#12 Brayden Ashdown
AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner enters his senior season with a .260 career batting average, two home runs and 21 RBI … has added 33 runs, seven doubles, two triples, 19 walks, one sacrifice fly, seven sacrifice bunts and four stolen bases (six attempts) in 98 games (50 starts) … will compete for a starting spot at either corner outfield position … gained valuable experience as a platoon starter in right field … one of team[apos]s top defensive outfielders, with quickness and good route running … uses long frame for short, compact swing that can produce stinging line-drives with gap-to-gap power … carried a 3.506 cumulative GPA into the `10 spring semester.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009): Appeared in 39 games and started 21 for the Irish, predominantly in right field … batted .302 (29-for-96) with a home run and 13 RBI … added 19 runs scored, two doubles, two triples, six walks, one sacrifice fly and one stolen base (two attempts) … did ground into three double plays … batted .327 (16-for-49) against right-handed pitching … hit an impressive .342 (13-for-38) with runners on base … batted .320 (8-for-25) with runners in scoring position … hit a remarkable .393 (11-for-28) with two outs … hit .267 (12-for-45) with four RBI in 15 BIG EAST games (10 starts) … added seven runs scored, one double, two triples, three walks and one sacrifice fly … registered the ninth-most multi-hit games on the team with five, including a trio of three-hit games (Apr. 29 vs. Bowling Green, May 12 at Illinois State, May 14 at St. John[apos]s) … recorded two multi-RBI games, including a three-RBI outing against Purdue on Feb. 22 (all came from off the bench) … Notre Dame went 11-10 when Ashdown started, including 9-9 when he played right field and 2-1 when he played left field … batted .282 (24-for-85) with a home run and seven RBI in games started … batted .455 (5-for-11) with six RBI off the bench … hit an impressive .375 (3-for-8) in pinch hitting opportunities … came off the bench with a pair of huge base hits against Purdue on Feb. 22 … he had a two-run single in the eighth before adding a go-ahead (eventual gamewining) RBI single in the 10th … recorded a career-best 11-game hitting streak from April 29 through May 20 … batted .429 (18-for-42) with 10 runs scored and five RBI over the course of the streak … committed one error in 50 fielding chances … spent the summer of 2008 with the Conejo Oaks of the California College League … saw action in 32 games, including 27 starts … batted .250 (25-for-100) with a home run and 15 RBI … added 22 runs scored, three doubles, two triples, 16 walks and 12 stolen bases.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008): Gave Irish depth in the outfield and saw action in 22 games, including three starts … batted .393 (11-for-28) with a home run and four RBI … added seven runs scored, three doubles, a walk, two sacrifice bunts and one stolen base … appeared as a defensive replacement against Iowa (Feb. 23), Albany (Feb. 24) and Lehigh (Mar. 6) … registered first at-bat of the season against Arizona on Mar. 9 … came off the bench against Buffalo on Mar. 14 and went 1-for-1 … went 0-for-2 versus Georgetown on Mar. 20 … went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI double against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Mar. 26 … went 1-for-2 with another double against Manchester College on Apr. 9 … served a pinch-runner for the Irish and scored the eventual game-winning run against Villanova on Apr. 11 … went 1-for-2 against the Wildcats on Apr. 13 … picked up first two starts of the season in series against West Virginia (filled in for injured Billy Boockford) … went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored on Apr. 18 … recorded another multi-hit game on Apr. 20 against WVU … went 2-for-4 with two runs scored … belted first career home run in pinch hitting opportunity against Chicago State on Apr. 22 … went 1-for-3 with a walk in third and final start of the season against Mississippi Valley State on Apr. 29 … went hitless over six consecutive at-bats before driving in a run with a pinch-hit single against West Virginia on May 21 in the BIG EAST Tournament … batted .417 (5-for-12) with a double, two RBI and four runs scored in three starts … hit .357 (5-for-14) with an RBI and five runs scored in BIG EAST action … did not commit an error in 14 fielding chances.