Versatile and veteran presence on the mound who could be top starter or even a closer in 2007, as he returns from shoulder surgery that held him out of his entire junior season in 2006 ... was top set-up pitcher as a freshman before emerging as quality weekend starter in '05 ... could have been in line for vacant closer role on 2006 team before suffering a torn labrum injury to his shoulder during final outing of 2005 summer season (with Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League) ... underwent his shoulder surgery in Sept. of 2005 before undergoing long rehabilitation procedure ... has the option to apply for a fifth year of eligibility in 2008 ... made tremendous recovery - developing great mobility in his arm - under the expert care of longtime Notre Dame baseball athletic trainer Mike Bean ... had a solid 2006 fall season while working with pitching coach Sherard Clinkscales to streamline his delivery ... has begun to use more of his lower half, producing more consistency and less torque on his backside while creating increased stamina and more leverage on his fastball ... has a major-league body, with strong, 6-4, 215-pound frame, a live arm and darting movement in his pitches ... uses a deceptive arm slot from the 10/11 o'clock position, with nasty whip and late movement ... throws downhill while coming right at batters with his assortment of pitches ... arrived at Notre Dame in the fall of 2003 as a raw but very promising talent ... the key to his breakthrough success in 2005 was command of the strike zone and development of his slider and changeup ... threw his electric fastball in low-90s during first two seasons ... has several similarities - including body type and arm slot - to former Notre Dame All- American and current bigleaguer Aaron Heilman ('01) ... started college career with raw mechanics before finetuning his delivery and control ... has high level of projectability as pro prospect, with Seattle Mariners selecting him in 47th round of 2003 Major League draft ... compiled a 3.03 ERA, 9-4 record and 81 strikeouts in first two seasons with the Irish, spanning 53 appearances (9 starts) and 121.2 innings (2 saves, 121 hits allowed/.261 opp. Batting avg., 43 walks) ... made his return in a Notre Dame uniform during the 2006 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series, setting down the side in the 6th inning to help the Blue win game-2 ... struck out two batters in that quick inning that saw seven of his nine pitches go as strikes ... played for Falmouth Commodores in prestigious Cape Cod League during the summer of 2005, serving as mostly a starter (8 GP/5 GS) while registering a save with better than one strikeout per inning (47 Ks in 46.2 IP) and a 3.1 K-to-walk ratio (47/15) ... posted 3-1 record and 3.03 ERA with the Delaware (Ohio) Cows of the Great Lakes League in summer of 2004 (32.2 IP, 28 H, 16 BB, 24 Ks, 7 GS) ... joins sophomore infielder Evan Sharpley (Marshall HS), freshman OF/LHP David Mills (Battle Creek/Lakeview HS) and freshman infielder Herman Petzold (St. Clair Shores/DeLaSalle HS) in giving the Irish four Michigan natives - most in recent memory - on the 2007 roster ... the Notre Dame baseball program's 41 all-time monogram winners from Michigan include All-America outfielders Eric Danapilis (St. Joseph; '90-'93) and Ryan Topham (Portage; '93-'95) ... enters season with a 3.02 cumulative grade-point average, including a strong 2006 fall semester that saw him post a 3.61 GPA (an an economics major).
AS A JUNIOR: Did not compete during the 2006 season while undergoing rehabilitation from his shoulder surgery in the fall of 2005.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Returned to key setup role for first half of 2005 season before making shift into weekend rotation ... led '05 staff in appearances (25; 6th among BIG EAST pitchers) while ranking 2nd on staff in ERA (3.20), wins (7-3; 6th among BIG EAST pitchers) and innings (81.2; 10th in BIG EAST), 3rd in strikeouts (41) and starts (9), and 4th in low opponent batting average (.268) ... totaled team-best 16 Ks "looking" while ranking 2nd on staff with 95 groundouts ... allowed just .241 opponent batting with runners on (2nd-best on staff) while holding opponents to .342 leadoff on-base pct. (3rd on staff) ... limited lefthanded hitters to .256 batting (3rd on staff) ... allowed just 9.26 hits (3rdbest) and 2.98 walks (5th) per 9.0 innings while averaging 10.47 GOs/9 IP (5th) ... posted 4-0 record, 2.48 ERA and 2-to-1 K-to-walk ratio (19/9) in home games (33 H/.236 opp. avg. in 36.1 IP) but was just 2-3 with a 4.58 ERA on the road (19 Ks, 17 BB, 43 H/.299 in 37.1 IP) ... both of his postseason starts were ended by rain delays, picking up wins over Pittsburgh in 11-4 BIG EAST title game (5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R/3 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks, WP; 11-4) and North Carolina in 3-0 NCAA elimination game (8 IP, 8 H, BB, 3 Ks, 12 GOs/including 3 double-play balls), capping his spot on the Gainesville Regional all-tournament team ... had pitched two days earlier, in relief of Tom Thornton during NCAA opener against UNC (2 IP, 2 H, BB; 1-5) ... beat Southwest Missouri at Alamo City Classic (1.2 IP, 3 H, R, K; 12-11) ... helped post 4-1 win over Seton Hall (3 IP, BB, K) ... a rough 5th inning sent him to loss in first start of his Notre Dame career, opposite Boston College's ace (4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R/5 ER, BB, K, HB; 2-8) ... bounced back for complete-game win in opener versus UConn that extended to 8- inning game (6 H, 2 R, BB, 2 Ks, WP; 3-2) ... followed with another CG win over Villanova (7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 Ks, HB; 9-4) and then beat Cleveland State during BIG EAST bye week (5 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 2 Ks; 13-3) ... suffered tough-luck loss at St. John's (8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 Ks, HB; 2-3) ... helped secure BIG EAST Tournament spot with final-week win over West Virginia (7 IP, 5 H, R, 5 Ks, BK, HB; 3-1).
