The Irish defeat Eastern Michigan in their season opener on Tuesday, March 20th.
AT NOTRE DAME: Two-year monogram winner that missed the 2011 season following Tommy John surgery ... enters senior season with a 5.00 career ERA and 6-7 record, plus 86 strikeouts, 54 walks and 112 hits allowed (.275 opponent batting average) in 22 appearances (19 starts) and 104.1 innings (12 hit batters, six wild pitches, 10 home runs allowed) ... in BIG EAST games, owns a 6.48 career ERA and 2-4 record, plus 40 strikeouts, 25 walks and 60 hits allowed (.299 opponent batting average) in 10 appearances (nine starts) and 50.0 innings (four hit batters, one wild pitch, eight home runs allowed) ... averaging 7.42 strikeouts and 4.66 walks per 9.0 innings pitched in his career ... another stellar pitching prospect ... one of the top left-handed pitchers entering college in 2009 ... can throw three pitches for strikes and fast ball touches the low-90s ... registered a 3.900 GPA in the fall semester of 2011.
JUNIOR SEASON (2011): Missed the entire campaign following offseason Tommy John surgery.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010): Made 15 appearances on the mound in the spring, 14 of which were starts ... served as Notre Dame's Saturday starter ... his 15 appearances were the sixth-most by any Irish pitcher ... his 14 starts were tied for the most on the staff ... went 3-7 with a 5.53 earned run average in 71.2 innings of work ... allowed 83 hits as his opponents batted .283 against him ... struck out 61 and walked 33 ... averaged nearly 5.0 innings per start in league games ... among hurlers with at least 54.0 innings (1.0 inning pitched per team game) on the staff, he ranked first in ERA, first in opponents batting average, first in strikeouts, first in strikeouts looking, second in fewest runs allowed, second in fewest earned runs allowed, second in innings pitched, second in winning percentage, second in home runs allowed, third in walks allowed, third in doubles allowed, tied for third in wins and tied for third in triples allowed ... went at least six innings in six of his 14 starts ... registered three quality starts (at least six innings and three earned runs or less), including two in consecutive outings against Villanova (May 15) and Louisville (May 22) to close the season ... averaged 7.66 strikeouts and 4.14 walks per nine innings ... Notre Dame posted a 5-9 record when Sabatino started ... went 2-4 with a 6.70 ERA in nine appearances (all starts) in BIG EAST action ... allowed 56 hits in 47.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .295 against him ... struck out 39 and walked 22 ... averaged nearly 5.1 innings per start in league games ... went 1-3 with a 3.28 ERA in six appearances (five starts) in non-conference action ... allowed 27 hits in 24.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .262 against him ... struck out 22 and walked 11 ... went 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two appearances (one start) in the month of February ... allowed two hits in 7.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .087 against him ... struck out nine and walked six ... went 0-3 with a 5.09 ERA in four appearances (all starts) in the month of March ... allowed 30 hits in 23.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .300 against him ... struck out 15 and walked seven ... went 2-2 with a 6.86 ERA in five appearances (all starts) in the month of April ... allowed 25 hits in 21.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .291 against him ... struck out 22 and walked 16 ... went 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in four appearances (all starts) in the month of May ... allowed 26 hits in 20.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .310 against him ... struck out 15 and walked four ... went 0-4 with a 6.85 ERA in six appearances (all starts) in home games ... allowed 28 hits in 22.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .292 against him ... struck out 19 and walked 16 ... went 2-2 with a 5.93 ERA in five appearances (all starts) in away games ... allowed 36 hits in 30.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .293 against him ... struck out 26 and walked 10 ... went 3-0 with a 4.55 ERA in six appearances (five starts) in Irish victories ... allowed 31 hits in 31.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .256 against him ... struck out 35 and walked 14 ... went 3-5 with a 5.26 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) in day games ... allowed 71 hits in 65.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .273 against him ... struck out 57 and walked 32 ... went 0-2 with a 8.10 ERA in two appearances (both starts) in night games ... allowed 12 hits in 6.