Excitement surrounds a program that welcomes back nearly everyone from 2014.
Former Irish standout Jeff Samardzija had an elite year on the mound for the Cubs and A's.
The Irish look ahead to their 2015 campaign as fall practices conclude with the annual Blue-Gold Series
Pollock, Samardzija highlight Irish efforts in the professional ranks thus far in 2014.
A co-captain as a senior, Sean Fitzgerald will start his career with the Arizona Angels of the Arizona Rookie League.
Notre Dame went to San Antonio for the Irish Baseball Classic Feb. 20-23.
The Irish invaded Tallahassee, Fla., for a three-game set with No. 1 Florida State April 4-6.
The Irish invaded Miami for a meeting with the No. 11 Hurricanes. ND picked up its 1st ACC road win & 1st ranked ACC win.
ND kicked off its 2014 season with a trip to Boca Raton, Fla., for a meeting with the No. 24 Florida Atlantic Owls.
The Irish played their first ACC series in program history at No. 6 NC State March 8-9.
AT NOTRE DAME (2011-PRESENT): Four-year monogram winner ... named a co-captain as a senior along with fellow senior Forrest Johnson ... had spectacular senior year before a forearm injury ended his season in mid-April … was Notre Dame’s Friday night starter in the ACC and displayed remarkable consistency … started three season openers for the Irish … earned a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Angels in June 2014 following graduation … minor league page.
HONORS & AWARDS: BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 25, 2013) ... College Baseball 360 Primetime Performers (March 13, 2012) ... BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (April 4, 2011) ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2011, 2012) … ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014).
SENIOR SEASON (2014): Made 10 starts on the mound for the Irish in final season before a freak forearm injury sidelined outstanding campaign in mid-April … gave the Irish a steady arm at the top of their rotation … proved to be a legitimate Friday night starter in the powerful ACC … compiled a 3-3 record in 70.2 innings, striking out 48 hitters and issuing 19 walks … went at least five innings in all 10 starts … gave up three runs or less in nine of 10 outings … had eight quality starts in 10 appearances (6+ IP, 3 or less ER) … gave up just three home runs, all of which came in one game … was second on the team in innings pitched and second on the team in strikeouts … was effective vs. left-handed hitters, holding them to a .202 average … held opponents to a .200 batting average with the bases empty … finished tied for third in the ACC in complete games (2), sixth in opponent batting average (.204) and eighth in ERA (2.29) … earned first win of the season at No. 24 Florida Atlantic (Feb 15), tossing five innings and striking out six … struck out a season-high seven batters vs. Incarnate Word (Feb. 22) to pick up second win of the year … went 1-2 in ACC games with a 2.42 ERA … tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out three vs. Virginia Tech (March 21) … surrendered just one run in next start vs. Wake Forest (March 28) … threw eight innings at Boston College (April 11), allowing one run on seven hits and striking out six … in final start of the year, tossed 8.1 innings and struck out five batters at No. 11 Miami (April 19) … was Notre Dame baseball’s winner of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award … named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … earned a monogram.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Made 18 appearances, including 14 starts while posting a 5-4 record with a 4.89 ERA in 73.2 innings of work ... went five or more innings in nine of 14 starts ... allowed one or fewer earned runs in 11 of the 18 appearances ... only gave up four home runs including just two in first 15 appearances ... struck out 43 batters, turning in three starts with five or more ... walked 20 batters, but averaged less than one per appearance if four against UCLA (March 8) are discounted ... finished second on the team in starts and innings pitched and tied for second in strikeouts ... Irish went 9-5 when he started ... had a 2-3 record with a 7.57 ERA in six starts in BIG EAST play ... made nine appearances, striking out 14 and walking 10 ... tied for seventh in BIG EAST in fewest walks allowed ... was perfect in 18 fielding opportunities (six putouts, 12 assists) ... after tough opening-day start against Florida Gulf Coast Feb. 16 (5.0 IP, 5 ER, 1 SO, 1 BB), turned in three impressive starts in a row ... earned first win of season at