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.
Pollock, Samardzija highlight Irish efforts in the professional ranks thus far in 2014.
The junior is the highest Irish hurler to get drafted since RHP Kyle Weiland went in the third round in 2008.
Notre Dame had five players in the majors during the 2013 season.
The second game of the day went to the Irish (5 to 2) as they played West Virginia in Frank Eck Stadium.
Baseball lost to UConn 6 to 3 on Saturday, April 9th.
Notre Dame Baseball defeated Georgetown 1 to 0 on Saturday, March 26th.
AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner that enters senior season with a 5.29 career ERA and 12-8 record, plus 111 strikeouts, 55 walks and 180 hits allowed (.288 opponent batting average) in 37 appearances (21 starts) and 161.2 innings (20 hit batters, five wild pitches, 13 home runs allowed) ... in BIG EAST games, owns a 4.89 career ERA and 7-3 record, plus 63 strikeouts, 32 walks and 109 hits allowed (.288 opponent batting average) in 19 appearances (10 starts) and 99.1 innings (12 hit batters, three wild pitches, eight home runs allowed) ... averaging 6.18 strikeouts and 3.06 walks per 9.0 innings pitched in his career ... very good understanding of how to pitch ... firery competitior and perfectionist on the mound ... important for him to remain even keel ... recruited walk-on who gained immeasurable experience in 2009 as Notre Dame's top starter ... opened 2010 in same roll, but missed six weeks with a shoulder injury ... first impressed the Irish coaches at the 2006 ND baseball fall camp, due to his prototypical pitcher's body (6-3, 200) and arm movement ... throws a low-90s fastball and a tight slider, with deceptive quickness and movement ... carried a 3.680 cumulative GPA into the `11 spring semester.
JUNIOR SEASON (2010): Made 10 appearances on the mound in the spring, five of which were starts ... served as Notre Dame's top weekend starter before a shoulder injury sidelined him for six weeks of the season ... his 10 appearances were the ninth-most by any Irish pitcher ... his five starts were tied for the fourth-most on the staff ... went 3-3 with a 7.76 earned run average in 31.1 innings of work ... allowed 47 hits as his opponents batted .353 against him ... struck out 19 and walked 11 ... tied for third on the staff in wins ... went at least six innings in one of his five starts ... averaged 4.1 innings per start ... averaged 5.46 strikeouts and 3.16 walks per nine innings ... Notre Dame posted a 2-3 record when Johnson started ... Notre Dame posted a 3-7 record when Johnson pitched ... went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in four appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 11 hits in 10.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .297 against him ... struck out six and walked three ... went 2-3 with a 8.86 ERA in six appearances (five starts) in non-conference action ... allowed 36 hits in 21.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .375 against him ... struck out 13 and walked eight ... went 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in two appearances (both starts) in the month of February ... allowed 14 hits in 9.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .368 against him ... struck out six and walked four ... went 0-2 with a 13.03 ERA in two appearances (both starts) in the month of March ... allowed 18 hits in 9.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .391 against him ... struck out three and walked two ... went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one appearance (one start) in the month of April ... allowed two hits in 1.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .286 against him ... struck out three and did not issue a walk ... went 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA in five appearances (all in relief) in the month of May ... allowed 13 hits in 10.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .310 against him ... struck out seven and walked five ... went 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in four appearances (one start) in home games ... allowed 12 hits in 6.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .400 against him ... struck out six and walked four ... went 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in three appearances (one start) in away games ... allowed eight hits in 11.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .211 against him ... struck out six and walked one ... went 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three appearances (two starts) in Irish victories ... allowed nine hits in 10.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .237 against him ... struck out seven and walked one ... went 2-3 with a 8.67 ERA in seven appearances (four starts) in day games ... allowed 42 hits in 27.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .368 against him ... struck out 13 and walked nine ... went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three appearances (one start) in night games ... allowed five hits in 4.