The Irish men's baseball team takes on visiting West Virginia on Friday, April 17th.
AT NOTRE DAME: Two-year monogram winner enters his senior season with a .280 career batting average, three home runs and 38 RBI ... has added 26 runs, 11 doubles, 21 walks, two sacrifice flies and two stolen bases (two attempts) in 80 games (42 starts) ... in BIG EAST games, owns a career .309 batting average with three home runs and 19 RBI ... has added 13 runs, eight doubles, nine walks, two sacrifice flies and one stolen base (one attempt) in 39 games (21 starts) ... with an increased energy and good approach, can really help the Irish this spring ... left-handed power hitter who could be key contributor at first base or designated hitter ... made great strides at the plate in the fall of 2009, but struggled last spring with a multitude of ailments, including a wrist-injury that limited him for much of 2010 ... imposing presence (6-4, 250) and quality athlete for his size, with potential to put up big power numbers.
JUNIOR SEASON (2010): Appeared in 31 games and started 16 for the Irish, predominantly as designated hitter (11 starts) ... also made five starts at first base ... batted .246 (16-for-65) with 12 RBI ... added eight runs scored, nine walks and three hit by pitches ... recorded 16 total bases, posted a .246 slugging percentage and .364 on-base percentage ... saw action in 16 BIG EAST games and started seven contests ... batted .207 (6-for-29) with three RBI, four walks and a hit by pitch in league games ... hit .278 (10-for-36) with eight runs scored, nine RBI, five walks and two hit by pitches in non-conference games ... batted .182 (2-for-11) with three runs scored, two RBI, three walks and two hit by pitches in the month of February ... hit .273 (6-for-22) with four runs scored, four RBI and a walk in the month of March ... batted .250 (3-for-12) with a run scored, four RBI and two walks in the month of April ... hit .250 (5-for-20) with two RBI, three walks and a hit by pitch in the month of May ... batted .158 (3-for-19) with a run scored, three RBI, two walks and a hit by pitch in home games ... hit .333 (8-for-24) with a run scored, five RBI and three walks in road games ... batted .455 (10-for-22) with seven runs scored, nine RBI, five walks and two hit by pitches in Irish victories ... hit .220 (9-for-41) with six runs scored, seven RBI, eight walks and three hit by pitches in day games ... batted .292 (7-for-24) with two runs scored, five RBI and a walk in night games ... batted .250 (16-for-64) against right-handed pitching ... hit an impressive .343 (12-for-35) with runners on base ... hit a robust .450 (9-for-20) with runners in scoring position ... successful on five of six RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... totaled five RBI and batted .300 (6-for-20) with two outs ... registered five multi-hit games, including one three-hit game (March 11 vs. Bradley) ... recorded a pair of multi-RBI games (February 21 vs. Mississippi Valley State; May 16 at Villanova) ... Notre Dame went 5-11 when Casey started, including 4-7 when he started at designated hitter and 1-4 when he started at first base ... batted .255 (13-for-51) with seven runs scored, eight RBI, seven walks and three hit by pitches in games started ... went 3-for-14 (.214) with a run scored, two walks and four RBI when coming off the Irish bench ... hit .300 (3-for-10) with a run scored, two RBI and walk when starting at first base ... batted .280 (7-for-25) with six runs scored, six RBI, four walks and two hit by pitches when starting at designatted hitter ... went 0-for-9 as a pinch hitter.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Appeared in 37 games and started 21 for the Irish, predominantly as designated hitter (16 starts) ... also made five starts at first base ... batted .330 (31-for-94) with three home runs and 21 RBI ... added 16 runs scored, eight doubles, nine walks, four hit by pitches, two sacrifice flies and two stolen bases (two attempts) ... did ground into six double plays in 94 at bats ... recorded 48 total bases, posted a .511 slugging percentage and .404 on-base percentage ... batted .348 (31-for-89) against right-handed pitching ... hit an impressive .388 (19-for-49) with runners on base ... batted .333 (1-for-3) with the bases loaded ... hit .379 (11-for-29) with runners in scoring position ... was 7-for-14 in RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... totaled six two-out RBI (third highest) ... ranked among the top five on the squad in doubles (t-fourth), games played off the bench (fifth) and home runs (t-fifth) ... hit .361 (22-for-61) with three home runs and 16 RBI in 21 BIG EAST games (14 starts) ... added 13 runs scored, seven doubles, five walks, two hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one stolen base (one attempt) ... recorded 38 total bases, posted a .623 slugging percentage and .414 on-base percentage ...batted .379 (22-for-58) against right-handed pitching ... hit an impressive .400 (12-for-40) with runners on base ... batted .323 (10-for-31) with the bases empty ... hit .389 (7-for-18) with runners in scoring position ... was 3-for-7 in RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... hit a remarkable .444 (8-for-18) with two outs ... recorded six two-out RBI (second highest) ... ranked among the top five on the squad in sacrifice flies (second), doubles (third), RBI (fourth), home runs (fourth), total bases (t-fourth) and runs scored (fifth) ... registered 10 multi-hit games, including one three-hit game (April 1 vs. Toledo) ... recorded four multi-RBI games, including a four-RBI and five-RBI game (April 1 vs. Toledo; April 26 at Louisville) ... Notre Dame went 11-10 when Casey started, including 10-6 when he started at designated hitter and 1-4 when he started at first base ... batted .351 (27-for-57) with one home run and 14 RBI in games started ... went 4-for-17 (.235) when coming off the Irish bench, but two of his four hits were home runs ... went 3-for-13 (.231) in pinch hit opportunities ... his five RBI at Louisville on April 26 equaled Notre Dame's season-high ... opened the season slowly, going 3-for-16 (.188) over his first 11 games, including three starts ... broke out of slump against Oakland on April 25 (went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and run scored) ... added another multi-hit