Tulane (Feb. 22) by going 6.1 innings and giving up only one run on four hits ... was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after performance ... had solid start against Tennessee (March 1), going eight innings and giving up only one run on five hits while striking out eight batters ... the eight K's were a career high, while the eight innings pitched tied a career high ... earned an eventual no-decision, but Irish won 3-2 in 12 innings ... hurled six innings and allowed just one run by working around four walks and three hit batsmen at national champion UCLA (March 8) ... received no-decision in Notre Dame's 2-1 loss to the Bruins ... picked up second victory of year by going seven innings against Quinnipiac April 21 (1 ER, 4 SO, 0 BB) ... worked around seven hits by striking out three and walking none to give up just one run in 6.2 innings of work to pick up fourth win against USF (May 5) ... closed out season by going 6.2 innings in the BIG EAST Tournament against Pittsburgh (May 25), earning the no-decision despite allowing just one run and striking out four … earned a monogram.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Made 27 appearances, including seven starts ... opened the year as a weekend starter (including the season opener vs.. Illinois) ... returned to the bullpen in a setup role and excelled for the second straight season ... 27 appearances were third most by any pitcher on the staff ... 20 relief outings were fifth most on the squad ... went 7-3 with a 3.82 earned run average in 70.2 innings of work ... allowed 72 hits as opponents batted .268 ... struck out 57 and walked 14 ... ranked second in the BIG EAST in fewest walks allowed, tied for fourth in fewest runs allowed, sixth in appearances, ninth in victories, tied for ninth in hits allowed and 12th in strikeouts looking ... in BIG EAST games only, ranked second in appearances (15), tied for second in fewest walks (five), third in fewest hits allowed (28), tied for third in relief outings (13), tied for fifth in fewest runs allowed (12), sixth in opposing batting average .233 and tied for seventh in fewest earned runs allowed (12) ... averaged 7.26 strikeouts and 1.78 walks per nine innings ... posted a 4.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... did not allow a run in 14 of 27 appearances, including each of his last eight outings and 11 of his last 12 appearances ... did not allow a run in 14 of his 20 relief appearances ... did not issue a walk in 14 of 27 appearances ... did not issue a walk in 12 of his 20 relief appearances ... did not allow a run over his last 12.1 innings of work ... inherited 23 base runners upon entering the game and allowed only two to score ... went 3-0 with a 3.34 ERA in 15 appearances (13 in relief) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 44 hits in 54.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .233 ... struck out 26 and walked five ... went 2-2 with a 5.91 ERA in seven starts ... allowed 45 hits in 32.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .336 ... struck out 21 and walked six ... went 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 20 relief appearances ... allowed 27 hits in 38.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .200 ... struck out 36 and walked eight ... registered his first career start in the season-opening victory over Illinois on Feb. 17, but was roughed up for six earned runs on five hits in 2.0 innings of work ... allowed three earned runs on eight hits in his next start against Hofstra (Feb. 25) ... after another difficult start vs.. Texas State on March 2 (3 ER, 8 H, 3.2 IP), rebounded with the best outing of his career against LSU on March 11 ... limited the No. 11 Tigers to an earned run on six hits in 8.0 innings ... fanned four and walked one as the Irish picked up a victory against their highest-ranked foe on the road since capping off their historic run to Omaha with a 3-1 victory over No. 1 Florida State on June 10, 2002 ... earned College Baseball 360 Primetime Performers for his effort vs. LSU ... after three more starts, moved into the bullpen following the addition of Pat Connaughton to the starting rotation ... retired all 10 batters he faced in 3.1 perfect innings of relief against Georgetown (April 20) ... worked 4.1 scoreless innings of relief en route to a victory over Butler on May 1 ... picked up victories out of the bullpen against both Northwestern on May 15 (2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB) and Connecticut on May 18 (3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB) … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Made 23 appearances out of the Irish bullpen ... served as top setup man and co-closer ... his 23 appearances were tied for the most by any pitcher on the staff ... went 1-2 with a 2.38 earned run average and five saves in 34.0 innings of work ... allowed 27 hits as his opponents batted .218 ... struck out 25 and walked seven ... his five saves were tied for the fourth-most in BIG EAST games only ... ranked first in saves, tied for first in relief appearances, second in games finished and sixth in strikeouts ... averaged 6.62 strikeouts and 1.85 walks per nine innings ... posted a 3.