#25 Matt Katich
AT NOTRE DAME: Third-year catcher enters his junior season having played in four career games … added a hit by pitch and strikeout in two career plate appearances … veteran behind the plate who is well-rounded talent … combines a strong arm and excellent defensive skills with good offensive ability … carried a 3.046 cumulative GPA into the `10 spring semester.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Did not make the NCAA mandated 35-player roster limit … started one game for the Gold squad at catcher during the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series … did not register an official at-bat … drew a walk and executed a sacrifice bunt … spent the 2008 summer with the Forest City Redwolves of the Coastal Plains League … started all 24 games in which he appeared … batted .211 with a double and six RBI … drew nine walks, laid down eight sacrifice bunts and scored 10 runs … threw out nine base stealers in 35 stolen base attempts … committed three errors in 178 fielding chances, recording a .983 fielding percentage.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Saw action in four games, all off the Irish bench … only registered one at-bat (struck out against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Mar. 26) … entered the game as a defensive replacement against Manchester College (Mar. 26), Chicago State (Apr. 22) and Mississippi Valley State (Apr. 30) … did not commit an error in nine fielding chances to post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage … was charged with two passed balls … went 1-for-1 with a walk for the Gold in the 2007 Blue-Gold World Series.
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year baseball letterwinner at Mohawk HS, where he also lettered in football and basketball … a .400 career hitter (76 RBI, nine HR; also 10-3 on mound with 2.10 career ERA) … earned all-section honors as senior catcher, captaining `07 team to second round of regionals (he hit .310 with 18 RBI, four HR) … played `07 summer ball with Rondinelli team that advanced to NABF World Series (Jackson, Miss.) … named all-tournament at `07 NABF Regional in Youngstown, Ohio … helped Rondinelli place second at `07 Connie Mack Tournament … invited to `06 Puma National Team tryouts … played `06/[apos]07 fall ball with Allegheny Pirates … named all-conference and all-city his final three seasons … repeated as all-section performer as a junior (.445, county-best/school-record 30 RBI, two HR, 20 GP) … named to `06 NABF Regional All-Tournament Team … threw out league-high 18 attempted base stealers for Youngstown Class-B team (summer `06) … hit .352 as a sophomore (17 RBI, three HR) before ranking fourth in `05 summer league with .438 batting average … played as 16-year-old on 17/18-year-old team that placed second at `05 Connie Mack Tournament (advanced to regionals) … MVP of `05 Blue Chip Baseball Showcase … member of MHS varsity as a freshman (hit .500 in 14 GP; 11 RBI, HR) … helped MHS `04 team win program[apos]s first conference title in 26 years … went 4-for-4 (two 2B) in `04 playoff opener … helped his Babe Ruth League teams (13-15 years old) win three state and regional titles, plus one world championship (`03, in Boston; 14-year-old team) … was invited to tryouts with several MLB scouting bureaus but ultimately went undrafted due to strong commitment to Notre Dame … his former Mohawk High School teammate Matt Wies plays at nearby Western Michigan (an annual ND opponent) … lettered as junior defensive end on `05 football team (conference champs) … also earned letter as sophomore forward on basketball team … three-year high school scholar-athlete and high school honor roll student … member of student government and Mohawk Mentors … nominated for People to People Student Ambassador program and National Honor Roll … invited to represent Pennsylvania at National Student Leadership Conference (`06) … three-time qualifier for national academic game competition … carried 4.1 cumulative GPA … hails from same hometown area as current Irish track and field team member Jake Walker … born March 17, 1989, in New Castle, Pa. … son of Ron and Kathleen Katich … full name is Matthew James Katich … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a accounting major.
Katiach[apos]s Career Statistics
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Katiach in the BIG EAST Conference
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