April 8, 1999
- BIG EAST first place on the line in weekend series.
- Wagner makes stunning return, hits five home runs in five games
- Surging Felker named BIG EAST player of the week
The Notre Dame baseball team (22-8, 9-1 BIG EAST) will be in a battle to remain atop the BIG EAST standings this week, with a three-game series against surprising Pittsburgh (17-11, 7-2) … the Panthers and Rutgers (15-12, 7-2) are tied for second in the BIG EAST … the Irish are playing 20 of 22 April games at home, plus a neutral game vs. Michigan … Notre Dame has won 18 of its last 20 … the Irish are 99-18 at Eck Stadium in the five-year tenure of head coach Paul Mainieri … Notre Dame reached 20 wins in their 27th game, equaling the third-quickest Irish baseball team to 20 wins in the last 40 years (the ’89 and ’90 teams opened 20-6) … the record for quickest to 30 wins is shared by the ’90 and ’94 teams (30-9, with the ’98 team opening 30-10) … freshman 3B Andrew Bushey suffered a knee injury at West Virginia on March 20 and is slated to miss 3-4 weeks.
WAGNER RETURNS WITH A BANG: Senior DH and Irish career home run lead Jeff Wagner (48 HRs) missed all of March and the April 1 doubleheader vs. Providence due to a foot injury … Wagner returned from his five-week, 18-game hiatus in stunning fashion, smacking the first pitch he saw on April 2 vs. Connecticut over the fence in dead-center field … he then ignited the decisive seven-run fourth inning in that game, with a shot to left-center (sparking four Irish HRs in five at-bats) … Wagner added a third home run in the nightcap-a booming left-field shot that cleared the football practice-field fence across the street … he finished the day 4-for-5, with two walks … Wagner’s barrage vs. UConn moved him into second on the list for career HRs in BIG EAST regular-season games (23 in 62 games), three shy of the record held by former Seton Hall great Mo Vaughn (26 in 53, ’87-’89) … Wagner’s four RBI vs. the Huskies give him 76 in his BIG EAST regular-season career, pushing him into third in the BIG EAST record book, seven behind the record of 83 shared by former SHU catcher Alex Andreopoulos (83, ’92-’95) and Vaughn Wagner added his ninth career two-home-run game (and third of the season) in the 14-10 win over Bowling Green on April 7, helping rally the Irish from an early 9-1 deficit … Wagner’s four RBI vs. BG give him 179 in his career, moving past Joe Binkiewicz (176, 1989-92) into fourth on the Irish all-time RBI list, behind Eric Danapilis (221, 1990-93), Dan Peltier (202, 1987-89) and former teammate Mike Amrhein (202, 1994-97) … he also moved into a tie for 11th in career runs scored (149) while his 222 career hits are just two shy of cracking that Irish top-10 list … Wagner’s walk vs. BG was the 105th of his career, moving him into eighth place in the Irish record book.
FELKER NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame junior 1B Jeff Felker (Ellicott City, Md.) earned BIG EAST Conference co-player-of-the-week honors, after helping the Irish go 5-0 … Felker led the Irish regulars during the week in batting average (.588), hits (10-for-17), total bases (19) and runs scored (7), plus two home runs, three doubles, four RBI, two walks, no strikeouts and no errors in 51 fielding chances … he had at least one hit in every game during the week, plus one RBI and one run scored in four of the five games … Felker is hitting .397 during the current 18-2 run, with 14 RBI, three home runs, one triple and seven doubles during that stretch … his overall season stats include a .333 batting average, 17 RBI, four home runs and 21 runs scored … Felker ranks second on the team with a .444 batting average with runners in scoring position and is second on the team with seven two-out RBI … Felker shared the weekly BIG EAST award with a player from upcoming opponent Pittsburgh: senior 2B Lou Melucci (.625, 6 RBI).
NOTRE DAME 1999 BASEBALL SCHEDULE (22-8)
Sat. 4/10 *Pittsburgh (DH) 12:05 p.m. Sun. 4/11 *Pittsburgh 12:05 p.m. Wed. 4/14 Cleveland State 5:05 p.m. Thur. 4/15 *Valparaiso 5:05 P.m.
Games at Notre Dame's Eck Stadium.
- On WHME radio 103.1 FM, available via realaudio through the Notre Dame website, at www.und.com.
