Ryan Doherty: He’s A Big Deal

From strikes to kills, the former Irish pitcher now dominates the pro beach volleyball circuit.

Dominating All-American who again should rank among the nation's top closers in 2005 ... enters junior season with 2.30 career ERA that is on pace to best the standing Notre Dame record set in the early 1960s by fellow All-American Nick Palihnich (2.36, '59-'61) ... also has compiled 12.93 strikeouts per nine innings while allowing just 5.75 hits per 9 IP - with both stats on line to break standing Notre Dame records held by Dan McGinn (12.66 Ks, 6.27 hits; '64-'65) while Doherty's 4.091 career strikeout-to-walk ratio narrowly leads former teammate Chris Niesel (4.088) atop that ND career list ... took an instructional league approach during 2004 fall and winter workouts while adding 20 pounds of muscle (now 255, up from 220 in fall of '04) ... has made key strides in controlling the running game ... his All-America season in '04 included converting 12-of-13 save chances, allowing just 1-of-17 inherited baserunners to score and owning a .227 opponent slugging percentage that ranks better than most pitchers' opponent batting averages ... exciting presence who attacks hitters by throwing strikes and maximizing high-release point afforded by his 7-foot-1 frame and long arms ... has a very good arm with fastball that can touch low-90s ... fierce competitor with classic bulldog approach ... listed by Baseball America as nation's No. 90 prospect for 2005 draft ... his 13 career saves already are 3rd in ND record book, behind John Corbin's 20 from '97-'00 and J.P. Gagne's 19 from '00-'03 ... followed up his impressive freshman season with another dominating effort in summer of '03, with the Delaware (Ohio) Cows of the Great Lakes League (0.46 ERA, 3 saves, 28 strikeouts, 5 walks and 10 hits allowed in 19.2 innings) ... his '03 combined totals with the Irish and Cows included 1.49 ERA and 72 Ks in 48.1 IP (16 BB, 31 H, 2-0, 4 SV) ... most effective when maximizing downward plane of his delivery to increasing groundballs ... has worked hard at developing his slider ... picked up win for Gold in 2003 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series (3 IP, UER, H, 3 BB, 4 Ks; 5-1) ... has surprising agility for his frame ... could have been Division I basketball player (stopped playing prior to senior season) ... made big strides between sophomore and junior prep seasons, surging from team's No. 6 pitcher in 2000 to all-state in '01 while growing from 6-10 to 7-1 (he stood 5-8 in 7th grade) ... product of talent-rich Toms River, N.J., area that produced recent Little League world champions (some of those players currently are juniors at Toms River South and North) ... could face Delaware Cows teammate Michael Penn (a pitcher at Michigan) in '05 season ... his other career stats with the Irish include a 7-1 record, .179 opp. batting avg., 90 Ks, 22 BB and 40 H in 62.2 IP, a .232 opp. slugging pct. and just 8 extra-base hits allowed (6 2B, 2 HR) in 40 appearances (3 wild pitches, 8 hit batters, 3.16 BB/9 IP, has made one start) ... needs to make 21 appearances in '05 to crack that ND top-10 career list ... enters `05 with a 2.79 career ERA vs. BIG EAST teams (3-1, 6 saves, 27 Ks, 19.1 IP) - but he owns a 0.95 ERA when excluding his rare blown-save outing at Pittsburgh in `04 (Rutgers is the only other BIG EAST team with an earned run against him) ... posted 3.21 GPA in 2004 spring semester.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Joined starting pitchers Grant Johnson and Chris Niesel in receiving all BIG EAST honors (2nd team) before being named a 3rd team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (also 1st team all-Mideast Region) and the National College Baseball Writers ...led '04 staff in opponent batting avg. (.160), saves (12, one shy of ND record) and appearances (30) while ranking 2nd in ERA (2.38), 4th in Ks (46), 5th in wins (5-1) ... his 12 saves in '04 ranked 8th in the nation, behind South Carolina's Chad Blackwell (19), UC Irvine's Blair Erickson (17), Albany's Shawn Ryan (14), San Diego State's Ryan Schroyer (13), Oral Roberts' Justin Ramsey (13), Santa Clara's Anthony Rea (13) and College of Charleston's Brett Harker (13) ... his 2.38 ERA would have ranked 33rd in nation (shy of NCAA min. IP) while his 12.18 Ks/9 IP would have ranked 5th in all of Division I baseball, behind Long Beach State's Jered Weaver (13.3), Washington's Tim