Connaughton Drafted In Fourth Round By The Baltimore Orioles

The junior is the highest Irish hurler to get drafted since RHP Kyle Weiland went in the third round in 2008.

SENIOR SEASON (2009): Two-sport talent who finally concentrated on baseball last fall and success was evident ... tremendous athlete with incredible raw power, packing plenty of talent into his 6-2, 215-pound frame ... greatest power seems to be to the opposite field ... enters the spring as the starting first baseman ... first Irish player to ever throw multiple touchdown passes and hit multiple home runs in the same academic year ... hit at a .280 clip during his first three seasons with the Irish, totaling 46 RBI in 73 games played (42 starts, 27 runs, .577 slugging pct., 13 HR, 13 2B, .362 on-base pct., 19 BB, 4 HBP, 60 Ks, 1-of-1 SBs) ... a .284 career hitter in BIG EAST regular-season games (23-for-81, 29 GP, 21 RBI, 11 R, 6 HR, 5 2B, 9 BB).

JUNIOR SEASON (2008): Appeared in 51 games for the Irish and made 33 starts, predominantly at first base (28), but also made three starts at 3B and two at DH ... batted .324 (44-for-136) with a team-high 13 home runs and 40 RBI ... the 13 home runs ranked tied for fourth in the BIG EAST ... the 13 bombs were the most by an Irish player since Matt Edwards hit 14 in 2005 ... 10 of his 13 home runs went to center or left field ... one of 20 players in Notre Dame history to hit 10 or more home runs in a single season ... named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Mar. 24 ... added 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, 14 walks, one sacrifice fly and one stolen base ... finished first on the team in home runs, third in total bases, third in RBI, third in doubles, fifth in games played and third in games played as a sub ... situationally, he ranked fifth on the team in batting versus right-handed pitchers (.355), fifth in batting with two outs (.346) and sixth in batting with runners in scoring position (.311) ... ranked fifth on the team in batting with runners on base (.315), fifth in batting with the bases empty (.365) and second in two-out RBI (20) ... finished eighth on team in multi-hit (12) games and first in multi-RBI (12) games ... had eight two-hit games and four three-hit affairs ... had seven games with two RBI, four games with three RBI and one game with six RBI ... hit primarily in the #4 (29) spot in the lineup ... also batted one game in the seventh, eighth and ninth spots ... hit .301 in BIG EAST regular-season games (22-for-73, 11 R, 21 RBI, six HR, 5 2B, 9 BB, 1 HBP, 28 Ks, 1 SF) ... ranked fifth in slugging percentage in BIG EAST games only (.616) and ninth in home runs (6) ... ranked 124th in the NCAA in home runs ... made his season debut against Liberty on Feb. 22, but went hitless ... registered a critical pinchhit, RBI double against Iowa on Feb. 23 ... went 3-for-3 with a double, run scored, three RBI and gamewinning, walkoff solo home run (first of his career) against Maine on Mar. 4 ... first walkoff home run for the Irish since 2006 and 13th since 1996 ... posted backto- back two-hit games against Lehigh (Mar. 6) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Mar. 7) ... homered for the second straight game against Lehigh ... added an RBI double against TAMCC ... went 2-for- 3 with a run scored, double and two RBI against Texas-Pan American on Mar. 16 ... exploded for a career game versus Georgetown on Mar. 20 ... went 3-for-6 with a double, home run, two runs scored and career-high six RBI (also an Irish season-high) ... the six RBI were the second-most in Notre Dame singlegame history ... added another three-hit game against the Hoyas just two days later ... went 3-for-5 with two more home runs, two runs scored and three RBI on Mar. 22 ... for the weekend, he posted an absurd 1.455 slugging percentage and .545 on-base percentage (awarded BIG EAST POTW) ... the first Irish player to smack three or more home runs in a BIG EAST series since Craig Cooper had three in a series against Rutgers in 2006 ... the nine RBI for the weekend was also the most for a Notre Dame player since Cooper had nine that same weekend against the Scarlet Knights ... homered for the third time in four games when he went deep against Ball State on Mar. 25 ... struggled over the next six games (batted just 1-for-16), but rebounded with a three-hit game against Valparaiso on Apr. 8 ... went 3-for-4 with a run scored, double, home run and two RBI ... went 2-for-3 with a walk and double versus Villanova on Apr. 11 ... added another multi-hit game against the Wildcats on Apr. 13 (added a walk, double and two RBI) ... put together his second of four hitting streaks of at least four games from Apr. 18 through Apr. 22 ... batted .444 (4-for-9) with a double, walk and four RBI in the weekend series with West Virginia (Apr. 18-20) ... belted a three-run home run (his ninth) against Chicago State on Apr. 22 ... posted another four-game hitting streak from Apr. 27 through May 3 ... drove in five over the stretch and hit two home runs, including another three-run home run against Mississippi Valley State on Apr. 29 ... closed the season with a five-game hitting streak (a career-best) ... homered in three consecutive games against Michigan (May 13), USF (May 15) and USF (May 16) ... batted .412 (7-for- 17) with three home runs, five RBI and six runs scored in the streak ... went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against Michigan on May 13 ... went 2-for-3 with a double and solo home run against USF on May 16.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007): Saw limited time with the baseball squad while also competing in spring football practice ... his season totals included a double, two RBI, a run scored, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and 12 strikeouts in 28 at-bats ... made seven starts and came off the bench in eight other games ... committed an error in 58 fielding chances at first base (.983) ... made four starts at first base in first month of season, versus: Texas State (0-6, in San Antonio), #12 TCU (BB; 4- 1, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Coastal Carolina (0- 4, in M.B.) and Iowa (1-8, at Stetson) ... made three starts as DH, versus BIG EAST teams: game-1 at Louisville (1-3), game-2 with UConn (5-4) and the BIG EAST Tournament opener versus Rutgers (3-13).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006): Split time with Irish football team while appearing in 15 games with the baseball team (with a pair of starts) ... batted .357 (5-for-14, 4 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 4 2B, 2 HBP, 2 Ks) ... reached base 55 percent of the time ... made his debut at the Metrodome in game versus Nebraska (first base), also playing next day versus host team Minnesota ... walked and scored while playing first base in 16-2 win over Iowa (in San Antonio) ... drew first start of season (DH) on spring-break trip, reaching on an early HBP before hitting RBI single for 8-4 lead on Iowa (Hawkeyes rallied for 10-8 win) ... had RBI double and walked in 12-1 win over Cleveland State ... drew start in final regular season game, reaching base four times to help fuel 12-1 road win over Villanova (2-for-3, RBI, 2 R, BB, HBP) ... gained postseason experience as pinch hitter in BIG EAST Tournament loss to St. John's (hit; 1-10) and at Kentucky in NCAA Regional (BB, R, RBI; 4-10).