Notre Dame's Probable Starting Lineup * - lefthanded hitter; # - switch hitterPos. Player Yr. Ht./Wt. Hometown 1999 Stats Notes CF *Steve Stanley Fr. 5-7/150 Upper Arlington, OH .282, 16 RBI, 24 R, 13 BB/14 K, 5 SF, 2 SAC, 13-16 SB, 1 E BIG EAST gms: .375, 5 RBI, 10 RC *Paul O'Toole Fr. 6-1/200 Lakewood, OH .300, 15 RBI, 27 R, 9 2B, 3 3B, HR, 7 BB/10 K, 5-6 SB, 4 E Leads team in doubles, second in runs2B Alec Porzel So. 6-0/185 Lisle, IL .336, 28 RBI, 25 R, 4 HR, 4 3B, 7 2B, 12 BB/16 K, 6-7 SB, 6 E Winning HR vs. Detroit; 953. field %SS Brant Ust Jr. 6-1/200 Redmond, WA .398, 39 RBI, 32 R, 14 HR, 3B, 7 2B, 18 BB/18 K, 5-8 SB, 10 E 10th in nation for home runs per game DH Jeff Wagner Sr. 6-3/235 Louisville, KY .462 (39 ABs), 16 RBI, 11 R, 7 HR, 2 2B, 6 BB/4 K, 1-1 SB Last 5 gms: 7-for-15, 5 HR, 9 RBI1B *Jeff Felker Jr. 6-5/190 Ellicott City, MD .333, 17 RBI, 21 R, 4 HR, 3B, 9 2B, 4 BB/11 K, 2-2 SB, 2 E BIG EAST co-player of the weekLF Matt Nussbaum Jr. 6-1/190 South Bend, IN .275, 15 RBI, 14 R, 4 HR, 2B, 8 BB/8 K, 4 SF, 1 SAC, 3 E 2 home runs in last five gamesRF Ben Cooke So. 5-9/165 Bay Village, OH .270, 10 RBI, 7 R, 6 BB/27 K, 6 SAC, 6-7 SB, 1 E Hitting .406 with RBI chances 3B #Jeff Perconte Jr. 5-10/185 Arlington Hts, IL .333, 17 RBI, 21 R, 2 HR, 5 2B, 11 BB/12 K, 3-4 SB, 5 E Last 8 games: .458, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R OFF THE BENCHC #J.P. Drevline Fr. 5-11/190 Arlington Hts, IL .238 (5-21), 3 RBI, 1 R, 3 BB/9 K, 1 E/3 PB 2-run single vs. St. Mary's in IBCOF/1B Matt Strickroth Fr. 6-5/230 Mission Viejo, CA .159 (10-63), 3 RBI, 8 R, 2 2B, 7 BB/21 K, 1-3 SB, 2 E 19 HRs in three prep seasonsIF Ed Golom Fr. 5-9/165 Lockport, IL .346 (9-26), 2 RBI, 5 R, HR, 2 2B, 3 BB/9 K, 1 E vs. PC: 4-for-7, 2 runs, 2 doublesDH Ken Meyer Fr. 6-0/205 Fort Myers, FL .125 (1-8), HBP, 3 K One of four Florida natives on team Probable StartersRHP Aaron Heilman So. 6-4/210 Logansport, IN 2.68, 6-1, 1 SV, 9 GP/53.2 IP, 55 K/11 BB, .185 opp. avg. 2-time BIG EAST Pitcher of the WeekRHP Alex Shilliday Sr. 6-1/200 Dunwoody, GA 7.04, 2-2, 5 GP/15.1 IP, 16 K/7 BB, .338 opp. avg. 23-13 career record, 225 Ks LHP Tim Kalita Jr. 6-1/220 Oak Park, IL 5.44, 3-1, 8 GP/48 IP, 53 K/25 BB, .269 opp. avg. ND season K record is 108 BULLPENRHP Scott Cavey Jr. 6-5/200 Omaha, NE 4.40, 2-1, 7 GP/30.2 IP, 21 K/5 BB, .264 opp. avg. At Rutgers: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 KsLHP Mike Naumann So. 5-11/175 Tucson, AZ 5.87, 2-0, 7 GP/23 IP, 18 K/9 BB, .315 opp. avg. Win over UConn (3.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H)
SERIES NOTES: Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Pittsburgh 10-1, including a pair of wins last season at Three Rivers Stadium (11-1, 12-7; third game rained out) … the Irish posted a pair of home wins over Pittsburgh in 1996 (8-3, 2-0) and split a pair at Pittsburgh in ’97 (11-8, 6-7) … the teams first met in 1951 (a pair of Irish wins at Pitt, 5-10 and 10-5), with the Irish taking two from the Panthers at home in 1952 (18-3, 9-4) … the only games between the teams from 1953-95 came in 1989, a 16-9 Irish win in Orlando, Fla. … Alec Porzel was 3-for-6 last year vs. the Panthers, with three RBI, one home run, one double and two walks … Brant Ust (.427) and Jeff Wagner (.407) rank among the all-time leaders in BIG EAST batting average, but have played below those averages in their careers vs. Pitt: Ust (.389, 17-for-18, 5 RBI, 2B, 1-1 SB) and Wagner (.190, 4-for-21, 4 RBI, HR, 3B, 3 BB) … other career stats vs. the Panthers: Jeff Perconte (.395, 5-for-13, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2B), Jeff Felker (.353, 6-for-17, 4 RBI, 3 2B) and Chris McKeown (6 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks).
