Notre Dame opens weekend with doubleheader at noon on Saturday
Classic lefthanded setup pitcher who could play key two-way role in 2007 season, as switchhitting option at the open first base position ... will serve as 2007 team co-captain alongside senior outfielder Danny Dressman ... battle-tested reliever who will be counted on to provide leadership and flexibility out of the bullpen ... able to keep both lefthanded and righthanded hitters offbalance with his mid-80s fastball and a deft breaking ball ... a consistent strike thrower whose pitching versatility includes ability to log long relief stints and even be a spot starter if needed ... could emerge as key run producer and power threat, with ability to drive the ball from both sides of the plate ... first inherited the key lefthanded relief role in 2005, taking over duties held by 2004 graduate Joe Thaman ... enters final season with the best career ERA (1.82) in recorded Notre Dame history (min. 60 innings), as he looks to break former All-American righthander Nick Palihnich's record of 2.36 that has stood for more than 45 years (since '61) ... a steady control pitcher whose low career walk rate (2.34 BB per 9 IP) ranks 12th in the Notre Dame record book (2.24 would crack the top-10) ... also has compiled nearly a 2.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his Notre Dame career ... saved two key postseason games in the 2005 season (the BIG EAST title game and an NCAA elimination game) before closing out the BIG EAST title game again in 2006 (7-0, no save opportunity) ... has made strides by developing command of his offspeed pitches and showing good control of the running game ... has added perspective on the mound due to his background as a first baseman and a hitter from both sides of the plate, giving him a better feel for key late-game moments ... continues to show improvement in his footwork and defense around the first-base bag ... a tremendous physical specimen, at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds ... has developed into quality switch-hitter despite not adding lefthanded swing until the 9th grade ... in addition to his 1.82 ERA, his other career stats include a 6-1 record (3 saves) and 44 strikeouts in 62 appearances and 69.1 innings, allowing 60 hits (.237 opponent batting average, with 3 home runs), 18 walks and 6 hit batters (4 wild pitches) ... also enters final season with a .224 career batting average, 17 RBI and 8 extra-base hits (4 HR, 4 2B) in limited duty (41 GP/19 GS, 85 ABs, 14 runs, 7 walks, 4 HBP, 24 Ks) ... played for the Grand Lake (Ohio) Mariners of the wood-bat Great Lakes League, during the summer of 2006 ... played as a leftfielder and first baseman for the Mariners, appearing in 31 games with 30 starts (15 H, 12 RBI, 12 R, HR, 7 2B, 12 BB, HBP, 17 Ks, 2 SAC, 2-2 SB, .976 fielding pct./2 errors) ... also logged 10.1 innings on the Grand Lake staff (3.48, 0-2, 6 GP/2 GS, 16 H/.364, 5 BB, 4 Ks, WP) ... played for the Madison (Wis.) Mallards of the wood-bat Northwoods League in the summer of 2004, joining team late due to minor injury before playing first base and batting .231 with 13 RBI (29 GP, 2 HR, 8 R, 4 2B, 9 BB) ... returned to Madison in summer of '05 (along with his classmate Dressman) but was unable to play due to injury ... did not allow an earned run or walk in four appearances at the annual Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series (7.0 IP, 2 UER, 13 H, 2 Ks), also batting 7-for-28 (.250) in his Blue-Gold series career (7 RBI, R, 6 BB, HBP, 7 Ks, 2 SF) ... batted 2-for-7 as the Blue first baseman in the 2006 BGS (BB, HBP, 4 Ks), also taking the mound to save game-2 (H, 4 BF; 4-3) ... member of winning Blue team in 2005 fall series (3 IP, 3 H, 2 UER, 2 Ks; 3 RBI, R, 2 BB, SF, 1-for-8) ... had RBI single and sac. fly for Blue in '04 fall intrasquad game (1-for-4, K) ... batted 3-for-9 as a freshman member of Gold team in 2003 BGS (2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 Ks), also pitching one inning (3 H) ... reunited at Notre Dame with senior catcher Sean Gaston, his former roommate with the Indiana Bulls 2001 national title team ... a lifelong Notre Dame fan ... could face several former teammates in 2007 season, including Purdue shortstops A.J. Prickel (HS/summer) and Erik Osborn (summer), Iowa's Tim Gudex (Mallards) and five from the Mariners: Coastal Carolina's Derek Martin and Dock Doyle, Ball State's Kyle Hyne and Jeff Luveys, and IPFW's Quentin Brown (BSU assistant Scott French, was head coach of the Mariners' ... one of four Indiana natives on the 2007 Irish roster ... first Notre Dame player to wear No. 44 since career home run leader Jeff Wagner ('99) ... posted an impressive 3.67 in-season GPA during the 2006 spring semester before adding a 3.33 in the '06 fall term (leaving him with a 3.12 cumulative GPA, as a double major in economics and computer applications).
