Notre Dame Baseball beat IPFW 8 to 1 on Wednesday, March 21st.
AT NOTRE DAME: Two-time monogram winner that entered his senior season with a 7.22 career ERA and 2-2 record, plus 23 strikeouts, 27 walks and 50 hits allowed (.309 opponent batting average) in 16 appearances (eight starts) and 38.2 innings ... will miss 2013 season due to injury ... carried a 3.915 cumulative GPA into the `13 spring semester following a perfect 4.000 GPA in the `11 and `12 fall semesters.
HONORS & AWARDS: BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2010, 2011, 2012).
JUNIOR SEASON (2012): Made nine appearances, including six starts ... went 2-0 with a 5.60 ERA ... allowed 34 hits in 27.1 innings of work as opposing batters hit .306 ... struck out 16 and walked 12 ... Notre Dame posted a 5-1 record when Veerkamp started and 5-4 mark when he pitched ... roughed up with four runs, three earned, on three hits in 1.0 inning of work against Purdue on Feb. 19 ... tossed a scoreless inning of relief at Texas State on Mar. 2 ... picked up first career victory with 6.0 shutout innings against UTSA on Mar. 14 ... limited the Road Runners to four hits and fanned four ... collected his second victory of the season with 5.0 solid innings against IPFW on Mar. 21 ... struck out four, walked two and yielded five hits ... did not factor in the decision in starts against UIC (Mar. 27), Toledo (Apr. 3) and Butler (May 1) ... UIC plated four runs on four hits in 2.0 innings, while Toledo recorded four runs, three earned, on four hits in 4.2 innings ... Butler tagged him for five runs, four earned, on six hits ... limited Northwestern to a pair of earned runs on five hits in 3.0 innings of work (May 15).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011): Made four appearances - all out of the Irish bullpen ... went 0-0 with a 14.54 ERA ... allowed eight hits in 4.1 innings of work as opposed batted .348 ... struck out four and walked 10 ... Notre Dame posted an 1-3 record when Veerkamp pitched ... tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the 5-0 victory over Seattle on Feb. 25 ... roughed up for four earned runs on two hits and five walks in 0.2 innings of work against Iowa on Mar. 18 ... struck out three, walked two and yielded two earned runs on three hits in season-high 2.0 innings against Michigan State on May 17 ... yielded two hits, two walks and five runs, only one earned, in 0.2 innings against Louisville on May 19.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010): Made three appearances and one start ... went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA ... allowed eight hits in 7.0 innings of work as opponents batted .286 ... struck out three and walked five ... Notre Dame posted an 0-3 record when Veerkamp pitched ... struggled over his first two career appearances, both starts, against UTPA (2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) and UIC (2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K), but rebounded with 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings of relief versus Michigan on Apr. 21.
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year starter and letterwinner at Homestead High School ... registered a .401 career batting average ... posted a 13-3 career mark as a pitcher ... as a senior, went 7-2 with a 1.86 earned run average in 49.0 innings pitched with 63 strikeouts ... also batted .468 with four home runs ... helped Homestead H.S. to a 23-4 record ... named first team all-conference, all-area and selected to participate in the North-South All-Star contest ... named high school pitcher of the year and academic all-state ... went 6-1 with a 3.46 earned run average with 33 strikeouts in 26.1 innings of work last spring ... led Homestead to a runner-up finish in the 4A state tournament ... two-way player also batted .347 with a .613 slugging percentage for the 26-6 Spartans ... ranked as the sixth-best player from the state of Indiana by the Prep Baseball Report ... named to the honor roll every semester of high school ... member of the National Honor Society and also a AP Scholar of Distinction ... born Aug. 18, 1990 ... full name is Patrick Michael Veerkamp ... son of Gregory and Mary Pat Veerkamp ... has a younger brother Daniel ... enrolled in the College of Science as a pre-professional studies major.