SHILLIDAY, LIDGE HIGHLIGHT DOMINATING NIGHT AT THREE RIVERS: Junior RHPs Alex Shilliday and Brad Lidge highlighted a dominating 25-strikeout doubleheader by the Notre Dame pitching, 11-0, 12-1, in BIG EAST action April 18, 1998 at Three Rivers Stadium … Shilliday (8-2)-who earned BIG EAST pitcher of the week-and Lidge (6-2) both pitched seven innings while sophomore RHPs Steve Szczepanski and Scott Cavey each pitched an inning to close the nightcap … the dominating 48 outs broke down as follows: 25 Ks, 15 groundouts, 3 double-play balls, 3 infield popups, 1 caught stealing and 1 flyout … the Irish allowed nine baserunners (4 H, 4 BB, HP) while facing 53 batters, five over the minimum … Shilliday was working on a no-hitter in the sixth inning before Aaron Vicari laid a leadoff, first-pitch bunt down the first-base line … Shilliday needed just 79 pitches and faced 23 batters (1 H, 1 HP, 9 Ks, 8 GOs) … the game marked the first solo one-hitter by an Irish pitcher in five years, since David Sinnes posted a 6-0 win at Evansville on April 24, 1993 (9 IP, 1 BB, 1 HP, 5 K’s, 31 BF) … Chis McKeown and Tim Kalita one-hit Bowling Green in 1997 … Shilliday allowed one ball to leave the infieldHarry Ciavarella’s game-ending flyout to center … Lidge (109 pitchers) racked up a career-best 12 Ks and faced just 25 batters over seven innings (2 H, 3 BB, 6 GOs) … Lidge’s 12 Ks equal the most by an Irish pitcher since Bob Bartlett’s 13 vs. Bethel in 1980 .
WHME TO BROADCAST 43 GAMES: South Bend-based WHME radio (103.1) is scheduled to broadcast 43 of Notre Dame’s 55 regular-season games-including the upcoming series vs. Pittsburgh-and any postseason action during the 1999 campaign … all games are available via the internet, with a link from the Notre Dame website (www.und.com) … WHME’s television division also may air several simulcasts during the 1999 season (schedule TBA) … WHME is scheduled to broadcast 23 of Notre Dame’s remaining 25 games, except for the April 14 game vs. Cleveland State and April 30 vs. Oakland.
AROUND THE HORN: The first NCAA Division I rankings were released April 7 (for games through April 4), with Brant Ust checking in at 10th in the nation for HRs/gm at 0.48 (he now is at 0.47, with 14 HRs in 30 gms) … Jeff Wagner-who has just four Ks in 39 ABs-did not meet the HR minimum coming into the week (six HRs) but is now averaging 0.58 HRs/gm (7 HRs, 12 gms), which would rank second behind the University of San Francisco’s Taggert Bozied (22 in 31, 0.71) and just ahead of Boston College’s Sean McGowan (12 in 21, 0.57) … junior RHP John Corbin has totaled six saves and a 2-0 record during the past 20 games, with a 1.50 ERA, 12 Ks, just two walks and 10 hits allowed in 12 innings during that span … sophomore RHP Aaron Heilman (55 Ks) and junior lefty Tim Kalita (53) are on pace to challenge the Irish single-season strikeout record of 108, set by Frank Carpin in 1958 … Heilman is allowing just .185 opponent batting, which would rank second-best by an Irish pitcher since 1991, behind David Sinnes’ impressive .163 opponent average in 1992 … Heilman’s last eight outings include a 6-0 record, a 1.88 ERA (10 earned runs), one save and 51 strikeouts in 48 innings.