game on March 28 at Pittsburgh (went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two RBI) ... recorded a career-best three hits and then career-high four RBI against Toledo on April 1 (went 3-for-5) ... went 3-for-6 with two doubles, two walks, three runs scored and two RBI in the series with Villanova (April 3-4) ... continued his tear in two starts at Cincinnati (went 3-for-7 with two doubles, a walk, home run, two RBI and three runs scored) ... career-best eight-game hitting streak came to an end of April 15 against Northwestern ... batted .519 (14-for-27) with five doubles, one home run, nine runs scored and nine RBI over the streak ... followed the Northwestern contest with three straight multi-hit games against West Virginia (April 17-18) ... batted .500 (6-for-12) with a double, RBI and two runs scored against the Mountaineers ... provided serious offensive threat off the bench in the series at Louisville (April 24-26) ... went 3-for-7 (.429) in the series, but smacked two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six as a replacement in the first and third game of the series ... Irish rallied from a six-run deficit to grab a 7-6 lead on his pinch-hit, go-ahead solo bomb in the top of the ninth inning (Cardinals scored two in the bottom of the ninth to earn the victory) ... added a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in Sunday's come-from-behind victory before smashing his first career grand slam in the seventh inning to tie the game, 12-12 (Notre Dame won the game, 13-12, on Golden Tate's solo home run in the top of the ninth) ... extended the hitting streak to five games before going hitless against UConn on May 2 ... rebounded with back-to-back two-hit games against UConn and USF on May 3 and May 8 ... registered a hit in the 18 of the 21 games between March 24-May 8 ... went hitless over his last 12 at-bats of the season ... started all three games for the victorious Blue in the Blue-Gold World Series ... batted .333 (3-for-9) with a double, run scored and a team-best tying three RBI ... spent the summer of 2008 with the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League ... saw action in 37 games and batted .203 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI ... also made seven appearances out of the bullpen ... went 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 12.0 innings ... surrendered nine hits, struck out 10 and walked four ... opponents batted just .209 against him.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Played for winning team (Gold) in Blue-Gold World Series ... batted .333 (2-for-6) with an RBI and two walks ... saw action in 12 games, including five starts ... batted .185 (5-for-27) with three doubles and five RBI ... added two runs scored and drew three walks ... started first game of his career in season opener against Liberty on Feb. 22 ... went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout ... came off the bench a couple days later against Albany (Feb. 24) ... went 0-for-2 against the Great Danes ... started three consecutive games against Maine (Mar. 4), Lehigh (Mar. 6) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Mar. 7) ... went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored in the thrilling victory over Maine ... added huge RBI single that gave Irish late inning lead over Lehigh ... went hitless over next three games and six at-bats before going 1-for-3 with a double against Georgetown on Mar. 20 ... went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Mar. 26 ... went 1-for-3 with a run scored, double and two RBI against Manchester College on Apr. 9 ... doubled for the third straight game in which he played.
PREP & PERSONAL: Two-sport standout at Whitefish Bay HS ... four-year baseball letterwinner and two-year captain who earned ABCA all-Midwest Region honors as a senior, after batting .440 (two home runs) for WBHS in summer of `07 ... named all-state honors after helping `07 team reach sectionals (team MVP) ... also played in summer of `07 with Racine Hitters (seven home runs in final six games played) ... his junior honors in `06 included team MVP, first team all-state, all-area, all-district and all-conference (.533 batting average, 44 RBI, .911 slugging percentage) ... first team all-conference, second team all-district and team MVP as a sophomore (.466 batting average, 40 RBI, .585 slugging percentage; 23-11 team record) ... his two-year pitching stats in `05 and `06 included a 2.81 ERA, 11-4 record and more than one strikeout per inning ... starting first baseman with Team Wisconsin in `06, batting .400 (two home runs) as team went 3-1-1 vs. Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Kentucky and Nebraska ... played for Wisconsin Shockers team coached by Notre Dame alum John Murphy (an `85 monogram winner with the Irish, as a 3B) ... named all-tournament at `06 CABA Ultimate High School World Series (Euclid, Ohio), after helping Shockers go 5-3 for fifth-place finish ... hit .476 with 11 RBI at that tournament (three home runs) while going 2-1 on the mound (1.79 ERA, 13 strikeouts, 15 innings pitched) ... starting first baseman in `06 Milwaukee Brewers Classic baseball game (at Miller Park), featuring 40 of state's top preps (1-for-3, 2B) ... was rated by Perfect Game as #7 pro prospect in `07 from the state of Wisconsin (#3 among state's prep players) while Baseball America listed him as the #10 prospect in his state (#5 among Wisconsin preps) ... hails from same hometown and high school (Whitefish Bay) as current sophomore OF Charlie Markson and former Notre Dame standout Craig Counsell (a World Series champ with the 1997 Florida Marlins and 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks) ... Counsell and his father John - a native of Oconomowoc, Wis., and a former ND baseball player/assistant - are loyal supporters of Whitefish Bay's "Friends of Bay Baseball" ... received Duke Pride Award ("most devoted") with WBHS `06-'07 basketball team that reached regional finals ... his father Bill Casey served as Columbia University's primary starting pitcher in the mid-'70s, in addition to being a member of the varsity basketball team ... full name is David Austin Casey ... son of Bill and Ilyse Casey ... born Feb. 16, 1989 in Milwaukee, Wisc. ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business as a management consulting major.