#28 Cameron McConnell
AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner enters his senior season with a .254 career batting average, six home runs and 57 RBI … has added 46 runs, 13 doubles, three triples, 17 walks, six sacrifice flies, 11 sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases (three attempts) in 109 games (98 starts) … in BIG EAST games, owns a .224 career batting average, five home runs and 23 RBI … has added 18 runs, four doubles, two triples, eight walks, one sacrifice fly, three sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases (two attempts) in 49 games (47 starts) … strong-armed catcher who controls Notre Dame’s opponent’s running game … quite possibly possesses the strongest throwing arm of any catcher in the BIG EAST conference … has made immeasurable improvements in his ability to call a game since arriving on campus … his strong all-around defensive skills include good footwork around the plate … a developing hitter who can provide some power to the lineup … carried a 3.112 cumulative GPA into the `11 spring semester.
JUNIOR SEASON (2010): Appeared in 40 games and started 38, all behind the plate … batted .219 (28-for-128) with 17 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, three home runs and 17 RBI … added 10 walks, two sacrifice flies, five sacrifice bunts and one stolen base in one attempt … recorded 43 total bases, posted a .336 slugging percentage and .271 on-base percentage … posted a .996 fielding percentage … committed one error on 257 fielding chances with 33 assists, 223 putouts and participated in one double play … threw out 21.1% (12 of 57) of attempted base stealers … committed two passed balls … ranked in the top five on the Irish in fielding chances (second), putouts (second), sacrifice bunts (third), assists (fifth), triples (tied for fifth) and home runs (tied for fifth) … saw action in 19 BIG EAST games and started each of them … batted .197 (13-for-66) with eight runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI … added five walks, one sacrifice bunt and one stolen base in one attempt … recorded 24 total bases, posted a .364 slugging percentage and .254 on-base percentage … hit .242 (15-for-62) with nine runs scored, two doubles, one triple, eight RBI, five walks, two sacrifice flies and four sacrifice bunts in non-conference games … batted .400 (6-for-15) with three runs scored, two RBI, one walk and one sacrifice bunt in the month of February … hit .205 (9-for-44) with four runs scored, three doubles, one triple, six RBI, two walks, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice fly in the month of March … batted .170 (9-for-53) with nine runs scored, one double, two home runs, six RBI, six walks, three sacrifice bunts and one stolen base in one attempt in the month of April … hit .250 (4-for-16) with one run scored, one home run, three RBI and one walk in the month of May … batted .128 (6-for-47) with six runs scored, one triple, one home run, three RBI, seven walks, one sacrifice fly and three sacrifice bunts in home games … hit .245 (13-for-53) with seven runs scored, two doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, two walks, one sacrifice fly and one stolen base in one attempts in road games … batted .207 (12-for-58) with 11 runs scored, two doubles, one triple, eight RBI, five walks, two sacrifice flies, five sacrifice bunts and one stolen base in one attempt in Irish victories … hit .283 (26-for-92) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI, three walks, one sacrifice fly, two sacrifice bunts and one stolen base in one attempt in day games … batted .056 (2-for-36) with five runs scored, one triple, one RBI, seven walks, one sacrifice fly and three sacrifice bunts in night games … hit .219 (28-for-128) with 17 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, three home runs, 17 RBI, 10 walks, two sacrifice flies, four sacrifice bunts and one stolen base in one attempt in games started … entered two games a defensive replacement … batted .188 (6-for-32) against left-handed pitching … hit .229 (22-for-96) against right-handed pitching … batted .194 (16-for-62) with runners on base … hit .242 (16-for-66) with the bases empty … went 1-for-1 (1.000) with the bases loaded … reached base 13 times in 31 attempts to leadoff an inning … hit .225 (9-for-40) with runners in scoring position … successful on six of eight RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs … advanced 31 base runners on 71 attempts, good for a percentage of .437 … totaled six RBI and batted .208 (10-for-48) with two outs … registered eight multi-hit games, all two-hit affairs … recorded five multi-RBI games, including a pair of three-RBI contests (Mar. 11 vs. Bradley; Apr. 01 at Georgetown) … Notre Dame went 17-21 when McConnell started … the Irish went 17-21 when McConnell batted eighth … opened the season with three consecutive multi-hit games (vs. Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20; vs. Illinois on Feb. 26) … added a run scored and two RBI against Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 19 and two runs scored against the Delta Devils on Feb. 20 … went 2-for-3 with a run scored, home run and three RBI at Georgetown on Apr. 01 … went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored, RBI and home run versus Rutgers on Apr. 11 … registered back-to-back multi-hit games at West Virginia on May 08 and May 09 … went 2-for-4 with a run scored, home run and two RBI against the Mountaineers on May 8 … went 2-for-4 with an RBI versus WVU on May 9.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Appeared in 54 games and started 50 for the Irish at catcher … batted .289 (54-for-187) with three home runs and 37 RBI … added 29 runs scored, 10 doubles, 19 walks, one hit by pitch, nine sacrifice flies, three sacrifice bunts and three stolen bases (five attempts) … did ground into four double plays in 187 at bats … recorded 74 total bases, posted a .396 slugging percentage and .318 on-base percentage … batted .303 (40-for-132) against right-handed pitching … batted .500 (4-for-8) with the bases loaded … hit .310 (22-for-71) with runners in scoring position … was 15-for-23 in RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs … totaled 11 two-out RBI (fifth highest) … ranked among the top five on the squad in fielding chances (first), putouts (first), sacrifice flies (t-second), RBI (third), sacrifice bunts (third), fielding assists (fourth), hits (fourth), total bases (fourth), at bats (fourth), total plate appearances (fifth), games (fifth) and games started (fifth) … his 26 overall caught stealings led the league and were the most by an Irish catcher since 1996 … last Irish catcher to throw out 20+ runners in a season was Paul O’Toole in 2002 … McConnell threw out 36.1% (26 of 72) of attempted base stealers on the season, which was the second highest percentage for an Irish catcher since 1996 … ranked seventh in the NCAA in throwing out base stealers … hit .263 (26-for-99) with two home runs and 14 RBI in 27 BIG EAST games (27 starts) … added 10 runs scored, two doubles, two triples, three walks, two hit by pitch, one sacrifice flies, two sacrifice bunts and one stolen base (one attempt) … batted .343 (12-for-35) with two outs … recorded six two-out RBI (fourth highest) … ranked among the top five on the squad in fielding chances (first), putouts (first), games (t-first), games started (t-first), triples (t-first), hit by pitch (t-third), sacrifice flies (t-third), total bases (t-fourth), hits (fifth), RBI (fifth), home runs (t-fifth), sacrifice bunts (fourth), total plate appearances (fourth), at bats (fourth) and fielding assists (fourth) … his 12 caught stealings ranked second in league games … registered 16 multi-hit games (t- fourth), including a trio of three-hit games (May 14 at St. John’s; May 22 vs. St. John’s; May 23 vs. Louisville -2) … recorded 10 multi-RBI games (third most), including a pair of four-RBI games (March 29 at Pittsburgh; May 12 vs. Illinois State) … Notre Dame went 30-20 when McConnell started … batted .280 (51-for-182) with three home runs and 36 RBI in games started … went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored when coming off the Irish bench … opened the season with hits in his first two games … went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI against Illinois on Feb. 21 … went 1-for-2 with two runs scored against Purdue on Feb. 22 … struggled over the next seven games going 4-for-18 (.222) from Feb. 28-March 11 … rebounded with a nice weekend at the Irish Classic in San Antonio … went 3-for-11 (.273) with six RBI against Illinois State (March 12), Trinity (March 14) and UTPA-1 (March 15) … continued hot-hitting trend in season’s first two home games against Ball State on March 17 (went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI) and Valparaiso on March 18 (went 2-for-2 with a double, RBI and run scored) … went 2-for-5 with a triple, home run, two runs scored and career-high tying four RBI at Pittsburgh on March 29 … posted back-to-back multi-hit games against Villanova (April 4) and Cincinnati (April 9) … registered a clutch two-run triples against the Wildcats … did record multi-hit games against Northwestern (April 15) and West Virginia-1 (April 18), but otherwise slumped from April 11-May 3 … batted .157 (8-for-51) over the 15 games, including a 1-for-17 stretch against Louisville (April 26), UIC (April 28) and UConn (May 1-3) … broke out of the slump starting with the series against