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... did not allow a run in 14 of 23 appearances ... did not issue a walk in 18 of 23 appearances ... went 5-for-5 in save opportunities ... inherited 18 base runners upon entering the game and only allowed three to score ... retired 19 of the 23 first batters he faced ... went 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 13 appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 16 hits in 22.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .203 ... struck out 14 and walked two ... left-handed hitters batted .054 (2-for-37) ... right-handed hitters batted .287 (25-for-87) ... batters hit .185 (10-for-54) with runners on base ... batters hit .243 (17-for-70) with the bases empty ... batters hit .095 (4-for-42) with two outs (over 100 points lower than the Irish as a team) ... tossed a season-high 4.2 innings and struck out five in the 13-inning loss at Rutgers on May 8 ... allowed two hits, one unearned run and struck out six in 4.0 innings of relief against UIC on March 28 ... picked up the victory with 3.0 scoreless innings of relief versus Seton Hall on April 30 ... registered six consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run against Iowa on March 18 (1.0 IP), Gonzaga on March 20 (0.1 IP), UIC on March 28 (4.0 IP), Pittsburgh on April 2 (0.2 IP), Pittsburgh on April 3 (3.0 IP) and Western Michigan on April 6 (1.2 IP) ... recorded four straight scoreless outings against West Virginia on April 15 (0.1 IP), West Virginia on April 17 (1.0 IP), St. John's (1.1 IP) and Seton Hall (3.0 IP) … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
PREP & PERSONAL: Lettered four years in baseball for head coach John Thomas ... posted a career ERA of 1.69 with a record of 28-9 ... registered a career 1.02 WHIP and 4.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 219.1 innings pitched ... owned a career batting average of .390 with over 100 hits and 100 RBI ... first player in Virginia AAA Northern Region history to have over 20 career wins and both 100 hits and 100 RBI ... three-time Most Valuable Player ... three-time first team all-district ... two-time Liberty District Pitcher of the Year ... two-time Washington Post first team all-metropolitan ... selected as McLean High School's Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year following his junior year ... honored with the Craig J. Fielder Award following his senior year, the school's most prestigious athletic honor ... owned the school record at the time of graduation for career victories ... as a junior, was named first team all-district, Liberty District Pitcher of the Year, first team all-region, honorable mention all-state and first team all-metropolitan ... member of the National Honor Society ... went 8-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 57.2 innings on the mound ... struck out 69 and walked 10 in 10 appearances and nine starts, including eight complete games ... at the plate, batted .470 with 10 doubles, 23 RBI, 23 runs scored and eight stolen bases ... as a sophomore, was named first team all-district and second team all-region ... went 6-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 60.1 innings on the mound ... struck out 62 and walked 17 in 13 appearances, including four complete games and two saves ... at the plate, hit .423 with four doubles, two triples, 23 RBI, 17 runs scored and 14 stolen bases ... as a freshman, was named second team all-district ... went 4-3 with a 1.82 ERA in 42.1 innings on the mound ... struck out 27 and walked nine in nine appearances, including a pair of complete games ... at the plate, hit .364 with five RBI, 10 runs scored and four stolen bases ... born in Arlington, Virginia ... son of Joe and Michelle Fitzgerald ... has a brother, Eric, and sister, Mia ... full name is Sean Tsai Fitzgerald ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance (3.037 GPA).
**Career Stats Attached Above As PDF (As Of May 17, 2014)**