A Look Back At The 2002 Super Regionals At No. 1 Florida State

The Irish defeated the Seminoles in three games to advance to the program's second College World Series.

  • Third Team Academic All-American - 2001, 2002
  • Second Team All-BIG EAST - 2000, 2001, 20002
  • All-NCAA Regional Selection - 2001, 2002

    Accomplished all-around hitter who ranks as only Notre Dame player ever to post career batting average above .350 while also hitting 30-plus home runs and 10-plus triples ... signed with Oakland Athletics organization after junior season, as sixth-round draft pick ... second team all-BIG EAST each of his three seasons ... two-time Academic All-American, with four Dean's List semesters and 3.50 cumulative GPA as business management major (he returned in fall of 2002 to complete graduation requirements) ... previously drafted in 1999 (12th round, Montreal) and 2001 (33rd, Chicago Cubs) ... ranks third on Irish career triples list (14), seventh in home runs (33) and slugging (.624), ninth in RBI (168), 11th in batting (.355) and doubles (48) - plus 143 runs, 72 walks and 16 stolen bases in 172 games ... combined imposing 6-3, 220-pound frame with good lefthanded bat control, strong wrists and lightning-quick bat ... a .441 career hitter at Eck Stadium ... hit .386 in 19 career NCAA Tournament games (30 RBI, 7 HR) - including game-ending home run vs. Rice at 2002 College World Series ... two-time Cape Cod League all-star with Hyannis Mets, finishing as CCL's second-leading hitter (.324) in 2000.

    AS A JUNIOR:. Second team all-BIG EAST and third team Academic All-American, despite missing nine games due to shoulder strain and nine with broken bones in his face (he wore a football-style facemask upon his return) ... hit mostly in No. 3 hole while shifting from right to left field ... finished third among BIG EAST players with .394 batting ... tied for BIG EAST lead in triples (5), pacing Irish in slugging (.658, 4th BIG EAST) while ranking second in RBI (57, 6th BIG EAST), home runs (9) and on-base (.451), third in doubles (14) and walks (23) ... hit .442 with RBI chances (second on team) ... made just one error, with several stellar plays in NCAA Super Regional at top-ranked Florida State ... his postseason heroics included: 10th-inning hit into leftfield corner that brought Steve Sollmann around from first base for 3-2 win over Rutgers in BIG EAST title game; a 2-run, 1st-inning shot over high rightfield fence in first game of Super Regional at FSU (10-4); and game-ending, 2-run shot that beat Rice in CWS (5-3) on a 1-2 pitch from LHP Justin Crowder (minus the facemask-style helmet, which had cracked in the previous game) ... named MVP at Irish Baseball Classic (6-for-12, 5 RBI, 3 HR, 3B, 4 BB) ... reached base 11 consecutive times, in games vs. Rochester College (1B, error), Detroit (5-for-5, BB, HR, 5 R) and Boston College (2-for-3, BB).

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Started in right while ranking second on team in batting (.386) as cleanup hitter ... posted team-best totals in RBI (66), HRs (10), walks (31), slugging (.657) and on-base (.467), plus 19 doubles, four triples and nine SBs ... second team all-BIG EAST, third team Academic All-American ... named national player of the week after batting 9-for-13 at Mississippi State Classic (10 consecutive times on-base) ... had hits in final two ABs vs. New Orleans (7-6 loss), then 3-for-3 vs. MSU (5-4; 2 BB), adding hits in first three ABs of 4-2 win over Bulldogs ... turned on 1-1 pitch from Ben Fritz and snapped clothesline-shot over rightfield fence for 4-2 lead at Fresno State (5-4, 10 inn.) ... had key 9th-inning single as Irish rallied for sweep at Rutgers (5-4, 11 inn.) ... homered vs. Rutgers in BIG EAST Tournament (6-2) ... earned spot on NCAA all-South Bend Regional team, batting 10-for-21 with 25 total bases (11 RBI, 4 HR, 3 2B, 8 R, 4 BB) ... hit 2-run shot, added 2-run double and then had go-ahead, 10th-inning shot vs. UCSB's James Garcia, for 11-10 NCAA elimination-game win.

    AS A FRESHMAN: BIG EAST's only freshman to earn all-conference (2nd team) ... consensus Freshman All-American ... his 14 home runs (third BIG EAST) set ND freshman record ... fifth among Irish regulars with .298 batting, third with 45 RBI while starting all 64 games (mostly in right) ... posted ND freshman at-bats record (248) ... second on team in slugging (.569), third in doubles (15), fourth in walks (18) and SBs (5-of-10) ... second among BIG EAST players for conference HRs (7), sixth in RBI (21) ... homered for 2-2 tie at Memphis (4-3; 2 R) ... had two home runs vs. Akron (10-3; 4-for-5, 4 RBI) ... extended hitting streak to 14 games at UConn, launching 2-out blast estimated at 440 feet (8-3) ... hit opposite-field, 3-run shot vs. St. John's (9-8) ... ended Rutgers game (4-3) with 2-run blast to right-center ... hit 4-for-5 in BIG EAST Tournament comeback vs. Pittsburgh (15-7; 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, SB) ... helped Irish rally past Tulane (8-4) at NCAA Starkville Regional (2 RBI, R), with an RBI and two runs vs. Mississippi State (7-0).

    PREP & PERSONAL: Named second team prep All-American by Baseball America ... spent first two years of prep baseball with Oswayo Valley, then two-year team captain at Port Allegany (PAHS did not sponsor baseball until '98) ... his career prep stats (80 GP): .582 batting, 46 HRs, 28 2B, 79 BB, 160 RBI, 11 Ks ... set state record with 34 walks in '98 ... all-conference in basketball, setting records for career points (1,948) and rebounds (1,127; 23.5 ppg, 14.2 rpg in '98-'99) ... earned all-Big-30 honors in football ... captained baseball, basketball and golf teams ... graduated first in class of `99 (3.99 GPA) ... two-time national finalist in NFL's Punt-Pass-and-Kick competition ... president of his class ... member of National Honor Society ... father Dan Stavisky played baseball at St. Bonaventure ... cousin of former Irish pitcher Dan Stavisky ('98) ... born July 6, 1980, in Olean, N.Y. ... full name is Brian Scott Stavisky ... son of Dan and Mary Stavisky.

    Stavisky's Career Stats


    Brian Stavisky
    Brian  Stavisky

    Port Allegany, Pennsylvania

    High School:
    Port Allegany

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 220



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