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .364 against him ... struck out four and walked one ... made one appearance out of Irish bullpen and allowed one earned run in 4.0 innings of work against Penn State on Feb. 28 ... left-handed hitters batted .267 (24-for-90) and right-handed hitters batted .291 (59-for-203) against him ... batters hit .349 (44-for-126) against him with runners on base and .234 (39-for-167) with the bases empty ... only 21 of 79 batters reached base to lead off an inning against him ... limited Villanova to just two earned runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings on May 15 ... punched out a career-best 11 and walked two ... the 11 strikeouts were the most by a Notre Dame pitcher since David Phelps fanned 11 against Louisville on May 12, 2007... tossed 6.0 solid innings and limited the potent Louisville lineup to a pair of earned runs on five hits on May 22 ... struck out a pair and did not issue a walk in a no-decision ... notched back-to-back quality starts for the first time in his career (2.92 ERA over that stretch) ... did not walk a batter against the Cardinals, the third time in his career he did not allow a base on balls in a start ... after walking seven in 5.2 innings against Cincinnati on April 24, Sabatino walked just four in his next 20.2 innings (15 strikeouts) of work to lower his season walks per nine innings rate from 5.12 to 4.14 ... worked at least 6.0 innings in three consecutive starts for the first time in his career ... worked at least 5.0 innings in five straight outings against Kansas State (Mar. 06), Bradley (Mar. 11), Michigan State (Mar. 20), USF (Mar. 27) and Georgetown (Apr. 2) ... the third out of an inning eluded Sabatino all season, 37 of the 62 runs he surrendered crossed the plate with two outs, including 13 of the 18 unearned runs charged against the hurler.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2009): Made seven appearances on the mound in the spring, five of which were starts ... served as one of Notre Dame's mid-week starters ... went 3-0 with a 3.86 earned run average in 32.2 innings of work ... allowed 29 hits as his opponents batted just .254 against him ... struck out 25 and walked 21 ... went at least five innings in four of his five starts, including a career-best 7.1 innings of work against Western Michigan on May 11 (yielded three earned runs on eight hits; struck out four and walked one) ... averaged just over 5.1 innings per start ... averaged 6.89 strikeouts and 5.79 walks per nine innings ... ranked among the top five on the staff in games started (fourth), victories (fifth) and strikeouts (fifth) ... Notre Dame posted a 4-1 record when Sabatino started ... went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in one appearance in BIG EAST action ... allowed four hits in 3.0 innings of work as his opponents batted .364 against him ... struck out one and walked three ... struck out nine, the most by a Notre Dame freshman since 2002, en route to a victory in his first career start against Grambling on March 11 ... fell just shy of Chris Niesel's freshman record punch out performance of 10 against Southern Illinois on Feb. 24, 2002 ... surrendered one earned run on two hits in 5.0 innings of work ... did not render in the decision against Valparaiso on March 18 (yielded two earned runs on three hits in 5.1 innings of work; struck out four and walked three) ... struggled with his control in the start against Oakland on March 25 (allowed three earned runs on four hits and five walks in 4.0 innings of work; no decision) ... picked up the victory against Bowling Green on April 29 (surrendered three earned runs on four hits in 5.0 innings of work; struck out four and walked three) ... made two relief appearances ... tossed 3.0 innings in the regular season finale at St. John's (allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks; struck out one) ... worked another similar 3.0 innings out of the bullpen on May 20 against Louisville (surrendered one earned run on four hits and two walks; struck out three) ... made one appearance for the victorious Blue in the Blue-Gold World Series ... tossed 2.0 scoreless and hitless innings of relief ... struck out two and walked one.
PREP & PERSONAL: An all-conference and all-area selection at Lockport Township High School, where he played for Steve Stanicek ... hit .327 as a junior while posting a 1.79 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 47 innings ... averaged 10.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ... has thrown his fastball in the low 90s ... invited to play in the Area Code Games ... also played for the Downers Grove Longshots (coached by Rob Rooney) ... played during the summer of 2006 for the Aurora Sparks U18 travel team that competed at the World Wood Bat Association tournament in East Cobb, Ga. ... his father, John Sabatino, played in the Chicago White Sox organization ... son of John and Deb Sabatino ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business as a double major in information technology management and computer applications.