AS A JUNIOR: Key lefthanded setup pitcher who played a role in freshman closer Kyle Weiland's 16-save season (the 3rd-most saves in the nation during the '06 season) ... logged 27 appearances (12th-most in Notre Dame history) ... ranked 2nd on the 2006 staff in ERA (2.17), low opponent batting average (.208) and appearances (27), plus 3rd in games finished (6) ... only three pitchers in the BIG EAST logged more appearances: South Florida's Chase Lirette (36), Louisville's Griffin Bailey (34) and Weiland (30) ...compiled nearly a 2.5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (17/7), with his steady control including just 3 hit batters, a lone wild pitch and no home runs allowed ... went 3-1 in his official decisions while adding a save ... limited opponents to a .250 leadoff on-base percentage and .217 batting with runners on base (both 2nd-best on the staff), also owning the 3rd-best opponent 2-out batting avg. (.219) ... despite being a LHP, he owned the staff's best opponent batting avg. by righthanded hitters (.167; compared to .268 by LH hitters) ... his 9-inning averages included 6.5 hits (2nd-best on staff), 2.2 walks (3rd), 11.2 groundouts (3rd) and 5.3 strikeouts ... his 14 BIG EAST appearances were 3rd-most among the league's pitchers (Lirette and Villanova's Gus Guida each had 15) ... allowed 6-of-27 inherited baserunners to score (22%) while allowing his first batters faced to hit a combined 3-for-20 (.150; 2 BB, R, SF, 4 Ks, 2 GDP, SAC) ... one of his top moments of the season came in 6-4 comeback win over Ball State (retired 5-of-6 batters faced) ... entered that game with 2-outs and a pair of runners aboard in the 7th, inducing a popup to keep the deficit at 4-3 and then pitching strong into the 9th to pick up the win ... earlier had won 7-5 game versus Iowa, during spring break trip in San Antonio (1.1 IP, H) ... had key relief role in showdown series at Connecticut, as pitcher of record in opening comeback win (0.2 IP, K; 7-6) before notching the save in game-2 of the doubleheader (0.1 IP, game-ending groundout; 7-3) and then tossing a shutout inning (H) to help secure a 1-1 tie result in the series finale (ended after 13 innings) ... had shutout outings on the road versus Minnesota (2.1 IP, 2 H, Ks, WP; 0-8, at Metrodome), Illinois (0.2 IP; 4-2, in San Antonio) and at South Florida (2.1 IP, K; 9-6), adding home shutout stints against Rutgers (1.0 IP, K; 15-3) and Purdue (1.0 IP, K; 2-1) ... closed regular season with pair of shutout appearances in road wins over Villanova (0.1 IP in 3-1 game; 1.0 IP with a K in 12-1 finale) ... ended year in postseason with three more scoreless stints: versus USF in the BIG EAST Tournament opening win (1.1 IP, 3H, BB, K; 3-1, in Clearwater, Fla.), four days later in the title-game shutout of Louisville (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 Ks; 7-0) and at Kentucky in the NCAA Regionals (0.1 IP, BB; 4-10) ... made periodic appearances as a position player (DH or first base), batting .231 in 16 games played (5 starts, 7 RBI, 4 runs, 2 HR, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 HBP SAC, 9 Ks) ... launched 3-run blast as firstbase starter in early game with Oklahoma, but the Sooners rallied for a 4-3 win (he also had a walk in that game, played in Millington, Tenn.) ... had similar 3-run HR in 8-2 win over Manchester (2 Ks) ... doubled and scored in 16-2 win over Iowa (in San Antonio), also stroking an RBI double in 12-0 win over Valparaiso (R, HBP, 2 Ks) ... his five offensive starts included four at DH while batting in the 6th (1), 7th (2) and 8th (2) spots.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Led 2005 staff in ERA (1.38) while ranking 2nd in low opponent batting (.258), appearances (24; 6th-most among all BIG EAST pitchers) and saves (2) ... also owned team-best .176 opponent batting by lefthanded hitters and held opponents to staff-best .152 batting with 2-outs ... his .268 opponent batting with runners on base ranked 5th on the staff ... his 9-inning averages included 8.65 hits allowed and 11.77 groundouts (both 2nd-best on staff), plus just 2.42 walks per 9 IP (3rd) ... also 2nd on staff in groundout-to-flyout ratio (1.48) ... allowed 7-of-17 inherited baserunners to score ... dropped his ERA from 3.38 to 1.38 over his final 12 appearances, as he was charged with no runs in that stretch (15.1 IP, 10 H, 4 BB, 11 Ks) ... tossed 3.0 shutout innings to pick up 5-0 win over Manchester (K) ... saved BIG EAST title game versus Pittsburgh, taking mound after 2-hour rain delay (3.1 IP, H, BB, 2 Ks; 11-4) ... also saved NCAA elimination game versus Stetson (2 IP, H, 3 Ks; 7-4), at the University of Florida ... logged 2.0 shutout innings in earlier win at Pittsburgh (BB, 3 Ks; 21-1) ... hit .209 in 16 games played, mostly as a DH (10 GS, 8 RBI, 6 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 BB, HBP, 2 SF, 11 Ks) ... went 2-for-4 versus Texas State (2 RBI, SF) ... helped post wins over Cincinnati (2-for-5, RBI, R, 2B) and Chicago State (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 R, HR, 2B, HBP) ... delivered pinch-hit single and scored in NCAA regional versus Florida.