FOOTBALL (2008): Saw limited action as Jimmy Clausen's backup ... appeared in three games and completed 3-for-5 passes for 18 yards ... also rushed four times for three yards.

FOOTBALL (2007): Saw action in eight games and started two ... completed 77-of-140 for 736 yards and five touchdowns ... completed 55.0% of his passes ... recorded an efficiency rating of 106.66 ... was 17-for-27 in second career start at Notre Dame against Navy (11/3) ... threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns against the Midshipmen ... provided a spark for the Irish upon entering the game in the third quarter against Boston College (10/13) ... led the Irish on a 79-yard scoring drive in which he went 4-for-7 for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles ... came in during the second half for the Irish, connecting on 16-of-26 passes against Purdue (9/29) ... recorded a career high 208 yards passing and two touchdown passes ... connected with baseball teammate Golden Tate for a 43-yard pass and 25-yard touchdown.

FOOTBALL (2006): Saw very limited action as Brady Quinn's backup, appearing in nine of 13 games with 21 minutes of play (completed 1-of-2 passes) ... played in `06 games versus Penn State, Michigan, Stanford, Navy, North Carolina, Air Force, Army and LSU (in Sugar Bowl).

PREP & PERSONAL: Capped multiplesport career at Marshall HS by receiving Michigan male athlete of the year award (for `04-'05) from Detroit Athletic Club ... totaled 11 varsity letters (four in baseball and football, three in basketball) ... standout shortstop who compiled .459 career batting avg. at Marshall while hitting 33 home runs (sixth-most in Michigan high school history) ... hit .488 with 10 HRs and 50 RBI while earning first team all-state as a senior (9 2B, 3 3B, 34 BB, 31 GP) ... also went 6-2 on the mound in `05 (2.98 ERA, 53 Ks in 52 IP) ... first team all-state in 2004 (.506, school-record 15 HR, 45 RBI) ... two-time participant in USA Baseball Showcase (Joplin, Mo.) ... played on AABC team that won 2004 championship ... member of Concealed Security Dodgers in summer of `04 ... hit .400 in Perfect Game Wooden Bat World Championships (East Cobb, Ga.) ... became 10th Michigan prep quarterback to pass for more than 5,000 career yards (5,216; 11th in state history)and 50 TDs (61; 5th) ... selected to play in U.S. Army All-American Game (dnp due to state rules) ... first team all-state quarterback as a senior (1,389 passing yards, 16 TDs) ... passed for 1,942 as a junior (19 TDs), 1,840 as a sophomore (26 TDs) ... served as shooting guard on MHS basketball team ... one of 41 Michigan natives to monogram with Notre Dame baseball ... joins sophomore OF/LHP David Mills (Battle Creek/Lakeview HS), sophomore infielder Herman Petzold (St. Clair Shores/De LaSalle HS) and his brother Ryan in giving the Irish four Michigan natives on the `08 roster ... the program's other Michigan natives have included All-America outfielders Eric Danapilis (St. Joseph; `93) and Ryan Topham (Portage; `05) ... recent Notre Dame baseball players to wear #8 include home run record holder (and football tight end) Frank Jacobs and All-America infielder Brant Ust ... his father Tom Sharpley played baseball at Spring Arbor ... great uncle Jim Ninowski was a quarterback at Michigan State and in the NFL ... born Nov. 4, 1986, in Pontiac, Mich. ... son of Nancy and Tom Sharpley ... full name is Evan Thomas Sharpley ... a history major, enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters ... enters 2009 spring semester with 3.20 cumulative GPA that includes a 3.53 from the 2006 spring semester and a 3.56 from the `07 fall term.

Sharpley's Career Statistics

200610/21445 10044 230/00-0.550 .429.357
200715/72811 10021 1120/00-0.100 .071.036
200851/331362244 110134014 1471/01-1.388 .691.324
Totals73/421752749 1301346194601/01-1.362.577.280

Evan Sharpley
Evan  Sharpley


Marshall, MI

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 210




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