Excitement surrounds a program that welcomes back nearly everyone from 2014.
Former Irish standout Jeff Samardzija had an elite year on the mound for the Cubs and A's.
Pollock, Samardzija highlight Irish efforts in the professional ranks thus far in 2014.
The junior is the highest Irish hurler to get drafted since RHP Kyle Weiland went in the third round in 2008.
Notre Dame had five players in the majors during the 2013 season.
Baseball lost to Seton Hall 2 to 1 on April 29th. It was also Chuck Lennon night
Baseball lost to UConn 3 to 1 on Friday, April 8th.
The Irish Baseball team was victorious over Georgetown 3-2 at the Eck Baseball Stadium on March 25th.
AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner that enters senior season with a 6.40 career ERA and 13-13 record, plus 131 strikeouts, 48 walks and 280 hits allowed (.319 opponent batting average) in 40 appearances (36 starts) and 211.0 innings (21 hit batters, 12 wild pitches, 22 home runs allowed) ... averaging 5.59 strikeouts and 2.05 walks per 9.0 innings pitched in his career ... in BIG EAST games, owns a 6.55 career ERA and 6-7 record, plus 63 strikeouts, 23 walks and 149 hits allowed (.322 opponent batting average) in 18 appearances (17 starts) and 110.0 innings (10 hit batters, eight wild pitches, 19 home runs allowed) ... will serve as co-captain (along with Mick Doyle) of the 2011 Irish team ... ranks eighth in Notre Dame career history for fewest walks per 9.0 innings pitched (minimum 60 IP) ... selected in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, but chose to return for season season ... without question, leader of the staff along with fellow senior Cole Johnson ... deserves a stellar senior campaign ... works as hard as anyone on the roster ... elite pitching prospect who saw his stock - and velocity - rise during senior season at Greece Athena High School ... gained immeasurable experience as a weekend starter for the Irish each of the last two seasons ... combines pinpoint command of all three of his pitches with tremendous pitching aptitude ... features heavy, low-90s fastball to go along with quality slider and changeup ... throws from 3/4 power arm slot, with clean arm action and fluid mechanics ... a poised competitor and true student of the game ... carried a 3.242 cumulative GPA into the `11 spring semester.
JUNIOR SEASON (2010): Made 15 appearances on the mound in the spring, 14 of which were starts ... served as Notre Dame's top weekend starter ... his 15 appearances were the sixth-most by any Irish pitcher ... his 14 starts were tied for the most on the staff ... went 4-5 with a 6.21 earned run average in 82.2 innings of work ... allowed 104 hits as his opponents batted .305 against him ... struck out 53 and only walked 22 ... among hurlers with at least 54.0 innings (1.0 inning pitched per team game) on the staff, he ranked first in innings pitched, first in win-loss percentage, tied for first in wins, tied for first in walks allowed, tied for first in triples allowed, second in doubles allowed, second in strikeouts looking, second in opposing batting average, second in strikeouts, third in ERA, third in runs allowed, third in earned runs allowed and third in home runs allowed ... went at least six innings in nine of his 14 starts ... registered six quality starts (at least six innings and three earned runs or less), including four in consecutive outings against Stetson (March 07), Gonzaga (March 13), Michigan State (March 20) and USF (March 26) ... averaged 5.77 strikeouts and 2.40 walks per nine innings ... Notre Dame posted a 7-7 record when Dupra started ... went 2-4 with a 7.09 ERA in nine appearances (all starts) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 75 hits in 53.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .328 against him ... struck out 31 and walked only 14 ... averaged nearly 6.0 innings per start in league games ... went 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA in six appearances (five starts) in non-conference action ... allowed 29 hits in 29.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .259 against him ... struck out 22 and walked only eight ... went 0-1 with a 10.12 ERA in two appearances (both starts) in the month of February ... allowed 12 hits in 8.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .364 against him ... struck out four and walked three ... went 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in four appearances (all starts) in the month of March ... allowed 26 hits in 26.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .252 against him ... struck out 21 and walked six ... went 2-0 with a 4.86 ERA in six appearances (five starts) in the month of April ... allowed 40 hits in 33.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .290 against him ... struck out 22 and walked only six ... went 0-3 with a 13.20 ERA in three appearances (all starts) in the month of May ... allowed 26 hits in 15.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .388 against him ... struck out six and walked seven ... went 2-1 with a 5.50 ERA in five appearances (all starts) in home games ... allowed 35 hits in 34.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .263 against him ... struck out 20 and walked 12 ... went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) in away games ... allowed 51 hits in 33.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .345 against him ... struck out 21 and walked seven ... posted a 3.71 ERA in seven appearances (all starts) in Irish victories ... allowed 47 hits in 42.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .272 against him ... struck out 33 and walked eight ... went 2-3 with a 6.99 ERA in nine appearances (all starts) in day games ... allowed 64 hits in 47.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .320 against him ... struck out 32 and walked 13 ... went 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA in six appearances (five starts) in night games ... allowed 40 hits in 35.