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.

Highly-rated righthander who was slotted to be one of leaders of 2003 pitching staff before season-ending shoulder surgery on Dec. 30 ... remains on pace for full recovery to rejoin the Irish in 2004 season ... looking to model his return after that of former Irish righthander Danny Tamayo ('01), who returned from "Tommy John" elbow surgery to form one of nation's top pitching tandems alongside All-American Aaron Heilman - with Johnson and his classmate Chris Niesel looking to be a similar 1-2 punch in 2004 (their combined postseason stats in '02 included a 2.67 ERA, 5-1 record, 41 strikeouts, 18 walks and 47 hits allowed in 54 innings over 10 appearances) ... has shown his tremendous work ethic during rehabilitation progress, under the watchful eye of longtime ND baseball athletic trainer Mike Bean ... impressive '02 season included Freshman All-America honors and being selected to USA National Team ... earned 2003 preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball magazine ... has several similarities to former Notre Dame All-American Aaron Heilman ('98-'02), including 6-5, 215-pound frame, arm strength, emotional maturity, competitiveness, low three-quarters delivery and ability to elevate his game under pressure ... throws tough fastball that has topped out in the mid-90s, complemented by improving offspeed pitches ... listed by Baseball America/Perfect Game (Oct. '03) as No. 24 prospect in college baseball, as one of four Irish players among top 45 (five in top 140) ... was 16th pitcher and 12th righthander on that draft-eligible list, behind Rice's Jeff Niemann, Wade Townsend (3) and Phil Humber (7), Long Beach's Jered Weaver (2), Old Dominion's Justin Verlander (6), San Jose State's Matt Durkin (8), VCU's Justin Orenduff (9), BC's Chris Lambert (13), Tampa's Eric Beattie (14), Texas' Huston Street (18) and Princeton's Ross Ohlendorf (22) ... had been projected in BA's 2003 preview issue as No. 7 prospect for '04 (prior to injury) ... also rated by BA as No. 3 prospect in BIG EAST for '04 (behind BC's Lambert and Rutgers OF Jeff Frazier) ... tossed 1-hit masterpiece vs. South Alabama in '02 NCAA Regionals before winning Super Regional opener that snapped top-ranked Florida State's 25-game win streak ... went undrafted in '01 due to strong commitment to Notre Dame (BA predicted he would have been a 2001 second-rounder) ... helped USA National Team post team-record 1.48 ERA in summer of '02, with his stats including a 1.80 ERA and 2-1 record in five appearances (25 Ks, 13 BB, 11 H, 20 IP) ... could face a teammate from that '02 USA squad - Louisville outfielder Mark Jurich - during '04 season ... member of victorious Gold team in '01 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series, making two relief appearances (3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 Ks, 4 BB), with bases-loaded strikeout of top power hitter Brian Stavisky to end 7-4 win ... inherited No. 22 jersey worn previously by All-Americans Heilman and outfielder Eric Danapilis ('90-'93) ... enters 2004 spring semester with 3.12 cumulative grade-point average (as marketing major), including a Dean's List 3.63 GPA in the 2003 fall semester.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Did not pitch while continuing rehabilitation from preseason shoulder surgery.

AS A FRESHMAN: Emerged as one of top starters, earning consensus first team Freshman All-America honors before being selected for USA National Team ... won seven straight decisions prior to College World Series, including 1-hitter vs. top-seeded South Alabama in NCAA Regionals ... posted 3.46 ERA in 18 appearances while leading BIG EAST in innings (101.1) and ranking second among BIG EAST pitchers in wins (9-5, for share of ND freshman record), third in starts (14; nine game-1 starts) and sixth in strikeouts (86, besting Heilman's ND freshman record of 78) ... also totaled 44 walks and 94 hits allowed (.249 opp. batting, 5 WP, 9 HB) ... held righthanded hitters to just .209 batting ... allowed 37.7 pct. of leadoff batters to reach, limiting opponents to .227 batting with runners on ... 9-inning averages: 7.6 Ks, 3.9 BB, 8.3 H, 9.1 groundouts, 39 batters faced ... suffered from poor run support (3.4 rpg first seven starts) before 10.5 rpg in next six starts ... often struggled in first inning, dominating innings 2-5 ... made debut in relief vs. Missouri (at New Orleans), picking up 7-6, 10-inning win (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, K) ... no decision vs. Florida International in Homestead (5.1 IP, 4 R/2 ER, 9 H, BB, 7Ks; 4-13) ... suffered late-inning 7-3 loss to TCU, in Round Rock (8.2 IP, 7H, 6R, BB, 8 Ks)... won 5-3 over Southern Illinois at Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio (8 IP, 5 H, UER, 6 Ks), earning all-tournament spot ... his next starts included close losses at UConn (5 IP, 4 H, 3 R/3 ER, 5 BB, 7 Ks; 3-4) and West Virginia (4.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 5 Ks; 2-4), plus 7-5 home loss to Pittsburgh (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 9 Ks) S tossed middle relief vs. St. John's (3 IP, 3 BB, K; 3-4) and Ball State (2 IP, H, BB, K; 10-1) ... his next eight outings yielded 7-0 record, starting at Seton Hall (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 Ks; 4-2) ... picked up relief win over Michigan, in Grand Rapids (3 IP, H, 2 BB, K; 7-4) ... delivered second win in Rutgers series (6 IP, 5 H, UER, 4 BB, 5 Ks; 7-2) ... no decision in late-inning road loss to Villanova (5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 Ks; 7-8) ... posted Friday-night win to spark sweep of Boston College for BIG EAST title (6 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 6 Ks, including five straight; 6-4) ... beat Rutgers to open BIG EAST Tournament (7 IP, 9 H, 2 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks; 8-3) ... became 13th pitcher (4th since '81) to post no-hitter or 1-hitter in NCAA Tournament action, in 25-1 win over South Alabama (8 Ks, BB, 2 HB) ... allowed first two batters to reach (HB, 2B) before facing just 28 more (30 BF, with 6th-inning double play preceding three 1-2-3 innings) ... located 64 of 97 pitches for strikes (5 infield popups, 5 groundball outs) ... first Notre Dame freshman to register a 9-inning complete game since Dan Stavisky ('95) ... tossed ND's first 1-hitter since '93 (last ND no-hitter was in '89) ... delivered again in Super Regional opener at Florida State, working out of several jams in 10-4 win (6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 6 BB, 2 Ks, first HR allowed in 47 IP) ... suffered 4-3 loss to Stanford as game-1 starter at College World Series (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 Ks).

