A Look Back At The 2002 Super Regionals At No. 1 Florida State

The Irish defeated the Seminoles in three games to advance to the program's second College World Series.

Leader of pitching staff who likely will return to closer role ... could also play key part in starting rotation if needed, after logging 33 starts in his first three seasons (including a three-hit shutout vs. BYU in 2002) ... battle-tested performer whose ability to pitch effectively in any role will be valuable commodity ... 2003 team tri-captain ... gutsy competitor who has welcomed every challenge thrown his way ... saved both 2002 NCAA Super Regional wins at Florida State, retiring nine straight to end first game before coming on to strike out the side in clincher ... an Academic All-America candidate, owning a 3.35 cumulative GPA and three Dean's List semesters as a finance major ... served as No. 3 starter his first two seasons ... also a top starter in 2002 before shifting to closer role ... fearless battler who has shown mental toughness to work out of jams ... throws from over-the-top arm slot, with tremendous control of all his pitches and a fastball that can touch 90 mph ... part of an athletic family ... won 32 of 36 decisions in high school and American Legion play ... has plenty of experience in pressure-packed postseason, with four starts in NCAAs (plus two BIG EAST Tournament starts and four NCAA relief appearances) ... his career average of 2.35 walks per 9 IP would rank ninth in ND record book ... needs four saves in 2003 to join former Irish greats Chris Michalak (34-13, 12 saves) and Aaron Heilman (43-7, 12 saves) as only ND pitchers ever to post 20-plus wins and 10-plus saves ... his impressive rookie season included 7-1 record and second-most innings (73) on staff ... carries 4.20 career ERA into 2003, logging 64 appearances (33 starts) and winning 21 of 31 decisions, with 160 Ks, 62 walks and 263 hits allowed (.284 opponent average) in 238 IP, plus nine wild pitches, 19 hit batters ... owns 13-7 career BIG EAST record (3.52 ERA, 74 Ks, 139 H, 133 IP), including 2-0 records vs. Rutgers (2.37, 7 Ks, 10 H in 19 IP) and Seton Hall (1.17, save, 11 Ks, 13 H in 15.1 IP) ... also owns solid career numbers vs. Boston College (1.59, 1-0, save, 17 IP, 19 H, 10 Ks) ... needs nine appearances in 2003 to move into third place in ND record book (28 would tie him with Michalak for the GP record) ... also needs 62 innings to become sixth ND pitcher with 300-plus IP ... his 21 wins rank 11th in ND history (he could become the seventh to win 30 games) ... matching his 2002 save total (6) would tie him for second on ND career saves list (12) ... also 32 Ks shy of that ND career top-10 list ... turned in impressive 2001 summer with Hays (Kan.) Larks in Jayhawk League (11-1 record, 1.70 ERA, 65 Ks, 15 walks in 80 innings) ... pitched for Hays in 2001 title game of National Baseball Congress World Series (in Wichita, Kan.), with just three runs allowed (one earned) in 7.1 IP (the Larks lost to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, 3-2) ... avenged that loss when he returned to the NBC World Series in 2002, as a key starter with the Alaska Goldpanners team that claimed its sixth all-time national title with a win over the rival Glacier Pilots ... posted a 2.98 ERA and 1-4 record with poor run support from the Goldpanners offense (34 Ks, 13 BB, 46 H, 51.1 IP, 9 GP/7 GS) ... could face several former teammates in 2003, including: Creighton's Sean Piekert (Lions All-Stars) and pitcher Steve Grasely (he hit a home run vs. Grasely in American Legion state title game); Arizona State pitcher Ryan Schroyer (Goldpanners) and Navy's Andy Froistad (youth baseball) ... plus Minnesota's Luke Appert ('99 Lions All Stars), C.J. Woodrom ('95, '96 AAU Nationals) and Tony Leseman (Cretin-Derham Hall HS) ... one of 21 ND baseball letterwinners from Minnesota, including All-America catcher Elmer Kohorst (Albany; '55-'57) ... inherited No. 46 jersey worn previously by LHP Tim Kalita (7th-round Detroit Tigers draft pick).

