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    Tom Thornton

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Middleboro, MA

    High School:
    Middleboro

    Height / Weight:
    6-6 / 220

    Position:
    Lefthanded Pitcher

    Birthdate:
    10/30/1983

    Bats/Throws:
    L/L



    • All-America and Academic All-America Candidate (2006)
    • Second Team All-BIG EAST (2005)
    • Team Co-Captain (2006)

  • Tom Thornton 2006 game-by-game stats (updated regularly)
  • Tom Thornton feature story from Blue and Gold (Feb. 21, 2006)

    Leader of 2006 Notre Dame staff and rare pitcher co-captain for the Irish ... rates as team's most valuable pitcher over the course of the previous three seasons ... reliable performer who consistently throws strikes, minimizes walks and keeps his team in the game ... combines with junior righthanders Jeff Manship and Jeff Samardzija to cement a strong weekend rotation as the Irish head into 2006 ... was overlooked for 2004 BIG EAST honors (despite stellar sophomore season) but was named second team all-BIG EAST in `05 ... rated by Baseball America as BIG EAST pitcher with the "best command" - as evidenced by his tremendous progress during 2005 season when he showed command of all his pitches, with key progress in twoseam fastball/changeup combination ... a deceptive and deadly lefthander who in 2005 became first Paul Mainieri pitcher at Notre Dame (since `95) to log three straight 9-inning complete games ... filled primarily midweek starter role as a freshman before stepping up to big-game challenge in '04, after injuries sidelined several of his fellow starting pitchers ... has worked hard on finetuning his mechanics and boosting his endurance ... combines good size (6-6, 225) with ability to hide the ball and confuse hitters ... a methodical pitcher and true student of the game ... has good change of speed and location on all his pitches ... strong candidate for Academic All-America honors, taking 3.54 cumulative GPA into '06 spring semester as double major in anthropology and film-television-and-theater (his past four semester GPAs are 3.73, 3.81, 3.73 and 3.75 in fall of `05) ... enters senior season with similar number for his career ERA (3.74), plus 20-9 record, 146 strikeouts and just 57 walks in 47 appearances (39 starts) and 250.1 innings (264 hits allowed, .276 opponent batting avg.) ... needs 21 starts in `06 to become fourth alltime ND pitcher with 50 GS; 49.2 innings to be sixth with 300 IP and 54 Ks to be 12th with 200 (10 wins would give him 30 and tie for 5th in the ND record book) ... his low career walk avg. (2.05 BB/9 IP) ranks 7th in ND history ... owns 4.11 ERA in 132.1 career IP vs. BIG EAST teams (10-4, 63 Ks) ... one of tallest letterwinners in program's history ... shared for team victory lead (3-5) as member of Wareham Gatemen of wood-bat Cape Cod League, in summer of '04 (3.81, 9 GP/8 GS, 52 IP, 56 H, 14 BB, 35 Ks) ... his '03 summer season included 2.91 ERA and 3-1 record as starter with Newport Gulls of New England Baseball League (43 Ks, 23 BB, 48 H, 52.2 IP) ... was in line for win for Blue in '02 Blue-Gold fall intrasquad series (7-6 loss, 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, BB, 3 Ks), adding hard-luck loss with Blue in '03 (4 IP, 2 H, 2 UER, BB; 1-5) ... one of 44 Massachusetts natives among ND baseball monogram winners.


    AS A JUNIOR: Leader of staff that overcame losses of six top pitchers to graduation, the draft and injuries... led BIG EAST with 16 starts and 2nd with 96.0 IP ... his won-loss record (6-6) and ERA (4.69) were deceiving due to inconsistent defense and middle relief early in season ... ranked 3rd on staff in wins, 4th in Ks (40) ... his other `05 stats included 115 hits allowed (.306 opp. batting avg.), and 19 walks ... became first ND pitcher in 11-year Paul Mainieri era to log three straight 9-inning complete games (4 total CGs in `05) ... allowed just two walks in his final 47.1 IP of regular season ... during BIG EAST games, he finished 13th among the league's pitchers with a 2.83 ERA, 4th in wins (5-2) and 5th in innings (54.1) ... averaged team-best 6.0 IP per outing, also led team with 120 groundouts, 2nd with 14 Ks "looking" and low walk avg. (1.78/9 IP) ... allowed just .243 opp. batting with 2-outs (4th-best on staff) and .511 by LH hitters (5th) ... went 4-0 with 2.25 ERA at home (15 Ks, 5 BB, 38 H, 36 IP) ... top '05 outings include ... had no-decision in 2-1 opening loss at Central Florida (5 IP, 5 H, R, 3 BB, 3 Ks) ... became his unique stretch of three straight 9-inning CGs in his home state, facing BC in Brockton, Mass. (8 H, 1 ER, 5 Ks, 14 GOs, retired first 11, 69 of 96 pitches were strikes; 3-2 ... went the distance again 7-1 win over UConn (6 H, 4 Ks, 12 GOs, 78 of 102 for strikes) and logged 9.0 innings again on a Friday-night game with Villanova (10 H, first BB in 28 IP, 2 Ks, 17 GOs; 5-2) ... picked up key win over West Virginia on final weekend of regular season (6 IP, 7 H, R, BB, K; 5-1) ... was in line for win over BC at BIG EAST Tournament but had no-decision (6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks; 6-5) ... lost opening game vs. UNC at NCAA Gainesville Regional (4 IP, 9 H, 5 R/4 ER, K; 1-5).


