Veteran player as DH, leftfielder and backup catcher who will be looking to close with strong season as key lefthanded power hitter ... classic success story who made last-minute decision to attend walk-on tryouts in fall of 2002 (his mother had to quickly mail his catcher's gear), going on to earn roster spot and play key role on '03 and '04 squads ... veteran leader among lefthanded hitting group that includes three other starters (catcher Sean Gaston, 3B Brett Lilley and 2B Ross Brezovsky) ... cited by Baseball America as BIG EAST Conference player with "best plate discipline" for 2005 season ... has rare combination of explosive power and keen hitters eye, able to beat opponent with clutch home run or a four-walk game ... polished hitter who swung the bat with confidence in the fall while working on his opposite-field hitting ... has tremendous pull power ... enters senior season with .281 career batting average, 86 RBI, 17 home runs and 84 walks (23 doubles, 7 triples, 92 runs, 22 hit-by-pitch ... boasts impressive .940 career "OPS" (.431 on-base pct. plus .509 slugging pct.) ... boosted batting avg. 51 points from freshman (.269) to sophomore season (.320) while seeing his OPS soar 200 points (.857 to 1.057) ... owns .419 career batting avg. in NCAA Tournament games (13-for-31) ... has improved his outfield defense while developing into a quality receiving catcher ... his ability to help behind the plate could play key role in '06 success for Gaston and the Irish as whole ... emerging leader who relaxes teammates through his funloving personality ... owns .293 career batting avg. vs. BIG EAST teams ... played '05 summer ball near his hometown of Napa with Solano Thunderbirds (based in Vacaville) of the wood-bat California Collegiate League, batting .259 with 28 RBI and 12 extra-base hits (34 R, 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 27 BB, 6 HBP, 36 Ks) ... fourth-generation Notre Dame student who followed catcher William Andres ('16- '18) as first great grandfather/great grandson to letter with Notre Dame baseball ... hit 4-for-10 in '02 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series (3 RBI) ... went 2-for-4 with winning Gold team in '04 fall instrasquad game (RBI, R, BB) ... joins Cody Rizzo and Danny Dressman as California natives on 2006 roster, with program's all-time monogram winners including 32 from California ... enters season with 3.20 cumulative GPA, as a finance major, including a 3.67 GPA during the 2005 fall semester.
AS A JUNIOR: Had moments of clutch performances while having an off-year overall, batting .232 in 41 games (28 GS, 28 R, 8 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 21 BB, 7 HBP, .455 slugging, .383 OB) ... ranked 3rd on team in slugging, 4th in home runs and 5th in walks ... helped Irish win BIG EAST Tournament by batting team-best 4-for-9 (4 RBI, HR, 2 2B, 2 R, HBP) ... also sparked offense from 3- hole in late-season win at Pittsburgh (1-for- 4, 4 RBI, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 BB) ... homered in Alamo City Classic games vs. Oral Roberts and Southwest Missouri ... also homered in his second AB of the season, vs. Florida A&M (at UCF) ... launched home run to dead-center field vs. Toledo ... hit 3-for-9 at NCAA Gainesville Regional.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Proved to be one of the BIG EAST's most potent all-around offensive players, leading the league in walks (44; 10th in ND history) while ranking 4th in on-base pct. (.471) and triples (4), 7th in slugging pct. (.586) and 13th in HRs (8) ... his 1.057 OPS (combined on-base and slugging) ranked 5th among BIG EAST players ... earned CoSIDA Academic All-District V. honors (3.40 cumulative GPA) ... turned in team-best 13-game hitting streak (March 24- April 12) ... in BIG EAST games only, he ranked 6th in on-base (.595) and OPS (1.046) ... led '04 team in walks and on-base while ranking 2nd in triples, 3rd in slugging, 4th in batting (.320) and 2Bs (13), 5th in HRs and total bases (99) ... 