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    Tyler Jones

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Arlington, TX

    High School:
    James Martin

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 210

    Position:
    Righthanded Pitcher

    Birthdate:
    10/14/1982

    Experience:
    2 MW

    Bats/Throws:
    R/R



    Veteran pitcher who will serve as `05 captain, alongside senior pitcher John Axford and pair of juniors (shortstop Greg Lopez, outfielder Cody Rizzo) ... combines with Axford as second pair of pitchers ever to captain a Notre Dame baseball team (first since Mitch Stoltz and Bob Stratta, in '76) ... previous 27 seasons produced five other pitcher captains: Craig Allen ('96), Alex Shilliday ('99), Aaron Heilman ('00, '01), J.P. Gagne ('03) and Chris Niesel ('04) ... converted to sidearm delivery in '03 fall practice, making transition to new arm slot from hip/thigh area ... looking for better consistency in maximizing unique arm angle ... strong competitor who hails from talent-rich area (Arlington, Texas) that produced major leaguers Todd Van Poppel and Ben Grieve ... has good pitcher's body (6-4, 210), with quality fastball and slider ... excellent athlete with strong work ethic ... logged 25 appearances in first three seasons (2 starts, 3-1 record, 11.81 ERA, 32.0 innings, 48 hits, 15 walks, 24 strikeouts, .332 opponent batting avg., 2 wild pitches, 2 hit batters) ... played for Highland Park Blue Sox in Texas Collegiate League during summer of '04 ... could face two Blue Sox teammates - Rice catcher Lyndon Duplessis and 3B Clay Reichenbach - in '05 ... played alongside ND's Javi Sanchez and Joe Thaman with Madison Mallards of Northwoods League, in summer of '03 (15 Ks, 32 IP) ... earned all-Jayhawk League honors as member of Hays (Kan.) Larks in summer of '02, playing with Sanchez and Ryan Kalita on team that qualified for National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita (3.58, 5-1, 2 saves, 14 GP, 39 Ks, 22 BB, 27 H, 32.2 IP) ... picked up win for Blue team (6-1) in final game of '02 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series (4 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, K) ... pitched in all three games of '03 B-G series (2.1 IP, 5 R/4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB), closing 9-7 win for victorious Blue in game-1 ... racked up 6 Ks in '04 Blue-Gold game (2.2 IP, 2 H, R, BB), for winning Gold (10-9) ... late find in '01 spring signing period, combining with Axford to complete highly-touted group of signees rated by Baseball America as nation's best recruiting class for '02 season ... 30th-round draft pick of Atlanta Braves before opting to join the Irish ... could face former Martin High School teammates Brandon Roberts (Michigan) and Robbie Jones (Texas-San Antonio) in '05 ... combines with sophomore righthander Jeff Manship (San Antonio) and freshman RHP/infielder Tony Langford (Fort Worth) as three of sixTexas natives to play for Irish in Mainieri era (14 all-time letterwinners from Texas) ... first Notre Dame player to wear No. 38 since righthander Tom O'Hagan ('97-'00) ... posted 3.27 GPA during 2004 fall semester.

    WITH THE IRISH: Made nine relief appearances as junior in '04 (21.94, 3 Ks, 4 BB, 5.1 IP) ... tossed shutout inning to help beat San Diego State in opener (K; 7-1, at USC) ... retired only batter he faced at Florida Atlantic (3-2) ... played handful of innings as reserve outfielder, including wins over Winthrop (19-6, at FAU), Hillsdale (10-2), Villanova (0-for-1; 13-1) and Oakland (R; 17-5) ... logged 12 outings (11 relief) as sophomore in '03 while posting 5.40 ERA and 2-1 record (15 Ks, 2 BB, 17.2 IP, 22 H, .293 opp. avg., WP, 2 HB) ... struck out five Navy batters in Jacksonville (3 IP, 5 H, 2 R; 11-2) ... pitched in 5-1 win at Villanova (IP, H) ... had relief wins over Purdue (IP, H, 2 R/ER, BB, K; 8-5) and Chicago State (2 IP, 4 Ks; 9-3) ... made postseason appearance vs. Rutgers in first BIG EAST title game (1.1 IP, K; 5-11) ... 4 GP as freshman in '02, winning start vs. Toledo (3 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, K; 15-4) ... posted 4.00 ERA (9 IP, 6 Ks, 9 BB, WP) ... closed win over Valparaiso, qualifying for save with 3.0 shutout IP (3 H, BB, K; 16-0) ... made debut with shutout inning vs. Florida International at Homestead Challenge (4-13) ... pitched in 16-7 win over Chicago State (2 IP, 2 R, H, 5 BB, 4 Ks).

    PREP & PERSONAL: All-district and all-area as senior at James Martin High School (3.12, 6-2, 61 Ks, 51.2 IP) ... selected by Atlanta Braves in 30th round of `01 Major League draft, after being slotted 152nd on Baseball America list of nation's top prep prospects ... also played outfield on teams that claimed two conference titles ... twice all-conference, all-city ... senior captain ... played in state all-star game ... member of Dallas Tigers club team ... pitched in Florida at '01 Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championship (3 IP, 9 Ks) ... father Doug Jones was member of golf team at Stephen F. Austin ... brother David Jones played baseball at Texas Wesleyan, cousin Charles Jones football at Boston College ... born Oct. 14, 1982, in Danville, Ill. ... son of Doug and Paula Jones ... full name is Tyler Grant Jones ... accounting major in Mendoza College of Business.

    Jones' Career Stats

    YearG/GS/CGIPHRERBBKWPHBBKAVGHRW-LSVERA
    20024/1/09.095496100.24301-014.00
    200312/1/017.2221512215120.29322-106.11
    20049/0/05.117141343000.53100-0021.94
    Career25/2/032.04834291524220.33223-1111.81
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