AS A FRESHMAN: Posted 1.88 ERA in 11 relief appearances, winning both decisions (14.1 IP, 14 H, 10 Ks, 4 BB, .255 opp. batting) ... averaged 18.9 outs via Ks (6.3) or groundouts (12.6) ... allowed 6-of-13 inherited baserunners to score ... hit 4-for-16 (.250) in 9 GP at first base (4 GS, 2 RBI, 4 R, HR, 3 BB, 2 HBP) ... made first appearance versus Minnesota at FAU Classic (IP, 2 H, K, WP; 19-7) ... retired all nine he faced as winner over Western Michigan (3 IP, 2 Ks, 5 GOs, 22 of 33 pitches were strikes; 12-3) ... gave up home run but ended up winner versus Valparaiso (IP, H, R, 2 Ks; 9-3) ... called out of 'pen early versus Cleveland State and issued walk before 3.1 shutout IP (5 H, BB, 2 Ks; 5- 12) ... capped 9-0 shutout of Virginia Tech (1.2 IP, 2 Ks) ... made first plate appearance versus Winthrop at FAU Classic (HBP, R; 19-6) ... had hit next day against Florida Memorial (1-for-4, R, HBP; 12-3) ... later hit home run versus Hillsdale (2 R, 2 BB; 10-2) and went 2-for-4 in game with Manchester (RBI; 10-0).
PREP & PERSONAL: Named 2002-03 Indianapolis area athlete of the year, after helping Bishop Chatard High School teams post 58-6 combined record (with state titles in football and basketball) ... earned state's prestigious Mental Attitude Awards for football and basketball and was all-state in football and baseball (.420, 10 HR, 37 RBI, coached by former Notre Dame pitcher Mike Harmon) ... had 1.08 ERA and 8-1 record in 2003, with a 15.4 K-to-walk ratio (77/5; plus 28 H in 52 IP) ... Team One Baseball ranked him 37th among nation's top prep prospects for 2003 (first among first basemen) while Perfect Game/Baseball America rated him 277th (6th in Indiana) ... was Team One's 4th-ranked player on national list for "best future pure hitters" ... his 15-K effort and go-ahead double led Chatard to third straight city title ... hit .372 as a junior (4 HR, 33 RBI, 9 2B, 3B), with 5-2 record and 2.16 ERA (55 Ks, 19 BB, 46 H, 48.2 IP) ... received all-city honors in '02 ... member of Indiana Mustangs in 2002 (.387, 20 RBI, 8 2B), after helping Indiana Bulls win 2001 national title ... participated in 2001 Area Code tournament (Chicago) ... listed as 2nd-ranked prospect at Team One North Showcase (held at Notre Dame) ... finalist for the 2002 Indiana Mr. Football Award, ending career with 23-game win streak (two state- title wins over Andrean) ... captained 2002 team to 15-0 record (2,000-plus passing yards, 25 TDs/2 INTs) ... led '01 football team to 11-4 record and state title (all-city, honorable mention all-state) ... two-year letterwinner in basketball, averaging 10 points per game in 2002-03 and earning all-state tournament honors after teambest 18 points (10 rebounds) in title game versus Fort Wayne Elmhurst ... member of National Honor Society ... his father John Dury played baseball at North Carolina State while his mother Nancy Dury played basketball at Maria n (Ind.) College and his brother Tim Dury played football at the University of Indianapolis ... his grandfather Len Dury is a 1954 Notre Dame graduate while his great uncle Walt Sahm was co-captain of the 1964-65 Irish basketball team and holds Notre Dame records for career rebound average (16.9) and rebounds in a game (30) ... cousin Bill Sahm was member of 1976-77 Irish basketball team ... born Sept. 19, 1984, in Indianapolis ... son of John and Nancy Dury ... full name is Michael Robert Dury ... a double major in economics and computer applications, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.