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .263 against him ... struck out six and walked two ... went 2-3 with a 8.71 ERA in five starts ... allowed 34 hits in 20.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .374 against him ... struck out 12 and walked six ... went 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA in five appearances out of the Irish bullpen ... allowed 13 hits in 10.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .310 against him ... struck out seven and walked five ... collected a hold versus Central Michigan on May 12 ... went 0-for-1 in save opportunities ... inherited five base runners upon entering the game and allowed three to score ... retired seven of the 10 first batters he faced ... left-handed hitters batted .396 (19-for-48) against him ... right-handed hitters batted .329 (28-for-85) against him ... batters hit .342 (25-for-73) against him with runners on base ... batters hit .367 (22-for-60) with the bases empty ... tossed a season-high 6.0 innings against Pacific on Mar. 12 ... credited with the victory in his first appearance in six weeks on April 27 ... surrendered a leadoff single to open the game, but rebounded with a pair of ground outs and strikeout to strand the leadoff hit at third base ... recorded back-to-back punch outs (20 of 30 pitches were strikes) ... tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts at West Virginia on May 8 ... picked up the victory in relief at Villanova on May 15; worked 3.2 innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Made 15 appearances on the mound in the spring, 14 of which were starts ... served as Notre Dame's top weekend starter ... his 15 appearances were tied for fourth-most by any Irish pitcher ... his 14 starts were tied for the most on the staff ... went 7-3 with a 4.70 earned run average in 94.2 innings of work ... tossed three complete games ... allowed 87 hits as his opponents batted .249 against him ... struck out 64 and walked 36 ... averaged nearly 6.2 innings per start ... among hurlers with at least 56.0 innings (1.0 inning pitched per team game) on the staff, he ranked first in earned run average, first in opponent's batting average, first in won-loss percentage, first in wins, first in innings pitched, first in strikeouts, first in fewest hits allowed, first in fewest runs allowed, first in fewest earned runs allowed, first in doubles allowed, first in fewest home runs allowed, tied for second in fewest triples allowed, third in batters struck out looking and third in fewest walks allowed ... went at least six innings in 11 of his 14 starts ... tossed at least seven innings in seven of his 14 starts, including five consecutive starts from March 12-April 9 ... averaged 6.08 strikeouts and 3.42 walks per nine innings ... Notre Dame posted a 7-7 record when Johnson started ... went 5-2 with a 4.88 ERA in nine appearances (nine starts) in BIG EAST action ... tossed two complete games ... allowed 69 hits in 66.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .273 against him ... struck out 42 and walked 21 ... averaged just over 7.1 innings per start in league games ... ranked tied for first in the BIG EAST in overall sacrifice bunts allowed, tied for second in overall starts, third in overall innings pitched, tied for third in overall wins, fifth in overall opponent's batting average and tied for sixth in overall strikeouts ... in conference games only (minimum 1.0 inning per team game), ranked second in innings pitched and tied for fourth in wins ... injured shoulder in December when falling of his bike riding across campus ... opened the season with a relief appearance on Feb. 21 against Illinois (allowed one earned run on two hits in 3.0 innings; walked one and struck out two en route to the victory) ... still working on a pitch count, tossed 4.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on two hits (struck out three and walked two) against NCAA tournament participant Gonzaga on Feb. 27 ... dominated NCAA tournament participant Oral Roberts on March 6 (tossed 6.0 innings and surrendered just one hit; struck out career-high seven and walked four) ... allowed just one Oral Roberts' batter into scoring position ... only hit Johnson allowed was a third inning bunt single ... registered his third consecutive no-decision following his outing against Illinois State on March 12 (allowed two earned runs on five hits in 7.0 innings; walked five and struck out three) ... ripped off three consecutive victories against Seton Hall on March 20, at Pittsburgh on March 27 and against Villanova on April ... worked at least 7.0 innings in each start, including back-to-back complete games against the Panthers and Wildcats ... out-pitched Seton Hall ace and future seventh-round MLB draft pick Sean Black in the series opener ... limited the Pirates to four