#14 Matt Scioscia
AT NOTRE DAME: Three-year monogram winner enters his senior season with a .281 career batting average, two home runs and 31 RBI … has 11 runs scored, six doubles, 13 walks, three sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt in 72 games (34 starts) … in BIG EAST games, owns a 256 career batting average, one home run and eight RBI … has added two runs scored, two doubles and one walk in 23 games (nine starts) … will play for the Irish at designated hitter or catcher (behind fellow senior Cameron McConnell and sophomore Joe Hudson) … has a big, strong frame with good hands and ability to provide clutch hits … a quality receiver behind the plate.
JUNIOR SEASON (2010): Appeared in 28 games and started 10, including eight at designated hitter and two at first base … batted .288 (15-for-52) with two runs scored, two doubles and 12 RBI … added seven walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt … recorded 17 total bases, posted a .327 slugging percentage and .371 on-base percentage … posted a 1.000 fielding percentage … did not commit an error on 21 fielding chances and 21 putouts … led the Irish in games played off the bench … saw action in nine BIG EAST games and started one … batted .200 (2-for-10) with an RBI … hit .310 (13-for-42) with two runs scored, two doubles, 11 RBI, seven walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt in non-conference games … batted .500 (4-for-8) with one run scored, one double, three RBI, five walks, one sacrifice fly and one sacrifice bunt in the month of February … hit .206 (9-for-44) with one run scored, one double, eight RBI, two walks, one hit by pitch and one sacrifice bunt in the month of March … batted .333 (2-for-6) in the month of April … hit .500 (2-for-4) with an RBI in the month of May … batted .235 (4-for-17) with one run scored and four RBI in home games … hit .176 (3-for-17) with one RBI and two walks in road games … batted .294 (5-for-17) with two runs scored, five RBI, two walks, one sacrifice fly and one sacrifice bunt in Irish victories … hit .345 (10-for-29) with one run scored, two doubles, eight RBI, five walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt in day games … batted .217 (5-for-23) with one run scored, four RBI and two walks in night games … hit .222 (8-for-36) with two runs scored, two doubles, 11 RBI, four walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt in games started … batted .438 (7-for-16) with one RBI and three walks in games off the bench … hit .200 (3-for-15) against left-handed pitching … batted .324 (12-for-37) against right-handed pitching … hit .289 (11-for-38) with runners on base … batted .286 (4-for-14) with the bases empty … went 1-for-2 (.500) with the bases loaded … hit a team-best .429 (6-for-14) as a pinch hitter … led the Irish in pinch hits and pinch hit at-bats … batted .296 (8-for-27) with runners in scoring position … successful on six of eight RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs … advanced 26 base runners on 44 attempts, good for a percentage of .591 … totaled four RBI and batted .280 (7-for-25) with two outs … registered three multi-hit games (Feb. 28 vs. Penn State, Mar. 06 vs. Harvard and Apr. 21 vs. Michigan) … recorded three multi-RBI games, including a pair of three-RBI contests (Mar. 06 vs. Harvard and Mar. 23 vs. Ball State … Notre Dame went 3-7 when Scioscia started, including 1-1 at first base and 2-6 at designated hitter … the Irish went 2-4 when Scioscia batted third and 1-3 when he hit cleanup … registered a five-game hitting streak against Ohio State on Feb. 27, Penn State on Feb. 28, Harvard on Mar. 06, Kansas State on Mar. 06 and Stetson on Mar. 07 … batted .389 (7-for-18) with a run scored, seven RBI, two doubles, two walks and two sacrifice flies in the streak … in first career start at first base, went 1-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI, including a two-run single in the six-run second inning, against Ball State on Mar. 23.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Appeared in 28 games and started 19 for the Irish, primarily at designated hitter (10 starts) and catcher (nine starts) … batted .265 (18-for-68) with one home run and 15 RBI … added five runs scored, two doubles, three walks and one sacrifice fly … did not ground into a double play in 68 at bats … recorded 23 total bases, posted a .338 slugging percentage and .301 on-base percentage … batted .344 (11-for-32) against left-handed pitching … batted .310 (9-for-29) with the bases empty … hit .400 (2-for-5) with the bases loaded … was 7-for-9 in RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs … registered one multi-hit game (April 29 vs. Bowling Green) … recorded three multi-RBI games, including one four-RBI games (April 29 vs. Bowling Green) … Notre Dame went 13-6 when Scioscia started, including 7-3 when he started at designated hitter, 6-3 when he started at catcher … batted .250 (15-for-60) with 11 RBI in games started … went 3-for-8 (.273) with a run scored, home run and four RBI off the bench, including 2-for-5 (.400) as a pinch hitter … hit .292 (7-for-24) with one home run and six RBI in 10 BIG EAST games (six starts) … added two runs scored, one double and one walk … recorded 11 total bases, posted a .458 slugging percentage and .320 on-base percentage … batted .333 (4-for-12) against left-handed pitching … hit .313 (5-for-16) with runners on base … batted .400 (4-for-10) with two outs … recorded a career-best nine-game hitting streak from March 15-April 4 … registered one hit in each of the nine games … started all three games for the victorious Blue squad at catcher during the 2008 Blue-Gold World Series … batted .250 (2-for-8) with three walks, two runs scored and two RBI … spent the 2008 summer with the Conejo Oaks of the California Collegiate Baseball League, along with current Irish teammates senior OF Brayden Ashdown and senior INF Ryne Intlekofer … played in 44 games and started 43 (second-most on squad) … batted .281 with 13 doubles, one triple and 31 RBI … led team in hits (tied with 45), doubles, RBI and walks (tied with 17) … led the league in doubles and tied for second in RBI.