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    Aaron Heilman

    Hometown:
    Logansport, Indiana

    High School:
    Logansport

    Height / Weight:
    6-5 / 225

    Position:
    Righthanded Pitcher

    Birthdate:
    11/12/1978


    03/04/2014

    Heilman Happy to Come Home

    Irish pitching legend Aaron Heilman reflects on his time at Notre Dame and his MLB career while looking ahead to the future

    02/27/2014

    Baseball Aims To Raise $20,000 For Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

    The team, coaches and support staff shaved their heads Tuesday night at the program's annual Meet the Team dinner.

    02/20/2014

    Meet The Team Dinner Auction Items Announced

    A variety of exciting items or experiences will be up for grabs in silent auction at 2014 Meet the Team Dinner next Tuesday, Feb. 25.

    06/06/2013

    Eric Jagielo Taken 26th Overall By New York Yankees In 2013 First-Year Player Draft

    Jagielo is the third position player from Notre Dame ever drafted in the first round.

    05/22/2013

    Adam Norton Tosses Complete-Game Shutout As Irish Roll Past Seton Hall, 5-0

    Notre Dame moves into winner's bracket and faces No. 3 seed Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. Thursday

    1st-Round Draft Choice - New York Mets

    1st Team All-America

  • Collegiate Baseball - 2000,2001
  • American Baseball Coaches Association - 2001
  • Baseball America - 2000
  • USA Today/Baseball Weekly - 2001

    2nd Team All-America

  • USA Today Baseball Weekly - 2000
  • American Baseball Coaches Association

    3rd Team All-America

  • American Baseball Coaches Association - 1999
  • Collegiate Baseball - 1998, 1999

    Team USA Member - Summer 1999

    Co-National Freshman of the Year

  • Collegiate Baseball - 1998

    BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year - 2000, 2001

    1st Team All-BIG EAST - 1999, 2000, 2001

    2nd Team All-BIG EAST - 1998

    Dominating righthander who ranked as one of the most accomplished and decorated student-athletes in Notre Dame history ... his return in 2001 essentially impacted the rotation in every game - with the Irish going on to landmark season that included No. 1 national ranking and team-record win total (49-13-1) ... returned for senior season after electing not to sign with Minnesota Twins, who selected him 31st overall in 2000 Major League draft (free-agent compensatory pick) ... went on to be selected by New York Mets with 18th overall pick in 2001 draft (he signed in midsummer and reported to St. Lucie) ... served as two-year team captain ... totaled 10 career major All-America honors (six more than any previous Irish player) ... one of the top pitchers on USA Baseball team in summer of '99 ... drafted after high school career by New York Yankees, in 54th round in '97 ... made big strides at Notre Dame under guidance of pitching coach Brian O'Connor - who molded Brad Lidge into a 1st-rounder in '98 (42nd-rounder out of high school) and Tim Kalita into 7th-rounder in '99 (undrafted as prep) ... threw three quality pitches for strikes, with a moving fastball in the mid-90s that set up an improving changeup ... added tricky slider in '98 and a splitfinger pitch in '01 ... known for throwing strikes and keeping ball low ... a big-game pitcher and unselfish teammate ... burst onto scene as freshman closer, when he led nation with 1.61 ERA (he moved to No. 1 in '99)... first freshman to earn All-America in ND baseball history ... joined C Elmer Kohorst ('56, '57) as only Irish players to earn All-America in multiple seasons ... 17th all-time ND student-athlete - and fifth in team-oriented sport - to be a four-year All-American ... his '99 and '00 stats were nearly identical in ERA (3.14 in '99, 3.21 in 2000), record (11-2, 10-2), innings (109, 103.2), Ks (118 in both), walks (37, 29) and hits allowed (89, 90).

    CAREER NOTES: Became 14th (now 15) Division I pitcher to reach 40 wins (43-7) and 400 strikeouts (425) in his career ... his 9-inning averages in 83 career GP: 6.7 H, 2.7 BB, 9.7 Ks, 10.5 groundball outs, 3.7 K-to-BB ratio ... averaged 7.4 IP in 42 starts (15 of his 26 CGs were 7-inn.) ... his nine-inning averages as a starter: 2.80 ERA, 9.4 Ks, 2.6 BB, 7.0 H ... averaged 33 innings per home run allowed (12 in 393.2) ... won 25 of his final 26 decisions ... 12 posted impressive career stats on the road: 24-3 (won final 16 road decisions), 2.14 ERA, 6.6 Hit, and 9.3 Ks per 9 IP.