    AS A SOPHOMORE: Classic "primetime" pitcher throughout '04, capped by impressive outing vs. Kent State in 7-1 NCAA elimination game ... nominated for Academic All-America after being named to Academic All-District V team (CoSIDA) ... shut out of BIG EAST Conference honors despite finishing atop league charts for wins (9-2), 2nd in starts (15) and innings (99.2), 5th in Ks (77), 6th in low opp. batting (.251) and 11th in ERA (3.88) ... led regulars on '04 staff in wins and starts, 2nd in Ks and IP ... his other '04 stats: 16 GP, 95 H, 24 BB ... averaged team-best 6.1 IP per outing, also led staff with 119 groundouts ... 2nd on staff with 27 Ks "looking," 3rd in K-BB ratio (3.2), low walk avg. (2.17 BB/9 IP), groundout- flyout ratio (1.37) and groundout avg. (10.75/9 IP) ... 5th on staff with 6.95 Ks/9 IP, opp. batting by RH hitters (.243; .280 by LH) and opp. leadoff on-base (.308) ... averaged 17.7 outs via Ks or GOs ... allowed .282 batting with runners on, .238 with 2-outs, 8.58 H/9 IP ... shackled Kent State in NCAA elimination game (7-1), facing just four batters over minimum (29) in 8.1 IP (3 H, 2 BB, career-best 12 Ks to tie ND record for most Ks at Eck Stadium) ... took no-hitter into 5th inning of that game... 21 of 24 outs came via Ks, GOs (7), popups (1) or infield lineouts (1), allowing just six balls to leave infield ... located 81 of 118 pitches for strikes vs. KSU while striking out seven straight from the 6th-8th (he allowed only two leadoff batters to reach, just 2-for-8 batting with runners on and no 2-out hits) ... had several strong early outings as Irish coped with injuries and limited contributions of four top pitchers ... his primetime '04 efforts included rare 9-inning shutout (5-3 at West Virginia; 6 H, 2 BB) plus wins at #20 USC (6 IP, UER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks/3 looking; 3-1) and 8.0 innings of 1-hit shutout ball vs. hot-hitting Texas Tech, in Round Rock (3 BB, HB, 7 Ks; 801) ... battled Florida Atlantic All-America LHP Randy Beam to 2-2 standoff (7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 HB, 7 Ks; 3-2) ... his effort at USC earned BIG EAST pitcher-of-the-week honors and ranks as one of top opening-week starts in the Mainieri era ... all-tournament at FAU Classic after knocking off the #12 Owls (99 pitches, 7 GOs; one leadoff batter reached) ... became fifth ND pitcher ever to collect multiple BIG EAST pitcher-of-the-week awards in same season - after shutting down Texas Tech's offense that was hitting .350 clip with 13 runs/gm ... retired 14 straight Red Raiders at one point 13 balls in infield) en route to locating 71 of 112 pitches for strikes (10 GOs) ... won 5-3 at Southern Illinois despite early wind-blown home run (6 IP, 5 G, 2 R, BB, 4 Ks, 10 GOs) ... notched rare 9-inning shutout in BIG EAST game, at WVU (9 GOs), allowing multiple baserunners in only the 1st ... no-decision in 6-5, 10-inning win over Villanova (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, K) ... pitched well enough to beat BC (ND won 6-4) but 2-of-4 runs charged to him were unearned (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 Ks) ... benefited from 10-run top of 1st for 16-8 win at UConn (5.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 3 BB, 4 Ks) ... closed regular season with strong BIG EAST starts vs. Rutgers (8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 8 Ks; 7-2) and Virginia Tech (5 IP, 6 H, R, 2 Ks, 10 GOs; no-decision, 2-1) ... retired first nine he faced vs. RU (9 GOs, one leadoff baserunner) ... beat BC in BIG EAST title game (7 IP, 8 H, 5 R/3 ER, BB, 3 Ks, 12 GOs, one 2-out hit; 11-5) before dominating start in NCAAs.