AS A JUNIOR: Played lead role in team's postseason success, with his 28 appearances including seven early starts before settling into bullpen as top closer ... his 3.14 ERA led all ND pitchers with 25-plus innings ... posted 9-4 record (tying for team wins lead), with six saves ... his ratio of 1.52 walks per 9 IP and his 4.31 K-to-walk ratio (69/16) led staff and both ranked seventh in ND record book ... second on staff in Ks, innings (94.2) and opponent leadoff on-base pct. (.315) ... allowed 86 hits and a .245 opponent batting average (fifth on team), with 8.18 hits allowed per 9 IP (third on staff) ... closed 19 games ... won seven of final nine decision (3-0 postseason, with 15 Ks and just one walk in 18 IP) ... posted 6-0 win over Duquesne at Homestead (Fla.) Challenge (7 IP, 2 H, 6 Ks) ... had no-decision in Irish Baseball Classic (San Antonio) title game vs. Southern Illinois (3-2; 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, BB, 4 Ks) ... had forgettable start at West Virginia but Irish rallied (10-6) from that 5-0, first-inning deficit ... beat BYU with three-hit masterpiece in rare 1-0 complete game (7 Ks) ... his last start produced no-decision in 4-3 loss to St. John's ... posted relief wins in same week vs. Pittsburgh (12-2; 2 IP, H, BB) and Virginia Tech (2-1 in 11 inn.; 5 IP, 3 H, BB, K) ... picked up fifth win in 10-1 game with Ball State (4 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 Ks) ... tossed 1.1 shutout innings in 9-4 win at Seton Hall (2 H, 4 Ks) before saving 4-2 win over SHU (2 IP, K) ... helped post 9-4 win over Arizona State (4.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 Ks) ... saved 7-4 win over Michigan (4 IP, 3 H, R, 4 Ks), followed by BIG EAST saves vs. Villanova (9-5; 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks) and Boston College (8-3; 3 IP, 5 H, R, K) ... had rough three-game stretch (8 ER in 9 IP) before responding with a pair of saves in NCAA Super Regional series at top-ranked Florida State ... entered first game at FSU with 10-4 lead in the 7th, allowing two singles before retiring nine straight to end game (4 Ks, 2 groundouts, 2 flyouts, popup) ... struck out the side (all swinging) to save 3-1 clincher at FSU, on a 1-2 pitch vs. Nick Rogers, a 2-2 offering to pinch-hitter Richie Smith, and an 0-2 pitch to Mike Futrell ... closed 4-3 loss to Stanford at College World Series (0.2 IP, K) ... showed his mental toughness after giving up go-ahead home run (3-2) to pinch-hitter Mike Lorsbach in second CWS game vs. Rice, retiring seven of the next nine as Irish rallied for 5-3 win (2.1 IP, 3 H) ... logged two innings in season-ending 5-3 loss to Stanford (3 H, R, K).

AS A SOPHOMORE: Reprised 2000 role by emerging as No. 3 starter, en route to third team all-BIG EAST honors ... paired with first team all-BIG EAST performers Aaron Heilman and Danny Tamayo to post 19-2 combined record in BIG EAST games (the trio had a 2.47 combined ERA in BIG EAST games, with 144 Ks and 44 walks in 160.2 combined IP) ... late slump produced final 5.35 ERA in 70.2 IP, with 47 Ks, 21 walks and 79 hits allowed (.280 opp. batting, 5 HB, 1 WP) ... split 10 decisions ... started eight BIG EAST games, ranking fourth in conference for wins (5-2) and posting BIG EAST's seventh-lowest opp. batting in conference games (.241) ... his BIG EAST regular-season stats included a 3.86 ERA, 29 Ks, 14 walks and 40 hits allowed in 42 IP ... his April 7 win at Rutgers (8-2) ... saved by Viloria ... was possibly ND's most crucial win of BIG EAST season, as he was bumped up to second game so he could return five days later vs. Georgetown (Tamayo closed rare sweep at RU) ... responded by posting second career win over Scarlet Knights, allowing just two runs in six-inning, 107-pitch outing (5 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks) ... had solid four-inning stint at Mississippi State, logging 5th-8th innings to set stage for 4-2, 11th-inning win (6 H, 2 R, K, HB) ... suffered heartbreaking 3-2 loss in seven-inning game at Virginia Tech (89 pitches), allowing just two hits and one walk in first six innings before three runs (one unearned) in 7th (4 H, E) ... started streak of five straight winning decisions in 15-3 game vs. Seton Hall, retiring 13 straight after 1st inning (6 IP, R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks, 80 pitches) ... added 8-2 win at Rutgers and 15-4 win in seven-inning game vs. Georgetown (5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, BB, 3 Ks, 70 pitches) ... posted 8-3 win vs. Villanova, with two runs unearned (7 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks) ... completed sweep with 7-3 win at St. John's, not allowing a hit or walk until the 5th (7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks, 107 pitches) ... suffered 5-2 loss to Virginia Tech in BIG EAST Tournament (6.1 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 4 Ks) ... drew two starts in NCAAs, with short stint in wild 11-10, 10-inning game with UC Santa Barbara (1 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 29 pitches) before 5-4 loss to Florida International in regional title game (2.2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, HP, 2 Ks, 41 pitches).