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .284 against him ... struck out 21 and walked nine ... made one appearances out of Irish bullpen and tossed a perfect inning of relief (registered a strikeout) ... left-handed hitters batted .325 (40-for-123) and right-handed hitters batted .294 (64-for-218) against him ... batters hit .346 (54-for-156) against him with runners on base and .270 (50-for-185) with the bases empty ... tossed a season-high 8.2 innings against No. 11 Louisville ... one out away from a complete game as the Irish clung to a 3-2 lead, but allowed a three-run home run as the Cardinals rallied for a 6-3 lead ... retired 11 consecutive Louisville batters entering the ninth inning ... limited the potent Cardinals to just three hits and two earned runs over the first 8.1 innings (also registered a remarkable 14 ground ball outs) ... tossed 7.0+ innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits in victory over Gonzaga on March 13 ... struck out a career-high tying eight and did not issue a walk ... pitched from a three-ball count on only three occasions against the Bulldogs and did not allow a Gonzaga batter to advance into scoring position until the sixth inning ... scattered seven hits and allowed just two earned runs over 7.1 innings against Cincinnati on April 23 ... equaled his career-high in strikeouts with eight and also walked just one ... held the Bearcats scoreless over the first six innings and Cincinnati did not advance a runner to third base until two outs in the seventh inning.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Made 14 appearances on the mound in the spring, 13 of which were starts ... served as Notre Dame's second weekend starter ... his 14 appearances were tied for sixth-most by any Irish pitcher ... his 13 starts were third-most on the staff ... went 6-5 with a 7.13 earned run average in 82.0 innings of work ... allowed 116 hits as his opponents batted .334 against him ... struck out 48 and only walked 16 ... among hurlers with at least 56.0 innings (1.0 inning pitched per team game) on the staff, he ranked first in walks allowed, first in batters struck out looking, first in triples allowed, second in strikeouts, tied for second in victories, third in earned run average, third in opposing batting average, third in won-loss percentage, third in innings pitched, third in games starred, third in hits allowed, third in runs allowed, third in earned runs allowed, third in doubles allowed and third in home runs allowed ... went at least six innings in eight of his 13 starts ... averaged 5.27 strikeouts and 1.76 walks per nine innings ... Notre Dame posted a 8-5 record when Dupra started ... went 4-3 with a 6.04 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 74 hits in 56.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .316 against him ... struck out 32 and walked only nine ... averaged nearly 6.2 innings per start in league games ... ranked second in the BIG EAST in overall walks allowed ... in conference games only (minimum 1.0 inning per team game), ranked first in triples allowed and tied for third in walks allowed ... made season debut on Feb. 20 against NCAA Regional participant Ohio State and matched up against Buckeyes' All-American Alex Wimmers (allowed two earned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings; walked one and struck out two in defeat) ... tossed 5.1 innings and allowed five runs, all earned, on 10 hits (struck out season-high tying six and walked none) en route to the victory against Dayton on Feb. 28 ... roughed up against NCAA Super Regional qualifier Rice on March 7 (allowed seven earned runs on seven hits in 3.0 innings; walked one and struck out two) ... registered the victory in the opening game of a doubleheader against UTPA on March 15 (allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 7.0 innings; walked four and struck out four) ... limited the Broncos to no runs and just two hits over his final 5.1 innings of work ... was charged with the loss against Seton Hall on March 21 (surrendered seven runs, only three earned, on nine hits in 6.2 innings of work; struck out three and walked three) ... was kept out of the weekend rotation at Pittsburgh, but pitched 4.0 effective innings of relief against the Panthers (allowed two earned runs on three hits; struck out three and walked one) ... recorded first complete game of the season and first career complete game shutout in next start against Villanova on April 4 (rocked for 12 runs, 11 earned, on 14 hits in just 4.0 innings of work) ... tossed a three-hit shutout with no walks and a career-high tying six strikeouts to lead the Irish past the Wildcats ... first Notre Dame pitcher to throw a complete game shutout in over two years ... needed just 108 pitches to finish off the Wildcats ... retired the first 14 Villanova batters on just 48 pitches before allowing a single with two outs in the fifth inning ... proceeded to retire the next five before allowing a double in the seventh (which was the furthest any Villanova hitter reached on base the entire afternoon) ... did surrender another double in the ninth, but that was it for the Wildcats ... so dominant that he worked with a three-ball count just twice the entire afternoon and the first did not come until the fifth inning ... faced just four over the minimum ... the complete game effort without a walk was the first for an Irish pitcher since Tom Thorton's complete game no free pass outing against Southern Illinois on March 18, 2006 ... answered with a second consecutive complete game, but was charged with the defeat in a 7.0 inning contest at Cincinnati on April 11 (allowed six earned runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings; struck out six and walked