Notre Dame will play Rutgers at 10 a.m. Thursday in an elimination game.
Notre Dame still took two of three from the Bearcats
Notre Dame returns home Wednesday night with Western Michigan.
Notre Dame now 4-0 in the BIG EAST for the first time since 2004.
Notre Dame's five-game winning streak comes to an end.
The Irish defeat Eastern Michigan in their season opener on Tuesday, March 20th.
AT NOTRE DAME: Two-year monogram winner that missed the 2011 season following Tommy John surgery ... enters senior season with a 5.60 career ERA and 6-3 record, plus 40 strikeouts, 27 walks and 76 hits allowed (.300 opponent batting average) in 26 appearances (four starts) and 64.1 innings (six hit batters, two wild pitches, eight home runs allowed) ... in BIG EAST games, owns 6.93 career ERA and 1-0 record, plus 11 strikeouts, 10 walks and 30 hits allowed (.316 opponent batting average) in 10 appearances (no starts) and 24.2 innings (three hit batters and five home runs allowed) ... averaging 6.00 strikeouts and 3.78 walks per 9.0 innings pitched in his career ... unheralded recruit out of local St. Joseph's High School ... solid mechanics with a loose arm ... named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-America Team in 2009 ... one of 20 rookie pitchers and the only from any BIG EAST Conference school to make the squad ... carried a 3.442 cumulative GPA into the `12 spring semester.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010): Made 13 appearances on the mound in the spring and one start ... served as one of Notre Dame's top relievers ... went 1-1 with a 7.15 earned run average in 34.0 innings of work ... allowed 48 hits as his opponents batted .343 against him ... struck out 21 and walked 10 ... averaged 5.56 strikeouts and 2.65 walks per nine innings ... Notre Dame posted a 4-9 record when Richter pitched ... did not allow a run in four of 13 appearances... collected one hold (vs. Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 20) ... went 0-for-1 in save opportunities (vs. Central Michigan on May 12) ... inherited 10 base runners upon entering the game and only allowed three to score ... retired six of the 13 first batters he faced ... recorded one start on the year ... allowed three earned runs on five hits in 4.0 innings at Michigan on Apr. 20 (took the loss) ... struck out three and walked on in the outing against the Wolverines ... tied for fifth on the staff in games out of the bullpen (12) ... went 0-0 with a 8.84 ERA in six appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 29 hits in 18.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .372 against him ... struck out nine and walked seven ... went 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA in seven appearances (one start) in non-conference action ... allowed 19 hits in 15.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .306 against him ... struck out 12 and walked three ... went 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances (both in relief) in the month of February ... allowed two hits in 1.0 inning of work as his opponents batted .500 against him ... struck out none and walked none ... went 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in three appearances out of the bullpen in the month of March ... allowed 10 hits in 11.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .238 against him ... struck out 12 and walked three ... went 0-1 with a 9.56 ERA in five appearances (one start) in the month of April ... allowed 26 hits in 16.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .371 against him ... struck out eight and walked four ... went 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA in three appearances (all in relief) in the month of May ... allowed 10 hits in 6.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .417 against him ... struck out one and walked three ... went 1-0 with a 11.37 ERA in five appearances (all in relief) in home games ... allowed 26 hits in 12.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .441 against him ... struck out six and walked two ... went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in five appearances (one start) in away games ... allowed 19 hits in 18.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .271 against him ... struck out 14 and walked eight ... went 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA in four appearances out of the bullpen in Irish victories ... allowed 11 hits in 9.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .314 against him ... struck out five and walked two ... went 0-0 with a 6.54 ERA in six appearances (all in relief) in day games ... allowed 25 hits in 13.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .410 against him ... struck out five and walked five ... went 1-1 with a 4.87 ERA in seven appearances (one start) in night games ... allowed 23 hits in 20.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .291 against him ... struck out 16 and walked five ... went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his only start ... allowed five hits in 4.