Lincecum (12.9), Old Dominion's Justin Verlander (12.9) and William & Mary's Bill Bray (12.8) ... led '04 staff in strikeouts (12.18) and fewest hits allowed (5.03) per 9 innings - with both marks ranking 2nd in the ND record book (Frank Carpin averaged 12.63 Ks/9 IP in '58, Ed Lupton 4.83 hits/9 IP in '63) ... also averaged 2.91 walks per 9 IP (5th on staff) while compiling 4.18 K-to-walk ratio (2nd on staff; 11th in ND record book) ... allowed just 29% of leadoff batters to reach base (3rd on staff) while owning team-best .170 opp. batting with runners on base and .178 with 2 outs (4th on staff) ... proved nearly unhittable vs. righthanded batters (team-best .141) while ranking 2nd on staff with .195 opp. batting by lefthanders ... led BIG EAST with 12 saves and ranked 2nd in appearances (30), while his 2.39 ERA and .160 opp. batting would have ranked 1st on the BIG EAST charts (which use NCAA min. of 1 IP per team game) ... led BIG EAST with five saves in conference games (3.35 conference ERA would have ranked 11th, .159 opp. batting 1st) ... his .160 overall opp. batting avg. would have broken ND record (since '91) held by David Sinnes (.163 in '92; min. of 40 IP) ... his other '04 stats included 11 walks, 5 hit batters, 5 doubles and 1 home run allowed (.277 opp. slugging pct.), a single wild pitch and 1-of-17 inherited baserunners scored ... combined with pair of setup pitchers, senior LHP Joe Thaman (29) and freshman RHP Dan Kapala (28), to each log 28-plus appearances (no previous ND team had even two pitchers with 28-plus) ... helped '04 staff rank 9th in nation with 3.36 team ERA ... key member of '04 bullpen that posted 2.97 season ERA, 19-3 record, .225 opp. batting avg. and 2.6 K-to-walk ratio ... compiled 15-inning midseason scoreless streak while not allowing a hit in 31 straight at-bats ... his 30 appearances rank 3rd in ND history, behind Mike Coffey (37, in '89) and Aaron Heilman (31, in '98) ... averaged nearly 18 outs per 9 IP via Ks or groundouts (5.3) ... his top saves in came: at #20 USC (1.0 IP, BB, HB, 2 Ks, 5 batters faced; 3-1), vs. #19 Arizona in Round Rock, Texas (1.2 IP, H, K; 4-2), game-1 and game-3 of sweep at West Virginia (1.0 IP, H, BB, K in 5-3 game; induced flyout after inheriting bases-loaded for final out in 6-2 game), lateseason home games vs. #20 Central Florida (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB; 3-2) and Virginia Tech (1.0 IP, 2 Ks, GO; 2-1), and 6-5 win over UC Irvine in NCAA elimination game (1.0 IP, H, 2 Ks) ... winning pitcher in 3-2 game at #12 Florida Atlantic (1.1 IP, H, BB, K), adding noteworthy wins over Southern Illinois (12-11 in 11 innings, at San Antonio; 1.2 IP, 2 H, R, 2 Ks), Boston College (1.1 IP, BB, 3 Ks, 5 BF; held 4-4 game in 8th, win 6-4) and Ball State (1.2 IP, 4 Ks; 7-6, in 15 inn.) ... took mound at #20 USC in 7th with two runners on, recording strikeout and groundout to end 3-1 win that was called after 7 innings ... entered game vs. #19 Arizona (in Round Rock) with 1-out in top of 8th and runners on 2nd and 3rd, striking out Trevor Crowe and inducing flyout from Nick Hundley to preserve 3-2 lead ... walked bases loaded in 9th but worked out of that 1-out jam to save 5-3 game at SIU (1.0 IP, K) ... won 6-5 game vs. Villanova after entering in top of 10th with runner on 2nd (1.0 IP) ... retired all five batters he faced in 2-1 loss to St. John's (3 Ks) ... his first batter before saving 9-6 game at Georgetown (1.1 IP, 2 Ks, 5 BF) ... saved 4-3 game at Seton Hall (1.0 IP, 2 Ks) before suffering only loss of season and first blown save (after 7-for-7) in 7-6 game at Pittsburgh, after taking mound in 9th with 6-3 lead (0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, K) ... that game ended his scoreless streak at 15.0 IP (14 GP) and snapped an 0-for-31 stretch by opposing batters (he had 16 Ks, 2 BB in that span) ... entered Ball State game after 14th-inning triple and struck out two batters on 1-2 pitches to end the threat (his 4 Ks were part of ND's Eck Stadium record 20) ... saved 7-5 game vs. IPFW (6 BF) ... served up home run to Jeff Frazier while closing 5-3 win over Rutgers (1.0 IP, H, R, 2 Ks, 4 BF) ... picked up second save vs. UCF in bumpy fashion (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB; 3-2) ... pitched sparingly in postseason, at BIG EAST Tournament vs. SJU (1.0 IP, H; 9-2) and BC (1.0 IP, H, K; 11-5) and in NCAA elimination game vs. California Irvine (1.0 IP, 4 BF; 6-5).

