April 23, 2002
Notre Dame’s Peter Ogilvie has been named the BIG EAST Conference baseball pitcher of the week, following a strong eight-inning outing in Sunday’s 6-1 win at Seton Hall that capped a three-game sweep of the Pirates.
Ogilvie follows J.P. Gagne as Notre Dame’s second consecutive junior righthander to earn the award. He did his part in a six-inning scoreless duel versus SHU lefthander Chris Noonan before yielding an unearned run in the eighth, with his 108-pitch outing including five hits (just one for extra bases), three walks, a career-best eight strikeouts and seven groundouts.
Ogilvie – who played a major role in helping overcome the absence of freshman weekend starter Chris Niesel (out since April 7 with mononucleosis) – retired 6-of-8 leadoff batters that he faced, did not allow a two-out hit (0-for-7) and held SHU to 3-for-16 batting with runners on base.
The win at SHU came one week after Ogilvie’s impressive complete-game victory that completed a doubleheader sweep of current BIG EAST co-leader Virginia Tech.
Ogilvie lowered his season ERA to 2.45 (tops among ND pitchers with more than 15 innings pitched) while his 5-1 record matches Gagne for the team lead in wins. A winner in each of his last three starts, Ogilvie has posted a 1.29 ERA over the course of those three starts, with 19 strikeouts, four walks and 16 hits allowed in those 21 innings.
His nine appearances (six starts) have yielded 31 Ks, seven walks, 46 hits allowed, four wild pitches and one hit batter in 40.1 innings – plus no home runs allowed in 171 batters faced. Ogilvie leads the staff in K-to-walk ratio (4.4) while ranking second on the staff for fewest walks per nine innings (1.56) and third in opponent batting average with runners on base (.244). His nine-inning averages include 18 outs via strikeouts (6.9) or groundouts (11.2).