QUICK TEAM NOTES: A big key to the Irish success this season has been the clutch hitting with runners in scoring position (.324) … in addition to 10 come-from-behind victories, the Irish own four victories this season where the winning run was scored in the last inning and three in which the winning run came across in the second-to-last inning … in its last eight games alone, Notre Dame has posted four comeback victories and two others where the winning run was scored in the final inning … the April 2 doubleheader vs. UConn featured 49 combined hits (21 for extra bases), nine home runs (seven by the Irish), three triples (two by the Irish), 11 doubles (10 by UConn), 95 total bases (50 by the Irish) and 5:25 of game time, in addition to a 39-minute rain delay early in the nightcap (which concluded at 6:44 p.m. after the day’s action had begun at 12:05) … Notre’s Dame’s big seven-run fourth inning in the opener vs. UConn included consecutive home runs from Jeff Wagner, Jeff Felker and Matt Nussbaum, with Jeff Perconte leaving the yard two batters later … Notre Dame’s continues to lead the BIG EAST with a .962 overall season fielding pct. (equaling last season’s mark, which ranks third-best at Notre Dame since 1982), with unearned runs providing the margin of defeat in just one Irish loss … the Irish pitching staff is on pace to total 484 Ks over 60 games, which would best the team record of 456 set last season … the ’99 staff is averaging 8.58 Ks per nine innings, which would rank best at Notre Dame in 36 years and third in Irish history, behind the 1958 (9.89) and 1963 (8.68) Irish pitching staffs … the Irish pitchers also own a 2.32 K-to-walk ratio (184/78), which is just off the record of 2.40 set in 1963.
IRISH RETURN PAIR OF ALL-AMERICANS: Notre Dame is one of just five schools in Division I baseball that returned multiple All-America players from the 1998 season (based on the teams selected by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball magazine and the American Baseball Coaches Association) … current Irish sophomore RHP Aaron Heilman was named third team All-America by Collegiate Baseball in ’98 while current junior shortstop Brant Ust was a third team ’98 All-America pick (as a third baseman) by both Baseball America and the ABCA … the other schools with multiple returning All-Americans include the University of Miami, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and Wichita State (3).
BIG EAST BESTS: Notre Dame senior C Jeff Wagner and All-America junior SS Brant Ust rank among the top hitters in BIG EAST history … Ust’s career bating average in BIG EAST regular-season games (.427, 82-for-192) is on pace to challenge the existing record of .432, set by Seton Hall’s Marteese Robinson from ’85-’87 … Wagner ranks eighth on that list with a .407 avg. (90-for-221), including 22 HRs in the BIG EAST regular season-second all-time behind former Seton Hall great Mo Vaughn (26, ’87-’89) … Wagner also now ranks third in BIG EAST history with 76 career RBI in conference games, seven behind Vaughn (83) and former SHU catcher Alex Andreopoulos (83, 1992-95) … two former Irish players-2B/CF Randall Brooks (.418, ’96-’97) and IF J.J. Brock (.399, ’96-’98)-also rank among the all-time BIG EAST batting leaders.
PLAYING FOR YOUR COUNTRY: Current Notre Dame junior SS Brant Ust served as a third baseman on the 22-player roster for USA Baseball during the summer of 1998 … Ust finished third on the team with a .378 batting average (over 42 games) .. his travels took him to Nicaragua for the World Championship Qualifier and to Italy for the World Championship, with several stops throughout the United States-highlighted by pregame introductions of the USA team to the crowds at two major-league games.