three) ... tossed his third straight complete game, second for victory, in the first of a doubleheader sweep of then league-leading West Virginia on April 18 (allowed six earned runs on 11 hits in 9.0 innings; struck out three and walked one) ... became the first Irish pitcher to throw three straight complete games since Dan Kapala in 2005 (West Virginia, Pittsburgh and St. John's) ... registered his second consecutive victory in his next start at Louisville on April 25 (scattered 12 hits and yielded five earned runs in 7.1 innings; fanned two and walked one) ... struggled mightily over his next two starts (May 2 vs. UConn and May 9 against USF) ... allowed six earned runs on nine hits to the Huskies in defeat in 4.1 innings of work ... charged with five earned runs on 11 hits against the Bulls in 4.1 innings or work ... rebounded with a solid outing at St. John's to close the regular season with a victory (surrendered five earned runs on nine hits in 6.0 innings of work; struck out three and walked none) ... suffered worst outing of the season with BIG EAST tournament start against St. John's on May 22 (roughed up for career-high nine earned runs on 11 hits in 3.2 innings of work; struck out two and walked one) ... made one start for the Gold in the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series ... did not render in the decision ... tossed 4.2 innings and was charged with five earned runs on six hits ... struck out three and walked two ... spent the summer of 2008 with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League ... named to the Cape League All-Star squad ... helped Harwich capture the league title ... made transition from starting for Notre Dame to setup role look easy ... went 3-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 18 games (all out of the Harwich bullpen) ... opponents batted just .247 against him ... struck out 33 and walked 17 in 39.2 innings of work ... did not surrender a single home run all year ... tied for the team-lead in wins and appearances ... ranked third on the club in innings pitched.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Made 11 appearances on the mound in the spring, including nine starts ... his nine starts were the fourth-most on the staff and most by a rookie pitcher ... went 3-3 with a 5.44 earned run average in 46.1 innings of work ... did allow 60 hits in 46.1 innings as his opponents batted .316 against him, but also struck out 30 and walked just 10 ... surrendered just 15 extra-base hits the entire season (three home runs) against 212 batters faced ... opponents registered just a .386 slugging percentage ... proved even tougher against right-handed hitters as they managed just a .274 batting average (32-for-117) ... averaged 5.83 strikeouts and 1.94 walks per nine innings ... ranked fifth on the team in wins ... Notre Dame posted a 5-3 record when Dupra started ... as a starter, went 3-3 with a 6.15 ERA in 41.0 innings of work (nine starts) ... struck out 22 and walked nine ... as a reliever, did not allow a run, earned or unearned, in 5.1 innings of work ... yielded just one hit ... struck out eight and walked only one ... made career debut in a start against Albany on Feb. 24 ... struggled in the outing in defeat, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits ... walked three and struck out one ... rebounded with a quality start against St. Bonaventure on Mar. 2 ... pitched into the seventh inning (6.1) and surrendered just two earned runs on only three hits ... did not issue a walk and struck out four, but did not render in the decision ... started against top-ranked Arizona on Mar. 9 ... was charged with nine runs, only five earned, on 10 hits ... walked a pair ... posted back-to-back solid starts against Central Michigan (Mar. 17) and Ball State (Mar. 25) ... worked all 5.0 innings in the weather-shortened game against the Chippewas ... allowed just two earned runs on six hits ... did not issue a walk and punched out one ... followed up performance with first career victory against the Cardinals ... pitched 6.0 innings and yielded two earned runs on six hits ... did not walk a batter for the second consecutive start ... struggled in a start against Valparaiso on Apr. 8 ... was roughed up for five runs, four earned, on six hits in 1.2 innings ... as he had earlier in the season, rebounded from a disappointing performance with a solid effort against Toledo on Apr. 15 ... tossed 4.0 scoreless innings out of the Irish bullpen and registered first career save ... fanned five, walked one and yielded just a pair of singles ... equaled career-long outings in each of his next two starts against Chicago State (Apr. 22) and Mississippi Valley State (Apr. 29) going 7.0 innings ... recorded victories in each outing ... scattered seven hits and limited the Cougars to a pair of earned runs ... struck out five and walked just one ... even better against MVSU ... shut the Delta Devils out on just six hits ... fanned a career-high six and walked one ... worked 1.1 innings of relief and punched out three of the four batters he faced in his final outing of the season against USF on May 20 ... over his last five appearances of the season, went 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings ... struck out 22 and walked just three ... started for Notre Dame in the exhibition against the South Bend Silverhawks (Single A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) and struck out the side in the first inning ... did not issue a walk in five of 11 appearances ... delivered game-2 win (3-1) for Gold team that eventually won the 2007 Blue-Gold World Series, becoming first Notre Dame freshman since 2001 to win a BGS start (5.2 IP, UER, 3 H, 2 BB, HB, 3 Ks) ... allowed only three base runners in scoring position (none on third base) in that game (his 17 outs included seven via groundballs, plus a pickoff and two popups).
