Veteran leader and versatile player who will serve as tri-captain in 2000, alongside senior outfielder/catcher Matt Nussbaum and junior righthander Aaron Heilman ... his value to the team was magnified in 1999, when he was lost with a midseason shoulder injury ... a former high school shortstop who will be returning to the infield full-time in his final season, after making many of his previous starts in the outfield or at DH ... a steady defensive player who will open 2000 as starting second baseman, with junior Alec Porzel sliding over to shortstop in place of former All-American Brant Ust (a sixth-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers) ... likely will open season hitting in No. 9 spot, due to head coach Paul Mainieri?s philosophy of placing a second leadoff-type hitter in the nine hole (J.J. Brock filled a similar role in ?97, when he hit .365 on Irish squad that tied the team batting average record of .334) ... a switch hitter who has come through with timely plays at the plate and on the bases ... provides a spark to the Irish team due to his clutch play and hard-nosed attitude ... an intangible presence whose injury in ?99 was viewed as a major setback for a team that still won the BIG EAST title and played host to NCAA regional action ... ironically suffered his injury while making one of his trademark hustle plays, a headfirst slide in which he avoided the catcher while scoring the go-ahead run versus Cleveland State ... has played every position except catcher and pitcher during his Irish career ... a quality baserunner who could be part of a an improved Irish running game ... appeared in 107 career games during his first three seasons, with 78 starts ... heads into 2000 season with a .284 career batting average in 289 at-bats, with 45 RBI, 55 runs, 17 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 12 stolen bases (in 18 att.), 39 walks and 51 strikeouts ... has made major strides in his walk-to-strikeout ratio (8:23 in ?97,19:16 in ?98, 12:12 in ?99) ... owns a .358 career batting average in regular-season BIG EAST games (.328 in all games versus BIG EAST teams), with a .345 career average versus Pittsburgh (2 HR, 5 RBI), a .348 mark vs. Villanova (8-for-23, 4 RBI) and a .389 average vs. West Virginia (7-for-18, 2 RBI) ... an excellent student and Academic All-America candidate who carries a 3.73 cumulative grade-point average as an economics and government double major ... has been named to the Dean?s List in six of his seven semesters at Notre Dame ... one of 11 Irish baseball players named to the Dean?s List for ?99 fall semester, after posting a 3.93 semester GPA (he also posted a 3.93 in the spring of ?99 semester) ... one of 31 Notre Dame student-athletes?and one of three baseball players?who are invited participants in the 1999-2000 Academic Honors Program, which pairs student-athletes who excel at the highest level with University faculty member mentors within the student?s area of interest (his mentor is government professor Peri Arnold) ... noteworthy former Notre Dame players who have worn No. 7 include righthanders Alan Walania (?90-?93, 30 career wins, 236 Ks) and Christian Parker (?95-?96, fourth-round draft pick).
AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in 33 games (29 starts) before season-ending shoulder injury in April 14 win over Cleveland State (6-3) ... injured himself in eighth-inning of that game, after drawing a leadoff walk, sliding around a tag to steal second base and scoring on a groundball ... slid around the tag at home plate on that play, resulting in the injury while tying the game (3-3, igniting a four-run inning) ... ranked sixth among Irish regulars with a .323 batting average in 96 ABs, plus 19 RBI, 23 runs, six doubles and two home runs ... drew an equal number of walks and Ks (12), plus two times hit-by-pitch and four stolen bases (five att.) ... made five errors in 63 fielding chances (.921) ... one of Notre Dame?s top situational hitters, leading the team with a .400 average with runners in scoring position and a .653 effectiveness for advancing baserunners, while ranking fourth in two-out batting avg. (.333) and leadoff on-base pct. (.462) ... did not hit into a double play despite 44 ABs with runners on base (best ratio on the team) while averaging 9.3 ABs per K (fourth-best) ... 