AS A FRESHMAN: Emerged as dominating reliever, with 44 strikeouts in just 28.2 innings and a 2.20 ERA that ranked 3rd on staff ... led Irish in several categories, including Ks per 9 innings (13.8), low opp. batting avg. (.220) and fewest hits allowed per 9 IP (6.6) ... also led staff in opp. 2-out batting (.171), opp. slugging (.238, HR, 2B) and righthanded opp. batting (.136), ranking 2nd in leadoff on-base pct. (.267), 3rd in K-to-walk ratio (4.0), 4th in appearances (16), 5th in strikeouts "looking" (12) and 6th in Ks ... closed eight games, with other stats including 21 hits and 11 walks allowed (2 WP, 3 HB) ... won only two decisions, with one save ... struggled with tight strike zone in debut, vs. Dayton at ASU (0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 BB; 10-9), before impressive stretch spanning 14 games (23 IP) in which he did not allow an earned run (including 6 appearances, 8 IP with no runs allowed) ... bounced back in stints vs. Minnesota (0.2 IP, 2 BB, 2 Ks; 2-8, at Metrodome) and Navy (2 IP, 2 H, 4 Ks; 11-2, in Jacksonville) ... beat Toledo in only start (4 IP, 2 H, 2 UER, BB, 7 Ks; 8-3) ... had 5 Ks to keep Irish in game vs. Eastern Michigan (2 IP; 3-5) ... beat UConn in relief (1.1, H, K; 3-2), adding BIG EAST appearances at Rutgers (IP, 2 H, K; 3-5) and Virginia Tech (IP, 2 H, 2 Ks; 12-4) ... also saved 4-2 win over Butler (IP, K) ... pitched in BIG EAST winners-bracket game vs. Rutgers (2 IP, H, 2 UER, BB, 5 Ks; 9-3) ... made two appearances at NCAA Regional, vs. Arizona (IP, 2 H, R, BB, K; 13-5) and host Cal State Fullerton (4.1 IP, H, R, 3 BB, 3 Ks; 1-8).

PREP & PERSONAL: Named 2002 Gatorade player of the year for New Jersey, with 1.14 ERA, 5-4 record, 85 Ks and 19 walks in 63 innings as senior at Toms River East (4.5 K-to-BB ratio; 9-inning averages of 12.1 Ks, 2.7 BB) ... his three-year varsity totals included 1.22 ERA and 185 Ks (15-5, 31 BB, 117 H, 10 shutouts) ... rated by Baseball America as high as nation's No. 67 prep prospect ... helped Jersey Shore team win '02 Carpenter Cup, as winning pitcher of title game at Veterans Stadium ... team captain as senior ... all-state while leading '01 team to 29-3 record, national ranking and state title (first in school history), setting school record for wins in season (10-0, 1.26, 86 Ks, 19 BB, 72 IP) ... posted 7-1 win over Hamilton East in South Jersey Group IV state-title game (5 H, 10 Ks) ... winning pitcher in 4-3 state-title game vs. North Bergen (10 Ks) ... pitched six innings in '01 Carpenter Cup (10 Ks, H) ... posted complete-game win vs. Toms River South (6-1, 8 Ks), 13 Ks vs. Toms River North (1 H; 4-1) ... late varsity callup in '00 (1.37, 0-1, 15 IP, 13 Ks, 15 H, 4 BB) ... led '00-'01 basketball team to program's first conference title since '84, second-best record (20-5) in team history ... basketball MVP, county player of year and third team all-shore as junior (18 points and 11.4 rebounds/gm; school records with 139 blocks in season, 12 in game) ... also lettered in basketball as sophomore ... 4.25 GPA honors student ... uncle Tom O'Brien played basketball at University of Hartford ... born Feb. 2, 1984, in Toms River, N.J. ... son of Nancy O'Brien ... full name is Ryan Daniel Doherty ... a philosophy major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters.

Doherty's Career Stats


Ryan Doherty
Ryan  Doherty


Toms River, NJ

High School:
Toms River East

Height / Weight:
7-1 / 255

Righthanded Pitcher


2 MW


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