Sophomore Bill Warrender.

Countdown To First Pitch: In The Dugout With Bill Warrender

Feb. 13, 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, will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team’s Feb. 22 opener against Liberty. The fourth Notre Dame player in the spotlight is outfielder Bill Warrender.

Hometown: Collegeville, Pa.
High School: LaSalle Collegiate
Position: Outfielder
Height/Weight: 6-1/190
Bat/Throw: R/R

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

Best thing about the team:
Best group of teammates a guy could ever ask for.

What are three words that best describe coach Schrage?
Knowledgeable, prepared and leader.

Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
Aaron Rowand.

What is your favorite major league ballpark?
Wrigley Field.

What would be the title of your autobiography?
“A detailed guide to life and other sweet dances moves” by Bill Warrender.

What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
First practice as an official Notre Dame baseball player.

Are you a fan of the American League’s designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
In favor of the DH.

Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?

Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
Alex Rodriguez, Jonathan Papelbon.

Favorite baseball team:
Philadelphia Phillies.

Favorite player:
Chase Utley.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Stretch an excessive amount.

Why did you choose Notre Dame?
I have been a Notre Dame fan from the day I stepped foot on campus when I was seven and ever since then I could not imagine myself going to any other school.

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