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    FIGHTING IRISH Freshman Matt Katich.
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    Freshman Matt Katich.
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    Feb. 21, 2008

    The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes 19 newcomers to the diamond this season. The class was ranked as one of the top in the entire county -- fourth by Baseball America and sixth by Collegiate Baseball. In the coming weeks, UND.com will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team's Feb. 22 opener against Liberty. The 13th Notre Dame player in the spotlight is catcher Matt Katich.

    Hometown: New Castle, Pa.
    High School: Mohawk H.S.
    Position: Catcher
    Height/Weight: 6-2/210
    Bat/Throw: R/R

    If you were to play another sport at Notre Dame, what would it be?
    Football.

    Best thing about the team:
    Their work ethic and desire to win.

    What are three words that best describe coach Schrage?
    No-nonsense, collected and competitive.

    Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
    Jason Varitek.

    What is your favorite major league ballpark?
    Fenway Park.

    What would be the title of your autobiography?
    Matt Katich.

    What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
    Winning the Babe Ruth World Series.

    Are you a fan of the American League's designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
    American League.

    Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?
    No.

    Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
    Alex Rodriguez and Josh Beckett.

    Favorite baseball team:
    The Pirates and the Red Sox.

    Favorite player:
    Jason Varitek.

    Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
    No.

    Why did you choose Notre Dame?
    I choose Notre Dame becuase of the school's dedication to both academic as well as athletic excellence.

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