AT NOTRE DAME: Third-year catcher enters his junior season having played in four career games ... added a hit by pitch and strikeout in two career plate appearances ... veteran behind the plate who is well-rounded talent ... combines a strong arm and excellent defensive skills with good offensive ability ... carried a 3.046 cumulative GPA into the `10 spring semester.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Did not make the NCAA mandated 35-player roster limit ... started one game for the Gold squad at catcher during the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series ... did not register an official at-bat ... drew a walk and executed a sacrifice bunt ... spent the 2008 summer with the Forest City Redwolves of the Coastal Plains League ... started all 24 games in which he appeared ... batted .211 with a double and six RBI ... drew nine walks, laid down eight sacrifice bunts and scored 10 runs ... threw out nine base stealers in 35 stolen base attempts ... committed three errors in 178 fielding chances, recording a .983 fielding percentage.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Saw action in four games, all off the Irish bench ... only registered one at-bat (struck out against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Mar. 26) ... entered the game as a defensive replacement against Manchester College (Mar. 26), Chicago State (Apr. 22) and Mississippi Valley State (Apr. 30) ... did not commit an error in nine fielding chances to post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage ... was charged with two passed balls ... went 1-for-1 with a walk for the Gold in the 2007 Blue-Gold World Series.
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year baseball letterwinner at Mohawk HS, where he also lettered in football and basketball ... a .400 career hitter (76 RBI, nine HR; also 10-3 on mound with 2.10 career ERA) ... earned all-section honors as senior catcher, captaining `07 team to second round of regionals (he hit .310 with 18 RBI, four HR) ... played `07 summer ball with Rondinelli team that advanced to NABF World Series (Jackson, Miss.) ... named all-tournament at `07 NABF Regional in Youngstown, Ohio ... helped Rondinelli place second at `07 Connie Mack Tournament ... invited to `06 Puma National Team tryouts ... played `06/'07 fall ball with Allegheny Pirates ... named all-conference and all-city his final three seasons ... repeated as all-section performer as a junior (.445, county-best/school-record 30 RBI, two HR, 20 GP) ... named to `06 NABF Regional All-Tournament Team ... threw out league-high 18 attempted base stealers for Youngstown Class-B team (summer `06) ... hit .352 as a sophomore (17 RBI, three HR) before ranking fourth in `05 summer league with .438 batting average ... played as 16-year-old on 17/18-year-old team that placed second at `05 Connie Mack Tournament (advanced to regionals) ... MVP of `05 Blue Chip Baseball Showcase ... member of MHS varsity as a freshman (hit .500 in 14 GP; 11 RBI, HR) ... helped MHS `04 team win program's first conference title in 26 years ... went 4-for-4 (two 2B) in `04 playoff opener ... helped his Babe Ruth League teams (13-15 years old) win three state and regional titles, plus one world championship (`03, in Boston; 14-year-old team) ... was invited to tryouts with several MLB scouting bureaus but ultimately went undrafted due to strong commitment to Notre Dame ... his former Mohawk High School teammate Matt Wies plays at nearby Western Michigan (an annual ND opponent) ... lettered as junior defensive end on `05 football team (conference champs) ... also earned letter as sophomore forward on basketball team ... three-year high school scholar-athlete and high school honor roll student ... member of student government and Mohawk Mentors ... nominated for People to People Student Ambassador program and National Honor Roll ... invited to represent Pennsylvania at National Student Leadership Conference (`06) ... three-time qualifier for national academic game competition ... carried 4.1 cumulative GPA ... hails from same hometown area as current Irish track and field team member Jake Walker ... born March 17, 1989, in New Castle, Pa. ... son of Ron and Kathleen Katich ... full name is Matthew James Katich ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a accounting major.
Katiach's Career Statistics
Katiach in the BIG EAST Conference