    ND RECORD BOOK: Tied for second in Irish history with 2.49 career ERA (best by pitcher with 150-plus IP) ... his 425 career Ks were 110 more than David Sinnes' previous record (315, '90-'93) ... also first in career wins (43), innings (393.2), K-to-walk ratio (3.66) and double-digit K games (6), plus third in win pct. (.860, 43-7; best since '24) ... second in ND history for career saves (12), complete games (26, most since 1900) and appearances (83), including 44 starts, 26 complete games ... also finished fourth in Ks per 9 IP (9.72), consecutive wins (15, in '01), shutouts (6) and fewest hits per 9 IP (6.74) ... owns top three season K totals in Irish history (118 in '99 and '00, 111 in '01) and three of top eight season win totals (1st at 15-0 in '01, 4th at 11-2 in '99, 8th at 10-2 in '00) - as first ND pitcher to post double-digit win totals in three seasons ... also set ND season records for complete games (12), consecutive wins (15) and undefeated start (15-0) ... averaged 10.48 Ks per 9 IP in 1998 (5th in ND history), 10.24 in 2000 (7th) ... own two spots on ND list of top season ERAs (7th with 1.61 in '98, 10th with 1.74 in '01) ... posted 4.11 K-to-BB ratio in '98 (8th in ND history) and 4.07 in '01 (9th) ... his 18-K game at West Virginia on April 15, 2000 (3-1 win in 10 inn.) was one shy of Irish record set by Frank Carpin (19) in 10-inning game vs. Indiana in '58 ... joined eventual Chicago Cubs World Series winner Ed Ruelbach as only Notre Dame pitchers to post 12-plus Ks in multiple games (12 vs. Georgia on March 5, 2000; Ruelbach had a pair of 16-K games in ?04) ... second ND player - and first since '08 - to post 10 straight wins in a season (2000, again in '01).

    BIG EAST RECORD BOOK: Became first pitcher named all-BIG EAST four consecutive years (2nd team '98, 1st team '99, '00, '01) ... first to earn four BIG EAST player or pitcher-of-the-week honors in one season (2000) ... totaled 10 career BIG EAST pitcher-of-the-week awards (no other BIG EAST pitcher or player has more than four, since '85) ... his 2.45 career ERA in BIG EAST games ranks 5th among league pitchers with 70-plus IP (best among pitchers with 105-plus IP) ... his 23-4 career BIG EAST record bested the league standard set by Providence's Todd Incantalupo (17-14; '95-'97) ... also set record for Ks in BE games (199), besting Seton Hall's Jason Grilli (164, '95-'97) ... set BIG EAST record for complete games in a career (18, besting Incantalupo's 15) and season, tying records for wins in season (8-0) ... his 18 Ks at WVU on April 15, 2000, tied BIG EAST record (Grilli had 18 in a '98 game vs. UConn).

    WITH USA BASEBALL: Followed in footsteps of former Irish 3B Ust, Team USA's third-leading hitter in '98 ... only player on 22-man USA roster in '99 who hailed from Midwest or Northeast school ... toured with Team USA over 39-game schedule through 14 cities in 10 states-plus five-game series in Japan ... one of top starters - and part-time closer - on 11-member staff ... his 14 GP included team-best seven starts, 4-2 record and two saves ... his 3.84 ERA ranked third among pitchers with 25-plus IP ... second on team with 37 Ks (40 IP), plus 12 walks, 41 hits allowed ... allowed .270 opponent batting, with one wild pitch ... helped USA post 3.84 team ERA ... saved first USA win (3-1 vs. Mexico), striking out both batters he faced ... picked up 9-0 win over Mexico (5 shutout IP) ... had three no-hit IP to save 7-1 win over Korea in Albuquerque, N.M. (H, BB, 4 Ks, 5 GO) ... had 2.1 shutout IP in 8-3 win over Nicaragua in Boise, Idaho ... picked up 5-3 win over Nicaragua in Portland, Ore., recording four of final five outs (H, 2 Ks) ... logged 6.2 IP to beat Mexico, 15-5, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (5 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 8 Ks, 6 GO) ... invited to '98 Team USA tryouts.

