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    Craig Cooper

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Plainview, NY

    High School:
    Chaminade

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 220

    Position:
    First Baseman/Outfielder

    Birthdate:
    10/27/1984

    Bats/Throws:
    R/L


    06/06/2013

    Eric Jagielo Taken 26th Overall By New York Yankees In 2013 First-Year Player Draft

    Jagielo is the third position player from Notre Dame ever drafted in the first round.

    05/29/2013

    Jagielo Named Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist

    Notre Dame third baseman one of 30 players across the country to be listed.

    05/21/2013

    Eric Jagielo Takes Home BIG EAST Player Of The Year Award As Irish Total Five All-BIG EAST Honorees

    Jagielo, Adam Norton and Trey Mancini named first team, while Dan Slania and Ryan Bull was selected to the second and third team, respectively.

    05/10/2013

    Irish Travel To St. John's For Critical BIG EAST Series

    Notre Dame opens weekend with doubleheader at noon on Saturday


    • All-America Candidate (2006)
    • Preseason All-BIG EAST Selection (2006; Baseball America)
    • Second Team All-BIG EAST (2004)
    • Third Team All-BIG EAST (2005)
    • Two-Time BIG EAST Batting Champ ('04, '05)

  • Craig Cooper 2006 game-by-game stats (updated regularly)
  • Craig Cooper feature story from Irish Eyes (Feb. 10, 2006)
  • Craig Cooper story from South Bend Tribune (April 25, 2006)

    Converted outfielder who is making move to first base as Irish replace their only position-player starter lost from the 2005 team (Matt Edwards) ... All- America candidate who can make big impact on the offensive game ... has shown good agility around the bag while adjusting to new position ... has developed an advanced hitting approach that allows him to create great bat speed with a loose swing and fluid mechanics ... can drive ball out of the park, with power to all fields ... his high level of control in swing repetition could produce another strong season after becoming just second player ever to repeat as BIG EAST batting champ (in `05 and `05) ... enters 2006 in 3rd place on BIG EAST career batting list, at .420 (68-for-162), behind Joe Cirone (.443, 51-for-115; Rutgers, '97-'00) and Marteese Robinson (.432, 83-for-192; Seton Hall, '85-'87) ... earned 2nd team all-BIG EAST honors in '04 (when he became first player ever to lead the league in batting, slugging and on-base for the same season) and 3rd team in `05 ... 2006 preseason pick for 1st team all-BIG EAST honors (per Baseball America) ... a confident player with mental toughness ... long-striding threat on the bases who gets good jumps on pitchers ... has classic baseball body (6-2, 210), with good arm and ability to hit stinging linedrives ... enters '06 with a .332 career batting avg. in 164 GP (135 GS, 112 R, 33 2B, 4 3B, 17 HR, 121 RBI, .514 slugging, 73 BB, 20 HBP, .443 OB, 36-of-47 SB) ... ranks 12th on ND career SB list (36) ... ranked 3rd on Brewster Whitecaps with 17 RBI and 3 HRs while playing in wood-bat Cape Cod League during summer of '04 (.217, 11 R, 6 2B, 17 BB, 4 SB) ... also played for Brewster in summer of `05 (.225, 12 R, 3 2B, 12 BB, 6 SB) ... had impressive '03 summer with Hays (Kan.) Larks of Jayhawk League, as one of top players for 42-12 team that reached final six at prestigious National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita (.337, 24-27 SBs, 38 RBI, 42 R, 5 HR, 5 3B, 7 2B, .527 slugging, .413 OB, 20 BB, .939 fielding/4 Es) ... enters 2006 with 3.20 cumulative GPA, including 3.47 GPA in '04 fall semester, 3.53 in `05 spring and 3.40 in `05 fall.