earned runs on five hits in 7.0 innings of work (struck out six and walked a pair) ... followed with first complete game of his career at Pittsburgh (yielded two earned runs on seven hits; struck out four and walked two) ... first Notre Dame pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game since David Phelps on May 23, 2007 ... first opposing pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game against the Panthers at Trees Field since May 13, 2006 ... added his second career complete game in his next start against Villanova on April 3 (limited the Wildcats to one earned run on seven hits in 9.0 innings of work; struck out five and walked one) ... cruised through the first three innings, retiring the first nine batters on only 35 pitches with three strikeouts ... first Irish pitcher to throw back-to-back complete games since Dan Kapala in 2005 ... spectacular once again for the Irish despite not factoring in the decision at Cincinnati on April 9 ... went 9.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs on eight hits ... struck out five and walked three ... became the first Notre Dame pitcher to work into the 10th inning since Aaron Heilman tossed 10.0 innings against West Virginia on April 15, 2000 ... outing was the third consecutive of 9.0 or more innings ... extra work might have caught up with Johnson down the stretch of the season ... charged with the loss against then league-leading West Virginia on April 17 (roughed up for 11 earned runs on 10 hits in 5.0 innings of work; struck out three and walked three) ... did not factor in the decision at Louisville on April 24 (allowed six runs, five earned, on 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work; struck out a pair and walked a pair) ... held the Cardinals scoreless over his final four innings ... retired 12 of the last 14 batters he faced ... tossed 7.0 innings in losing effort against UConn on May 1 (allowed five earned runs on 10 hits; struck out five and walked two) ... rebounded with a solid outing against then league-leading USF on May 8 (surrendered five earned runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings of work; struck out six and did not issue a walk) ... rebounded with back-to-back victories against St. John's on May 14 and May 19 ... equaled his career-high total of seven strikeouts and limited the Red Storm to just two hits and one earned run in 7.0 innings in the regular season series opener ... faced St. John's to open the BIG EAST tournament and surrendered just two earned runs on four hits in 6.0 innings of work ... struck out six and walked a pair ... ran out of gas in his next start of the tournament against Louisville on May 23 (yielded four earned runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of work; struck out one and walked one) ... made one start for the victorious Blue in the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series ... did not render in the decision, but tossed 6.0 innings and was charged with one earned run on five hits ... struck out four and did not issue a walk ... spent the summer of 2008 with the Stark County Terriers of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League ... went a perfect 5-0 with a 2.87 ERA in eight games (seven starts) ... opponents batted just .217 against him ... struck out 40 and walked eight in 37.2 innings of work ... tossed the squad's only complete game and shutout of the season ... surrendered only five extra-base hits (one home run) over the entire summer ... led pitching staff in ERA, opposing batting average, victories, innings, strikeouts, starts, fewest runs allowed, fewest earned runs allowed and fewest walks allowed ... out dueled the league's top pitching prospect Burny Mitchem to earn his fourth win of the season after throwing six innings of five-hit ball ... awarded Terriers' Cy Young award.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Rewarded for his strong fall showing by earning game-2 start (for Blue) in 2007 Blue-Gold World Series ... was out-dueled by classmate Brian Dupra in that game, 3-1, but still had a solid outing (5 IP, 3R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 7 groundouts) ... made 12 appearances on the mound in the spring, including two starts ... went 2-2 with a 5.30 earned run average in 35.2 innings of work ... allowed 46 hits as his opponents batted .322 against him ... struck out 28 and walked eight ... did surrender six home runs against 157 batters faced ... averaged 7.07 strikeouts per nine innings ... ranked third on the team in games finished (four) and fifth in relief appearances (10) ... went 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in six appearances (one start) in BIG EAST action ... Notre Dame posted a 1-1 record when Johnson started ... as a starter, went 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA in 9.2 innings of work (two starts) ... struck out nine and walked two ... surrendered 12 hits in 9.2 innings as