April 28, 2002
FRIDAY NIGHT RECAP – The pivotal 5th inning saw ASU tie the game with four runs before the Irish answered with three, en route to the 9-4 win … 2,900 tickets – including 100 standing-room – were sold (an Eck Stadium record) … ASU hit into two double plays and stranded 11 … J.P. Gagne picked up the win (4.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K) in relief of John Axford (4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 5 BB, 4 K) … Matt Bok’s 2-run single provided the go-ahead runs, with Steve Stanley hitting a 2-run single in the 4-run 2nd (Steve Sollmann also had 2 RBI) … Robbie McClellan took the loss (4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 5 K) … Gagne’s last six outings (all in relief) have included four wins, a save and 18.2 shutout innings (14 K, 10 H, 4 BB).
Today’s Starter – Peter Ogilvie, Jr., RHP (first three and last three are starts)
Situationally: 42.5% leadoff batters reached, .224 opp. batting w/ 2 outs, .244 w/ runners
Nine-Inning Averages: 10.3 H, 1.6 BB, 6.9 K, 11.2 GO, 38.2 BF
- Has yet to allow a home run in his two seasons of action with the Irish, spanning 92.1 innings, 345 at-bats and 385 batters faced (40.1 IP, 157 ABs and 171 BF in 2002) … his 52 IP without a HR allowed in 2001 ranks as the 3rd-most IP without an HR by an ND pitcher (since ’87), behind Darin Schmalz (84.2, in ’96) and Tim Kraus (62.2, in ’94) … four-year All-American Aaron Heilman yielded just 13 career home runs in 393.2 IP (3 HRs in 114 IP during the 2001 season).
- His 2.14 career ERA is below the longstanding Note Dame record (2.36, by Nick Palihnich from 1959-61) – with Aaron Heilman (2.49, ’98-’01) owning the best career ERA by an ND pitcher in the last 40 years.
- His six starts in 2002 have yielded a 4-1 record in 34.2 IP, with a 2.34 ERA, 28 Ks, 7 walks, 37 hits and a .274 opponent batting avg. (compared to three relief outings that yielded a 3.18 ERA and .409 opponent avg.).
- His 2.45 season ERA leaves him on the verge of cracking the NCAA top-50 list for ’02.
- Currently leads the Irish with a 4.4 K-to-walk ratio (31/7), which would rank 7th in ND history (only four ND pitchers are above him on hat list, with Alan Walania posting three seasons with a K/BB above 4.6). Ogilvie likewise also a strong K/BB ratio for his career (3.4; 61/18).
- His low 2002 opponent batting avg. with runners on (.244) ranks 3rd-best on the staff.
STANLEY ON A TEAR
Here’s a quick update on senior CF Steve Stanley:
- Owns ND career records for hits (343), stolen bases (111) and consecutive starts (230, tying an as-of-yet unverified NCAA record) while sharing the at-bats record (897) with ’01 grad. Alec Porzel and ranking 2nd in runs (223, behind Pat Pesavento’s 246).
- Also owns BIG EAST career records for hits (241) and runs scored (98) in BIG EAST regular-season games.
- Entered the week ranked 6th in the nation for batting average (.462, up to .467).
- Hit .605 (26-for-43) in his recent 11-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in nine straight (then 1-for-1 with four walks vs. Toledo)
- Owns three double-digit hit streaks this season (also 13-10-11) and seven in hi s career.
- His 41.3 at-bats per K this season (165/4; with 196 total plate appearances) would challenge for first (44.0) in the ND record book (since ’69).
- Seven hits shy of becoming the eighth Division I player ever to reach 350 hits.
- Has hits in 39 of 42 games this season and in 46 of his last 49 with the Irish.
- Went 50 games without an error, before a controversial dropped-ball call at Seton Hall, and has just eight career Es.
vs. THE PAC-10 Notre Dame owns a 14-18 all-time record vs. current Pac-10 teams, with convincing wins this season vs. USC (15-8) and ASU (9-4) … that 14-18 record breaks down as follows: 2-3 vs. ASU, 0-5 vs. Arizona, 3-2 vs. Cal, 0-1 vs. Stanford, 1-2 vs. USC, 1-1 vs. UCLA, 0-1 vs. Oregon State, 5-3 vs. Washington and 2-0 vs. Washington State … Paul Mainieri’s ND teams are 4-2 vs. the Pac-10 (1-0 vs. ASU and WSU, 1-1 vs. USC and UW).
HEAD COACH PAUL MAINIERI: Eighth-year ND head coach Paul Mainieri owns a 666-415-1 (.616) record in 19-plus college seasons … in addition to his 334-136-1 (.710) mark in eight seasons at ND, Mainieri’s teams were 180-121 in six seasons at St. Thomas (Fla.) and 152-158 in six seasons at Air Force.
BIG INNING: ND owns a 38-9 scoring edge in the 5th inning, with ASU’s 4-run output in the 5th-inning on Friday nearly matching the total number of 5th-inning runs allowed by the Irish in the previous 41 games (5).
MR. CONTROL: Junior RHP Brandon Viloria has averaged just 1.34 walks per 9 IP during his career (8/53.2) – which would best the ND record of 1.64 set by Alan Walania from 1990-93 (59/324) … Viloria owns a 2.40 ERA, 2-1 record and two saves this season, with just two walks in 15 IP (no wild pitches and one hit batter) … he has yet to throw a wild pitch in 54 career innings, with just one hit batter.
RARE PAIR: Senior CF Steve Stanley (.467) and junior LF Brian Stavisky (.420) are bidding to become the third pair of ND teammates ever to hit above .400 in the same season (and the first in seven years) … another pair of outfielders did it in 1993, when RF Edwin Hartwell set the still-standing ND record (.447) and CF Eric Danapilis hit .438 (they dueled atop the NCAA charts for much of the season) … one season later, IF Robbie Kent and CF Scott Sollmann both his .402 in the ’94 campaign.
- Top ND pitchers with runners on base (in terms of opp. batting avg.) are John Axford (.212), Ryan Kalita (.227) and Peter Ogilvie (.244).
- The leaders with 2 outs are Martin Vergara (.071), Drew Duff (.188), J.P. Gagne (.194) and Brandon Viloria (.211).
- Top pitchers vs. leadoff batters include Viloria (.167 opp. on-base), Grant Johnson (.304) and Gagne (.339).
BOK’S BIG HITS: Senior DH Matt Bok has delivered in clutch fashion four times in the last three weeks:
- His seventh-inning single broke a 2-2 tie in the series finale versus St. John’s and led to a three-run inning in that 5-2 win (April 7) .
- Two days later, his poked a single into left field to plate Javier Sanchez with the game-winning run as the Irish rallied for a 5-4 win over Western Michigan.
- His most vivid play came in the seven-inning opener versus Virginia Tech (April 12), when he led off the bottom of the 11th with a triple to the rightfield wall before scoring for the tense 2-1 win.
- Friday’s hit vs. ASU came earlier in the game (5th) than the above three but had the added drama of a tie score, two outs and a 1-2 count. Bok came through on a 1-2 pitch, drilling the two-run single into right for the 6-4 lead.
WIN STREAK HITS 12: The current 12-game winning streak is the second-longest of the eight-year Paul Mainieri era, behind a 14-game streak in 1998 (April 8-23) and a 16-game run in 2001 (April 4-24) that ranks third in the program’s 110-year history.