Will Hudgins.

Countdown To First Pitch: In The Dugout With Will Hudgins

Feb. 9, 2009

The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes eight newcomers to the diamond this season. In the coming weeks, UND.com will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team’s Feb. 20 season opener against Ohio State. The first Notre Dame player in the spotlight is right-handed pitcher Will Hudgins.

Jersey Number: 45
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
High School: Douglas Freeman H.S.
Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Height/Weight: 6-3/180
Bat/Throw: R/R

If you were to play another sport at Notre Dame, what would it be?
Basketball; Coach Clink is too scared to challenge me.

Best thing about the team:
I like all of the guys, we’re really close as a team.

What are three words that best describe Coach Schrage?
Dedicated, honest, knowledgeable

Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
Cla Meredith of the Boston Red Sox

What is your favorite major league ballpark?
Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)

What would be the title of your autobiography?
A Sidearm Story

What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
I went head to head for nine innings with Deck McGuire, who’s now the #1 pitcher at Georgia Tech, during my junior year of high school. We ended up losing the game, but it was the best baseball game I’ve ever played in.

Are you a fan of the American League’s designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
DH is fine, I might hurt myself if I picked up a bat.

Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?
Absolutely yes. Just ask Wade Korpi.

Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
Hitter: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
Pitcher: Johan Santana, New York Mets

Favorite baseball team:
Boston Red Sox

Favorite player:
Cla Meredith

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

Why did you choose Notre Dame?
It’s hard not to choose ND. We have the best school and sports around.

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