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Brant Ust
High School:
Eastlake HS

Three-year regular who has started all 179 games of his career, representing the second-longest streak of consecutive starts in Notre Dame baseball history (shortstop Pat Pesavento started 204 straight, from 1986-89) ... holds rare distinction of earning first team All-BIG EAST honors at three different positions: second base (1997), third base ('98) and shortstop ('99) ... his statistical numbers fell off a bit in '99, after a sophomore season in which he earned third team All-America and BIG EAST player of the year before being selected to the 22-player roster with USA Baseball ... finished as Team USA's third-leading hitter in the summer of '98, batting .378 (34-for-90) with 20 RBI, 10 doubles, three triples and 10 walks while splitting time at third with Cal State Fullerton's Ryan Owens ... became first Notre Dame baseball player to make the final USA national team roster since Shaun Fitzmaurice played for the 1964 Olympic team ... made the move in 1999 from third base back to shortstop, where he played during the final 16 games of '97 ... also played shortstop in summer of '97 with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League ... one of the top hitters in Notre Dame and BIG EAST history ... joined sophomore RHP Aaron Heilman in making Notre Dame one of just five teams in the nation that returned multiple All-Americans from 1998 ... developed into a complete player who can hit for average (.368 for his career, fourth best in Irish history) and can drive the ball to all fields (his 46 career home runs include several opposite-field shots) ... also a threat to steal bases, with a strong throwing arm, good range and an unending hustle ... his physical attributes include strong wrists, good hand-eye coordination and excellent all-around athleticism (he was a high school quarterback and defensive back) ... elected to join Irish program despite being selected by New York Yankees in 11th round of 1996 major league draft ... was 18th-highest drafted player in '96 who opted to play Division I baseball (only two players drafted before him ended up joining Ust as Baseball America Freshman All-Americans ... has posted 68 career multi-hit games, including a five-hit game at Seton Hall in '98 ... listed as nation's No. 38 college prospect in 1999 by Baseball America.

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Brant Ust

In The Record Books: Ranks among the top six of five major Notre Dame career categories, including second in home runs (46) and consecutive games started (179) ... also ranks fourth in Irish history for career batting average (.368) and doubles (51), sixth in hits (243) and 10th in at-bats (660) ... his 18 home runs in 1998 remain second-most in the Notre Dame record book (his 17 in '99 rank fifth) ... his other 1998 totals included a .724 slugging pct. (sixth in Irish history) and 20 doubles (seventh) ... scored 66 runs as a freshman in 1997-good for 10th all-time at Notre Dame ... also tied Notre Dame single-game record for hits (5), home runs (3) and runs scored (5), after a 5-for-5, five RBI game at Seton Hall on April 25, 1998 ... ranks fifth in BIG EAST history with a .413 career average in BIG EAST games (100-for-242) ... his .493 conference batting average in 1998 represented the best mark by a BIG EAST player in the 1990s.

As a Junior: Named first team All-BIG EAST for third straight year ... started all 61 games, including the entire regular season at shortstop ... served as DH at BIG EAST tournament and as second baseman in NCAAs ... led team in batting (.359), hits (79), home runs (17), walks (30), total bases (150) and on-base pct. (.439) while ranking second in runs (53), RBI (58), doubles (16) and slugging (.682) ... also totaled 10 stolen bases (14 att.), two triples, 35 K, two sacrifice flies and 19 errors in 241 chances (.921 fielding pct.) ... led team with .372 two-out batting avg. and 24 two-out RBI ... tied his career-best hitting streak of 15 games, from March 30-April 18 ... had 20 multi-hit games (eight 3-hit, one 4-hit) ... posted 14 multi-RBI games (two 5-RBI games) ... had hits in 50 of the 61 games ... went 2-for-4 in 1-0 win over No. 2-ranked Miami ... played key role in 10-1 win at Rutgers (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI) ... hit 4-for-7 in doubleheader sweep of Providence ... helped Irish post 7-2 win over West Virginia in opening game of BIG EAST tournament (2-for-3, HR, 2B).

As a Sophomore: Named third team All-America by Baseball America and the ABCA/while earning a unanimous selection as BIG EAST Conference player of the year ... joined Irish junior righthander Brad Lidge as third pair of teammates ever to win the BIG EAST Conference player and pitcher-of-the-year awards (since 85) ... became third sophomore ever named BIG EAST player of the year/joining Seton Hall first baseman Mo Vaughn (88) and Connecticut utility player Jason Grabowski (96) in that distinction ... also named first team all-Mideast Region by the ABCA ... became fifth Notre Dame player to earn All-America team honors from the ABCA/in the awards 50-year history ... led the BIG EAST in 19 conference games with the highest BIG EAST batting average ever posted during the decade of the 1990s (.493) ... swept all three BIG EAST average and percentage titles/with a .960 conference slugging percentage and a .530 on-base percentage ... tied for second in the conference with eight home runs in BIG EAST play while ranking seventh with 26 conference RBI ... hit a team-best .373 overall (81-for-217) while ranking among the BIG EAST leaders in the following overall categories: first in home runs (18)/fourth in doubles (20)/fourth in hits (81)/sixth in RBI (58) and 10th in runs (55) ... his .724 overall season slugging percentage ranked sixth in Irish history and best since Ryan Tophams .733 in 1995 ... his 18 home runs tied with Tim Hutson (88) and Topham (95) for second-most ever in a season at Notre Dame/behind Frank Jacobs 20 in 1991 ... his 20 doubles tied for seventh in the Irish single-season record book ... had 24 multiple-hit games (15 with two hits/five with three hits/three with four hits and one five-hit game) ... started all 58 games at third base ... opened at fifth spot in the batting order 40 times/plus 12 at the No. 3 spot and six at cleanup ... hit just .231 in games decided by 1-2 runs ... batted .440 in all regular-season road games ... hit .333 in January and February/.440 in March and .446 in April ... posted 19 multi-RBI games (seven with three-plus) ... hit .375 with two outs/.354 with runners in scoring position ... had 10-game hitting streak from April 2-14 ... tied three Notre Dame records and one BIG EAST mark in the ninth inning of the April 25 nightcap at Seton Hall/when he sent a first-pitch offering over the leftfield fence to cap a 5-for-5 day that included three home runs/a double high off the wall/five RBI and five runs scored (see Notre Dame baseball glossary on pp. 5-6) ... tied Irish record for hits/home runs and runs scored in a game while also equaling the BIG EAST mark for runs in a game ... earlier that month, he followed Wagners two-out double with an opposite-field home run to beat Bowling Green/6-4 in 11 innings at Eck Stadium (4-for-5 overall) ... played big part in two-out/eighth-inning rally from 4-0 deficit versus West Virginia/on first day of BIG EAST Tournament ... followed Wagners dipping two-run double with an opposite-field/game-tying home run that smacked off the Mohegan Sun promotional sign high above the rightfield fence (the Irish won in the ninth on a double by Greene/who had four earlier Ks) ... wen 4-for-4 with three RBI in 14-10 win over Villanova ... hit just 3-for-18 with three RBI in the BIG EAST Tournament.

