#17 Billy Boockford
AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner enters his senior season with a .279 career batting average, two home runs and 37 RBI … has added 27 runs, 11 doubles, one triple, 21 walks, four sacrifice flies and 14 sacrifice bunts in 79 games (59 starts) … will compete for a starting spot at either corner outfield position … served as a key member of the 2008 offense after returning from knee surgery that held him out for most of 2007 season … has strong arm that is similar to that of Cody Rizzo (2006), another Notre Dame right-fielder who wore #17 … can hit for average and power, with good base-running skills for his size … also displays versatility to be an adept bunter when called upon … top-scholastic pitching prospect that gives Irish an additional right-handed pitcher out of the bullpen.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009): Appeared in 20 games and made eight starts in right field … batted .290 (9-for-31) with four RBI … added one run scored and four walks … did ground into a double play … batted .350 (7-for-20) against right-handed pitching … batted .385 (5-for-13) with runners in scoring position … hit .417 (5-for-12) with four RBI in five BIG EAST games (three starts) … added one run scored and two walks … registered a pair of multi-hit games (vs. Ohio State, Feb. 20; at Cincinnati, Apr. 9) … recorded one multi-RBI game (two at Cincinnati, Apr. 9) … batted .280 (7-for-25) with four RBI in games started … batted .333 (2-for-6) with a run scored in games played off the bench … tossed a scoreless inning of relief (his first and only pitching appearance in an Irish uniform) at Pittsburgh on Mar. 28 … spent the summer of 2008 with the Hays Larks of the Jayhawk League (along with Irish teammates Sam Elam, Ty Adams and Steven Mazur) … saw action in 48 games as an outfielder and started 46 … batted .274 (45-for-164) with two home runs and 14 RBI … added 28 runs scored, seven doubles, 16 walks, three sacrifice bunts and five stolen bases … also tossed a scoreless inning of relief with a couple strikeouts.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008): Appeared in 49 games and started 44 for the Irish, predominantly in right field … batted .275 (41-for-149) with a home run and 26 RBI … added 21 runs scored, 10 doubles, 15 walks, four sacrifice flies and 10 sacrifice bunts (second-most on the team) … did ground into a team-high tying seven double plays … batted .295 (31-for-105) against right-handed pitching … hit an impressive .714 (10-for-14) with a runner on third base and less than two outs … ranked fifth on the squad in doubles and tied for third in sacrifice flies … hit .261 (18-for-69) with 12 RBI in 22 BIG EAST games (21 starts) … added 10 runs scored, three doubles, 10 walks and eight sacrifice bunts … his eight sacrifice bunts tied for second-most by any BIG EAST player in conference games … registered the sixth-most multi-hit games on the team with 13, including one four-hit game … recorded the sixth-most multi-RBI games with seven, including a three-RBI outing … Notre Dame went 30-13-1 when Boockford started, including 25-11-1 when he played right field and 5-2 when he served as designated hitter … batted .287 (41-for-143) with a home run and 26 RBI in games started … went hitless in six at-bats coming off the Irish bench … started the first seven games for Notre Dame … opened the season going 0-for-3 against Liberty on Feb. 22, but rebounded with hits in each of his next three games, including a pair of multi-hit affairs … went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against Iowa on Feb. 23 … went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI versus Mount St. Mary[apos]s on Mar. 1 (doubled for the third consecutive game) … went 2-for-5 against Maine on Mar. 4 … drove in a run in three consecutive games (all over the weekend at the Irish classic in San Antonio) … went 3-for-9 against Buffalo (Mar. 14), Southern Illinois (Mar. 15) and Texas-Pan American (Mar. 16) with three RBI and three runs scored … went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against UTPA … game opened a stretch of seven multi-hit games in his next 13 starts … went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI and three runs scored against Georgetown on Mar. 20 … registered back-to-back two-hit games against Georgetown (Mar. 22) and Ball State (Mar. 25) … added a run scored, a double, a home run and two RBI against Ball State … went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the second game of a doubleheader with Cincinnati on Mar. 29 … doubled, drove in two and went 2-for-3 versus Rutgers on Apr. 4 … posted another multi-hit game in the series finale on Apr. 6 against the Scarlet Knights (went 5-for-12 with three RBI in series against Rutgers) … hit just .173 (4-for-23) over his next eight games before a career-best performance against IPFW on Apr. 23 … went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI … the four hits and three RBI were both career-highs … drove in two more runs with a pair of walks against St. John[apos]s on Apr. 25 … closed the series with the Red Storm with two more RBI on Apr. 27 … struggled down the stretch of the season following a two-double performance against Mississippi Valley State on Apr. 30 … closed the season with just two hits in his final 24 at-bats.FRESHMAN SEASON (2007): Appeared in 10 early games before missing rest of season due to knee injury … hit .292 in limited duty (7 RBI, 5 R, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 BB, 4 Ks, 4 SAC, 7 starts) … tripled as starting RF in opener vs. Prairie View (2 RBI, R; 15-8, in San Antonio) … doubled vs. Duquesne (2-for-4, RBI, R, SAC; 14-3, in Clearwater, Fla.) and hit 3-run blast vs. Dayton later on Spring Break (11-4, at Florida Gulf Coast).
PREP & PERSONAL: Three-sport standout who was named Glenbard West HS male athlete of the year for `05-[apos]06 (team record .565 batting average) … captained baseball, football and basketball teams … all-state senior season as talented two-way player included 41 RBI, .902 slugging (6 HR, 3B, 11 2B) and .637 on-base (16 BB, 12 Ks) in 32 games, plus 1.65 ERA, 54 Ks thrown, 19 walks and only 25 hits allowed in 42.1 innings … other `06 honors: all-area, all-conference, academic all-conference and team MVP … played in Stevenson All-Star Game, McQuin All-Star Game and Area Code Games … his all-conference/all-area junior season included batting .357 (4 HR, 4 3B) … helped win two regional titles (`03, `05) … beat eventual state champ Lockport in `05 … hit .357 as sophomore (5 HR) … named top prospect at Midwest Team One Showcase … pitched no-hitter in summer playoffs … named to all-area football team (QB/safety) and top guard on basketball team … member of National Honor Society (also senior mentor) … uncle Tom Bolster played basketball at Emory … father Bill Boockford played varsity golf at University of Miami … born June 16, 1987, in Hinsdale, Ill. … son of Bill and Sarah Boockford … full name is William Daniel Boockford … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a history major.
Boockford[apos]s Career Statistics
Boockford in the BIG EAST Conference