#16 Zak Kutsulis
HONORS & AWARDS:Â Monogram (letter) WinnerÂ (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
CAREER STATS (2013-16):Â Played in 200 games with 181Â starts during four-year career … posted a .280/.340/.390 split with 190 hits, 36 doubles, six triples, nine homers, 91 RBI, 265 total bases, 61 walks, six hit by pitch, nine sacrifice flies, 14 sacrifice bunts, 35 stolen bases and 85 runs scored … had a .990 fielding percentage in 1,086 chances … also made 12 appearances (two starts) on the mound in 2013 … pitched 28.0 innings and tallied an 0-1 record with a 2.25 ERA. Â Â
AS A SENIOR (2016): Played in 43 games with 41 starts during final campaign with the Irish â€¦ started 34 games at first base, two in left field, four in right and one at designated hitter â€¦ missed 14 games due to an injury â€¦ led team in batting average (.315), slugging percentage (.467), RBI (30) and sacrifice flies (5) â€¦ tied for team lead in doubles (12) â€¦ also totaled 52 hits, two triples, three homers, 77 total bases, 15 walks, a .366 on-base percentage, 21 runs and 11 steals â€¦ posted a .997 fielding percentage after making just one error in 319 opportunities â€¦ batted .346 (37-107) versus righties, .333 (26-78) with runners on base, .299 (26-87) with the bases empty, .600 (3-5) with the bases loaded, .500 (1-2) as a pinch hitter, .316 (18-57) with runners in scoring position and .378 (28-74) with two outs â€¦ tallied a team-high 16 two-out RBIs and had seven RBI in 10 opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs â€¦ split .314/.347/.500 in ACC play â€¦ posted 15 multi-hit games and tied for the team lead with eight multi-RBI performances â€¦ had a nine-game hitting streak (March 16 – March 31) and a 15-game on-base streak (March 16 – April 12) during course of the season â€¦ tallied a pinch-hit home run against No. 16 Clemson (May 21) in final career at-bat â€¦ earned a monogram.
JUNIOR SEASON (2015):Â Made impressive transition from the outfield to first base to provide the Irish with stability, athleticism and a solid glove at the position â€¦ had breakout year at the plate, posting a split of .264/.335/.396 with six doubles, two triples, a career-high six home runs, 33 RBI, 84 total bases, 21 walks, 12 stolen bases and 27 runs scored â€¦ hit .330 (34-103) with runners on base and .379 (25-66) with runners in scoring position â€¦ posted 11 two-out RBI and claimed 11 RBI with a runner on third base and less than two outs â€¦ had 14 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI contests â€¦ boasted a 10-game hitting streak from March 29 – April 15 â€¦ upped average from .195 on March 21 to .264 at the end of the season â€¦ had an impressive .990 fielding percentage in over 600 chances â€¦ helped turn 68 of Notre Dame’s D1-leading 75 double plays â€¦ madeÂ transition to first base during fall and started in that role during all four games on opening weekend … totaled a hit, walk and run scored against SIU-Edwardsville (Feb. 13) … had a big, two-RBI single in win over Oklahoma (Feb. 14) … started off Irish Alamo Invitational by tying a career high with four hits while scoring a career-high four runs against Incarnate Word (Feb. 19) … added an RBI, walk, stolen base and hit by pitch in that contest … had two hits – including a double – and two runs scored versus Villanova (Feb. 20) … had a two-run single against Akron (Feb. 28) … totaled a hit, walk and run at Georgia Tech (March 7) … had a hit and run scored at Savannah State (March 11) … outstanding game at Clemson (March 14) included three hits, two runs, an RBI, double, triple, walk and stolen base … picked up a hit and a stolen base in the home opener versus Central Michigan (March 18) … went 2-for-3 in series finale against No. 8 Louisville (March 22) … went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and stolen base versus Western Michigan (March 25) … hit a sac fly against No. 12 Virginia in game one of a doubleheader (March 28) … tallied two hits, an RBI, a walk and a run scored in the series finale against the Cavaliers (March 29) … went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, a stolen base and run scored versus Eastern Michigan (March 31) … went 2-for-4 with a home run, RBI and run scored at Pitt (April 4) … came back with a hit, two RBI, a stolen base, two sac bunts and a run scored in game two of doubleheader at Pitt (April 4) … totaled a hit, walk and sac bunt versus Valparaiso (April 8) … went 2-for-4 against No. 7 Florida State (April 10) in series opener … came back the following day with a 3-for-4 effort with an RBI … closed out series with a 1-for-3 day with a solo homer … totaled a walk and a run scored against NC State (April 18) … had an RBI single versus Chicago State (April 22) … totaled a hit, run, walk and stolen base at Wake Forest (April 25) … closed out series