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Jeff Wagner and
Brant Ust

As A Freshman: Named to 97 Freshman All-America teams by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ... played three infield positions for significant stretches ... became third Irish player named to Baseball Americas first team Freshman All-America squad ... batted fifth/behind power hitters Mike Amrhein and Wagner ... led all BIG EAST freshmen in batting (.372)/home runs (11/breaking Wagners freshman record of 10)/RBI (54) and runs (66/third overall in the BIG EAST) ... a three-time BIG EAST rookie of the week who ran away with the conference rookie-of-the-year award ... became first freshman middle infielder and eighth freshman overall ever named first team all-BIG EAST/as a second baseman (the all-BIG EAST team began in 1983) ... one of two Irish players to start all 60 games/starting first 16 at third base/next 28 at second and final 16 at shortstop ... second on team with 66 runs/third in batting (.372)/home runs (11)/doubles (15) and slugging (.623) ... hit six home runs to opposite field and two to center ... part of first Irish threesome to hit 10-plus home runs (Wagner had 17/Amrhein 14) ... struck out looking just five times in 250 plate appearances (26 total Ks/21 walks) ... made just five errors at shortstop (.931 overall fielding percentage) ... hit 4-for-17 in BIG EAST Tournament (.235) ... hit .538 versus lefthanders/.356 with two outs/.343 with runners in scoring position/.412 at home ... had nine three-hit games and 4-for-4 game in 12 -1 win over Georgetown (3 RBI/2 R) ... had 15-game hitting streak (April 13-27) and 24 multi-hit games ... posted hits in 23 of final 26 games ... came a single short of hitting for the cycle in 16-6 win over Western Michigan (3-for-4/2 RBI/4 R) ... hit 5-for-7 with four runs in sweep of Providence ... hit 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in 15-14 loss at Rutgers ... helped Irish post 7-6 win at West Virginia/going 2-for-5 with a timely home run/three RBI and two runs scored.

Prep & Personal: A three-sport athlete at Eastlake High School ... earned honorable mention All-America recognition from USA Today ... captained the football/basketball and baseball teams ... a shortstop and centerfielder/earning all-conference and team MVP honors three times ... all-conference as a senior while leading team to division title ... set school records with nine career home runs and five in a season ... also set school records for RBI in a season and career ... played in Oregon-Washington all-star game ... hit .405 as a sophomore/.397 as a junior/.433 as a senior ... a three-year quarterback and defensive back on Eastlake football team ... passed for over 1,000 yards as a senior ... earned hustle award in basketball ... member of National Honor Society ... hails from same area as Notre Dame sophomore swimmer Tiffany OBrien ... father Paul Ust played baseball at Belmont Abbey College ... brother Paul played baseball at Boston University (89-92) ... sister Sarah plays tennis at Gonzaga ... cousin Jeff Ust plays baseball at William Patterson ... cousin Lynn Ust played basketball at Rutgers ... born July 17/1978/in Brussels/Belgium ... son of Paul and Paula Ust ... full name is Brant Steven Ust ... a marketing major in College of Business Administration.

Career Bests

  • Hits
    5, at Seton Hall (4/25/98)
    4, five times

  • RBI
    5, at Seton Hall (4/25/98)
    5, vs. Dallas (3/8/99)
    5, vs. Western Michigan (3/23/99)

  • Runs
    5, at Seton Hall (4/25/98)

  • Extra-Base Hits
    4, at Seton Hall (4/25/98)

  • Total Bases
    15, at Seton Hall (4/25/98)
    10, vs. Penn State (3/6/99)
    10, vs. W. Michigan (3/23/99)

  • Hitting Streak
    15 games (April 13-27, 1997)

    Career Statistics

    Year    GP/GS   AB  R   H   2B  3B  HR  RBI BB  HP  SO  SF/SH   SB-SBA  OB      SLG     AVG
    1997    60/60   223 66  83  15  4   11  54  21  3   26  3/0     4-7     .428    .623    .372
    1998    58/58   217 55  81  20  1   18  58  16  7   36  5/0     11-16   .424    .724    .373
    1999    61/61   220 53  79  16  2   17  58  30  3   35  2/0     10-14   .439    .682    .359
    TOTALS  179/179 660 174 243 51  7   46  170 67  13  97  10/0    25-37   .431    .676    .368

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