AS A FRESHMAN: Combined with senior lefthander Joe Thaman and sophomore closer Doherty to each log 28-30 appearances as leaders of 2004 bullpen that posted 2.97 season ERA (no previous pair of ND pitchers ever had logged more than 27 GP) ... 3rd on staff and 4th among BIG EAST pitchers with 28 GP (7th in ND record book, now 8th) ... tied Chris Michalak ('90) for 2nd-most GP ever by an ND freshman, behind Heilman's 31 in '98 ... led staff with .146 opponent 2-out batting ... 2nd on staff in games finished (12) and Ks per 9 IP (9.00) ... his 2.70 ERA ranked 3rd among ND regulars while his .222 opponent batting with runners on base and .241 by righthanded hitters both were 4th ... 5th on staff in overall opp. batting avg. (.248), groundout-flyout ratio (1.18) and low hits allowed (8.32 H/9 IP) ... his other '04 stats: 2-1 record, save, 40 IP, 37 H, 16 BB, 40 Ks, 4 WP, 4 HB, 40 GOs ... allowed just 5-of-21 inherited runners to score (24%) ... other situational stats: .270 batting by LH hitters, .410 opp. leadoff onbase pct. ... other 9-inning averages: 3.60 BB, 9.00 GOs ... averaged 18.00 outs per 9 IP via Ks or GOs ... compiled 2.5 K-BB ratio ... retired all three batters he faced in debut versus Winthrop, at FAU Classic (K; 19-6) ... had win next day over Minnesota (3 IP, 3 H, R, 4 Ks; 19-7) ... tossed 1-2-3 inning in 9th against Villanova (2 Ks, H, GDP; 6-5 in 10) ... saved win over Chicago State (1.1 IP, K, HB, 5 BF; 15-5) ... pitched in nightcap at Pittsburgh, relieving Doherty and blowing ball by BIG EAST player of the year P.J. Hiser for huge strikeout (Pitt won, 7-6, when ball squeezed by the catcher) ... saw 12.2- inning scoreless streak (9 GP) end versus Cleveland State ... picked up win over Boston College in BIG EAST Tournament (0.2 IP, 2 Ks; 3-2), after duel between Grant Johnson and Boston College's Chris Lambert ... entered that game (2-2) in top of 9th with 1-out and runners on 1st and 2nd, falling behind lefthanded pinch-hitter Shawn McGill (3-1) before sending final fastball past him and also striking out Marco Albano ... combined with Thaman and Doherty for 4.0 shutout innings to back up Johnson's win over UC Irvine in NCAAs (1.2 IP, 2 Ks; 6-5) - giving him a 1.20 ERA in span of 21 GP (29 IP) ... tagged with season's final loss to Arizona (2 IP, H, R, BB, K; 5-6) ... was slated to start in midseason versus Purdue (rainout).
PREP & PERSONAL: Closed career as dominant strikeout pitcher at Shrine Catholic High School, earning ABCA All-Region IV honors and Gatorade player of the year while totaling 193 strikeouts in 93 innings, as senior leader of the 2003 state runner-up team ... rated by Perfect Game/Baseball America as number-2 prep prospect in Michigan for 2003 ... averaged 18.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitcher, as an allstate and all-conference performer in 2003 (1.05 ERA, 11-4, 79 BB, 27 H) ...his strong junior season in 2002 included 0.41 ERA, 9-2 record and 122 Ks (38 BB, 19 H, 68.2 IP), earning all-league, all-d strict, all-region and allarea honors (also hit .382 with 21 RBI) ... two-time team MVP and '03 team captain ... member of three league title teams ('00-'02), '02 and '03 regional champs ... attended BPR Fall Classic (Ariz.) ... helped Michigan Rams under- 16s win state title (he was 5-0), advancing to USSSA World Series (Northville, Mich.) ... two-year football letterwinner as a tight end/defensive end ('00, '01), earning all-league and all-city honors as a junior (two league titles) ... three-year letterwinning basketball forward ... named to Michigan top-50 sophomore and junior lists for basketball (Prep Spotlight) ... helped basketball team win 2001 division title and 2001 and '03 conference titles ... served as 2002-03 basketball captain ... member of the National Honor Society ... attended the 2002 Notre Dame fall baseball camp ... made official visit during 2002 ND-Stanford football weekend (his player host was John Axford) ... born Sept. 6, 1985, in Royal Oak, Mich. ... son of Chuck and Linda Kapala ... full name is Daniel Joseph Kapala ... an economics major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
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