HEAD COACH PAUL MAINIERI: Fifth-year Notre Dame head coach Paul Mainieri owns a 520-360 (.591) record in 16-plus seasons as a college head coach, surpassing the 500-win milestone in the Feb. 27 win at New Orleans (14-11) … in addition to his 187-82 (.694) mark with the Irish, Mainieri was 180-121 in six seasons at St. Thomas (Fla.) and 152-158 in six seasons at Air Force … Mainieri has experienced two noteworthy homecomings in ’99, making his third return to the University of New Orleans (where he played) with the Irish baseball program and his third return to his hometown of Miami as the Notre Dame coach … Mainieri coached his 800th career game on Feb. 20, 1998, at the University of Miami, after a Feb. 15 game at UNO was rained out … he notched his 499th career win in the 1999 season opener versus James Madison, in a game played in Miami at Florida International (Feb. 19) … Mainieri’s 187 wins rank third at Notre Dame, behind Pat Murphy (318, ’88-’94) and Jake Kline (558, ’34-’75) … Mainieri has seen 16 of his Irish players go on to pro baseball, with 11 selected in the major-league draft … 15 of Mainieri’s players at St. Thomas went on to pro baseball, including three-Joe Klink, Dane Johnson and Dan Rohrmeier-who have played in the major leagues … Mainieri and his father Demie are the only known father-son combo in college baseball history to each top 400 career coaching wins … Demie won 1,018 games in his 30-year career at Miami-Dade North CC.
UST, HEILMAN AMONG TOP PROSPECTS: Two Notre Dame players are listed among Baseball America’s 1999 list of college baseball’s top professional baseball prospects … junior SS Brant Ust is listed as the No. 38 college prospect and is fifth among middle infielders, behind Miami’s Bobby Hill (8th), Duke’s Vaughn Schill (9th), South Carolina’s Brian Roberts (11th) and ASU’s Willie Bloomquist (13th) … Hill and Bloomquist were teammates of Ust’s on Team USA during the summer of ’98, as were USC C Eric Munson (No. 2 prospect), Mississippi State P Matt Ginter (10th), Texas A&M LHP Casey Fossum (11th) and UNLV OF Ryan Ludwick (20th) … Irish sophomore All-America RHP Aaron Heilman is listed by Baseball America as the top prospect in the BIG EAST Conference … the magazine projects Heilman as the No. 9 prospect for 2000 (fourth among pitchers), behind: Clemson OF Patrick Boyd, California 3B Xavier Nady, UCLA 2B Chase Utley, Pepperdine C Dane Sardinha, Stanford RHP Justin Wayne, UCLA 1B Garrett Atkins, Arizona 1B/RHP Ben Diggins and Stanford RHP Jason Young.
SHILLIDAY MOVING UP STRIKEOUT LIST: Notre Dame senior RHP Alex Shilliday owns 225 career strikeouts, ranking fifth on the Irish all-time list … Shilliday could make a run up the list, which includes a formidable group that played together for three seasons: David Sinnes (315, ’93), Tom Price (276, ’94), Chris Michalak (263, ’93) and Al Walania (236, ’93) … Shilliday also ranks eighth in Notre Dame history with 23 career victories.
NEW LOOK LINEUP: Notre Dame’s ’99 lineup includes several players in new positions, with senior C Jeff Wagner representing the only player who opened at the same position he played in ’98 (Wagner was sidelined for five weeks and now is serving as a DH) … junior All-American Brant Ust has made the move from third base to shortstop (where he played part of his freshman season), replacing first team all-BIG EAST selection and two-time team captain J.J. Brock … sophomore Alec Porzel, a high school shortstop, has returned to the infield as the starting second baseman, after playing in left field as a freshman (1998 graduate Todd Frye played at second last season) … junior Jeff Felker is returning to first base (where he played for most of ’97), after spending ’98 as the starting right fielder (the Irish are looking to replace the strong defense and surprising power of ’98 graduate Dan Leatherman at first base) … three newcomers have stepped into the lineup while junior Jeff Perconte and sophomore Ben Cooke are sharing the starting duties in right field (in addition to serving as DH candidates) … two freshmen opened the season as starters in the outfield-LF Matt Strickroth and CF Steve Stanley-while Andrew Bushey took over Ust’s vacated spot at third base … freshman Paul O’Toole has emerged as the everyday catcher (Strickroth also has played some 1B, with Felker playing some OF) … junior DH/LF Matt Nussbaum also has been impressive as a starter for the Irish this season … Perconte has filled in at third in place of Bushey, who suffered a knee injury at West Virginia on March 20.
