SENIOR SEASON (2009): Rare commodity as 6- foot-3 hard-throwing lefthander who was projected by Baseball America as BIG EAST Conference's top prospect for 2008 Major League draft (rankings prior to `07 season) ... likely to fill a relief role in 2009 ... noted for arm strength, high release point and lively fastball ... keys to his progress include repeating his delivery and improved command ... looking to turn in a steady and more consistent season in 2009 - as his first three seasons with the Irish included record-setting low hit totals allowed (23 H in 45.0 innings; 4.6 H/9 IP, .146 opp. batting avg.) but plenty of free bases surrendered (35 BB, 10 HBP, 9 WP; 9.4 BB+HB+WP per 9 IP) ... his other career stats with the Irish include a 4.20 ERA, 0-2 record and one save in 25 appearances (seven GS) ... his four career appearances in Notre Dame's Blue-Gold World Series include a pair of tough-luck losses ... spent the summer of 2008 with the Hays Larks of the Jayhawk League ... made 10 appearances and two starts ... went 0- 1 with a 8.03 ERA in 12.1 innings of work ... allowed just three hits as opponents batted just .083 against him and struck out 14, but walked 28.
JUNIOR SEASON (2008): Member of serieswinning Gold team in 2007 Blue-Gold World Series ... tossed 1.0 inning, allowed two runs on a hit ... walked three and struck out two ... made just one appearance for the Irish in the spring ... pitched out of the bullpen against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Mar. 26 ... did not allow a hit in 1.0 inning of work, but surrendered a pair of runs on four walks and four wild pitches ... did register a pair of strikeouts ... joined former classmates Kyle Weiland, Brett Graffy and David Phelps on the pitching staff of the Cape Cod League's Falmouth Commodores in summer of 2007 (14.79 ERA, 9 GP/2 GS, 14 IP, 17 Ks, 8 H, 26 BB, 10 HB, 5 WP).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007): Part of victorious Gold squad in 2006 Blue-Gold World Series, despite losing game-2 when eventual winning run (4-3) came home on throwing error (3 IP, 4 R/3 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 2 Ks) ... split time as starter and situational reliever while trying to find consistency in his outings and innings ... set the Notre Dame record for fewest hits allowed per 9.0 innings (4.26; 15 H/31.2 IP), besting Ed Lupton's record (4.83, in `63) that was set in the wood-bat era and had stood for nearly 45 years ... also led staff in low opponent batting average (.146), low batting by left-handed (.107) and right-handed (.160) hitters, low batting with runners on base (.211) and low leadoff on-base percentage (.181) ... his dominance in limiting opposing hits often was counteracted by high walk totals (25; 7.1 BB/9 IP), in addition to allowing other free bases (7 HBP, 5 WP) ... his combined totals of BB+HBP+WP was 10.5 per 9 IP, leading to a 4.55 ERA, an 0-2 record and only one save ... ranked third on staff in starts (7), fourth in opponent two-out batting average (.229) and fifth in Ks per 9 IP (7.1; 25 Ks), groundouts per 9 IP (10.8) and groundout/flyout ratio (1.4) ... did not allow a home run in his 13 appearances ... allowed 2-of-6 inherited runners to score ... his first batters faced (out of the bullpen) hit 1-for-6 (2 RBI, 4 Ks) ... had a 9.35 ERA after his first three games pitched (all starts; 8.2 total IP) and then made three short relief stints before a solid start vs. IPFW (4 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 Ks,W; 3-2) ... played lead role in a giving the Eck Stadium fans a rare sight on April 18, 2007 - after combining with Purdue RHP Matt Bischofff to allow no hits through the first 7-plus innings ... he did allow six walks by Purdue in that game (all in the first 6 IP) while the only hit vs. Elam (in 9 IP) came with two outs in the 8th ... Bischoff 's perfect game ended on a leadoff single from Jeremy Barnes in the 9th (the Irish won, 1-0 in the 10th) ... became the first Irish pitcher with a 1-hit, 9- inning appearance since RHP Grant Johnson's complete game in the record-setting 25-1 win over South Alabama (`02 NCAA Regional, at Eck) ... saw his ERA plummet to 3.75 after the Purdue game ... had another quality start