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.
The Irish look ahead to their 2015 campaign as fall practices conclude with the annual Blue-Gold Series
Pollock, Samardzija highlight Irish efforts in the professional ranks thus far in 2014.
The trio received ACC All-Academic accolades for their efforts on and off the field.
The Irish invaded Tallahassee, Fla., for a three-game set with No. 1 Florida State April 4-6.
The Irish invaded Miami for a meeting with the No. 11 Hurricanes. ND picked up its 1st ACC road win & 1st ranked ACC win.
ND kicked off its 2014 season with a trip to Boca Raton, Fla., for a meeting with the No. 24 Florida Atlantic Owls.
The Irish played at Duke March 14-15.
The Irish played host to Boston College at Chicago State's Cougar Stadium April 11-12.
AT NOTRE DAME (2011-14): Three-year monogram winner ... had breakout senior campaign that helped him get drafted in the 21st round (626th pick) by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2014 MLB Draft … finished career with a 4-6 record and a 4.55 ERA in 85 appearances (one start) … recorded seven saves, including a team-high five as a senior … struck out 119 batters and walked 57 in 124.2 innings of work … minor league page.
HONORS & AWARDS: BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2011, 2012, 2013) … ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014) … All-ACC Academic Team.
SENIOR SEASON (2014): Was a fixture out of the Irish bullpen, showing the versatility to work in long relief or close out a game … became a standout closer as the season went along, finishing with a team-high five saves … made a team-high 31 appearances (T-4th ACC) … gave up no runs in 21 of 31 appearances … posted a 2-4 record and a 2.66 ERA … allowed 39 hits in 50.2 innings of work … held the opposition to a .227 batting average … registered 48 strikeouts and 28 walks … dominated left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .197 batting average and allowing just 13 hits in 66 at-bats … numbers virtually across the board were career bests by significant margins … fanned a season-high five batter on two occasions … all five saves came in last month of the season … threw a season high 4.1 innings against Appalachian State (March 2), allowing just one run on one hit … picked up his first save of the season at No. 11 Miami, hurling a scoreless frame to help snap Miami’s nation-leading, 14-game winning streak and secure Notre Dame’s first ACC road win in program history … struck out two Clemson batters in an inning of work to secure third save (May 9) … had monster weekend against Pittsburgh (May 15-17) to close out career … allowed only one hit and struck out two batters in two innings of work to earn a save and preserve the win Friday night … came back with another clean frame to claim his fifth save of the year Saturday … pitched 2.1 innings in the Sunday season finale to earn second win of season … named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … earned a monogram.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Appeared in 24 games including one start ... 24 appearances tied for second most on team ... finished with a 5.22 ERA and a 1-1 record with two saves in 39.2 innings of work ... struck out 33 batters and walked 14 ... gave up two homers, but none in final 13 outings ... pitched at least an inning in 17 relief appearances ... gave up one run or less in 16 appearances ... allowed one walk or less in 21 of the 24 appearances including no walks in 14 outings ... pitched in nine BIG EAST games, going 1-1 with a save (4.02 ERA) in 15.2 innings of work ... helped Irish close out Tulane (Feb. 23) by allowing only one hit in 1.2 innings of work against the Green Wave ... struck out a career-high six batters in first start of career against Massachusetts (March 1) ... got two key outs to help propel Notre Dame to a 6-5 win over then-No. 10 Oklahoma (March 10) ... picked up lone win of season in two innings of relief against UConn (April 28) ... earned saves in back-to-back appearances against UIC (April 2) and Villanova (April 6) ... went three innings against the Flames and gave up just one hit ... gave up two runs against the Wildcats, but struck out five to finish out the save opportunity ... tallied two outs at Western Michigan (May 14) to help the Irish finish off the Broncos … earned a monogram.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Made 25 appearances out of the Irish bullpen - fourth most of any pitcher on the staff ... went 1-1 with a 5.27 earned run average in 27.1 innings of work ... allowed 31 hits as his opponents batted .282 ... struck out 31 and walked 12 ... averaged 10.08 strikeouts and 3.95 walks per nine innings ... posted a 2.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... did not allow an earned run in 18 of 25 appearances ... inherited 17 base runners upon entering the game and allowed nine to score ... went 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 13 appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 13 hits in 13.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .241 ... struck out 13 and walked six ... allowed six hits in 6.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .240 ... struck out nine and walked three ... made 10 straight relief appearances without giving up an earned run (March 20 - April 15) ... struck out multiple batters in 10 of 31 outings ... picked up first career first career victory April 3 against Toledo (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, 0 BB) ... struck out season-high four batters against Western Michigan (April 11) and St. John's (April 29) … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Made five appearances out of the Irish bullpen ... went 0-0 with a 11.57 earned run average in 7.0 innings of work ... allowed 13 hits as his opponents batted .371 ... struck out seven and walked three ... averaged 9.00 strikeouts and 3.86 walks per nine innings ... posted a 2.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... did not allow a run in four of five appearances ... inherited five base runners upon entering the game and did not allow one to score ... retired three of the five first batters he faced ... went 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action ... allowed one hit in 2.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .111 ... struck out one and walked none ... batters hit .182 (2-for-11) with two outs (over 50 points lower than the Irish as a team) ... tossed a season-high 2.0 scoreless innings in rout of Purdue (Feb. 19) ... allowed one unearned run and struck out three in 1.2 innings of relief against Iowa (March 18) ... tossed 1.0 scoreless innings of relief against St. John's (April 21) ... worked 1.1 scoreless and hitless innings of relief against Louisville (May 19) ... roughed up for nine runs, all earned, on 10 hits in 1.0 inning of work against Michigan State (May 17) … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
PREP & PERSONAL: Lettered four years in baseball for head coach Steve Lahti ... versatile athlete earned letters in baseball, football and basketball ... as a junior, was named first team all-conference, Daily Telegram Player of the Year and Maple Northwestern Most Valuable Player ... pitched 58.0 innings and struck out 91 batters ... led team with a .405 batting average ... in basketball, was named first team all-conference, Daily Telegram All-Area Team and Maple Northwestern Most Valuable Player ... in football, was named first team all-state as a defensive lineman, first team all-conference as a tight end, first team all-conference as a defensive lineman, Maple Northwestern Outstanding Lineman, Daily Telegram All-Area Team and Duluth News Tribune All-Area Team ... as a sophomore, was named second team all-conference and Daily Telegram All-Area Team in basketball ... as a freshman, earned honorable mention all-conference and Daily Telegram All-Area Team in baseball ... son of John and Gina Hissa ... has a sister, Nicole, and brother, Timothy ... full name is Donald Allen Hissa ... graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance (3.265 GPA) from the Mendoza College of Business in the spring of 2014.
**Career Stats Attached Above As PDF (As Of May 17, 2014)**