposing batters to a .286 average against ... struckout seven batters and walked six ... tossed a scoreless half inning of work in his collegiate debut against Kent State (Mar. 26) ... threw a perfect 2.1 innings out of the bullpen with two strikeouts at home against Villanova (Apr. 7) ... earned first career win at Western Michigan (May 14), walking one and striking out a career-high four Bronco batters in the victory ... saw 0.1 innings of relief in the season finale at Cincinnati (May 18).
PREP & PERSONAL: Named honorable mention first team all-state (3A) as a senior ... all-county as a junior ... won the Indiana 3A Mental Attitude Award as a senior ... helped Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School finish second in state as a senior ... earned sectional championships as a freshman and junior ... won a region crown as a junior ... earned three letters in baseball ... was a member of the Student Athletic Leadership Council and the National Honor Society ... played club baseball for the Pony Express ... is a certified scuba diver ... full name is Connor Oldham Hale ... born in Indianapolis, Ind. ... son of Todd and Nancy Hale ... has a younger brother, Hunter ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, but is undecided on major ... has already declared economics from the College of Arts & Letters as second major.