    AS A SENIOR: Consensus first team All-American and finalist for national player-of-the-year honors ... first pitcher since UConn's Charles Nagy to repeat as BIG EAST pitcher of the year ... finished as nation's only unbeaten pitcher with more than 13 wins (his 15 wins ranked second nationally) and 6th in the nation with 1.74 ERA ... his 111 Ks were third highest total in ND history, behind his 118 in '99 and '00 ... allowed just 31 walks and 70 hits, (walks-plus-hits average of 8.0/9 IP) ... went 15-0 to set school record for consecutive wins ... tossed three shutouts while allowing just .173 opp. batting ... logged 114 out of maximum 115 IP (with early-season pitch limits) ... surrendered just three home runs in 404 opponent ABs ... his 9-inn. averages: 5.5 H, 2.4 BB, 11.7 groundouts and 35.7 batters faced ... broke career strikeout record in 7-5 win at Mississippi State, retiring 12 of final 14 batters he faced (6 IP, 4 H, four runs unearned, 2 BB, 6 Ks) ... outdueled Florida Atlantic's Petersen Benjamin in his first career 9-inning shutout, 3-0 (5 H, BB, 9 Ks), with just six balls leaving the infield (he retired 13 of 14 batters after 5th) ... his final 11 outings were complete games ... posted 9-5 win over Illinois, at Fresno State (7 H, 3 earned runs, 5 Ks) ... switched to second game at Pittsburgh and matched Tamayo's 3-0 shutout (2 H, 4 BB, 8 Ks, 16 groundouts, 32 batters faced, 108 pitches), with the rest of his BIG EAST starts coming in 7-inning games ... logged third shutout vs. Seton Hall, 6-0 (4 H, 2 BB, 6 Ks, 10 GOs) ... late offensive surge helped him earn 10-2 win at Rutgers (3 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks) ... landed on 400-K milestone with 10 in 6-1 win over UConn, needing two in final inning and blowing a 1-2 pitch by Mike Jones to end the game (3 H, 3 BB, 104 pitches) ... closed regular season with 8-2 win at B.C. (7 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks, 104 pitches) ... took perfect game into 7th inning before beating Rutgers 6-2 in BIG EAST Tournament elimination game (6 H, BB, 12 ks) ... closed with 12-4 win over potent Wisconsin-Milwaukee team (.354 team batting avg.) in NCAAs (7 H, 4 BB, 8 Ks, 131 pitches).