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Saw action in 16 games, including five starts (all of which took place over Notre Dame[apos]s last six games of the season) … each of the five starts came at designated hitter … hit in the cleanup spot twice, seventh twice and eighth once … batted .308 with a home run and four RBI … added four runs scored, two doubles and three walks … recorded two multi-hit games, including a two-hit affair and three-hit outing … registered one multi-RBI game … ended the season with a personal-best two-game hitting streak … hit .222 (2-for-9) with an RBI in BIG EAST action … did not see any action in the season opener against Liberty, but pinch hit against both Iowa (Feb. 23) and Albany (Feb. 24) … drew an intentional walk in his first career at-bat against Iowa … went hitless in his first five career at-bats (seven plate appearances) before belting a three-run home run for his first career hit against Mississippi Valley State on April 30 … made his first career start in an Irish uniform on May 13 against #17 Michigan … went 3-for-4 with a couple runs scored … he became the first Irish freshman to make his first career start in the cleanup spot since Brett Weiss on February 24, 2002 against Southern Illinois … started each of the last four games of the season … batted .267 (4-for-15) with a pair of doubles, RBI and run scored over the stretch … batted .368 (7-for-19) in his five starts, as opposed to .143 (1-for-7) when coming off the bench … did not commit an error in eight fielding chances at first base … played for victorious Gold team in the 2007 Blue-Gold World Series (0-for-5, R, BB, K).
PREP & PERSONAL: Power-hitting addition who has family ties to the big leagues, as his father Mike Scioscia enjoyed a 15-year career as a catcher in the majors and is current manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim … selected by the Angels in the 41st round of the `07 MLB draft – but would have been drafted much higher if not for his strong commitment to Notre Dame … two-sport standout (football/baseball) at Crespi Carmelite HS … named to `07 Playstation All-America team and went on to collect pair of RBI in All-America game (Albuquerque, N.M.) … wore his father[apos]s number (14) at All-America Game (Mike Scioscia played for the Albuquerque Dukes from `79-[apos]80 and managed the team in `99) … ranked third among league leaders in RBI (31) while helping lead Crespi to CIF state semifinals … hit .323 with team-best 10 doubles and pair of home runs as a senior … had three hits in Celts[apos] semifinal loss to Loyola (3-2, in 8 innings), with Crespi finish 24-6-1 (league champs) … Crespi beat West Covina in first round (3-2), Corona del Mar in second round (19- 4) and California in quarterfinals (8- 5) … hit mammoth home run vs. Loyola earlier in `07 … saw each of his fellow seniors be drafted and signed by major D-I programs … hit .280 in summer of `07 with California Oaks wood-bat team … played in `07 high school season alongside Nikolai Bonds, son of Barry Bonds … ranked among league[apos]s top-10 in RBI and runs as a junior in `06, helping lead team to CIF state playoffs … hit leader for Crespi team that won Southern California VIBL summer-league title … selected to play on `06 L.A. Angels Elite baseball team and St. Louis Cardinal Elite … named second team all-league as defensive end on `05 Crespi football team … helped football team win `04 and `05 CIF divisional titles … named to all-academic teams in football (`05) and baseball (`05, `06) … member of National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation … received foreign language award for Latin and outstanding scholar award … his great uncle, Lou Scioscia, played football at Duke (`46-[apos]49) … hails from same hometown (Westlake Village, Calif.) as former Notre Dame women[apos]s soccer midfielder Ashley Jones and former Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen … full name is Matthew Michael Scioscia … son of Mike and Anne Scioscia … has been credited with having a sense of leadership that is similar to his father[apos]s … the elder Scioscia was touted as one of the best defensive catchers ever to play the game and, arguably, the best ever at blocking home plate … Mike Scioscia played with the Dodgers from 1980-92 (he later was named American League Manager of the Year while guiding the 2002 Angels to the World Series title) … born Sept. 20, 1988, in Claremont, Calif. … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a sociology major.
Scioscia[apos]s Career Statistics
Totals72/3414611 4160231 132243/10-0.341.363.281
Scioscia in the BIG EAST Conference