PREP & PERSONAL: Compiled 0.21 ERA, 9-1 record and 11.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio (93/8) in `07 at Greece Athena High School, with his other stats including 27 more innings pitched (65.1) than hits allowed (38) and pair of saves (also hit .443 with 27 RBI, nine doubles, a home run and only five Ks) ... led Trojans to 22-3 record and state semifinals (2- 1 loss to North Rockland) ... had allowed only one earned run all season and was undefeated before semifinal loss, finishing with six runs allowed (two earned) ... his `07 honors included Gatorade New York State player of the year, first team all-state, honorable mention All-America (Collegiate Baseball), county player of the year, area player of the year, sectional playoff MVP, scholar-athlete award and team MVP ... helped team rack up 40-3 scoring margin in four sectional tournament games, as Trojans advanced to state tournament for first time since `99 ... beat Fairport in state qualifier (8-1, 8 Ks, BB) ... had two-run single and K'd final batter to save Section V title game (4-0 vs. Hilton) ... beat Brockport earlier in section tournament, 11-2 (5 IP, 3 H, 5 Ks) ... K'd 11 Fairport batters in regular season (6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB; 9-0) ... one week earlier, he played lead role in 2-1 win over Hilton (12 Ks; 2-out RBI single) ... played in summer of `07 with Ferris-Goodridge American Legion district finalist (he lost only twice while posting 0.80 ERA, 81 Ks and 20 BB in 50 IP, also batting .400) ... gifted all-around student-athlete who owned 3.68 cumulative GPA and is talented trombone player, in addition to singing in GAHS nationally-renowned show choir that toured Italy (summer `07) ... attended `06 USA Baseball tryouts ... first team all county as a junior, second team as a sophomore (`05) ... played at `05 and `06 Empire State Games ... helped East Cobb Astros place third at `06 Wood-Bat World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.) ... also competed at `05 WBWC ... pitched in several top `06 showcases: Perfect Game Nationals (Arkansas), East Cobb Perfect Game Showcase (Georgia), East Coast Pro Showcase (Wilmington N.C.) and Goodwill Games (Cooperstown) ... competed with South Florida Bandits (Oct. `06) ... member of `04 and `05 Rochester Grays summer team ... selected by Texas Rangers in 36th round of `07 MLB draft, after falling significantly from projected talent level due to "signability" issues and his strong commitment to playing for Notre Dame ... had been projected by Baseball America as #116 overall prospect (including college players) for `07 draft while Perfect Game had him slotted #162 ... played two seasons of JV basketball and ran varsity cross country in `03 ... earned scholar-athlete honors throughout career ... member of National Honor Society (3.5 GPA), symphonic band, select choir and pit orchestra ... involved in various community service activities, including Special Olympics, youth baseball, reading programs and youth group ... current ND fencer Zach Schirtz also attended GAHS ... his sister Lyanne Dupra served as a senior captain with James Madison's `06 women's soccer team ... son of John and Kim Dupra ... full name is Brian Martin Dupra ... born Dec. 15, 1988, in Rochester, N.Y. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a sociology and computer applications double major.
Dupra's Career Statistics
Dupra in the BIG EAST Conference