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007): Played for the Blue team in the 2006 Blue-Gold World Series … went hitless in seven at-bats with a sacrifice bunt … platooned with Ryan Connolly as starters in right field (and 9-hole hitters) for most of 2007 season … appeared in 36 games while starting 26 (24 in RF, plus single starts in left, vs. Iowa, and center, vs. Harvard) … his starts included batting once in the 6-hole and five times in the #8 spot (plus 18 at #9) … his season stats included 12 hits (.158 batting avg.) and 12 walks (plus 4 RBI, 7 R, 2 2B, 21 Ks, HBP, 5 SAC and 2-3 SBs) … made a pair of errors in 53 fielding chances (.962 fielding pct.) … hit .184 in BIG EAST play (7-for-38, RBI, 2 R, 6 BB, HBP, 10 Ks, 2-3 SB, E) … doubled and scored versus Iowa (8-1 loss, at Stetson) … added a pair of sacrifice bunts and scored a run the next day, in 16-6 win over #7 Nebraska (K) … helped beat Cleveland State in home opener (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B; 5-3) … added hits in next two games, wins over Western Michigan (1-for-4, RBI, R, BB, 2 Ks; 17-9) and South Florida (1-for-3, K; 1-0) … closed USF series with 2-for-4 game (1-9) … went 1-for-3 with pair of walks, run scored and sacrifice bunt in two-game series at Pittsburgh (2-4, 0-5) … similarly was 2-for-5 in pair of 4-3 losses at Cincinnati (RBI, 2 BB, SB, K) … played in BIG EAST Tournament games versus Rutgers and Villanova (1-for-6, R, 4 Ks; 2-13, 2-3). PREP & PERSONAL: Inducted into Catalina Foothills High School baseball hall of fame, where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter in center field (his .991 career fielding pct. is best in team history) … led Falcons to national rankings in the `05 and `06 seasons … ranks among CFHS career top-three in runs (124), hits (110), and walks (74); also top-five in career on-base pct. and triples … captained team as a senior while being named defensive MVP, with his `06 stats including a .329 batting avg., 29 runs and a .529 on-base pct. (also led pitching staff with 2.90 ERA and 12.2 Ks/7 IP) … named all-conference each of final three seasons while helping team win four conference and regional titles … leading member of two state runner-up teams (`04, `05) … named second team all-state, first team all-region and first team all-Southern Arizona as a junior, after batting .435 and setting team records with a .669 on-base pct. and 59 runs (also `05 team offensive MVP) … hit .455 as 3-hole hitter for `05 summer-league team … named team all-conference as a sophomore (.341 batting, .520 on-base) … shifted to leadoff position in summer season after his sophomore year, earning `04 summer-team MVP honors after batting team-best .482 with 20 stolen bases … invited to play with American Legion team at Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Mo. … attended Notre Dame fall baseball camp in `05 and `06 … earned two varsity letters in football, as a wide receiver, defensive back and kicker … an all-conference and all-city football player as a junior … member of National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar quarterfinalist … awarded Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence five times (three in baseball, two in football) … his grandfather, Bill Farthing, played football, basketball and baseball at Northwest College (Powell, Wyo.) … his father, Boyd Ashdown, and grandfather, Laurence Ashdown, played football at Southern Utah … born April 14, 1988, in Salt Lake City, Utah … son of Boyd and Kristin Ashdown … full name is Brayden Boyd Ashdown … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an English and pre-professional studies double major.
Ashdown[apos]s Career Statistics
200822/3287 113014 1170/21-1 .433.607.393
200939/219619 2922113 63231/01-2 .358.396.302Totals98/5020033 5272221195511/74-6.338.345.260
Ashdown in the BIG EAST Conference
20088/2145 51001 0040/10-0 .357.429.357
200915/10457 121204 32111/00-0 .333.378.267Totals40/259714 24220693251/32-3.327.309.247