The Irish win their first ACC game in program history in a Friday night showdown with Virginia Tech March 21.
AT NOTRE DAME: Gifted catcher with a plus throwing arm ... switch hitter ... with work on swing and approach can be a very good hitter with power from both sides of plate ... needs to work on base running and on becoming more of a dynamic athlete ... has opportunity to blossom into a front-line catcher ... will compete immediately for starting catcher spot.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Barrington High School in Barrington, Ill., in the spring of 2013 ... drafted in the 40th round (pick 1,193) by the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 3 catcher in Illinois and the No. 16 prospect overall in the state for the high school class of 2013 ... earned all-conference, all-area and all-state honors as a senior after batting .381 with eight homers, eight doubles and a .711 slugging percentage ... named second team all-Central Region by Rawlings after helping lead Barrington to the Mid-Suburban League West Division championship during final year ... selected all-conference, all-area and Perfect Game honorable mention Underclass All-American as a junior ... played with the Barrington Post 158 team and helped squad win the 10th district American Legion championship ... full name is Ryan Thomas Lidge ... born in Arlington Heights, Ill., to Chris and Peggy Lidge ... has an older brother, Mike, an older sister, Maggie, and a twin brother, Dylan ... cousin, Brad Lidge, played baseball at Notre Dame from 1995-98 and played in Major League Baseball for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals from 2002-12, winning a World Series with the Phillies in 2008 ... enrolled in First Year of Studies.