    AS A FRESHMAN: Made big impact as midweek starter, posting 1.81 ERA (11th in ND record book) ... owned 2nd-lowest overall ERA on '03 staff, also 2nd in low opp. LH batting (.238), 3rd in low BB/9 IP (2.30), 4th in wins (5-1), starts (8) and GO avg. (10.9/9 IP), 5th in IP (54.2), opp. leadoff on-base pct. (.321) and opp. 2-out batting (.229) ... other stats included 29 Ks in 15 GP (54 H, 14 BB, .269 opp. batting) ... did not allow a home run ... did not allow multiple earned runs until ninth GP ... made debut in relief at Arizona State (2.1 IP, 3 H, R, BB; 8-14), followed by 4.0 IP vs. Nebraska at Metrodome (3 H, UER, BB, K; 1-7) ... had 2 GP vs. Navy in Jacksonville, helping close 7-3 win (IP, 2 BB) before winning as plannedrotation starter (4 IP, 3 H; 11-2) ... had 5-inning starts vs. Purdue (5 H, 3 R/1 ER, 2 Ks; 8-5) and Bowling Green (3 H, 2 R/1 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks; 7-2) ... added midweek win over Cincinnati (7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, BB, 5 Ks; 9-6) ... helped beat West Virginia at BIG EAST Tournament (2 IP, H, 2 Ks; 9-1) and threw inning versus host Cal State Fullerton at NCAA Regional (H; 1-8).


    PREP & PERSONAL: Completed dominating career at Middleboro HS (1.09, 19-4, 236 Ks, 48 BB, 80 H, 147.2 IP, 4.9 K-towalk ratio) ... rated 165th among Baseball America's top prep prospects (Team One Baseball ranked him the 21st LHP) ... rated 7th-best prospect at '01 Perfect Game Showcase (Ft. Myers) ... posted 8-1 record, 0.82 ERA as senior (109 Ks, 18 BB, 26 H, 60 IP) before pitching with Middleboro SBR V (0.00, 2-0, 35 Ks, BB, 2 H, 17.2 IP), Cape Cod SBR All-Stars (0.35, 3-0, 28 Ks, 5 BB, 12 H, 20 IP) and Bridgewater in Cranberry League (1.69, 2-0, 11 Ks, 8 BB, 5 H, 10.2 IP) ... overall '02 stats: 0.64, 15-1, 2 SV, 186 Ks, 32 BB, 48 H, 110 IP ... had 54 IP without earned run ... threw 19 straight strikes in Cape Cod game vs. Middlesex South ... won 12 straight before 3-0 loss to King Phillip in sectional semifinal (15 Ks, BB) ... shut out Easton Huskies ('02 Stan Musial World Series runner-up) ... attended '02 USA Baseball tryouts (Joplin, Mo.) ... played in '01 and '02 league all-star games ... posted 0.77 ERA, 7-2 record as junior (76 Ks, 14 BB, 29 H, 54.1 IP), after 2.10, 4-1 as sophomore (51 Ks, 16 BB, 25 H, 33.1 IP) ... tossed 9-inning, 2-1 win over '01 conference co-champ Sciuate and former AAU teammate Jesse Cole (combined 18 Ks, no walks) ... played AAU with New England Mariners ('97), Bay State Tides ('99) and South Shore Seadogs ('00), with no-hit shutout of Colorado Bulldogs at AAU Nationals ... had three 17-K, no-hitters in '99 (MHS freshman team, Babe Ruth play) ... three-year letterwinner in basketball, cross country ... accomplished celloist in school orchestra ... member of student council, VP of National Honor Society ... attended '01 ND Baseball Camp ... born Oct. 30, 1983, in Boston ... son of Fred and Sylvia Thornton ... full name is Thomas Frederick Thornton ... double major in anthropology and film-television-and-theater, in College of Arts and Letters.

    Thornton's Career Stats

    YearG/GS/CGIPHRERBBKWPHBBKAVGHRW-LSVERA
    200315/8/054.25418111429360.26905-101.81
    200416/5/199.29553432477480.25179-203.88
    200516/16/496.011557501940290.30686-604.69
    Career47/39/5250.1264128104571469230.2761520-903.74

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