Irish Travel To St. John's For Critical BIG EAST Series

Notre Dame opens weekend with doubleheader at noon on Saturday

Crucial factor to 43-win season in ?99, when he won seven games and saved nine after taking over closer role from All-American Aaron Heilman (who moved into No. 1 starter role) ... pleasant surprise in ?99, after seeing his first two seasons limited by injuries ... throws a good tailing fastball, a cut fastball and a tough breaking ball ... a strong competitor who brings poise and focus to the mound ... also a clever pitcher who effectively mixes his pitches ... has a strong work ethic and an eager desire to pitch ... has developed better consistency in his pitches ... his career stats include a 4.61 ERA in 37 appearances (three starts), with an 8-3 record, nine saves, 58 Ks, 24 walks and 73 hits allowed in 66.1 innings ... one of four Florida natives on the Notre Dame roster and one of 13 on the Notre Dame baseball all-time letterwinners list ... other noteworthy Notre Dame players who have worn No. 24 include first baseman Tim Hutson (?86-?88, 28 career home runs) and catcher/first baseman George Restovich, Jr. (?94-?96, .327 career avg.) ... one of 11 Irish baseball players named to the Dean?s List for the 1999 fall semester.

AS A JUNIOR: Equaled third-most appearances in Irish history (28) while posting a 7-3 record (second-most wins on the staff) and tying Heilman?s ?98 total with nine saves, one shy of Mike Coffey?s Irish record (?89) ... led BIG EAST with four saves in conference action while tying Villanova?s Brian Manning as the league?s overall saves leaders ... finished fourth on squad with 4.53 ERA, plus 44 Ks, 18 walks and 49 hits allowed in 47.2 innings (.269 opponent avg.) ... allowed just seven of 18 inherited baserunners to score ... converted nine of 12 save opportunities, including his first six of the season ... totaled eight wild pitches, six hit batters and two balks ... finished 26 of his 28 appearances ... ranked third on staff for groundouts/9 IP (11.4), plus lowest opponent batting averages with two outs (.246) and with runners on base (.278) ... averaged 8.31 Ks and 3.40 walks per 9 IP (both fourth-best on team) while allowing just 9.25 hits/9 IP (third-best) ... picked up win at New Orleans (14-11), with 3.2 innings of middle relief (1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K) ... lost next outing (4 IP in 6-5 game vs. Penn State) before winning next six decisions ... saved 6-3 win over Penn State at Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio, facing four batters in the ninth (1 H, 1 K) ... saved next three outings, including 5-3 win over Creighton in IBC title game (1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K) ... struck out two West Virginia batters while allowing a hit in the ninth to save 6-4 win ... saved 12-8 win over Western Michigan (game-ending groundout with runners on second and third) ... picked up 7-6 win vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB) ... faced 10 batters in three innings to save 11-8 win over UConn (1 R, 2 H, 2 K) ... retired the side to save 6-4 win over Detroit (1 K) ... picked up win in 14-10 rally past Bowling Green (2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 K) ... pitcher of record in 3-2 nailbiter with Pittsburgh (2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K) ... struck out five of six batters faced to beat Cleveland State (6-3) ... saved 9-6 win over Boston College (1 IP, 2 H, 1 K) before winning 11-8 series finale with another shutout outing (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K) ... notched consecutive saves over Central Michigan (3-1, set down side in 9th, 1 K) and Seton Hall (8-7, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K in the 9th) ... picked up final win in extra innings vs. Oakland (7-6, 2 IP, 6 BF, 1 H, 1 K) ... combined for 2.1 shutout IP in pair of wins at Georgetown ... suffered tough losses to Miami (5-3, 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K) and at St. John?s (5-4, 1 R, 1 BB) ... pitched in postseason losses to Providence (8-4, 3.2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 K) and Michigan (11-5, 2.2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K).

AS A SOPHOMORE: Made five appearances before season-ending knee injury in April 14 Manchester game ... posted a 5.52 ERA in 14.2 IP , with nine Ks, four walks, three hit batters and three wild pitches ... won his only decision, 15-3 over Indiana Tech (6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K) ... posted five Ks in 6-4 win over Bowling Green (3.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB).

AS A FRESHMAN: Made four pitching appearances, the first three during spring break in San Antonio ... allowed one earned run, four hits and two walks in 4 IP, with five Ks ... threw a shutout inning in 7-3 win over Creighton ... pitched a shutout inning two days later in 8-5 win over Creighton (1 BB, 2 K) ... made final appearance in 8-7 win over IUPUI (March 20, 1.2 IP, R, 3 H, 2 K) ... played five games as a pinch-hitter (in April and May), batting 1-for-4 with an RBI, run, walk and strikeout ... hit RBI single and scored in 12-1 win over Georgetown.

PREP AND PERSONAL: A pitcher and first baseman at Hollywood Hills High School, earning USA Today honorable mention All-America honors ... twice all-conference, all-city and team MVP ... two-year team captain ... helped team capture district title as a junior ... played in Broward County and Dade and Broward all-star games ... attended same high school as former Irish football kicker Kevin Kopka (?95-?97) ... both of his parents are teachers ... father Richard played football at Northeastern Oklahoma ... born June 18, 1977, in Tulsa, Okla. ... son of Richard and Norma Corbin ... full name is John Thomas Corbin ... marketing major in College of Business.

Corbin?s Career Statistics


Career Bests

Innings Pitched
6.0, vs. Indiana Tech (3/27/98)
4.0, vs. Penn State (3/6/99)

5, vs. Clev. St., 2 IP (4/14/99)

Consecutive Converted Saves
6 (March 10-April 5, 1999)

Consecutive Winning Decisions
6 (March 30-April 30, 1999)

The Corbin File
? Current senior righthander John Corbin made a major impact on Notre Dame?s 43-win season in 1999, when he factored into 16 of the team?s victories (seven wins, nine saves).

John Corbin
John  Corbin


Hollywood, Florida

High School:
Hollywood Hills

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 200

Righthanded Pitcher


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