#51 Donnie Hissa
AT NOTRE DAME (2011-14):Â Three-year monogram winner … had breakout senior campaign that helped him get drafted in the 21st round (626th pick) by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2014 MLB Draft â€¦ finished career with a 4-6 record and a 4.55 ERA in 85 appearances (one start) â€¦ recorded seven saves, including a team-high five as a senior â€¦ struck out 119 batters and walked 57 in 124.2 innings of work â€¦ minor league page.Â
HONORS & AWARDS:Â BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2011, 2012, 2013) â€¦ ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014) â€¦ All-ACC Academic Team.
SENIOR SEASON (2014): Was a fixture out of the Irish bullpen, showing the versatility to work in long relief or close out a game â€¦ became a standout closer as the season went along, finishing with a team-high five saves â€¦ made a team-high 31 appearances (T-4th ACC) â€¦ gave up no runs in 21 of 31 appearances â€¦ posted a 2-4 record and a 2.66 ERA â€¦ allowed 39 hits in 50.2 innings of work â€¦ held the opposition to a .227 batting average â€¦ registered 48 strikeouts and 28 walks â€¦ dominated left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .197 batting average and allowing just 13 hits in 66 at-bats â€¦ numbers virtually across the board were career bests by significant margins â€¦ fanned a season-high five batter on two occasions â€¦ all five saves came in last month of the season â€¦ threw a season high 4.1 innings against Appalachian State (March 2), allowing just one run on one hit â€¦ picked up his first save of the season at No. 11 Miami, hurling a scoreless frame to help snap Miami’s nation-leading, 14-game winning streak and secure Notre Dame’s first ACC road win in program history â€¦ struck out two Clemson batters in an inning of work to secure third save (May 9) â€¦ had monster weekend against Pittsburgh (May 15-17) to close out career â€¦ allowed only one hit and struck out two batters in two innings of work to earn a save and preserve the win Friday night â€¦ came back with another clean frame to claim his fifth save of the year Saturday â€¦ pitched 2.1 innings in the Sunday season finale to earn second win of season â€¦ named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll â€¦ earned a monogram.
JUNIOR SEASON (2013):Â Appeared in 24 games including one start … 24 appearances tied for second most on team … finished with a 5.22 ERA and a 1-1 record with two saves in 39.2 innings of work … struck out 33 batters and walked 14 … gave up two homers, but none in final 13 outings … pitched at least an inning in 17 relief appearances … gave up one run or less in 16 appearances … allowed one walk or less in 21 of the 24 appearances including no walks in 14 outings … pitched in nine BIG EAST games, going 1-1 with a save (4.02 ERA) in 15.2 innings of work … helped Irish close out Tulane (Feb. 23) by allowing only one hit in 1.2 innings of work against the Green Wave … struck out a career-high six batters in first start of career against Massachusetts (March 1) … got two key outs to help propel Notre Dame to a 6-5 win over then-No. 10 Oklahoma (March 10) … picked up lone win of season in two innings of relief against UConn (April 28) … earned saves in back-to-back appearances against UIC (April 2) and Villanova (April 6) … went three innings against the Flames and gave up just one hit … gave up two runs against the Wildcats, but struck out five to finish out the save opportunity … tallied two outs at Western Michigan (May 14) to help the Irish finish off the Broncos â€¦ earned a monogram.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012):Â Made 25 appearances out of the Irish bullpen – fourth most of any pitcher on the staff … went 1-1 with a 5.27 earned run average in 27.1 innings of work … allowed 31 hits as his opponents batted .282 … struck out 31 and walked 12 … averaged 10.08 strikeouts and 3.95 walks per nine innings … posted a 2.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio … did not allow an earned run in 18 of 25 appearances … inherited 17 base runners upon entering the game and allowed nine to score … went 0-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 13 appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action … allowed 13 hits in 13.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .241 … struck out 13 and walked six … allowed six hits in 6.2 innings of work as his opponents batted .240 … struck out nine and walked three … made 10 straight relief appearances without giving up an earned run (March 20 – April 15) … struck out multiple batters in 10 of 31 outings … picked up first career first career victory April 3 against Toledo (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, 0 BB) … struck out season-high four batters against Western Michigan (April 11) and St. John’s (April 29) â€¦ named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star â€¦ earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011):Â Made five appearances out of the Irish bullpen … went 0-0 with a 11.57 earned run average in 7.0 innings of work … allowed 13 hits as his opponents batted .371 … struck out seven and walked three … averaged 9.00 strikeouts and 3.86 walks per nine innings … posted a 2.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio … did not allow a run in four of five appearances … inherited five base runners upon entering the game and did not allow one to score … retired three of the five first batters he faced … went 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances (all in relief) in BIG EAST action … allowed one hit in 2.1 innings of work as his opponents batted .111 … struck out one and walked none … batters hit .182 (2-for-11) with two outs (over 50 points lower than the Irish as a team) … tossed a season-high 2.0 scoreless innings in rout of Purdue (Feb. 19) … allowed one unearned run and struck out three in 1.2 innings of relief against Iowa (March 18) … tossed 1.0 scoreless innings of relief against St. John’s (April 21) … worked 1.1 scoreless and hitless innings of relief against Louisville (May 19) … roughed up for nine runs, all earned, on 10 hits in 1.0 inning of work against Michigan State (May 17) â€¦ named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
PREP & PERSONAL:Â Lettered four years in baseball for head coach Steve Lahti … versatile athlete earned letters in baseball, football and basketball … as a junior, was named first team all-conference, Daily Telegram Player of the Year and Maple Northwestern Most Valuable Player … pitched 58.0 innings and struck out 91 batters … led team with a .405 batting average … in basketball, was named first team all-conference, Daily Telegram All-Area Team and Maple Northwestern Most Valuable Player … in football, was named first team all-state as a defensive lineman, first team all-conference as a tight end, first team all-conference as a defensive lineman, Maple Northwestern Outstanding Lineman, Daily Telegram All-Area Team and Duluth News Tribune All-Area Team … as a sophomore, was named second team all-conference and Daily Telegram All-Area Team in basketball … as a freshman, earned honorable mention all-conference and Daily Telegram All-Area Team in baseball … son of John and Gina Hissa … has a sister, Nicole, and brother, Timothy … full name is Donald Allen Hissa … graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance (3.265 GPA) from the Mendoza College of Business in the spring of 2014.
**Career Stats Attached Above As PDF (As Of May 17, 2014)**