Will Hudgins

Five Irish Players Earn All-BIG EAST Accolades

May 22, 2012

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Five different Notre Dame players earned all-BIG EAST honors Tuesday in advance of the 2012 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Field. Junior C Joe Hudson, sophomore RHP Dan Slania, senior RHP Will Hudgins and sophomore 3B Eric Jagielo each garnered second team accolades, while sophomore 1B Trey Mancini was named third team.

Hudson, a semifinalist for the 2012 Johnny Bench Award, is batting a team-best .340 with 13 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 36 RBI. He has a .516 slugging percentage and .442 on-base percentage. Hudson ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in on-base percentage, tied for ninth in batting average and ninth in slugging percentage. No BIG EAST everyday starting catcher has fewer passed balls and Hudson leads the BIG EAST in throwing out base runners (.383, 18 of 47). The Irish lead the BIG EAST in fewest opponent stolen bases (30) and fewest opponent stolen base attempts (53).

Slania leads the BIG EAST in saves (12), games finished (28), appearances (30) and relief appearances (30). He also owns a 3-0 record with a 2.05 ERA in 30.2 innings of work. Slania has struck out 36 and walked 12. His 12 saves and 30 appearances each rank tied for third in single-season Notre Dame history. Slania was even more dominant in league games. He went 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and seven saves in 14.1 innings of work. In fact, Slania has a paltry 1.03 career ERA in BIG EAST action. His 2.20 career ERA is the best in school history for a pitcher with at least 60.0 innings pitched.

Hudgins has been extremely good in his first season as a starting pitcher. He is 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA – second-best in the BIG EAST. Hudgins has also fanned 85 and walked 20 in 89.1 innings of work. He ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in strikeouts (85), eighth in innings pitched (89.1), tied for second in fewest earned runs allowed (22) and seventh in opposing batting average (.237). Hudgins has pitched into the seventh inning in seven of his 14 starts. He has collected eight quality starts. Hudgins has allowed one earned run or less in nine of his last 13 outings and two earned runs or less in 11 of his 14 starts.

Jagielo is batting .316 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs and 41 RBI. He was the first Notre Dame sophomore with double-figure home runs since 2004 when Craig Cooper (10) and Matt Bransfield (12) accomplished the feat. Jagielo ranks among the top-10 in the BIG EAST in home runs (4th), slugging (7th) and total bases (5th). In BIG EAST games only, he ranks tied for third in home runs (five) and tied for eighth in walks (14). Jagielo has 20 multi-hit games third on the Irish, including eight three-hit affairs (leads Notre Dame). He also ranks second on Notre Dame in multi-RBI contests with 11, including a season-high five RBI in the victory over Georgetown on Apr. 20.

Mancini is hitting .307 with 43 runs scored, 10 doubles, 12 home runs and 44 RBI. He has recorded a .550 slugging percentage and .382 on-base percentage. Mancini and Jagielo is the first Notre Dame sophomore tandem with double-figure home runs since 2004 when Craig Cooper (10) and Matt Bransfield (12) accomplished the feat. He has 15 multi-hit games, including a four-hit affair and six three-hit games. Mancini also leads the Irish in multi-RBI contests with 15, including a trio of three RBI outings. He ranks tied for second in the BIG EAST in home runs (12), third in slugging percentage (.579), tied for sixth in RBI (44). In BIG EAST games only, Mancini ranks tied for third in home runs (five).

Notre Dame opens the 2012 BIG EAST Tournament at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bright House Networks Field against St. John’s. In-game updates will be available on Twitter at @NDBaseball and Facebook at NDBaseball, and fans can listen to all the action locally on 103.1 FM and on the Internet at UND.com.


Patrick Kivlehan, 3B, Rutgers (Jr., West Nyack, N.Y.)

Justin Amlung, RHP, Louisville (Jr., Louisville, Ky.)

Jared Ruxer, RHP, Louisville (Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.)

Ed Blankmeyer, St. John’s


Pos. Player School Cl Hometown
P Justin Amlung Louisville Jr. Louisville, Ky.
P Sean Hagan St. John’s Jr. Larchmont, N.Y.
P Jon Prosinski Seton Hall Jr. Skillman, N.J.
P Andrew Barbosa USF Sr. San Juan, P.R.
RP Scott Oberg Connecticut Jr. Tewksbury, Mass.
C Jeff Melillo Rutgers Sr. Annandale, N.J.
1B Rick Devereaux Pittsburgh Sr. Oakdale, Pa.
2B L.J. Mazzilli Connecticut Jr. Greenwich, Conn.
3B Patrick Kivlehan * Rutgers Jr. West Nyack, N.Y.
SS Mike Garza Georgetown Jr. San Antonio, Texas
OF Justin Glass Cincinnati So. Fort Wayne, Ind.
OF Billy Ferriter Connecticut Jr. Nashua, N.H.
OF Jeremy Baltz St. John’s Jr. Vestal, N.Y.
DH Matt Fleishman Villanova Sr. East Northport, N.Y.

* unanimous selection


Pos. Player School Cl Hometown
P Jeff Thompson Louisville So. Greenville, Ind.
P Will Hudgins Notre Dame Sr. Richmond, Va.
P Ryan Harvey Seton Hall Jr. Manalapan, N.J.
P Derrick Stultz USF Sr. Tampa, Fla.
RP Dan Slania Notre Dame So. Tucson, Ariz.
C Joe Hudson Notre Dame Jr. Odessa, Fla.
1B Stewart Ijames Louisville Sr. Owensboro, Ky.
2B Tyler Sciacca Villanova Sr. Staten Island, N.Y.
3B Eric Jagielo Notre Dame So. Downers Grove North, Ill.
SS Matt Wessinger St. John’s Sr. Liverpool, N.Y.
OF Adam Engel Louisville So. Loveland, Ohio
OF Cole Sturgeon Louisville So. Owensboro, Ky.
OF James Ramsay USF So. Brandon, Fla.
DH Jeff Gardner Louisville So. Louisville, Ky.


Pos. Player School Cl Hometown
P Jared Ruxer Louisville Fr. Indianapolis, Ind.
P Matt Iannazzo Pittsburgh Sr. Norwalk, Conn.
P Rob Smorol Rutgers Jr. Clark, N.J.
P Kyle Hansen St. John’s Jr. Glen Gove, N.Y.
RP Derek Self Louisville Sr. Cave City, Ky.
RP Benny Mejia Seton Hall Sr. Paterson, N.J.
C Joe Pavone Connecticut Sr. Rochester, N.Y.
1B Trey Mancini Notre Dame So. Winter Haven, Fla.
2B Nick Ratajczak Louisville Jr. Joliet, Ill.
3B Ty Young Louisville So. Coatesville, Pa
SS Giuseppe Papaccio Seton Hall Jr. Belle Mead, N.J.
OF Justin Leeson Georgetown Jr. Exton, Pa.
OF Brian O’Grady Rutgers So. Warminster, Pa.
OF Zach Granite Seton Hall So. Staten Island, N.Y.
OF Bobby Boyd West Virginia Fr. Silver Spring, Md.
DH Anthony DeFabio Pittsburgh Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.