Third-year pitcher who could take on expanded role as member of the starting rotation ... gained confidence during his repeated strong outings in 2006 fall season ... has benefited from work with pitching coach Sherard Clinkscales, improving his accuracy and velocity while making adjustments on staying tall and driving through the zone ... makes effective use of his high-80s fastball and tight slider ... will be relied on for his durability and versatility, as he also could emerge as the 2007 team's closer ... has proven to be an effective strikeout and groundball pitcher ... will be looking to become more effective closing out innings and being consistent throughout his appearances ... has worked hard in strength and conditioning drills, resulting in improved flexibility and better all-around results on the mound ... has strong arm and keen desire to challenge hitters ... throws a sinking fastball with movement on both sides, to go along with the tough slider and a changeup that he is comfortable throwing on any count ... has the physical tools and mechanics to dominate on college level ... pitched as a prep in talent-rich Florida, alongside Notre Dame classmate Wade Korpi at Santaluces High School ... compiled 2.2 K-to-walk ratio (38/17) in first two seasons with the Irish (6.44 ERA, 1-1 record, 42.1 innings, 58 hits allowed/.328 opp. batting, 1 HR, 16 hit batters and 3 wild pitches in 30 appearances/2 starts) ... played during the summer of 2006 with the Alaska League's Anchorage Glacier Pilots, totaling a 5.45 ERA, 2-2 record, 25 Ks and 17 walks in 34.2 innings (also 33 hits/.258 opp. batting, 12 hit batters and a wild pitch and 15 appearance/2 starts) ... pitched for the Valley League's Luray (Va.) Wranglers in the summer of '05 (2.06, 3-0, 42 Ks, 20 BB, 26 H/.188, 39.1 IP, 9 GP/6 GS) ... has compiled a 1.74 ERA with nearly one strikeout per inning during his three Blue-Gold Series appearances (1-0, 2 GS, 10.1 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 4 BB, 9 Ks) ... had no-decision for Gold in game-1 of 2006 fall intrasquad series (5 IP, R, 2 H, BB, 6 Ks; 2-1) ... posted win in relief for victorious Blue team in 2005 BGS (2.1 IP, 2 H, BB, K) ... also had impressive start (3 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 2 Ks) for Blue in the 2004 fall series ... could face former teammates Chris Ingolia and Braiden Pruitt in 2007 game at Stetson ... turned in strong 2006 fall semester in the classroom (3.47 GPA).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Served in setup role, with impressive strikeout and groundball efficiency ... totaled 20 strikeouts (with just 6 walks) and 21 groundouts in 16.2 innings, with 22.1 of his outs per 9.0 innings coming via Ks of GOs ... Brett Graffy (12.5) and Jess Stewart (12.5) were the only ND pitchers with a higher groundout rate than his 11.3 GOs per 9 IP ... his 3.3 K-to-walk ratio trailed only starters Tom Thornton (8.3), Jeff Manship (4.0) and Wade Korpi (3.5) on the 2006 Irish staff while Korpi (11.1) was the only ND pitcher with a higher strikeout rate than his 10.8 Ks per 9 IP ... his ratio of 4.3 groundout to flyouts (21/5) easily was best on the staff (Manship was next, at 1.8 GO/FO) ... ranked 4th on staff in appearances (18) and 5th in games finished (4) ... his other 2006 stats included a 6.48 ERA, 21 hits allowed (.323 opp. batting avg., 1 HR), 7 hit batters and a wild pitch ... other 9-inning averages: 11.3 hits, 3.2 walks ... held righthanded hitters to .265 batting avg. (.500 by LH hitters) ... allowed 40% of leadoff batters to reach while his opposing batters hit .395 with runners on and .304 with 2-outs ... allowed 6-of-15 inherited baserunners to score ... his first batters faced hit a combined 3-for-15 with 7 Ks (BB, 2 HB, 4 R) ... pitched in extra-inning losses to Memphis (1.2 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, K; 6-7, in Millington) and Arizona (IP, K; 0-2, at Metrodome) ... touched for 3 runs in team's win over #15 Texas A&M (0.2 IP, H, BB, HB; 5-4, in San Antonio) but then logged five straight shutout outings (4.2 IP) ... came on to strike out batter with runner on second, preserving 8thinning lead in 4-2 win over Illinois (in San Antonio) ... helped edge Central Michigan, 11-9 (1.1 IP, H, 2 Ks) ... struck out two while setting down the side to close 6-1 opener with Pittsburgh ... charged with 3 unearned runs in 10-4 win at South Florida (IP, 3 H, 2 BB, K) ... struck out a pair to help beat Rutgers, 15-3 (IP, HB) ... added 2-K outing vs. Cleveland State (IP; 12-1) ... pitched in regular season finale, a 12-1 road win over Villanova (IP, H, K), and in BIG EAST Tournament loss to St. John's (2 IP, 5 H, R, 2 Ks; 1-10).