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .313 against him ... struck out three and walked one ... went 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA in 12 appearances out of the Irish bullpen ... allowed 43 hits in 30.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .347 against him ... struck out 18 and walked seven ... left-handed hitters batted .350 (14-for-40) and right-handed hitters batted .340 (34-for-100) against him ... batters hit .359 (28-for-78) against him with runners on base and .323 (20-for-62) with the bases empty ... only nine of 31 batters reached base to lead off an inning against him ... season would have look remarkably different with the exclusion of outing against Rutgers on Apr. 10 ... rocked for 10 earned runs on 11 hits (both season-highs for an Irish pitcher), including four doubles and three home runs, in 3.0 innings of work ... struck out four and walked one in three consecutive outings against UTPA (Mar. 10), Ball State (Mar. 20) and USF (Mar. 27) ... tossed 3.1 scoreless innings of relief at USF on Mar. 27; allowed a pair of hits ... added 2.0 more scoreless innings of relief against Valparaiso on Apr. 28; struck out one and walked one ... tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief in final outing of the year against Louisville on May 22.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2009):Made 13 appearances on the mound in the spring, three of which were starts ... served as one of Notre Dame's mid-week starters and weekend reliever ... went 5-2 with a 3.86 earned run average in 30.1 innings of work ... allowed 28 hits as his opponents batted just .248 against him ... struck out 19 and walked 17 ... averaged 5.64 strikeouts and 5.04 walks per nine innings ... did not allow an earned run in five of 10 relief outings ... ranked among the top five on the staff in victories (fourth) ... Notre Dame posted a 9-4 record when Richter pitched ... went 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four appearances in BIG EAST action ... allowed one hit in 6.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .059 against him ... struck out two and walked three ... made career-debut against NCAA Super Regional qualifier Rice (tossed a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout) ... tossed 3.0 innings against Grambling on March 11 (surrendered one earned run on four hits; struck out one) ... picked up first career victory against Valparaiso on March 18 (did not yield an earned run on one hit in 2.0 innings of work) ... registered second victory of the season against Central Michigan on March 24 (working 3.0 scoreless innings of relief; allowed two hits and struck out four) ... earned the victory for a third consecutive outing against Toledo on April 1 (allowed one earned run on three hits in 4.0 innings of work; struck out four and walked one) ... tossed 1.0 scoreless inning of relief at Cincinnati on April 11 ... was charged with the loss in first career start against Northwestern on April 15 (allowed two earned runs on six hits; struck out career-high six and walked three) ... earned his fourth victory of the year in a start against Michigan on April 22 (limited Wolverines to three earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings to help Irish secure split of doubleheader; struck out one and walked three) ... tossed 3.0 hitless innings of relief against Louisville on April 26 to register the win (did walk three and struck out one) ... tossed 2.0 innings of relief against UConn on May 1 (surrendered one earned run on one hit; struck out one) ... retired the only batter he faced against USF on May 10 ... allowed one earned run on one hit in 2.0 innings of work against Illinois State on May 12 ... struggled in his start against Louisville in the BIG EAST tournament on May 20 (roughed up for seven runs, four earned, on four hits and two walks in 0.1 inning) ... made one appearance for the Gold during the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series ... tossed 0.2 innings and was charged with an earned run on one hit ... struck out two and walked one.
PREP & PERSONAL: Played during the 2007 season for St. Joseph's High School head coach John Gumpf (a former ND baseball volunteer assistant whose wife, Deanna Gumpf, is the ND softball head coach) ... earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior, after missing half the season due to a broken thumb ... also named second team all-conference as a sophomore ... started for the baseball and basketball teams throughout his first three years at St. Joe's ... helped lead baseball team to 2007 regional and sectional titles ... served as basketball team captain (also named defensive MVP) ... plays club baseball for Greenville Technology Incorporated (under head coach Joe Marker) ... received academic high honors throughout his high school career ... member of student government and the National Honor Society ... son of Patrick and Susan Richter ... his mother is the principal at St. Joseph's High School ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business as a double major in accounting and computer application.
Ritcher's Career Statistics
Ritcher in the BIG EAST Conference