    AS A JUNIOR: Named All-America, BIG EAST pitcher of the year and only unanimous pick for 1st team all-BIG EAST (only repeat 1st teamer) ... led Irish in ERA (3.21, 6th BIG EAST), wins (10-2, tied for 1st), Ks (118, 1st), innings (103.2, 3rd), starts (14, 4th), low opponent batting avg. (.234, 5th), complete games (8, 1st) and shutouts (2, 2nd) ... led team in Ks -looking- (43), Ks/9 IP (10.24), K-to-BB ratio (4.07), low opp. leadoff on-base pct. (.192; 1.7 per 9 IP) and groundball outs (112) ... allowed just .221 batting by lefthanders (best on staff), .240 by righties (second) ... second on staff in fewest BB/9 IP (2.52), third in groundout-flyout ratio (1.70), fourth in opp. batting with two outs (.271) ... ... averaged nearly 20 IP per home run allowed (five) ... had just three wild pitches (eight hit batters) ... led Irish to nation's 16th-best team ERA (3.93), with staff ranking first on April 24 (2.72) ... his 9-inning averages: 10.2 Ks, 2.6 BB, 7.7 H, 9.8 GOs, 37.3 BF ... the Irish performed noticeably better in Heilman's 14 starts (.333 batting, 8.5 runs/9 IP, .979 fielding pct.) than in the other 52 games (.290, 6.9, .961) ... posted solid numbers on road (2.75, 7-1, 75.1 IP, 87 Ks, 22 BB, 64 H) ... on track for early win vs. Ohio State before his errant throw on double-play ball led to pair of unearned runs and 5-4 loss, after Irish had led 4-0 (6 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks) ... won next 10 decisions, tying Irish record set by Frank Scanlan in '08 ... shut down Georgia in 6-4 win, with 11 of 12 Ks on called third strikes (8 IP, 4 H, UER) ... posted 4-0 shutout in Notre Dame's 3,000th varsity game, vs. Villanova in downtown Philadelphia (7-inn. CG, H, 2 BB, 5 Ks, 8 GO, 22 BF, 87 pitches) ... collected two more 7-inn. CGs at UConn (8-3; 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 Ks, 9 GO) and vs. Boston College (10-6; 8 H, BB, 5 Ks, 8 GO) ... tied BIG EAST record, just shy of Irish record, with 18-K effort in 3-1, 10-inning win at West Virginia (scheduled 7 inn.) ... seemingly became stronger as that game wore on ... retired 15 straight from 5th-10th innings and K'd 10 of the final 12, including seven straight before single with two outs in 10th (Kevin Olkowski went down swinging on three pitches to end the game) ... the outing included six hits, two BB, 11 groundouts, one flyout ... all nine WVU starters - plus reserve Matt McGee - were K victims and the Ks by inning were: 1-3-0-2-2-0-2-2-3-3 ... six of the Ks came on called third strikes ... picked up 11-5 win at Seton Hall (5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 9 Ks) ... made third relief appearance in 5-4, 11-inning win over Michigan, with shutout 7th and 8th (H, 2 Ks) ... added 7-inn. CGs vs. St. John's (8-3; 7 H, BB, 9 Ks) and Pittsburgh (7-0; 2 H, BB, 8 Ks, no-hitter into 6th) ... one of three pitchers in nation who were ranked among top-25 ERA leaders and had 10-plus wins on May 6 (2.21, 10-2) ... had no decision in 8-4 NCAA win over Tulane (6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 Ks).

