Excitement surrounds a program that welcomes back nearly everyone from 2014.
Sophomore Ryan Smoyer earned co-Pitcher of the Year honors in the Northwoods League.
Rising senior Robert Youngdahl is hitting .321 for the first-place Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League.
Twenty-three players will compete with 13 different teams nationwide this summer.
Senior closer Donnie Hissa looks back on the triumphs and challenges from his four years at Notre Dame
Notre Dame went to San Antonio for the Irish Baseball Classic Feb. 20-23.
The Irish invaded Tallahassee, Fla., for a three-game set with No. 1 Florida State April 4-6.
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 went to Cary, N.C., for the annual USA Baseball-Irish Classic Feb. 28-March 2.
AT NOTRE DAME (2014-PRESENT): One-year monogram winner … had left shoulder surgery in the fall of 2014 and will miss sophomore campaign … played in 18 games as a freshman.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Will miss the 2015 season after undergoing left shoulder surgery in the fall of 2014.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014): Made 18 appearances out of the bullpen in first year with the Irish … struck out eight batters in 9.2 innings of work, finishing with a 7.45 ERA … gave up eight runs on 10 hits, eight walks and three hit batsmen … went seven consecutive appearances without surrendering a run from Feb. 20 through March 8 … closed out season with scoreless outings in four of last five outings … tossed 1.2 innings against No. 19 UCLA (Feb. 28) allowing no runs and no hits, while striking out one batter … fanned a season-high two batters in 1.1 inning of relief against Appalachian State (March 11) … earned a monogram.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio in the spring of 2013 ... earned four letters in baseball and three in football ... named honorable mention all-region for the Central Region by Rawlings ... batted .409 (29-71) with 15 RBI, four triples and 22 runs scored as a senior ... also stole 11 bases and did not commit an error in right field to earn first team all-league accolades ... helped squad make it to the district semifinals ... was named first-team all-conference as a junior after hitting .354 with five triples, 23 runs scored, 10 RBI and eight stolen bases on offense and pitching three one-hitters and striking out 73 in 50.2 innings pitched on the mound ... named second team all-league after batting .297 with 13 RBI and 15 runs scored at the plate and going 5-3 on the mound with a 1.21 ERA and 55 K's ... on the gridiron, was a first team all-league, second team all-NW Ohio and third team all-state as a senior and honorable mention all-district and second team all-league as a junior ... played club baseball for the Midwest Renegades, Ohio Hurricanes and Ohio Elite ... won a state championship with the Renegades ... finished runner up at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series with the Ohio Elite ... named to the Three River Athletic Conference baseball all-academic team while also being placed on the honor roll and earning the student-athlete award ... participated in National Honor Society, the Student-Athlete Leadership Team and Junior Scholars ... volunteered with the Humane Society, Salvation Army and at local youth football and baseball camps ... full name is James Weston Orwick ... born in Findlay, Ohio to Todd and Pam Orwick ... has one younger sister, Rachel ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business … undecided on major.
**Career Stats Attached Above As PDF (As Of May 17, 2014)**