Sophomore Zak Kutsulis records first hit of day to win game for Notre Dame.
AT NOTRE DAME: Athletic and veteran fall 2013 transfer that spent a season at Kansas State and a year at Iowa Western Junior College ... is capable in the outfield and on the mound ... has one of best power bats and outfield arms on the team ... expected starter in right field and will hit in upper part of lineup ... is also expected to pitch a lot of significant innings as either a situational lefty or a mid-week starter ... could also break into the weekend rotation ... tallied a 3.200 GPA in first semester at Notre Dame (fall 2013).
AS A SOPHOMRE (Iowa Western JC - 2013): Hit .328 with 19 hits, 18 runs scored, five doubles and 12 RBI in 58 at-bats ... played in 34 games ... also pitched in 12 games (42.0 innings pitched), putting together a 6-2 mark with a 3.21 ERA ... pitched two complete games ... had third-best ERA on team ... was perfect in the field in 21 chances.
AS A FRESHMAN (Kansas State - 2012): Went 2-2 with a 5.05 ERA in lone campaign at Kansas State ... made 27 appearances and started three games ... pitched 35.2 innings.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Hill-Murray High School in the spring of 2011 ... earned four letters in baseball ... drafted in the 37th round (1,132) in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox ... led team to a 17-3 record as a senior and was named the Classic Suburban Conference Player of the Year and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota ... also earned all-metro and all-state accolades after hitting .450 with five homers and 24 RBI on offense and going a perfect 7-0 with a 0.49 ERA in 42.1 innings on the mound ... named all-conference and all-state as a junior ... selected all-metro and all-conference as a sophomore ... finished career with two all-state and three all-metro scrolls ... threw a no-hitter against No. 1 team in the state ... also a standout in the classroom, earning academic letters and being named to the "A" Honor Roll ... played club baseball for the Minnesota Starz ... full name is Robert John Youngdahl ... born in Stillwater, Minn., to Mark and Barb Youngdahl ... has two younger sisters, Jocelyn and Elyse ... father, Mark, played hockey at Minnesota State ... enrolled in the College of Arts & Letters and is majoring in economics.