2nd on team with .524 leadoff on-base pct., 4th in batting vs. RHPs (.327) ... hit 3-for-5 with bases loaded ... his other situational hitting included .250 vs. LHPs, .300 with runners on (.288 in scoring position) and .296 with 2 outs (12 RBI) ... his other '04 stats: 57 GP/47 GS, 38 R, 6 HBP, 44 Ks, 4-9 SB, 4 Es/.939 fielding ... did not ground into a double play (100 ABs with runners on) ... struck out "looking" just 7 times ... 3rd on team with +6 margin of walks plus HBPs minus Ks ... team's most productive pinch-hitter (4-for-10) ... hit nearly identical at Eck Stadium (.322, 18 RBI, 5 HR, 24 BB) and on road (.317, 21 RBI, 3 HR, 20 BB) ... made 41 starts in left field (7 at DH, plus a single start at catcher) while batting primarily in 3rd (10), cleanup (10) and 5th (23) spots (4 leadoff, single starts in the 2nd and 6th holes) ... totaled 13 multi-hit games, 4th on team with 12 multi-RBI games ... named to Alamo City Irish Baseball Classic all-tournament team (.462, 6-for-13, BB, 4 RBI, 3 R, HR, 2B) ... helped win wild 11-inning game vs. Southern Illinois (12-11, in San Antonio), with early pinch-hit single helping plate 2 runs in 5th ... later was one of five players to deliver hit with ND down to its final out ... followed Matt Macri's 2-out hit in bottom of 9th with game-tying double into left-center gap (9-9), slicing 0-2 changeup from P.J. Finnigan into the opposite field (the Irish rallied again for 2 runs in the 10th) ... hit RBI single and scored in 5- run 3rd to help beat Texas-San Antonio in IBC title game ... his single helped bring home 6th-inning winning run vs. Penn State in Round Rock (4-2) before scoring go-ahead run (3-2) in 4-2 win over #19 Arizona, via 7thinning leadoff walk and hook slide on Lopez's sacrifice fly ... scored 3 runs vs. Detroit (2B, 2 BB, HBP; 16-6) ... scored after 2- out walk and added 2-run triple in 4-0 win at West Virginia (RBI single in 6-2 series finale) ... had 2-run HR vs. Hillsdale (3 BB; 10-2) ... hit leadoff HR to spark 8 runs in 2nd vs. Villanova (15-7), adding RBI single in nightcap (6-5) before big game in 13-1 finale (RBI single, 2 R, 3 BB) ... walked to open 6- run 6th vs. Valparaiso (9-3) ... hit 3-for-7 in split vs. Boston College (RBI, R, BB, SB; 4-7, 6-4) ... had early RBI single in game-2 vs. BC before sparking go-ahead rally with 8thinning single up the middle (Matt Edwards then had 2-run double) ... hit early 2-run blast at Georgetown (18-7) en route to batting 5-for-10 in series (3 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB) ... hit first-pitch, leadoff triple into right-center and scored to cap 15-inning comeback vs. Ball State (7-6; Cooper won game with single to right-center on next pitch from RHP John Pettibone) ... launched HR to deadcenter vs. Cleveland State (2-5) ... ended slump with 2-for-4 game vs. Michigan (3 RBI, BB; 7-3) ... hit 2-run shot in 7-1 win over Rutgers (3 RBI, 3B, BB) ... closed regular season with 4-for-10 series vs. Virginia Tech (R, 2B, RBI, BB) ... his three extra-base hits led Irish to 9-2 win over St. John's in BIG EAST Tournament winners-bracket game, with 2- run double in the 1st, a leadoff double and run in the 5th and first-pitch triple/run in the 9th (BB) ... walked and scored as part of ND's 6-run 1st vs. BC in 9-2 title game ... named to all-tournament team at NCAA South Bend Regional (6-for-11, 3 RBI, 4 R, HR, 3 2B, 2 BB) ... his 3-for-3, 3-run game helped beat Kent State in NCAA elimination game (2 RBI, 2B, BB; 7-1).