a starter (good for a .286 opponents batting average) ... as a reliever, went 1-2 with a 5.19 ERA ... struck out 19 and walked six in 26.0 innings out of the Irish bullpen ... made season debut on Mar. 4 against Maine and was rocked ... charged with six earned runs on eight hits ... surrendered two doubles, a triple and two home runs, including a long ball on his first career pitch in an Irish uniform (same fate as sophomore teammate Todd Miller) ... rebounded with a dominant inning of relief against Buffalo on Mar. 14 ... tossed a scoreless and hitless inning of relief ... struck out the side ... was charged with the loss against Texas Pan-American on Mar. 16 ... was roughed up for three earned runs on four hits (although three of the hits never left the infield) ... struck out a pair ... did not allow a run, earned or unearned, over his next two relief outings (Ball State on Mar. 25 and Cincinnati on Mar. 30) ... held the Cardinals scoreless in 2.0 innings of work (surrendered one hit and struck out one) ... entered the game against the Bearcats with the Irish trailing 4-0 and proceeded to throw 5.1 scoreless innings of relief to keep Notre Dame in the game ... scattered six hits, walked two and struck out one ... made another quality relief appearance against Rutgers on Apr. 5 to register his first career victory ... went 4.1 innings and limited the Scarlet Knights to just an earned run on five hits ... fanned three and walked three ... recorded his first career start against Toledo on Apr. 15 ... earned the victory after throwing 5.0 innings without allowing an earned run (one unearned) ... limited the Rockets to just three hits ... struck out three and did not issue a walk ... following first career outing against Maine, made six appearances, five out of the Irish bullpen and recorded a 1.93 earned-run average over 18.2 innings (13 strikeouts, five walks) ... allowed just one earned run over 17.0 innings of work from Mar. 16 through Apr. 19 ... stellar stretch ended with a disappointing effort against West Virginia on Apr. 19 ... was knocked around for four earned runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings ... once again, rebounded from a poor outing with three solid relief appearances against Mississippi Valley State (Apr. 29), Connecticut (May 2) and Pittsburgh (May 10) ... tossed 2.0 scoreless innings against MVSU with three punch outs ... limited the Huskies to one hit and one earned run in 2.0 innings of relief, but was charged with the loss ... worked 2.2 scoreless innings of relief against Pittsburgh on May 10 ... did not issue a walk in any of the three appearances over the stretch ... picked up second career start of his career in the season finale against USF on May 17 ... retired 12 of the first 15 Bulls to keep them off the scoreboard before running into trouble in the fifth inning (USF exploded for six runs) ... did not factor in the decision, but still managed to strikeout a career-high six in 4.2 innings of work.
PREP & PERSONAL: Logged only 75 career innings at Hudson High School due to serving as team's starting catcher as a junior and senior (also saw time at first base and outfield) ... his career pitching stats at Hudson included nine inning averages of 11 strikeouts and only three walks ... served as staff ace in his senior season ... struck out 10 batters in 6.0 innings vs. powerhouse St. Ignatius ... his senior-year offensive stats included a .329 batting average (second on team with 27 RBI, 3 HR) ... helped 2007 team win conference title before disappointing loss in district round ... named second team all-conference as a senior (also first team all-academic) and honorable mention all-conference as a junior ... played two years (`06-'07) for Ohio Yankees summer team that turned out six D-I players from the 2007 team ... posted junior-year wins with the Yankees vs. the Indiana Bulls Red and Indiana Bulls Black ... helped Yankees finish second out of 64 teams at Buckeye Elite Tournament ... also a two-year letterwinner in football (as a wide receiver), earning conference first team all-academic honors ... graduated sixth in a class of 430 (4.48 GPA) ... was Hudson's 2007 recipient of Principal's Leadership Award ... also received Marion Albee Character Award ... member of National Honor Society ... current ND sophomore soccer player Rose Augustin hails from same home area while former Irish soccer player Mary Boland also attended Hudson HS ... his grandfather Dick Ralph played football at BYU while his father Doug Johnson was a football player at Sacramento State ... his younger brother Forrest is a freshman catcher on the Irish squad ... born Oct. 16, 1988, in Appleton, Wis. ... son of Doug and Suzy Johnson ... full name is Cole Richard Johnson ... enrolled in the College of Science as a pre-professional studies major ... one of 40 Notre Dame student-athletes in the Academic Honors program.
Johnson's Career Statistics
Johnson in the BIG EAST Conference