#8 Blaise Lezynski
AT NOTRE DAME (2012-PRESENT):Â Three-year monogram winner â€¦ really consistent hitter that had breakout junior campaign at the plate â€¦ veteran player that has started at different positions all over the field â€¦ sported a 3.222 GPA heading into the 2015 spring semester â€¦ earned Dean’s List honors following the fall 2014 semester.
HONORS & AWARDS:Â BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2012) â€¦ ACC All-Academic Team (2014).
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Was Notre Dame’s most productive hitter for much of the season, finishing with team highs in average (.296), at-bats (206), hits (61), doubles (12), RBI (32), total bases (78) and slugging percentage (.379) â€¦ also added a triple, a homer, 23 runs scored, 14 walks, five sacrifice flies, six stolen bases, six hit by pitches and a .351 on-base percentage â€¦ started and played in all 53 games â€¦ started primarily at first base, but also earned starts at designated hitter and outfield â€¦ helped turn 32 double plays â€¦ hit .379 (22-of-58) against lefties, .316 (30-of-95) with the bases empty, and .375 (21-of-56) as leadoff â€¦ hit .329 with 52 hits, 10 doubles, 27 RBI, 13 walks and 21 runs scored in first 41 games before struggling at the plate in the final 12 contests (.188 avg.) â€¦ produced a nine-game hitting streak early in the season (Feb. 20 – March 8) â€¦ recorded 32 hits, 12 runs, seven doubles, and 15 RBI in ACC games â€¦ led the team with 13 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI contests â€¦ had five two-hit games, seven three-hit games and one four-hit game â€¦ earned first hit and RBI of the season in the opener against No. 24 Florida Atlantic (Feb. 15) as the designated hitter â€¦ also scored two runs against FAU â€¦ perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI in first game of an ACC series against No. 6 NC State (March 8) â€¦ posted two doubles as part of a three-hit day at Michigan (April 9) â€¦ went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored versus Boston College (April 12) â€¦ blasted lone home run of the season in a two-hit effort against Central Michigan (April 23) â€¦ had two hits – including a triple – an RBI and two runs scored against Clemson (May 11) â€¦ concluded season with a three-RBI day against Pittsburgh (May 17) â€¦ named to the ACC All-Academic Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll â€¦ earned a monogram.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013):Â Appeared in 29 games during sophomore season, starting 14 contests (13 as the designated hitter, one in right field) … batted .224 with five doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI and seven runs … recorded an even .500 clip (6-for-12) with runners in scoring position … four of 12 total RBI came with two outs … stroked three doubles and finished with three RBI in 12 BIG EAST Conference games (six starts) … drew a pair of walks and scored a run in season debut against Ohio State (Feb. 16) … clubbed an RBI double in third straight start at designated hitter against Tennessee (March 1) … 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in first home start of the year against UIC (April 2) … contributed an RBI double to the Notre Dame cause in the opening game of a BIG EAST home series against Villanova (April 5) … logged a pinch-hit RBI single at Toledo (April 23) … smacked a two-run home run after entering the game in the designated hitter slot versus Michigan State (April 24) … pinch-hit two-run double in the final game of a conference series against Connecticut (April 28) … opened four-game hit streak with a single and a run scored at Cincinnati (May 17) … roped a double the following day as the starting designated hitter against the Bearcats (May 18) … drilled a two-run home run to break open the first Notre Dame contest of the BIG EAST Championship against Seton Hall (May 22) … chipped in an RBI single the following day against Pittsburgh (May 23) â€¦ earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012):Â Saw action in 23 games and started eight as the designated hitter … batted .154 (6-for-39) with two doubles and three RBI … added four walks and one stolen base (in two attempts) … recorded eight total bases, posted a .205 slugging percentage and .233 on-base percentage … batted .333 (4-for-12) with two doubles, two RBI and two walks in BIG EAST games … recorded six total bases, posted a .500 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage … batted .261 (6-for-23) with two doubles, three walks and one stolen base (in two attempts) in road games … hit .120 (3-for-25) with one double, two walks and one stolen base (in one attempt) in games started … batted .214 (3-for-14) with one double, three RBI and two walks in games off the bench … batted .154 (2-for-13) as a pinch hitter (most at bats as an Irish pinch hitter) … drove in two and batted .154 (2-for-13) with two outs … advanced seven base runners on 20 attempts, good for a percentage of .350 … collected one multi-RBI game against Villanova (May 4) … delivered a pinch-hit, two-out, two-strike and two-run double down two runs (9-7) in the ninth inning at Villanova (May 4) â€¦ named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star â€¦ earned a monogram.
PREP & PERSONAL:Â Four-year letterwinner at Notre Dame H.S. in Lawrenceville, New Jersey … batted .492 with eight doubles, four home runs, 23 RBI, 21 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts in 2011 … selected to Carpenter Cup All-Star Team and New Jersey State All-Star Game … made 45 tackles (13.0 for loss) and 4.5 sacks in four games during 2010 football season (missed most of season with injury) … earned county defensive player/linebacker of the week honors … helped Notre Dame H.S. to an 8-2 record … earned Academic & Athletic Achievement Award for Trentonian … served as Treasurer on Student Government Executive Board … named first team New Jersey all non-public, first team New Jersey all-South Jersey, first team all-area, first team all-conference, Trentonian and Trenton Times Offensive Player of the Year and team MVP in 2010 … batted .506 with 11 doubles, six home runs, 34 runs scored, nine stolen bases and 40 RBI … also registered a .602 on-base percentage and .835 slugging percentage … led Notre Dame to a 20-6 record and Mercer County Champions … invited to Area Code Games Tryout (batted .377 in tournament play for the Philly Bandits) … moved from defensive back to linebacker during football season … helped team win conference championship and 9-1 record … served as Treasurer on Student Government Executive Board … named first team all-area, first team all-conference in 2009 … batted .385 with 21 RBIs … played under Dave Amaro in the summer for the Philly Bandits (batted .438 in tournament play) … also earned varsity letter in football as a defensive back … batted .409 with 14 RBI in 2008 as the only freshman to earn a varsity letter … played for the Council Rock Newtown Little League team that won Mid-Atlantic region and played in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania … full name is Blaise Vincent Lezynski … son of Gregory and Jacqueline Lezynski … has one sister, Siobhan, and two brothers, Nick and Xavier … his brother, Nick, was a three-year walk-on on the Irish football team (2009-11) … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.
**Career Stats Attached Above As PDF (As Of May 17, 2014)**