vs. Ball State (4.1 IP, R, 2 H, 4 BB, K ,WP, 2 HB; 7-3) ... inherited a 9th-inning jam and recorded final out to save 6-4, series-clinching win at league leader Rutgers ... was rated by Baseball America as top prospect in wood-bat Jayhawk League during summer of `06, after stellar showing with Hays (Kan.) Larks that included leading league in wins (5-0), ERA (0.95) and strikeouts (42) during league play (his Jayhawk League pitcher-of-the-year stats also included only 7 BB in 28 IP of league action) ... Baseball America cited him for a summer fastball that touched 95 mph, to go along with "excellent command and clean mechanics" during his summer stint with the Larks ... played alongside former Notre Dame teammate Ross Brezovsky on `06 Larks team that won Jayhawk League title, advanced to National Baseball Congress World Series (Wichita, Kan.) and finished 40-16 ... his overall stats (including non-league games): 2.77, 7-0 record, .127 opp. batting, 14.2 Ks/9 IP (77 Ks in 48.2 IP) ... his inning total with the Larks matched his total of walks (28) and hits (21) allowed, for a solid 9.06 WHIP (BB+H/9 IP) ... allowed only one home run with Hays but did have other control issues (8 HB, 6 WP) in his 20 GP (4 GS, 2 SV).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006): Split pair of relief decisions in 2005 Blue-Gold World Series (3.2 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 BB) ... showed glimpses of potential despite pitching only 12.1 innings, with 3-to-1 ratio of Ks to walks (19/6), a lowly .178 opp. batting average and a 2.19 ERA that ranked third on the staff (8 H, 3 HB) ... allowed 1-of-4 inherited runners to score while his first batters faced hit 3-for-9 (BB, HBP, 3 R, K) ... made debut with inning versus Oklahoma (UER, H, BB, 2 Ks; 3-4) ... K'd batter in Metrodome loss to Minnesota (0- 8) ... logged two shutouts innings with four Ks in spring-break win over Iowa (16-2, in San Antonio) ... pitched another game in his home state on that trip, with shutout inning vs. Southern Illinois (BB, HB, K; 12- 1) ... made his first of two BIG EAST regular-season appearances in 8-3 road loss to Georgetown (1.2 IP, H, BB, K) ... added shutout inning against Valparaiso (K; 12- 0) before longest outing of season, in 15-1 win over Oakland (3 IP, R, 3 H, BB, HB, 5 Ks) ... did not register an out in brief appearance vs. Rutgers (2 R, H, 2 BB; 11-5) before his shutout inning helped defeat Cleveland State, 12-1 (H, K) ... made two postseason appearances - against St. John's at BIG EAST Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. (IP, H, 3 Ks; 1-10), and at Kentucky in NCAA Regional (0.1 IP; 4-10).
PREP & PERSONAL: Standout pitcher as junior and senior at Poteet HS ... first burst onto scene in summer and fall of 2004 ... dominating closer as senior in `05 (2.21, 9-2, 92 Ks, 45 IP) ... averaged better than two strikeouts per inning over final two prep seasons (146 Ks in 71 IP) ... Team One Baseball rated him nation's #147 prep prospect, while Baseball America slotted him 34th in Texas ... had big win in `05 regional semifinals, entering tie game in 7th and logging 4.0 innings to beat Arlington Heights ... posted 2.20 ERA as a junior (54 Ks, 26 IP) ... logged 11 straight games in relief without allowing a hit or run ... MVP of Mt. Pleasant Tournament (four shutouts, no-hit relief stints) ... selected for Texas Scout North- South Game (at Ameriquest Field, home of Texas Rangers) ... also played first base at PHS ... pitched in Perfect Game Wood Bat National Championships (Ft. Myers, Fla.) ... listed as fifth-best prospect at South Showcase (held at Baylor) ... honor-roll student and member of National Honor Society ... one of four Teas natives on current Irish squad and one of 18 all-time Texas natives to monogram with Notre Dame baseball ... former ace closer John Corbin also recently wore jersey number 24 for the Irish, from 1997-2000 ... born June 16, 1987, in Dallas ... son of Rusty and Belynda Elam ... full name is Samuel David Elam ... posted 3.13 GPA in `07 spring semester and a 3.10 in fall of `07 ... an anthropology and computer applications major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.
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