PREP & PERSONAL: Had dominating career at Lyons Township HS, setting career records for wins (29-6), Ks (291), ERA (1.53) and complete games (31), plus season ERA (0.72) ... other career stats: 8 saves, 234 IP, 70 BB (4.2 K-to-BB ratio), 3 no-hitters, 8 one-hitters ... Gatorade player of year for Illinois, leading 30-13 team to state semifinals ... posted 0.73 ERA and 12-1 record as senior (3 SV, 133 Ks, 28 BB in 87 IP, .128 opp. batting) ... three times all-conference, twice all-city, all-state as senior ... three-year MVP, two-year captain ... hit .355 with 26 RBI, team-best 6 HR (playing first and second base) ... named to all-state tournament team, with 420-foot blast vs. Oak Park-River Forest estimated as longest HR in state tournament history ... team MVP, all-conference, all-area as junior (1.54, 10-2, 3 SV, 81.2 IP, 95 Ks, 28 BB) ... 7-3 as sophomore (2.65, 2 SV, 63 Ks, 14 BB, 63.1 IP) ... named to 2001 Junior National Team after pair of wins at tryouts in Joplin, Mo. (outdueled Canada's Adam Logwen, 10-1) ... tossed 1-hitter for NABF squad vs. USA Gray (5 Ks, no balls hit out of infield) ... played with Team USA at Pan Am Games, in Cuba ... helped U.S. post best-ever finish, losing gold-medal game to Cuba in front of 8,700 fans ... posted 10-1 win over Panama, 17-1 over Columbia (0.93, 18 Ks, 4 BB, 9.2 IP) ... received LTHS Bennett Award (outstanding male athlete) ... led regional wins over Hinsdale South (3 H, 10 Ks, 2 BB, 63 of 81 pitches were strikes; 3-2) and Riverside-Brookfield (H, 12 Ks, 2 BB; 2-1) ... had three Ks in final inning of 3-2 sectional semifinal vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, with final pitch clocked at 93 (13 Ks, 6 H, 2 R; RBI single) ... helped beat Bartonville Limestone to open state tourney (3 H, 10 Ks; bases-loaded 2B) before team lost to OPRF (14-4) and beat Marist (7-6) ... tossed 1-hitter at Notre Dame summer tournament ('00) ... four-year ace of Burr Ridge Braves, playing in three national tournaments ... won several matchups with Braves vs. top hurlers such as Gavin Floyd, Kris Honel, Andy Sisco, Garrett Berger, Travis Foley, Kyle Davies, Chris Tierney, Jonathan Schull (won all but two) ... Braves top hitter while playing first, second and third ('99 stats: 0.50, 5-0, 55 Ks, 8 BB in 33.1 IP) ... lettered twice as basketball center (career avg.: 6.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks) ... captained team to '01 regional title ... made winning or tying free throw in four games, including regional vs. Proviso East and state quarterfinal vs. Moline ... received scholar-athlete award for state basketball tournament, also receiving bronze rebounding award (29 in three games) behind eventual Chicago Bulls draft pick Eddie Curry and J. Byrd ... graduated with 4.30 GPA ... member of National Honor Society ... father Gary Johnson played football and basketball at Kansas ... born May 26, 1983, in Hinsdale, Ill.. ... son of Gary and Charlotte Johnson ... full name is Grant William Johnson ... marketing major in Mendoza College of Business.

Johnson's Career Stats - DNP in 2003 due to injury.


Grant Johnson
Grant  Johnson


Burr Ridge, IL

High School:
Lyons Township

Height / Weight:
6-6½ / 215

Righthanded Pitcher


1 MW


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