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    Will Hudgins

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Richmond, VA

    High School:
    Douglas Freeman

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 200

    Position:
    RHP

    Birthdate:
    02/12/1990

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R


    06/06/2014

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    The junior is the highest Irish hurler to get drafted since RHP Kyle Weiland went in the third round in 2008.

    02/15/2014

    Fitzgerald Uses Experience Gained To Lead Irish Pitching Staff This Season

    The senior has started three opening days in a row.

    12/03/2013

    Irish Update From Around Professional Baseball

    Notre Dame had five players in the majors during the 2013 season.

    08/17/2012

    Chuck Ristano Promoted To Notre Dame Baseball Assistant Coach

    Ristano will continue to serve as the Irish pitching coach.

    06/07/2012

    Joe Spano Signs Free Agent Contract With Toronto Blue Jays

    Southpaw is the fourth member of the 2012 Notre Dame club to sign a minor league contract this week.

    05/11/2012

    Baseball vs. Rutgers

    The Irish Baseball team took on Rutgers in the first game of the series on May 11th at Eck Stadium.

    03/23/2012

    Notre Dame Baseball vs Pittsburgh 3-23-12

    Notre Dame Baseball vs Pittsburgh at Notre Dame, IND. 3-23-12.

    04/15/2011

    4/15 Baseball v West Virginia (Game 2)

    The second game of the day went to the Irish (5 to 2) as they played West Virginia in Frank Eck Stadium.

    03/25/2011

    3/25 Baseball vs. Georgetown

    The Irish Baseball team was victorious over Georgetown 3-2 at the Eck Baseball Stadium on March 25th.

    AT NOTRE DAME: Co-captain with fellow senior Tommy Chase ... over the last 33 seasons, only the 10th pitcher to earn captain status, joining Craig Allen (`96), Alex Shilliday (`99), Aaron Heilman (`00, `01), J.P. Gagne (`03), Chris Niesel (`04), Tyler Jones (`05), Tom Thorton (`06), Cole Johnson (`10) and Brian Dupra (`11) ... three-year monogram winner that enters senior season with a 3.83 career ERA and 10-1 record, plus 50 strikeouts, 34 walks and 75 hits allowed (.244 opponent batting average) in 63 appearances (no starts) and 84.2 innings (16 hit batters, eight wild pitch, four home runs allowed) ... averaging 5.31 strikeouts and 3.61 walks per 9.0 innings pitched as well as a 1.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his career ... in BIG EAST games, owns a 5.26 career ERA and 4-1 record, plus 25 strikeouts, 19 walks and 35 hits allowed (.250 opponent batting average) in 31 appearances (no starts) and 37.2 innings (seven hit batters, four wild pitches, three home runs allowed) ... probably has the inside track on the final a spot in the weekend rotation ... wants to be on the mound in important situations ... carried a 3.460 cumulative GPA into the `12 spring semester.

    JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Made 18 appearances out of the Irish bullpen ... served as top setup man and part-time closer ... his 18 appearances were the fourth-most by any pitcher on the staff ... his 18 relief appearances were third-most by any pitcher on the staff ... finished eight games, which ranked third on the bullpen ... went 4-0 with a 1.73 earned run average in 26.0 innings of work ... allowed 20 hits as his opponents batted .222 ... struck out 18 and walked eight ... tied with Todd Miller for the second-most victories on the staff ... averaged 6.23 strikeouts and 2.77 walks per nine innings ... posted a 2.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... Notre Dame posted a 9-8-1 record when Hudgins pitched ... did not allow a run in 14 of 18 appearances ... collected two holds (vs. Central Michigan on Mar. 29 and vs. Western Michigan on Apr. 6) ... did not issue a walk in 12 of 18 outings ... went 2-for-4 in save opportunities ... inherited eight base runners upon entering the game and allowed three to score ... retired 12 of the 18 first batters he faced ... went 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in six appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action ... allowed six hits in 10.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .176 ... struck out nine and walked three ... went 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA in 12 appearances (all in relief) in non-conference action ... allowed 14 hits in 15.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .250 ... struck out nine and walked five ... went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in two appearances (all in relief) in the month of February ... allowed two hits in 2.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .250 ... struck out three and walked one ... went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in five appearances (all in relief) in the month of Mar. ... allowed seven hits in 9.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .212 ... struck out six and walked three ... went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five appearances (all in relief) in the month of Apr. ... allowed four hits in 7.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .167 ... struck out five and walked one ... went 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in six appearances (all in relief) in the month of May ... allowed seven hits in 7.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .280 ... struck out four and walked three ... went 0-0 with a 1.00 ERA in seven appearances (all in relief) in home games ... allowed eight hits in 9.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .250 ... struck out four and walked three ... went 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five appearances (all in relief) in away games ... allowed four hits in 8.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .148 ... struck out six and walked one ... went 4-0 with a 0.59 ERA in nine appearances (all in relief) in Irish victories ... allowed five hits in 15.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .102 ... struck out 14 and walked four ... went 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA in 11 appearances (all in relief) in day games ... allowed 13 hits in 16.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .228 ... struck out 14 and walked seven ... went 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in seven appearances (all in relief) in night games ... allowed seven hits in 9.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .212 ... struck out four and walked one ... left-handed hitters batted .214 (6-for-28) ... right-handed hitters batted .226 (14-for-62) ... batters hit .204 (11-for-54) with runners on base ... batters hit .250 (9-for-36) with the bases empty... batters hit .125 (4-for-32) with two outs (over 100 points lower than the Irish as a team) ... tossed a season-high 3.0 innings against Gonzaga on Mar. 20 and Rutgers-1 on May 7 ... registered nine consecutive scoreless outings against Central Michigan on Mar. 29 (1.0 IP), Pittsburgh on Apr. 3 (1.1 IP), Western Michigan on Apr. 6 (1.0 IP), Connecticut on Apr. 9 (1.1 IP), West Virginia on Apr. 15 (2.2 IP), St. John's-2 on Apr. 21 (1.0 IP), Seton Hall on May 1 (1.0 IP) and Michigan on May 3 (1.0 IP), May 4 (1.0 IP) ... posted 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings from Mar. 20 to May 7 ... surrendered only three earned runs over final 24.2 innings of work (17 appearances), good for a 1.09 ERA ... picked up victories over Manhattan-1 on Mar. 5 (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB), UTSA on Mar. 15 (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB), Pittsburgh on Apr. 3 (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 BB) and Rutgers-1 on May 7 (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB) ... yielded only one extra-base hit over his final 12 outings (17.0 IP) ... collected save in the 8-5 victory over Penn State on Feb. 20 ... needed only 10 pitches to strikeout the side in the ninth against the Nittany Lions ... registered his second save of the season in the 5-2 victory over West Virginia on Apr. 15 ... tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and fanned three Mountaineers without a walk ... punched out a season-high tying three against Penn State (Feb. 20), West Virginia (Apr. 15) and Rutgers-1 (May 7).

    SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010): Made 26 appearances out of the Irish bullpen ... served as top setup man ... his 26 appearances were the most by any pitcher on the staff ... went 4-1 with a 5.56 earned run average in 34.0 innings of work ... allowed 32 hits as his opponents batted .250 against him ... struck out 23 and walked 13 ... tied with Brian Dupra for the team-lead in victories ... ranked first in relief appearances, second in games finished and fifth in strikeouts ... averaged 6.09 strikeouts and 3.44 walks per nine innings ... Notre Dame posted a 12-14 record when Hudgins pitched ... did not allow a run in 12 of 26 appearances... collected four holds (at Seton Hall on April 17; vs. Cincinnati on Apr. 23; vs. Cincinnati on Apr. 24; at Villanova on May 16) ... went 0-for-2 in save opportunities ... inherited 19 base runners upon entering the game and only allowed two to score ... retired 18 of the 26 first batters he faced ... went 2-1 with a 7.31 ERA in 15 appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 19 hits in 16.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .288 against him ... struck out 10 and walked seven ... went 2-0 with a 4.00 ERA in 11 appearances (all in relief) in non-conference action ... allowed 13 hits in 18.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .210 against him ... struck out 13 and walked six ... went 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in three appearances (all in relief) in the month of February ... allowed four hits in 4.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .250 against him ... struck out three and walked one ... went 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA in five appearances (all in relief) in the month of March ... allowed four hits in 7.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .160 against him ... struck out five and walked four ... went 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 11 appearances (all in relief) in the month of April ... allowed 14 hits in 14.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .259 against him ... struck out nine and walked three ... went 0-0 with a 7.56 ERA in seven appearances (all in relief) in the month of May ... allowed 10 hits in 8.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .303 against him ... struck out six and walked five ... went 2-1 with a 7.80 ERA in 13 appearances (all in relief) in home games ... allowed 20 hits in 15.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .323 against him ... struck out eight and walked seven ... went 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in eight appearances (all in relief) in away games ... allowed seven hits in 11.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .171 against him ... struck out nine and walked three ... went 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 12 appearances (all in relief) in Irish victories ... allowed 13 hits in 19.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .183 against him ... struck out 16 and walked three ... went 2-1 with a 7.25 ERA in 16 appearances (all in relief) in day games ... allowed 23 hits in 22.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .271 against him ... struck out 16 and walked 11 ... went 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 11 appearances (all in relief) in night games ... allowed nine hits in 11.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .209 against him ... struck out seven and walked two ... left-handed hitters batted .190 (8-for-42) against him ... right-handed hitters batted .279 (24-for-86) against him ... batters hit .212 (14-for-66) against him with runners on base ... batters hit .290 (18-for-62) with the bases empty... batters hit .196 (9-for-46) with two outs (over 100 points lower than the Irish as a team) ... tossed a season-high 4.1 innings en route to the victory against Chicago State on Apr. 13 ... allowed one hit and struck out two in 2.0 scoreless innings of relief against Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 19 ... picked up the victory and struck out four in 2.2 scoreless and hitless innings of relief versus Bradley on Mar. 11 ... tossed 1.0 scoreless inning of relief against UIC on Mar. 24 ... registered three consecutive hitless and scoreless outings against Seton Hall on Apr. 17(0.2 IP), Seton Hall on Apr. 18 and Michigan on Apr. 20 (1.0 IP) ... picked up the victory and struck out one in 1.1 scoreless and hitless innings of relief versus Seton Hall on Apr. 18 ... recorded four straight scoreless outings against Central Michigan on May 12 (1.0 IP), at Villanova (2.2 IP)on May 16, Louisville on May 20 (0.1 IP) and Louisville on May 22 (0.1 IP) ... punched out a season-high tying four in his outing against Villanova on May 16 (also had four strikeouts versus Bradley on Mar. 11).

