The Irish play their first series on the new FieldTurf at Frank Eck Stadium as Clemson comes calling May 9-11.
AT NOTRE DAME: Pleasant surprise in the fall with a fastball that can touch the upper-80's to 90 mph ... has a good breaking ball and changeup ... could work himself into rotation with improvement ... expected to be a regular contributor out of the bullpen ... tallied a 3.067 GPA in first college semester (fall 2013).
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Otsego High School in Tontogany, Ohio in the spring of 2013 ... earned four letters each in baseball, basketball and football ... named the No. 13 RHP and the No. 26 overall high school prospect in Ohio for the high school class of 2013 by Perfect Game ... named honorable mention all-region for the Central Region by Rawlings ... went 6-0 with a 0.70 ERA and 58 strikeouts as a senior to earn Pitcher of the Year honors for the Northern Buckeye Conference ... also hit .440 with 21 RBI and two homers at the dish ... missed most of junior campaign with a broken right thumb ... in football, earned second team all-state honors ... full name is Ryan Vincent Smoyer ... born in Bowling Green, Ohio to Duane and Karen Smoyer ... has two younger sisters, Morgan and Hannah ... enrolled in First Year of Studies.