AS A FRESHMAN: Burst onto scene in opening week, as unlikely top player in games played at Arizona State ... hit .269 while playing in 43 games, with 29 starts at mostly DH (3 at catcher) ... 2nd on team in HBP (9), 3rd in HRs (4), 4th in on-base (.415) and 5th in slugging (.442), plus 22 RBI and 26 runs (2 3B, 2 2B, 19 BB, 9 HBP, 27 Ks, 2 SB) ... platooned with the righthanded Bransfield for stretch run, batting seven games in 3- hole (4 starts at cleanup) ... went 0-for-6 as pinch hitter before pair of pinch hits in both BIG EAST and NCAA Tournaments (4-for-11) ... hit .286 (8-for-28) in BIG EAST regular season (7 RBI, 2 HR, 9 BB) ... opened college career batting 6-for-11 with 12 total bases in games at ASU vs. Dayton (3-for-4, RBI, 3 R, 3B; 10-9), Newman (1-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB, HBP; 15-5) and host Sun Devils (2-for-4, RBI, 2 R, HR, BB; 3-16) ... started April with 2-for-3 games vs. Detroit (2 RBI, R, 3B, HBP; 15-5) and Valparaiso (4 RBI, 2 R, HR) ... scored twice after single and three walks at St. John's (11-3) ... offensive hero in 2-0 win at Rutgers, driving 1-2 pitch from Jack Egbert over fence in right-center (1-0 in 4th) before pounding 2-2 pitch through right side in 6th (scoring Edwards for insurance run in 7- inning opener) ... added big game in 12-4 win at Virginia Tech (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, HR, BB) ... hit 3-for-10 to help win BIG EAST Tournament (4 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 2 BB, HBP) ... slated to be hero again vs. Rutgers, in first BIG EAST title game, as Irish rallied from 9- 1 deficit before losing 15-11 ... greeted reliever Erik Dial with pinch-hit, RBI single to left-center (sparking 6-run top of 6th for 9- 7 deficit) ... added walk and tying run in 7th before classic 8th-inning duel with LHP Sean Atchison, who had struck him out three times in earlier 19-inning battle at RU (3-5) ... fouled off 0-2 and 1-2 pitches from Atchison before pulling 2-run double down rightfield line (11-9 lead) ... hit safely in all four games at NCAA Regional, including starts vs. Arizona (R, BB; 13-5) and host Cal State Fullerton (1-8), adding walk in 4-3 loss to CSF and run vs. San Diego (6-3).
PREP & PERSONAL: Three-sport athlete at Justin-Siena HS ... county athlete of the year ('99-'00), scholar-athlete of year (4.14 GPA) ... captained undefeated '02 baseball team to conference title (first since '84) and Section Div. III title ... twice all-conference, all-city (C/OF) ... earned 2000 conference Mr. Clutch Award ... .397 career batter (2nd JSHS history), setting school records for games (96), hits (120), RBI (92), HR (13), 2B (37), runs (96) and slugging (.666) ... hit .323 as senior (27 RBI, 4 HR, 10 2B, 8 SB), .445 as junior (29 RBI, 4 HR), .430 as sophomore (.430, 27 RBI, 4 HR, team-record 13 2B) and .375 as freshman (9 RBI, HR, 9 2B) ... hit two grand slams in one game, sparking 12- run rally ... lettered three years in football, as quarterback and fullback ... named allconference, all-city as sophomore (led Napa Valley with 1,620 combined passing/rushing yards) ... missed playing on 2000 regional-title team due to broken leg, returning as '01 football captain ... ran option offense despite never playing football prior to '98 ... named conference's top newcomer and top rebounder (8 rpg) on basketball team ('99-'00 undefeated conference champs) ... helped '99-'00 teams combine for 57-10 record (all-time bests 27-4 in basketball, 25-1 baseball) ... member of NHS and freshman class president ... his sister Jill Andres was all-county volleyball setter and softball starter ... great-grandfather William Andres (Bridgeport, Conn.) attended Notre Dame in Knute Rockne era, as right end on 1917 football team while earning three monograms as baseball catcher (teammate of future Irish Hall-of- Fame coach Jake Kline) ... grandfather Charles Andres ('41) and father Thomas Andres ('73) are ND graduates ... born April 14, 1984, in Napa, Calif. ... son of Thomas and Janet Andres ... full name is Stephen Frost Andres ... finance major, in Mendoza College of Business.
Andres' Career Stats