ROAD-TESTED: Notre Dame has been strong at home in six years at Frank Eck Stadium-going 128-27 (.826)-but the also have performed well on the road, winning 24 of their last 33 games away from home … that streak began with three ’98 wins in San Antonio, Texas, and was extended with a three-game sweep at Boston College and a pair of wins over Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium … the Irish then beat Michigan at Old Kent Park in Grand Rapids and won two of three at Seton Hall … Notre Dame opened 1999 by beating James Madison (at Florida International) before dropping three games to No. 23 FIU, winning two of three at the New Orleans Invitational, going 6-2 during the spring break trip to San Antonio and winning five of six BIG EAST road games (before this week’s loss at Northwestern).
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: The Notre Dame baseball team posted a 3.07 team GPA in the ’98 fall semester, led by 10 players who turned in Dean’s List semesters (3.4-plus) … Irish baseball players have earned GTE Academic All-America honors 11 times since 1982, with current junior utility player Jeff Perconte (3.65 cumulative GPA as a double major in economic and government) serving as a leading Academic All-American candidate for 1999.
IRISH OWN TOP RECENT BIG EAST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Over the course of its three-plus seasons as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Notre Dame ranks first among the 11 member teams with a .710 overall winning pct. (137-56, West Virginia was second at .630 heading into the ’99 season), a .743 BIG EAST regular-season winning percentage (52-18, Rutgers was second at .671) and a .718 wining percentages in combined BIG EAST regular-season and tournament games (61-24, Rutgers was second at .651) … St. John’s owns the best BIG EAST Tournament winning percentage during the past three seasons (.636, 7-4), followed by Notre Dame at .600 (9-6) … in fact, the double-elimination tournament has been the ultimate bugaboo for Notre Dame, with the same team providing both Irish losses during each of the past three tournaments (West Virginia in ’96, Villanova in ’97 and Rutgers in ’98).
WHAT THE ECK!: Notre Dame baseball is in the midst of its sixth season of play at Frank Eck Stadium, located on the southeast corner of the Notre Dame campus … the Irish have won nearly 85 percent of their games at Eck Stadium during the past five-plus seasons, posting a 134-27 record (.832), highlighted by a 25-2 mark in 1997 and a 99-18 mark (.846) during the four-year tenure of head coach Paul Mainieri … the Irish head into the Pittsburgh series with victories in 62 of their last 70 games at Eck Stadium.
Schedule & Results
FEBRUARYFri. 19 jvs. James Madison W, 8-4Fri. 19 at Florida International L, 1-14Sat. 20 at Florida International L, 2-3Sun. 21 at Florida International L, 0-12Fri. 26 uvs. Missouri L, 1-13Sat. 27 uat New Orleans W, 14-11Sun. 28 uvs. Southern Illinois W, 15-5
MARCHSat. 6 Ovs. Penn State L, 5-6Sun. 7 Ovs. Penn State W, 3-1Sun. 7 Ovs. Yale L, 3-4Mon. 8 Ovs. Univ. of Dallas W, 19-16Wed. 10 wvs. Penn State W, 6-3Thur. 11 wvs. Creighton W, 5-4Fri. 12 wvs. St. Mary's (TX) W, 4-3Sat. 13 wvs. Creighton W, 5-3Sat. 20 at West Virginia (DH) 4-1/6-4Sun. 21 at West Virginia rainoutTues. 23 Western Michigan 12-8Sat. 27 # vs. Villanova (DH) 4-0, 10-8Sun. 28 at Rutgers (DH) 10-8, 1-17Tues. 30 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 7-6