AS A FRESHMAN: One of most surprising freshmen in BIG EAST, earning spot on all-rookie team after solid outings as No. 3 starter ... made 19 appearances, with 13 starts ... his 7-1 record represented sixth-most wins by any BIG EAST pitcher (his 5-1 record in BIG EAST games ranked fourth, with 3.76 conference ERA) ... totaled 44 Ks, 25 walks and 98 hits allowed in 72.2 IP ... second on staff in wins, starts and IP ... worked out of many jams, allowing just .288 opponent batting with runners, on .253 with two outs (.333 overall) ... first ND pitcher to open 5-0 since Christian Parker ('96), first freshman to go 5-0 since Alan Walania and Pat Leahy (both in ?90) ... made debut at University of Memphis, tossing two shutout relief innings (4-3 2 H, 3 Ks) ... faced big start in home state vs. Minnesota, in 9-7 Metrodome loss (3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks) ... picked up first win after 3.2-inning relief stint vs. Butler (3-2; 3 H, UER, 2 Ks) ... posted impressive 12-3 relief win over Illinois (4.1 IP, 4 H, K) ... added relief win at Villanova (2 IP, 3 H) ... held off UConn in first start (9-2; 7 IP, R, BB, K) before solid six innings to beat BC, 12-1 (6 H, UER, 4 BB, 3 Ks) ... posted 5-1 win at Seton Hall (6 IP, 8 H, R, 4 BB, 3 Ks) ... tossed four shutout innings to beat Rutgers in regular-season finale (4-3; BB, K) ... had no decision as starter in 4-3 BIG EAST Tournament loss to BC (7 H, R, 2 BB, 5 Ks) ... closed with pair of rough starts at NCAA Starkville Regional, in 10-6 win over Tulane (2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, K) and 10-9 loss to Mississippi State (1.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R).

PREP & PERSONAL: Talented three-sport athlete at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, captaining football, hockey and baseball teams ... earned two letters in baseball, as pitcher and infielder ... led junior-year team to 29-0 record, state title and No. 9 national ranking ... twice all-conference ... his senior-year honors included all-city, all-state and USA Today honorable mention All-America (at third) ... captained team to conference title as a senior ... his senior stats included 8-1 record, 1.75 ERA and 52 Ks (plus .475 avg., 6 HR, 31 RBI), with career totals of 12-1, 1.56, 91 Ks, .461 batting, 8 HR, 50 RBI ... set season (12, in '99) and career (25) home run records for Legion team ... his '99 Legion stats: 14-2, 1.61, 65 Ks, .522, 52 RBI ... his three-year Legion stats: 20-3, 1.83, 95 Ks, .541, 91 RBI ... led '99 Legion team to fifth-place World Series finish ... played on fourth-place team at '96 AAU Nationals ... three-year football letterwinner, as a QB and safety ... led football team to three conference and regional titles, earning all-conference and all-city as a senior (560 passing yards, seven TDs, 45 tackles, five interceptions) ... played three years of varsity hockey, helping team win two conference titles ... twice all-conference as a defenseman, all-city as senior (8 goals-21 assists; 13G-50A for career) ... member of National Honor Society ... sports editor of school paper ... grandfather Verne Gagne participated in wrestling and football at University of Minnesota before legendary pro wrestling career ... grandfather Bob Graiziger played football, hockey and baseball at University of Minnesota ... father Greg Gagne played football at Minnesota and Wyoming before pro wrestling career ... his sister Gail plays basketball at Northern Colorado ... his uncle Pat Graiziger played hockey at Minnesota-Duluth, uncle Bob Graiziger at University of Denver ... son of Greg and Mary Gagne ... full name is Jon-Paul Verne Gagne ... born Oct. 27, 1980, in Eden Prairie, Minn. ... a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business.

Gagne's Career Stats


Career Bests

7, vs. BYU (4/1/02)
6, vs. Creighton (3/11/02, @Round Rock, TX)
6, vs Duquesne (3/1/02, @Homestead, FL)
6, at Virginia Tech (3/25/01)
6, vs.Michigan, (4/26/00 in Gr. Rapids)
5, five times

Innings Pitched
9.0, vs. BYU (4/1/02)
7.1, at Fresno State (3/14/01)
7.0, vs. Duquesne (3/1/02, @Homestead, FL)
7.0, at St. John's (4/29/01)
7.0, vs. Villanova (4/22/01)
7.0, at UConn (4/2)
6.1, vs. Virginia Tech, BET (5/18/01)

Consecutive Winning Decisions
5 (April 1-29, 2001)

J.P. Gagne
J.P.  Gagne


Bloomington, MN

High School:
Cretin-Derham Hall

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205

Righthanded Pitcher


3 MW

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