#34 Ryan Sharpley
AT NOTRE DAME: One-year monogram winner that enters junior season with a 3.03 career ERA and a 4-2 record, plus 31 strikeouts, 18 walks and 20 hits allowed (.183 opponent batting average) in nine appearances (six starts) and 32.2 innings (five hit batters, four wild pitches, one home run allowed) … averaging 8.54 strikeouts and 4.96 walks per 9.0 innings pitched in his career … highly-projectable pitching prospect who returns this season after missing the entire 2009 campaign following shoulder surgery … can reach low-to-mid-90s with his fastball while also featuring a hard, tight slider and changeup … has a classic pitcher’s body (6-4, 210) … strong all-around athlete … carried a 3.004 cumulative GPA into the `10 spring semester.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2009): Missed the season following offseason shoulder surgery … spent the summer of 2008 on the Cape with the Hyannis Mets … went 1-1 with a 6.84 ERA in 10 games (including one start) … struck out 37 in 26.1 innings of work … did not participate in the Blue-Gold World Series or fall practice following surgery.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2008): Made some key mechanical adjustments in 2007 fall workouts … won decisive game-3 (7-5) for Gold in Blue-Gold World Series (4 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 HB, 3 Ks) … made nine appearances on the mound in the spring, including six starts … his six starts were fifth-most on the staff and second-most by a freshman … went 4-2 with a 3.03 earned run average in 32.2 innings of work … allowed just 20 hits in 32.2 innings as his opponents batted only .183 against him … struck out 31 and walked 18 … surrendered an incredibly low two extra-base hits the entire season (one double and one home run) against 132 batters faced … proved even tougher against right-handed hitters as they managed just a .152 batting average (12-for-79) … opponents registered just a .220 slugging percentage against him … led the squad in ERA (minimum of 30 innings pitched) … averaged 8.54 strikeouts per nine innings … ranked fourth on the team in wins, tied for fourth in strikeouts, fifth in starts and fourth in strikeouts looking (13) … Notre Dame posted a 5-1 record when Sharpley started … as a starter, went 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 24.0 innings of work (six starts) … struck out 22 and walked 13 … surrendered just 11 hits in 24.0 innings as a starter (good for a .143 opponent batting average) … allowed just one extra-base hit (a home run) as a starting pitcher … stepped up when batters did reach base as opponents hit just .179 (10-for-56) with runners on base, although he also posted impressive numbers against hitters with the bases empty (.189; 10-for-53) … almost unhittable with two outs, as foes batted just .139 (5-for-36) … made season debut on Feb. 24 against Albany and was lights out … struck out three and allowed just one hit in 2.0 innings of work … registered first career start on March 6 against Lehigh … tossed 3.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits (fanned three and walked a pair in defeat) … dominant in second career start against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on March 26 … yielded only one hit in 5.0 innings of work with three strikeouts en route to first career victory … picked up second career victory in just 2.0 innings as a starter against Manchester College on April 9 (a predetermined staff day) … did allow an earned run on one hit … best start of the season came against IPFW on April 23 … tossed a career-high 6.0 innings, struck out a career-best six and did not allow a run on three hits to improve to 3-1 on the year … followed with another quality start against Mississippi Valley State on April 30 … tossed 4.0 scoreless and hitless innings with five strikeouts (only one walk) en route to third consecutive victory … extended scoreless streak to career-high 11.0 innings before allowing a run against Western Michigan on May 12 … was charged with his second loss of the season on May 17 against USF … worked 3.1 innings out of the bullpen and was tagged for three earned runs on five hits.
PREP & PERSONAL: Completed impressive career at Marshall HS with 0.90 ERA in `07 (7-4, two saves, 101 Ks, 35 BB, 38 H, 70 IP; also hit .380 with five HR) … selected by Chicago White Sox in 34th round of `07 MLB draft – but would have been drafted much higher if not for his strong commitment to Notre Dame (Perfect Game rated him the #141 prospect among all prep players for the `07 draft) … his `07 honors included all-conference, first team BIG 16, all-district, all-area, academic all-district and team MVP (also team captain) … also Under-Armour pre-season All-American (UA does not name a team after the season) … beat Homer HS (5 IP, 0 H, 9 Ks) to end its 89-game win streak … helped Marshall go 20-12 in `07 (SMAC East champs; state semifinalist) … posted wins in district and regional playoffs and saved quarterfinal win (lost 3-0 to Michigan HS in semis) … compiled 6-1 postseason record in `06 and `07 … struck out 12 in district semifinal vs. Parma (6-3) … four-year member of MHS baseball team … captained `06 state semifinalists (all-district, all-conference, all-area) … posted four wins in `06 state tournament, with near-no-hitter in districts … named all-district catcher in `05 (.368, 33 R) … helped Cincinnati Midland Redskins reach NABF regionals (summer `07) … key member of Mid-Michigan Tigers team that reached `06 AABC Mickey Mantle World Series (where he threw a one-hitter) … his stats with `06 Tigers included 1.84 ERA, 6-1 record and 53 Ks in 38 IP (hit .500 with nine HR) … named MVP at Mickey Mantle Regional in back-to-back years, with `05 runner-up (Coldwater, Mich.) and `06 champs (MM Tigers) … invited to `06 East Coast Showcase (Wilmington, N.C.), Area Code Games (Long Beach, Calif.) and World Wood Bat Association World Championships (Jupiter, Fla.) … set WWBA tournament career records for home runs (seven) and RBI (28), also winning four games … his combined stats in the summer of `05: 1.95 ERA, 8-1, 51 Ks, 44 IP (also hit .395, with Concealed Security Dodgers and Coldwater Mantle) … won national Fleer Diamond Skills competition (hitting, running, fielding, throwing), as eight-year-old (at `98 All-Star game, in Denver at Coors Field) … lettered on MHS football team as sophomore and junior (WR/QB/safety) … led `05 team in all-purpose yardage (925) … member of National Honor Society (3.7 cum. GPA) … accomplished piano player … father, Tom Sharpley, played baseball at Spring Arbor; brother, Evan Sharpley, played baseball and football at Notre Dame (’09); grandfather, Howard Sharpley played baseball, basketball and football at Hillsdale; uncle, Buzz Sharpley, baseball and football at Northwood; and great-uncle, Jim Ninowski, football at Michigan State and in the NFL … born Sept. 15, 1989, in Marshall, Mich. … son of Tom and Nancy Sharpley … full name is Ryan Joseph Sharpley … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a sociology and computer applications double major.
Sharpley’s Career Statistics
Sharpley in the BIG EAST Conference