    AS A JUNIOR: Earned 3rd team all-BIG EAST honors ... 2nd on team in slugging (.502), RBI (58), HR (7), 2B (14), SB (14-of-17) and TBs (105), 3rd in batting (.325), OB (.446), runs (48), hits (68), BB (33) and GP (60), 5th in HBP (14) and starts (58) ... shared team lead with 17 multi-RBI games, 2nd on team in batting with runners in scoring position (.434) and with 2-outs (.369), 5th in leadoff on-base pct. (.419) ... 2nd on team with +25 plate-discipline ratio (33 BB+14 HBP-22 Ks) ... 3rd among BIG EAST players in RBI (58), 7th in OB, 9th in walks (33) ... repeated as BIG EAST batting champ (.403, in league games, after .470 in '04) ... joined former BC player Kevin Penwell ('95, '96) as only repeat batting champs in 21-year history of BIG EAST baseball ... repeated as BIG EAST leader for OB pct. in conference games (.529; .471 in '04), 8th in league slugging (.582), 6th in RBI (19), 10th in 2B (6) and BB (12) ... only four players had a higher OPS (on-base plus slugging) in league play than his 1.111 ... starts included 23 in RF, 20 in LF, plus starts at 1B (9), CF (4) and DH (2) ... 12 starts as leadoff batter included 11 late-season games, also batting in cleanup (23), 5th (8), 6th (7), 7th (3) and 3rd spots (5) ... hit 33 points lower on the road (team-best .312) than at home (.345) ... had team-best .361 batting in post-finals games ... hit 2-for-14 at NCAA Gainesville Regional (2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, 3 BB, 3 Ks), after batting 5-for-13 with 5 runs at BIG EAST Tournament (RBI, BB, K) ... earned BIG EAST player-of-the-week and national hitter-of-the-week (NCBWA) honors after batting .565 with 13 RBI in 6 GS (13-for-23, 8 R, 2 HR, 2 BB, HBP, 2 Ks, SF), vs. Pitt, USC and West Virginia ... saw his career-best 13-game hitting streak end at NCAAs (.460 clip, 23-for-50, 17 RBI) ... top postseason games included 3-for-5 from leadoff spot in BIG EAST title-game win over Pitt (3 R; 11-4) and 2-run double in 3-0 NCAA win over UNC ... hit ND's first game-ending HR (9-7 vs. Purdue; April 20) since '02 CWS (Brian Stavisky; 5-3 vs. Rice) and then hit grand slam in next AB, vs. Valparaiso (9-8; 5 RBI) ... smacked ND's first leadoff HR of season and added another HR in 21-1 win at Pittsburgh (3-hole; 3-for-5, 5 RBI, 4 R, BB) ... helped upset #17 USC, 13-6 (3-for-5, 2 RBI, R, 2B) ... 6-for-9 series vs. WVU included 2-for-2 in 3-1 opener (R, BB), 3-for-3 in 7-3 finale (3 RBI, 2B, SF) ... helped post 4-2 win at UCF (3-for-4, 2 RBI, R, BB, SB) ... 3-for-4 in first win over Southwest Missouri (2 RBI, 2 R, HR) ... had HRs vs. South Dakota State (2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB) and Cincinnati (1-for-3, 2 R, BB, SB) ... helped avert loss to Cleveland St. (7-6; 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 R, 3B, BB, 2 SB), adding 3 RBI in 13-3 win (H, R, SB).


    AS A SOPHOMORE: Named 2nd team all-BIG EAST after becoming first player ever to lead BIG EAST in conference batting (.470), on-base (.545) and slugging (.712) in same season - also owning best "OPS" (on-base plus slugging; 1.257) and 9th with 20 runs in league play ... just the fifth BIG EAST batting champ not to earn 1st team all-BIG EAST (since '85) ... homered in NCAAs vs. UC Irvine to become ND's unprecedented fourth player with 10-plus HRs in '04 ... 2nd on team in batting (.360), slugging (.617) and SBs (12-of-17), 3rd in sac. bunts (4), 4th in HRs (10), RBI (48), 2Bs (13), on-base (.441) and TBs (108), 5th in runs (42), hits (63) and BB (25) ... finished among BIG EAST top-10 in five overall categories: 4th in slugging and OPS (1.058), 7th in HRs, 8th in RBI, 9th in batting ... led squad in batting with runners in scoring position (.385), 2-out batting (.424) and 2-out RBI (27), 5th with .439 leadoff on-base pct. and .545 bases-loaded batting (6-for-11) ... hit team-best .357 vs. LHPs ... other '04 stats: 58 GP/46 GS, 3B, 2 HBP ... hit .388 in April (19 RBI, 4 HR) and .387 in post-finals games ... 2nd on team with .376 batting at Eck Stadium (26 RBI, 6 HR), 3rd with .341 road batting avg. (22 RBI, 4 HR) ... combined with Matt Bransfield (33 RBI) and Matt Marci (7 HR) as third set of teammates ever to lead BIG EAST in league batting, RBI and HRs ... hit six HRs on first-pitches and four to opposite field (RF) ... made 34 starts in RF, 12 in LF while batting in several lineup spots (20 in 6-hole) ... 4th on team with 18 multi-hit games (12 multi-RBI) ... had five straight 2-hit games ... early 7-game hit streak included 2-run single vs. Minnesota (19-7, at FAU Classic) ... hit 4-for-8 at Alamo City Classic (4 RBI, 4 R, BB, 2 2B, SB) ... came off bench while battling flu to score winning run in multiple last-out comeback vs. Southern Illinois (12-11), doubling and scoring in 11th ... hit 2-for-5 in Alamo City title game vs. local team Texas-San Antonio (3 RBI, R, 2B, 13-5) ... went 15-for-29 in 9-game hit streak (March 23-April 10) ... sent shot down line in only AB vs. Western Michigan (12-3) ... nearly hit for cycle as 2-hole hitter vs. Hillsdale (4-for-6, 2 R, HR, 3B; 10-2) ... hit 2-for-3 with 2 runs in both game-2 (2 BB, SB; 6-5) and game-3 (BB, 13-1) vs. Villanova ... blasted 8thinning grand slam vs. Chicago State (15-5) ... ... had another 9-game hit streak in late April that included key role in 4-3 win at Seton Hall (2-for-4, R, 2B) ... homered at Pittsburgh (6-7) ... helped Irish rally past Ball State in 15 innings (2-for-5, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB, SB; 7-6), following Andres' leadoff triple with game-ending single to right ... also walked and scored (SB) in that game, adding RBI groundout and key hit in 8th (5-6) ... hit 5-for-11 in sweep at UConn (5 RBI, 4 R, HR, 2B, BB, SB), with RBI double in 4-0 opener (2 R) and 4 RBI in 16-8 finale ... part of 10-hit, 10-run eruption to open that game, following Bransfield and preceding Edwards by two batters as Irish homered three times in four ABs (he also had a 2-run 1B in the inning) ... hit 6-for- 10 vs. Rutgers (RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 SB, BB) ... claimed BIG EAST batting title after 6-for-9 series vs. Virginia Tech (5 RBI, HR, 2 2B, 3 BB, SB) ... hit 3-for-10 to help win BIG EAST Tournament (5 RBI, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 BB, HBP, SAC) ... launched 3-run shot vs. BC in BIG EAST title game (4 RBI, 2B, BB; 11-5) ... singled and scored in NCAA loss to Kent State (1-2) ... hit 3- run blast in NCAA elimination game vs. UC Irvine, adding decisive sac. fly (6-5) ... walked twice in final loss to Arizona (R; 6-7) ... hit 2-for- 13 in NCAAs (3 R, 2B, HR, 2 BB, SF, 4 RBI).


