Notre Dame opens weekend with doubleheader at noon on Saturday
AS A SENIOR: Joined Heilman as two of three pitchers named 1st team all-BIG EAST, also earning 2nd team all-Mideast Region honors from ABCA ... drafted by Royals in 10th round ... finished 4th among BIG EAST players with a 2.72 ERA (55th nationally), also ranking 2nd in the league for Ks (106, 4th-most in ND history) and 3rd in both wins (8-3) and innings (112.2, 5th-most in ND history) ... his .229 opp. batting avg. ranked 5th in the BIG EAST (10th all-time at ND) ... led BIG EAST with 59 Ks in conference games while matching Heilman's three total shutouts (tied for 3rd in ND history) ... won all six of his BIG EAST decisions, ranking 4th in the BIG EAST with a 2.52 conference ERA and 6th with .225 batting by opposing BIG EAST batters ... posted five complete games in his 15 starts ... averaged just 1.36 walks per 9 IP (5th-best in ND history) while his 6.24 K-to-walk ratio (106/17) ranked second all-time at ND ... posted five 10-K games ... did not allow a run or walk in the 1st inning all season, with 17 Ks and just six hits in those 15 first innings ... his combined stats with Heilman included a 23-3 record, 2.22 ERA and .202 opp. batting avg. in 226.2 IP, with 217 Ks (8.62/9 IP), 48 BB (1.91/9 IP) and 166 hits allowed (6.59/9 IP), plus 17 complete games (three shutouts each) ... three-time BIG EAST pitcher of the week ... his first 11 starts included a 1.42 ERA and just 5.8 hits per 9 IP, before rough outing vs. UConn (5 IP, 8 R, 14 H, with ND rallying for 13-12 win) ... suffered 7-6 loss to New Orleans at Mississippi State (5 IP, 3 R/2 UER, 6 H, 3 Ks) ... named all-tournament at Alamo Invitational, after 7-4 win over Sam Houston St. (20 batters faced in 6 shutout IP, 3 H, BB, 10 Ks) ... had no decision vs. South Florida in 6-1 loss (7 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 4 Ks) ... posted three-hit, 3-0 shutout of New Mexico at Fresno State Classic (2 BB, 5 Ks, 8 groundouts) ... then took 3-1 lead into 8th inning of title game vs. Portland, with no decision in 7-6 win (7.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, BB, 10 Ks) ... posted 89-pitch, 3-0 shutout at Pittsburgh (7 IP, 24 BF, 6 GO) ... completed three-game stretch with 30 Ks and just one walk, after 6-1 win over Seton Hall (7.2 IP, 8 H, 10 Ks, run in 8th) ... had minimal run support at Rutgers (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 KS), with Irish rallying for 5-4 win in 11 innings ... reeled off three impressive wins, starting with 8-1 game vs. West Virginia (9 IP, 6 H, BB, 7 Ks, 13 GOs, 117 pitches) that saw him come one out shy of shutout before allowing unearned run ... took no-hitter into 7th inning of 15-2 win over Villanova (8 IP, H, 2 R/1 ER, BB, 6 Ks) before posting 5-0 shutout at St. John's (9 IP, 2 H, BB, 9 Ks, 14 GOs) that included just 30 batters faced and 75 of 107 pitches going for strikes ... bounced back from UConn game with 8-4 win at Boston College (8 IP, 7 H, 4 R, BB, 8 Ks, 72 of 108 pitches for strikes) ... suffered tough-luck losses to Virginia Tech at BIG EAST Tournament (4-3; 8 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 10 Ks) and Florida International at NCAA South Bend Regional (7-6; 9.1 IP, 14 H, 7 R/5 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks).
AS A JUNIOR: Completed comeback from major elbow surgery in 2000, appearing in 10 games (five starts) while ranking third among Irish regulars with 3.62 ERA ... posted 24 Ks and 17 walks in 32.1 IP, with 29 hits allowed ... his .238 opp. batting average was second-best on staff, behind Heilman's .234 ... went 3-1, with one save ... threw five wild pitches but did not hit a batter ... equally-tough vs. left- (.233) and righthanded (.241) hitters ... tossed shutout 9th in his return vs. Manchester on March 7 (5-1; BB, K) ... started vs. Butler in 3-2 win (2.2 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 3 Ks) ... did not pitch for five weeks before tossing inning vs. Chicago St. (12-2; H) and Georgetown (5-1; UER, BB) ... logged two shutout innings vs. Cleveland St. (9-6; H, BB, 3 Ks) before erupting for seven Ks in three innings vs. Oakland (5-3; H, 2 R, 4 BB) ... touched for three runs in no-decision vs. Rutgers (10-6; 5 H, 4 BB, K), followed by rocky outing in 6-5 loss to B.C. at BIG EAST Tournament ... performed like battle-tested veteran at Mississippi State, with the Irish facing elimination and 10,000-plus opposing fans ... that 105-pitch gem earned him a spot on the all-regional team and represented just the second ND shutout in 57 all-time NCAA games (first since Chuck Symeon's 9-0 game vs. Texas at '57 College World Series) ... also marked first time since '83 that MSU was blanked in NCAA regional play (ending 58-game regional scoring streak) and was just MSU's fourth loss at home in 2000 ... took no-hitter into 7th inning of that game (30 total BF), with one K, 10 groundouts and 15 flyouts in longest outing of his career.
AS A SOPHOMORE & FRESHMAN: Saw no action in '99, after reaggravating elbow injury in preseason ... underwent right elbow surgery in March of '99 ... made five relief appearances in first month of '98, with 6.60 ERA and 1-1 record in 15 IP (11 Ks, 10 BB) ... made debut in home state, at ACC/Disney Blast in Orlando, with four solid innings in 3-1 loss to Duke (BB, H) ... tagged with 4-3 loss at New Orleans (1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K) ... posted 7-5 home win over Central Michigan (4.1 IP, UER, 7 Ks) ... tossed three innings in 6-5 win over Indiana, at Diamond Classic in Evansville (5 UER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 Ks).
PREP & PERSONAL: A USA Today honorable mention All-American at Ransom Everglades High School ... twice all-state ... three-time team MVP, two-time captain ... helped team win three district titles ... runner-up for state player of the year as junior (finalist as a senior) ... set school career records for wins (20), ERA (1.11) and Ks (371), season records for ERA (0.84) and Ks (153) ... tossed two no-hitters, six one-hitters ... played two years of varsity football, as defensive end ... his grandfather Ignacio IV Tamayo was a standout athlete in his native Cuba (track, swimming and basketball) ... born June 3, 1979, in South Miami, Fla. ... son of Ignacio and Carla Tamayo ... full name is Ignacio Daniel Tamayo ... graduated from Notre Dame as a finance major in the Mendoza College of Business.
Tamayo's Career Statistics (three shutouts in 2001)