AS A FRESHMAN: Went 1-1 with a 6.66 ERA in 14 appearances (2 starts) ... totaled 18 strikeouts, 9 walks in 25.2 innings (37 H, .330 opp. batting, 2 WP, 9 HB) ... 4th on staff with 10.5 groundouts per 9 IP, 5th in Ks per 9 IP (6.31) and groundout-toflyout ratio (1.07) ... allowed 5-of-10 inherited runners to score ... helped beat Florida A&M in college debut (3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 Ks, 4-3) ... hardluck loser (5 UER) in 13-9 game versus Dayton, in Mesa, Ariz. (2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R/1 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks) ... beat Chicago State in first start, logging four innings of planned rotation (8 H, 3 R, BB, K; 15-3) ... touched for pair of unearned runs in 3.0 innings versus Ball State (4 Ks) ... made second start versus Valparaiso (3.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, K, 2 HBP; 9-7) ... allowed unearned run in 3.0 innings versus Oakland (H, 2 K; 7-2).
PREP & PERSONAL: First team all-state as a senior at Santaluces High School, posting countybest 0.57 ERA, 9-1 record, 90 Ks, 22 walks and 43 hits allowed in 68 innings (with one save) ... 9-inning averages in '04 included: 11.9 Ks, 2.9 BB and 4.3 H (4.1 K-BB ratio) ... rated among nation's top-150 prospects and 31st in Florida (Perfect Game/Baseball America) ... four times all-conference, twice all-city and senior team MVP ... helped nationally-ranked team win three conference ('02-'04) and two regional titles ('03-'04), plus ... played in county and state all-star games ... saw limited time on mound as a junior (1.35, 2-0, 2 SV, 50 Ks, 25 IP) while playing first base for state's top-ranked team (also was catcher in prep career) ... one of two 15-year-olds on 2002 U.S. Youth National Team, helping win Pan Am Games silver medal in Venezuela ... won elimination game versus Dominican Republic (5 IP, 0 R, H, BB, 5 Ks; 6-2) ... retired first nine he faced and had sacrifice bunt to help U.S. rally for 5-run inning (the U.S. beat Mexico but lost to Cuba in 3-1 final) ... had short start in win over Antilles (1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 Ks) ... qualified for U.S. team at trials in Houston (trained in Miami) ... had breakthrough '03 fall season at showcase events ... posted 10 Ks in 5.0 innings versus Puerto Rico select national team (fall '03; 2 H, BB) with West Palm Beach Yellow Jackets at Perfect Game Showcase ... competed in fall of 2003 at MLB Pro Scouts Diamond Showcases, after starring with Team Florida USA in summer of '03 and earning invite to U.S. Junior National Team tryouts in Joplin, Mo. ( one of the youngest players invited) ... all-tournament at 2003 Westminster Invitational in Ft. Lauderdale (5 IP, 0 R; hit 2 HRs) ... member of National Honor Society ... visited campus on '03 ND-Michigan State football weekend ... born Jan. 28, 1986, in Atlanta ... son of David Williamson and Phyllis Wager ... full name is Joseph David Williamson ... a political science and computer applications major, in the College of Arts and Letters.