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Named 3rd team All-America in '99 by ABCA and CB while earning 1st team all-BIG EAST ... racked up 118 Ks (2nd in BIG EAST) in 109 IP (3rd BIG EAST, 5th in ND history), besting 41-year-old K record set by Frank Carpin in '58 (102) ... posted team-best 3.14 ERA and 11-2 record (both 2nd in BIG EAST), as first ND pitcher since '94 to win 11-plus ... allowed 89 hits, .217 opp. average (6th-lowest by Irish pitcher since '91) ... added three saves, six complete games, 37 BB ... allowed three HRs in 410 ABs (one every 36 IP) ... posted 3.2 K-to-BB ratio ... made 20 appearances (14 starts) ... team-high 11 wild pitches, second with seven hit batters ... led Irish with 38 Ks 'looking' ... righthanders hit .211 vs. him (best on staff) ... allowed 32.7 pct. of leadoff batters to reach (3rd-best) ... led team with .225 opp. batting with runners on, ranking 2nd with .205 opp. two-out batting ... led staff in groundout-flyout ratio (2.13) ... his 9-inn. averages: 38.2 BF, 9.54 Ks and 7.35 hits (team bests), plus 3.06 BB and 11.06 groundouts (both 3rd-best) ... 6-1 in BIG EAST games (tied for league?s 2nd-most wins), with 3.04 ERA (3rd-best), 52 Ks (5th) in 50.1 IP, 15 walks, 46 hits and .238 opp. avg. ... saved early 14-11 game at New Orleans (2 IP, 2 H, 2 Ks) ... had impressive 7 IP to beat Penn State, 3-1 (4 H, UER, 5 BB, 8 Ks) ... won next six starts, including 9-inning, 11-K game vs. Creighton (5-4; 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 14 GO) ... added 7-inning CGs at West Virginia (4-1; 3 H, 9 Ks, 25 BF, 12 GO) and at Villanova (4-0; 5 H, 8 Ks, 10 GO) ... posted fourth straight CG in 5-4 win over Providence (7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 10 GO) ... picked up 8-7 win over Seton Hall (6.2 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks, 11 GO) ... became part of Notre Dame baseball history on May 12, as Irish nearly no-hit Miami (1-0) ... faced 17 batters over final five innings, giving up 2-out, 2-strike single by Mike Rodriguez to shallow left in 9th ... then K?d eventual USA teammate Manny Crespo with 2-2 slider, handing Miami its first scoreless game since '95 (his 72-pitch outing included 7 Ks, 4 groundouts, 3 BB) ... forced back into closer role at St. John's and BIG EAST Tournament, due to John Corbin?s ankle injury ... saved 5-2 nightcap at St. John?s (1.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 Ks) ... played leading role in bizarre 7-2 tournament win over West Virginia, after relieving Tim Kalita in 7th (leading 3-0) ... game then was delayed by rain until next day, with Heilman pitching the 8th while the Irish stretched to 7-0 ... Mike Naumann took the mound in the 9th and Heilman retook the mound with the bases loaded (7-2), serving up a game-ending double play ... capped memorable season with 154-pitch win over Creighton in NCAA regional (8-1; 5 H, 6 BB, 7 Ks, 10 GO), earning spot on all-regional team.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Ended memorable '98 season by leading nation in ERA (1.61) and being named third team All-America by CB, plus second team all-BIG EAST ... joined Ust as second Irish player to earn consensus Freshman All-America honors from CB and BA while sharing CB Co-Freshman-of-the-Year award with California 3B Xavier Nady and Auburn LHP Hayden Gliemmo ... Notre Dame's first recipient of a national freshman-of-the-year award and first freshman ever named All-America ... posted eighth-best season ERA in recorded Irish history, third-best in 20 years ... fashioned 33-inning midseason shutout streak (over 19 GP) ... second on team in wins (7-3) while his team-leading nine saves ranked second in Irish history behind Mike Coffey's 10 in '89 (Corbin later set the record with 11 in 2000) ... led staff with .198 opp. batting average, second-best among Irish pitchers since '91 ... finished 26 of 30 relief stints, allowing earned runs in just four ... his 31 appearances trail only Coffey's 37 ('89) in the Irish record book ... set Irish freshman records for ERA, saves, appearances and opp. average ... led staff with 10.5 Ks/9 IP, 4.1 K-to-BB ratio (19 BB) ... fourth Irish player to be NCAA stat leader, joining Shaun Fitzmaurice (0.34 triples/gm, '64), Dan Peltier (32 doubles, '89) and Scott Sollmann (11 triples, '95) ... had 5 Ks in 4 IP for first win, 5-2 vs. Loyola, La. (at New Orleans) ... ran 33-inning shutout streak from March 1-April 28 ... saved both April 4 games at BC (5-2, 6-4), with bases-loaded K of heavy hitter Sean McGowan to end opener ... had gutsy shutout outing in 5-3, 15-inning win over West Virginia (6 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 Ks) ... picked up tense late win over St. John's (2-1; 3 IP, BB, 4 Ks) ... pitched four times in as many days at BIG EAST Tournament, saving 9-7 elimination-game vs. Providence (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, K).

    PREP & PERSONAL: Team MVP as senior at Logansport High School ... helped team win two regional titles ... Gatorade state player of the year in '97 (11-1, 1.06 ERA, 105 Ks, 79 IP) ... listed as top pitching prospect in Indiana (BA) ... went 23-7 with Walton Post 418 American Legion ... tossed perfect game as freshman, plus 17-K game in '96 American Legion regional ... 10-3 as a junior (2 SV, 0.98 ERA, 81 IP, 87 Ks, 17 BB) ... member of National Honor Society and yearbook photo editor ... father Joe Heilman ran track and field at Indiana ... sister Michelle played softball at Saint Joseph's College ... born Nov. 12, 1978, in Logansport, Ind. ... son of Joseph and Deborah Heilman ... full name is Aaron Michael Heilman ... graduated from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, with a degree in management information systems.

    Heilman's Career Statistics

    YearG/GS/CGIPHRERBBKWPHBBKAVGHRW-LSVERA
    199831/1/067.046161219784100.19827-391.61
    199920/14/6109.0895038371181171.217311-233.14
    200017/14/8103.290473729118380.234510-203.21
    200115/15/12114.0702822311119100.173315-001.74
    Totals83/44/26393.229514110911642527351.2001343-7122.49

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