16 of his starts came at third base (most in place of injured freshman Andrew Bushey), with 13 starts in right field ... his 29 starts included batting at mostly the seventh and eighth spots (13 each), plus three starts in the fifth and sixth holes ... hit .350 in 13 BIG EAST games (14-for-40) ... hit .361 at Frank Eck Stadium, .300 away from home ... ranked fourth on team with a .402 on-base pct. ... totaled eight multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games ... had a double, stolen base, RBI and run scored in season-opening win over James Madison (8-4), at Florida International ... posted first four-hit game of his career (four ABs), plus two RBI and a career-high four runs in 15-5 win over Southern Illinois, at New Orleans Invitational (he also doubled and stole a base) ... turned in eight-game hitting streak from March 27-April 3 (12-for-27 in those games) ... had two doubles and two runs scored in 10-8 win at Villanova ... made some clutch plays in 10-1 win at Rutgers, batting 2-for-3 with a double, walk, two RBI and a run scored ... played key role in sweep of Providence (5-4, 6-5), with a RBI single, another single and the game-winning run in the opener ... delivered clutch one-out single through the left side of the infield in the nightcap, scoring Ed Golom with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth ... part of Irish explosion that produced four home runs in five ABs during seven-run fourth inning of 11-7 win over UConn ... Jeff Wagner, Jeff Felker and Matt Nussbaum homered in succession before Perconte sent a ball over the rightfield fence two batters later (he later walked with the bases loaded) ... helped Irish rally past Bowling Green (14-10), with a two-run home run in the sixth inning and a bases-loaded, hit-by-pitch to ignite seven-run eighth inning ... had RBI single in 4-1 win over Pittsburgh, a double and run in 3-2 nightcap and an RBI groundout in 9-8 finale.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Appeared in 38 of 58 games, with 30 starts (14 in right, 10 at DH, five in left and one at first) ... failed to develop offensive consistency while hitting .250 in 108 ABs ... totaled seven stolen bases (10 att.) ... finished with 17 RBI, 14 runs, three triples and eight doubles ... one of three Irish hitters who totaled more walks (19) than Ks (16) ... his starts included eight as leadoff hitter and 17 in the No. 6 spot, plus two at No. 9 and one each at 2, 7 and 8 ... made two errors in 41 chances (.951 fielding pct.) ... hit .175 with two outs, .250 with runners in scoring position ... hit .333 (11-for-33) in BIG EAST regular season ... recorded an RBI in six straight early games (Feb. 27-March 11) ... had two walks and a run scored in 10-1 opening win over Florida State ... went 3-for-3 in 6-5 win over Indiana, with the game-winning single in the ninth ... hit 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored in 15-4 win over BYU ... had three walks and two runs scored in 3-2 win over Cincinnati ... went 3-for-3 with career-best four RBI to help overcome four-run deficit versus Villanova (9-4).
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 36 games (19 starts in infield, right field and DH) ... became a regular in late April ... hit .282, with nine RBI, 18 runs, three doubles and a triple ... his three home runs came in five-game stretch ... totaled eight walks but 23 Ks ... made one error in 46 chances (.978) ... hit leadoff or in No. 2 spot ... hit safely in first AB, vs. USC (at Long Beach State) ... inserted into lineup on April 26 versus West Virginia lefthanded ace Chris Enochs, responding with 2-for-3 game, an RBI and run in 7-5 loss (sparking a nine-game hit streak) ... went 3-for-4 later that day, in a 7-6 win ... continued big weekend at Pittsburgh, going 3-for-4 with a double and home run in extra-inning, 11-8 win. Prep & Personal: Three times all-conference, all-area at Buffalo Grove High School as starting shortstop ... helped team win conference title as a sophomore ... team captain as a senior ... played on Arlington Heights state champ American Legion team as a sophomore ... reunited at Notre Dame with former prep teammates Chris McKeown (?96-?99) and Peter Ogilvie (current freshman righthander) ... set school record with 15 doubles in a season ... state debate runner-up ... an Illinois state scholar ... member of National Honor Society ... cousin Jack Perconte played baseball with three major-league teams ... born Dec. 9, 1977, in Lake Forest, Ill. ... son of Richard and Gloria Perconte ... full name is Jeffrey David Perconte ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, as double major in economics and government.
Perconte?s Career Statistics
Career vs. BIG EAST*
* - includes BIG EAST Tournament
4-for-4, vs. So. Illinois (2/28/99)
3-for-4, at W. Va., gm 2 (4/26/97)
3-for-4, at Pitt., gm 1 (4/27/97)
3-for-3, vs. Indiana (3/1/98)
3-for-3, vs. Vill., gm 1 (4/11/98)
3-for-4, at Northwestern (4/6/99)
4, vs. Villanova, gm 1 (4/11/98)
4, vs. Southern Illinois (2/28/99)
3, at W. Virginia, gm 2 (4/26/97)
3, vs. Valparaiso (4/29/97)
2, at Pittsburgh, gm 1 (4/27/97)
2, vs. Loyola, La.; @UNO (2/14/98)
2, at Villanova (3/27/99)
11 (2 HR, 3B), at Pittsburgh, gm 1
9 games (April 26-May 4, 1998)