Third-year player who is slated for move back to first base (where he played as a freshman)/after spending 98 as primarily the starting rightfielder ... looking to develop better consistency at the plate ... has shown continual improvement in his power ... a lanky player who can get the most out of his 6-5/190-pound frame ... looking to build on his second-half hitting in 98 ... will open season batting in No. 7 spot/where he could provide bonus RBI production ... played in summer of 97 with Baltimore Corrigans team that competed against national teams from Australia/Taiwan/Cuba and the Netherlands ... one of 10 Maryland natives who have lettered with Notre Dame baseball.
Junior Jeff Felker
As A Sophomore: Appeared in 54 of 58 games/with 53 starts (42 in right field/four at DH/four at first base and three in left field) ... ranked seventh on team with .283 batting average/plus three home runs and 35 RBI ... added 12 doubles and three triples for a .429 slugging pct. ... totaled 17 walks and 34 Ks ... made three errors on 124 fielding chances (.976) ... hit .288 with two outs/.333 with runners in scoring position ... hit .292 in BIG EAST regular-season games and .294 (5-for-17) in BIG EAST Tournament ... hit .326 in games at Eck Stadium ... bounced back from rocky 9-for-53 start to the season (.170) by hitting .333 over final 32 regular-season games ... hit .429 during month of March ... went 15-for-31 in eight-game hitting streak (March 28-April 7) ... posted three RBI in opening win over Florida State (10-1) ... reached on all eight trips to the plate in doubleheader with Northeastern (6-for-6/2 BB) ... his 4-for-4/four RBI game in 19-7 win over Georgetown helped Notre Dame post most hits by an Irish team in the 90s ... went 3-for-4 with a crucial run scored in 3-2 BIG EAST Tournament win over St. Johns.
As A Freshman: Joined classmate Brant Ust on BIG EAST Conference all-rookie team ... appeared in 57 games/starting 52 at mostly first base (the rest came in the outfield) ... hit .319/with .454 slugging (four home runs/two triples/nine doubles) ... totaled 16 walks/35 Ks ... successful on all eight stolen base attempts ... a .981 fielder (eight errors) ... hit .344 in BIG EAST regular season/3-for-15 (.200/eight Ks) in BIG EAST Tournament ... reached on 47.6 percent of leadoff ABs (third-best on team) ... hit .268 with two outs/.250 with runners in scoring position ... posted higher batting average on opponents' field (.417) than at Eck Stadium (.318) ... hit safely in 12 of final 16 games ... posted two seven-game hitting streaks ... had solid debut in 10-8 loss at Long Beach State (3-for-5/3 RBI/2 R) ... 2-for-4 with two runs/two RBI in wins over Christian Brothers (12-1) and Providence (14-10) ... hit first home run in that win over the Friars ... blasted game-winning/solo homer to beat Indiana Tech (8-7/10 inn.) ... 2-for-3 with solo shot in 7-6 win at West Virginia ... 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run in BIG EAST tourney loss to Villanova (5-4/11 inn.).
Prep and Personal: A USA Today honorable mention All-America third baseman as a senior at Mount Saint Joseph High School ... all-city/all-metro/all-county as a senior ... had 12 home runs as a junior and senior/highlighted by two home run/seven RBI game versus Good Counsel ... hit game-winning/two-run homer to beat nationally-ranked Gloucester Catholic ... invited to play in Crown all-star game at Camden Yards ... twice played in Metro League all-star game ... also played in regional all-star game ... member of National Honor Society ... sister Laurie Ann Felker is a freshman member of the varsity swimming team at West Virginia University ... born March 7/1978/in Allentown/Pa. ... son of Robert and Jackie Felker ... full name is Jeffrey Alden Felker ... a marketing major in the College of Business Administration.
4/vs. Georgetown/gm 2 (3/28/98)
4/vs. NE Illinois/gm 1 (3/26/98)
4/vs. Georgetown/gm 2 (3/28/98)
3/vs. Indiana Tech (3/27/98)
3/vs. Georgetown/gm 2 (3/28/98)
8 (HR/2B/1B/1B), vs. Gtown, gm 2 (3/28/98)
8 games (3/28-4/7/1998)
The Felker File
In a home doubleheader versus Northeastern Illinois on March 26/1998/Jeff Felker had the rare experience of reaching base on all eight times that he came to the plate. He hit three singles and one double in four at-bats during the first game before adding a single/a triple and two walks in his four plate appearances during the nightcap.
Felkers Career Statistics
Year GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HP SO SF/SH SB-SBA OB SLG AVG
1997 57/52 185 38 59 9 2 4 29 16 5 35 2/1 8-8 .385 .454 .319
1998 54/53 184 30 52 12 3 3 35 17 3 34 1/0 2-4 .351 .429 .283
TOTALS 111/105 369 68 111 21 5 7 64 33 8 69 3/1 10-12 .368 .439 .301