APRILThurs. 1 Providence 5-4, 6-5Sat. 3 Connecticut 11-7, 11-8Mon. 5 Detroit 6-4Tues. 6 at Northwestern 10-20Wed. 7 Bowling Green 14-10Sat. 10 Pittsburgh (DH) 12:05Sun. 11 Pittsburgh 12:05Wed. 14 Cleveland State 5:05Thurs. 15 Valparaiso 5:05Sat. 17 Boston College (DH) 12:05Sun. 18 Boston College 12:05Tues. 20 n vs. Michigan 7:30Sat. 24 Seton Hall (DH) 12:05Sun. 25 Seton Hall 12:05Tues. 27 Illinois-Chicago 7:05Wed. 28 Chicago State 3:45Fri. 30 Oakland (MI) 4:05
MAYSat. 1 Oakland (MI) 12:05Sat. 8 at Georgetown (DH) NoonSun. 9 at Georgetown NoonTues. 11 Miami (FL) 7:05Wed. 12 Miami (FL) 7:05Sat. 15 at St. John's (DH) NoonSun. 16 at St. John's NoonWed. 19 M BIG EAST TournamentSat. 22 (Trenton, NJ)
Thur. 27 NCAA RegionalsSat. 29 (TBA)JUNEFri. 4 NCAA Super RegionalsSat. 5 (TBA)
Fri. 11 College World SeriesSat. 19 (Omaha, NE)
All listings indicate local starting timeHome games at Frank Eck Stadiumj - at Florida Internationalu - UNO Invit. (Privateer Park, New Orleans, LA)O - In San Antonio, TX (Keefe Stadium)w - Irish Baseball Classic (Wolff Stadium; San Antonio, TX) - BIG EAST Conference game# - at Richie Ashburn Field (Philadelphia, PA)n - At Old Kent Park (Grand Rapids, MI) M - At Mercer County Waterfront Stadium
Career Record Book
Batting Average 1. Dan Peltier (1987-89) .406 2. Eric Danapilis (1990-93) .405 3. Brant Ust (1997- ) .378 10. Mark Mapes (1993-94) .341 Jeff Wagner (1996- ) .341
Runs Batted In 1. Eric Danapilis (1989-92) 221 2. Dan Peltier (1987-89) 202 Mike Amrhein (1994-97) 202 4. Jeff Wagner (1996- ) 179 7. Frank Jacobs (1989-91) 166 Craig Counsell (1989-92) 166 9. Ryan Topham (1993-95) 165 10. Cory Mee (1989-92) 164 -- Brant Ust (1997- ) 151
Hits 9. Greg Layson (1991-94) 229 10. Joe Binkiewicz (1989-92) 224 -- Jeff Wagner (1996- ) 222 -- Brant Ust (1997- ) 209
Home Runs 1. Jeff Wagner (1996- ) 48 2. Brant Ust (1997- ) 43 3. Frank Jacobs (1989-91) 37 Mike Amrhein (1994-97) 37
Doubles 4. Craig Counsell (1989-92) 50 5. Joe Binkiewicz (1989-92) 48 Jeff Wagner (1996- ) 48 7. J.J. Brock (1994-98) 42 Brant Ust (1997- ) 42
Runs Scored 9. Ryan Topham (1993-95) 154 10. Brant Ust (1997- ) 153 11. Greg Layson (1991-94) 149 Jeff Wagner (1996- ) 149
Earned Run Average 1. Aaron Heilman (1998- ) 2.09 2. Nick Palihnich (1959-61) 2.36
Strikeouts Thrown 1. David Sinnes (1990-93) 315 2. Tom Price (1991-94) 276 3. Chris Michalak (1990-93) 263 4. Al Walania (1990-93) 236 5. Alex Shilliday (1996- ) 225
Innings Pitched 8. T. Bujnowski ('52, '56-'57) 255.0 9. Alex Shilliday (1996- ) 242.1 Victories 7. Pat Leahy (1990-92) 25 8. Alex Shilliday (1996- ) 23
Games Started 8. Keith Chenail (1985-88) 36 9. Alex Shilliday (1996- ) 35
Batting Average 1. Jeff Wagner (1999) .462 2. Edwin Hartwell (1993) .447 3. Dan Peltier (1989) .446
Slugging Percentage 1. Jeff Wagner (1999) 1.051 2. Brant Ust (1999) .850 3. Dan Peltier (1989) .783
On-Base Percentage 1. Jeff Wagner (1999) .543 2. Eric Danapils (1991) .531 Home Runs 1. Frank Jacobs (1991) 20 2. Tim Hutson (1988) 18 Ryan Topham (1995) 18 Brant Ust (1998) 18 5. Jeff Wagner (1997) 17 6. Dan Peltier (1989) 15 Joe Binkiewicz (1991) 15 8. Mike Amrhein (1997) 14 Brant Ust (1999) 14
Saves 1. Mike Coffey (1989) 10 2. Aaron Heilman (1998) 9 3. John Corbin (1999) 6
Opponent Average 1. David Sinnes (1992) .163 2. Aaron Heilman (1999) .185