    FRESHMAN SEASON (2009): Made 19 appearances on the mound in the spring, all out of the Irish bullpen ... his 19 relief appearances were the most on the staff ... went 2-0 with a 3.65 earned run average in 24.2 innings of work ... allowed 23 hits as his opponents batted just .256 against him ... struck out nine and walked 13 ... surrendered just four extra-base hits the entire season (one home run) against 108 batters faced ... proved even tougher against right-handed hitters as they managed just a .212 batting average (14-for-66) ... opponents hit only .167 (6-for-36) with the bases empty ... Notre Dame posted a 11-8 record when Hudgins pitched ... did not allow a run in 14 of 19 appearances ... went 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA in 10 appearances (no starts) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 10 hits in 11.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .250 against him ... struck out six and walked nine ... made Irish debut on Feb. 22 against Purdue (allowed no runs and no hits in 1.1 innings; walked none and struck out none) ... tossed 1.0 inning of scoreless relief against Dayton on Feb. 28 (yielded a hit, but also fanned one and did not issue a walk) ... worked 0.1 innings of scoreless relief against Creighton on March 1, but did allow a pair of hits and one walk ... made his fourth consecutive scoreless relief appearances against Grambling on March 10 (allowed no runs and two hits in 1.2 innings; walked none and struck out none) ... did not allow a run over first 4.2 innings of career ... was tagged with a pair of earned runs on three hits in 0.2 innings of work against Trinity on March 14 (fanned one and walked one) ... recorded his first career victory with 2.1 innings of scoreless and hitless relief on March 17 against Ball State in Notre Dame's home opener (walked one and struck out one) ... struggled over his next two outings against Seton Hall on March 21 (allowed one earned run and two hits in 2.1 innings; walked two and struck out two) and Pittsburgh on March 28 (knocked around for four earned runs on three hits in 2.2 innings; struck out two and walked two) ... rebounded with four consecutive scoreless relief appearances against Cincinnati on April 9 (allowed one hit with no walks and no strikeouts in 0.1 innings), Louisville on April 24 (allowed one hit with one walk and no strikeouts in 1.0 inning), Louisville on April 25 (yielded one hit with two strikeouts and one walk in 1.2 innings; also notched first career save) and Louisville again on April 26 (did not surrender a hit with one walk and no strikeouts in 1.0 inning; picked up second career save and second of the series) ... named to the BIG EAST Weekly honor roll following his 3.2 scoreless innings of relief with two saves against the Cardinals ... struggled in the series with UConn ... allowed an earned run on one hit and one walk in 0.2 innings on May 2 and two earned runs on one hit and one walk in 0.1 innings ... closed the regular season with two scoreless relief outings ... retired the only batter he faced against USF on May 10 and worked 1.0 inning with a hit allowed and walk against Western Michigan on May 12 ... was nearly untouchable in the BIG EAST Tournament (tossed 5.0 scoreless innings without a walk and registered a win and save in the outings) ... named to the BIG EAST all-tournament team ... worked a season-high 4.0 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his second victory of the season in the thrilling come-from-behind victory over St. John's on May 22 ... he yielded just two hits, did not walk a batter and faced just two over the minimum against the Red Storm as the Irish overcame a nine-run deficit ... capped off his season with another scoreless inning against Louisville to secure a 6-5 triumph (induced a game-ending double play) ... in four appearances against Louisville, he registered three saves and did not allow a run in 3.2 innings of work ... did not allow a run over his final 6.1 innings of the season ... made one relief appearance during the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series ... allowed one earned run on two hits in 2.1 innings of work ... struck out three and did not issue a walk.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Pitched for the varsity as a sophomore and junior at Freeman High School, compiling a 3.44 ERA, a 9-5 record, a 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (122/28) and 29 more innings pitched (104) than hits allowed (75) during that two-year span ... posted a lowly 1.80 ERA in his junior season while splitting six decisions and striking out 59 in 50.2 innings (11 GP, 14 BB, 39 H) ... went 6-2 as a sophomore (4.07, 53.1 IP, 12 GP, 63 K/14 BB, 61 H) ... named first team all-district and honorable mention all-region in both his sophomore and junior seasons ... received Tommy Journey Award as outstanding junior on 2007 team, after receiving similar award as a sophomore in 2006 (Charles Eskridge Award) ... also played golf and basketball during his first two years at Freeman ... a national merit scholarship commended scholar and member of the National Honor Society ... enrolled in the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Freeman ... received the I Dare You! Leadership Award as a junior year ... also served as an editor for the school newspaper at Freeman ... father, Jeff, played basketball at VCU while his great uncle, Jim Pearce, pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators ... his grandfather, John Taylor, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers but opted to attend East Tennessee State, where he played baseball and basketball ... has two brothers, Mac (freshman outfielder on the Irish) and Jay ... son of Jeff and Jennifer Hudgins ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business as a information technology management major.

    Hudgins' Career Statistics

    YearERAWLAppGSCGSHOCBOSVIPHRERBBSO2B3BHR BFB/AvgWPHBPBK
    20093.6520190000324.2231010139301108.256130
    20105.5641260000034.03223211323812156.2506101
    20111.7340180000226.02065818301109.222130
    TOTAL3.83101630000584.275393634501414373.2448161

    Hudgins in the BIG EAST Conference

    YearERAWLAppGSCGSHOCBOSVIPHRERBBSO2B3BHR BFB/AvgWPHBPBK
    20096.3500100000211.110889620152.250120
    20107.3121150000016.019151371051178.288330
    20110.872060000110.16113900141.176020
    TOTAL5.2641310000337.23524221925713171.250470
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