    AS A FRESHMAN: Opened as starting CF before making most starts (17 of 31) in left (9 DH, 4 CF, 1 RF) ... platooned as LF/2-hole hitter in stretch run ... 5th on team with .303 batting (46 GP), 3rd in SBs (10-of-13), with 15 RBI, 22 runs and 15 BB (6 2B, 2 3B, 23 Ks, 4 HBP) ... posted .397 on-base, .385 slugging ... made one error in 43 chances (.977) ... 3rd on team with .372 batting vs. RHPs ... went 3-for-10 as pinch-hitter ... batted .345 in BIG EAST regular season (4 RBI, 6 R, 5 BB, 2 SB) ... hit 2-for-4 in opener vs. Dayton (2 RBI, SB; 10-9, at ASU) ... went 4-for-8 in pair of wins over Navy, in Jacksonville (2 R, 3 RBI, 2B, SB) and 4-for-5 to help win series at Villanova (2 R, RBI, 2 HBP) ... added 3-for-4 game vs. Valparaiso (3 RBI, 3B; 13-4) before helping post 18-3 win at St. John's (2-for-3, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB) ... had another big game in wild 13-12 win at Creighton (3-for-5, 3 R, 2B, 3B, SB) ... hit 2-for-7 to help win BIG EAST Tournament (2 R, RBI, 2 BB, 2 HBP, SB) ... singled and scored early in winners-bracket game vs. Rutgers (9-3) ... rapped full-count single and scored next day as part of 6-run bottom of 6th (ND overcame 9-1 deficit but lost to RU, 15-11, before winning final game, 11-3) ... drew NCAA Regional starts vs. host Cal State Fullerton (1-for-3; 3-4) and San Diego (1-for-2, 2B; 6-3).


    PREP & PERSONAL: Two-time conference Gold Glove winner as Chaminade High School centerfielder ... ranked by Baseball America as top player in New York ... team captain and MVP as senior, earning all-Long Island honors (.380, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 10 SB) ... hit .524 in '02 playoffs, leading team to title game ... all-conference on '01 conference champs (.472, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 8 SB, 0 Es) ... helped '01 team win Long Island title ... played in '02 FABL All-Star Game ... hit .431 with '01 Oyster Bay Yellow Jackets (10 HR, 61 RBI, 19 2B, 7 3B, 25-27 SB; hit 2 HRs to help win FABL title) ... alltournament at '02 WWBA Sr. Division World Series ... member of gold-medal team at '01 Empire State Games ... played on AABC 15- year-old national champs ('00) ... named top prospect at '01 Select Showcase ... participated in East Coast Showcase (Wilmington, N.C.), Top 96 Showcase and Perfect Game Wood Bat Championship (Jupiter, Fla.) ... invited to play with USA team at '95 World Baseball Tournament (Beijing, China) ... lettered as on '00-'01 basketball team (conference champs) ... visited campus on weekend of '01 NDTennessee football game ... member of National Honor Society ... hails from same high school as current ND junior lacrosse players Dan Hickey, James Severin and Will Sullivan ... cousin Brendan O'Rourke played baseball at Manhattan College while another cousin, Ryan Roberts, plays at Lafayette ... born Oct. 27, 1984, in Plainview, N.Y. ... son of Denis and Carol Cooper ... full name is Craig Michael Cooper ... political science major, in College of Arts and Letters.






    Cooper's Career Stats

    Year GP/GSABRH2B3B HRRBIBBHPSO SF/SHSB-SBAOB SLGAVG
    200346/31122223762015154230/210-13.397.385.303
    200458/4617542631311048252222/412-17.441.617.360
    200560/5820948681417583314222/414-17.446.502.325
    Career164/135506112168334171217320674/1036-47.443.514.332
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