ND kicked off its 2014 season with a trip to Boca Raton, Fla., for a meeting with the No. 24 Florida Atlantic Owls.
AT NOTRE DAME: Hard-working sophomore that is making transition to a side-armed delivery ... will be used primarily in a situational role against righties.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Did not pitch during freshman season with the Irish.
PREP & PERSONAL: Two-time all-conference and all-area selection (2011, 2012) ... all-state honorable mention (2012) ... helped Plainfield North High School win conference championships all four years ... had spectacular senior campaign as he led team in strikeouts, set the school record for strikeouts in a season and had an earned run average under one ... earned two letters ... also played football for two seasons ... played club baseball for the Northern Illinois Reds ... full name is Joey John Cresta ... born in Chester, Pa. ... son of Joe and Barbara Cresta ... has a younger sister, Emily, and a younger brother, Sam ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.