then league-leading USF … registered seven multi-hit games in his final 12 contests, including a streak of three straight games with two or more hits … registered a career-best eight-game hitting streak from May 8-May 19 (batted .343 over the hitting streak) … collected a hit in 11 of his last 12 games (batted .404 over the stretch) … all three of his three-hit contests on the year came over the season’s final 12 games … recorded an RBI in five consecutive games from May 12-19 and totaled 15 of his 37 RBI on the year over the last nine contests of the season … started two games for the Gold squad at catcher during the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series … batted .200 (1-for-5) with a run scored … spent the 2008 summer with the Delaware Cows of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League … started all 13 games in which he appeared … batted .267 with three doubles and four RBI … threw out seven base stealers in 21 stolen base attempts … committed only two errors in 82 fielding chances, recording a .976 fielding percentage … was not charged with a passed ball the entire summer.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): His lone hit in the 2007 Blue-Gold World Series was a leadoff home run down the left-field line, helping the Blue win game-1, 8-1 … finished the fall series 1-for-10, with two RBI and a sacrifice fly … saw action in 15 games, including 10 starts … each of the 10 starts came at catcher … hit in the eighth spot in all 10 starts … Notre Dame was 8-2 when he started at catcher … batted .200 with two doubles and three RBI … added six runs scored and a walk … recorded one multi-hit game, including a two-hit affair … recorded a personal-best two-game hitting streak … committed only one error in 71 fielding chances to post a .986 fielding percentage … threw out just one base stealer in 11 stolen base attempts … was charged with two passed balls … went hitless in nine at-bats in BIG EAST action … did not see any action in either of the first two games of the Irish season, but pinch hit against Albany (Feb. 24) … registered his first career start against St. Bonaventure on March 2 … went 1-for-3 with a RBI single … made next start against South Alabama on March 8 … went 1-for-3 with an RBI and added a run scored … started for the second consecutive day against top-ranked Arizona on March 9 (went 0-for-2) … registered his first and only multi-hit game of his career against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on March 26 … went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, RBI and run scored … went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a double in his start against Chicago State on Apr. 22 … went 1-for-3 with two runs scored against Mississippi Valley State on Apr. 30.
PREP & PERSONAL: Named defensive MVP as a senior on the 2007 Deerfield High School baseball team, when he also tied the school record for home runs in a season (seven) … three-year baseball letterwinner … earned all-conference honors as a junior on conference championship team, after batting .326 with 34 RBI (four HR, two 3B, seven SB) … hit .435 as a sophomore (seven RBI, 10 R, four 2B, three SB) … played 2007 summer baseball with Top Tier team that advanced to Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. … hit .500 with six RBI, a home run, a walk and a pair of sacrifice bunts in four games at the CMWS (Top Tier finished fifth) … member of two state-title teams with Top Tier (`06 and `07) … participated in `05 and `06 tryouts for the Area Code Games … selected as one of the players to represent the Central Suburban League Conference at the Stevenson Showcase … also selected to play in 2006 Jack Kaiser All-Star game but was unable to participate due to WWBA 18U World Series that was being held in East Cobb … similarly was unable to play with Team Illinois at Harvey Foster’s exposure event due to the East Cobb tournament … selected to play in the “Super 60” Showcase … was rated by Baseball America as #34 overall prospect in 2007 for the state of Illinois (16th among prep players) … also was tabbed the best defensive catcher in Illinois by the Prep Baseball Report, which rated him the second-best overall catcher and #15 top overall prospect in the state … played on freshman basketball team at DHS, where he also was a WERCS writing and English tutor, and member of both the student congress debate team and the chess club … received good citizen award from Optimist Club … son of Debra Drue Wax … full name is Cameron Charles McConnell … born Feb. 18, 1989, in Bannockburn, Ill. … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a double major in anthropology and computer science.
McConnell’s Career Statistics
McConnell in the BIG EAST Conference