against Demon Deacons (April 26) with a double, walk, sac bunt and two RBI … tallied two hits, an RBI, walk and stolen base versus Michigan State (April 28) … was 1-for-1 with a walk and hit by pitch versus Sacramento State (April 29) … tallied a double and a walk against Northwestern State (May 2) … had monster game in series finale versus No. 20 North Carolina (May 10) … hit a career-high two homers – a three-run bomb and a solo shot – to notch a career-high four RBI … hit third homer in two games as part of 2-for-5 day at Boston College (May 14) … finished with two RBI, a stolen base and run scored … went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in game one of doubleheader at the Eagles (May 15) … walked three teams in series finale against BC … totaled a walk and sac bunt in ACC Tournament game against No. 6 Miami (May 23) … cracked a homer in an NCAA Champaign Regional victory over Wright State (May 29) â€¦ picked up hits against No. 6 Illinois (May 31) and Wright State (May 31) to close out season â€¦ earned a monogram.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014):Â Appeared in 50 games, making 42 starts in the outfield â€¦ hit .255 with nine doubles, 13 runs, 13 walks and 18 RBI â€¦ batting average was third best on the team among hitters with at least 125 at-bats â€¦ hit .357 (15-for-42) with runners in scoring position â€¦ batted .270 (37-for-137) vs. right-handed pitchers â€¦ stole seven bases, tied for the most on the team â€¦ totaled 11 multi-hit games â€¦ recorded first hit, RBI, run and stolen base of the year in the season opener at No. 24 Florida Atlantic (Feb. 15) â€¦ went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI against Santa Clara (Feb. 23) â€¦ was 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored at Michigan (April 9) â€¦ added two hits in four at-bats at Toledo (April 16) â€¦ collected two more hits against Western Michigan (April 30) â€¦ finished the season going 1-for-4 against Pitt (May 17) â€¦ earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013):Â Played in 46 games during freshman season, making 40 total starts … batted .292 with nine doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and 24 runs scored in time split between pitcher, left field, right field and designated hitter … batting average was the fourth best on the team among hitters with 125 or more at-bats … hit .297 (38-for-128) against right-handed pitching … added five stolen bases in six attempts … closed the season on a six-game hitting streak, the sixth-longest of the year by a Notre Dame player … contributed 13 multi-hit contests … made 12 appearances on the mound, including two starts, and went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA … scattered 23 hits over 28 innings, holding opposing batters to a .240 average against … batted .271 with 12 runs and added 1.42 ERA in three appearances during BIG EAST games … logged first career hit in his first Notre Dame start against Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 16) … began four-game multi-hit streak with a 2-for-3 effort at Tulane (Feb. 23) … went 2-for-5 and scored first career run the following day against the Green Wave (Feb. 24) … reached base three times with a pair of doubles and a walk drawn in the opening game of the Irish Baseball Classic against Massachusetts (March 1) … added two base hits and scored a run in the nightcap against Tennessee (March 1) … singled twice in four at-bats at UCLA (March 8) … recorded first career RBI in first career conference start against Seton Hall (March 22) … 2-for-4 with a triple and career-high three RBI against Kent State (March 26) … reached base in all three plate appearances, scoring a season-best three runs at home versus UIC (April 2) … smacked a career-high three hits and scored a pair of runs at Michigan (April 16) … went 2-for-4, including tallying second triple of the year, and scored two runs scored in series finale against USF (May 5) … tied a season-high with three runs in the nightcap of a doubleheader at St. John’s (May 12) … threw one scoreless inning of relief out of the bullpen in pitching debut against Ohio State (Feb. 16) … struck out three batters in 1.2 innings of work against Kent State (March 26) … made first career start on the hill at Michigan (April 16), allowing two earned runs over five innings with three strikeouts â€¦ earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL:Â Graduated from Providence Catholic in the spring of 2012 â€¦ named second team all-Illinois by the Prep Baseball Report … tabbed second team all-state (3A) as a senior by Chicago Tribune … received second-team all-area accolades as a senior by the Chicago Sun Times … was a 2012 Central Regional Honorable Mention Rawlings All-American by Perfect Game and a 2011 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention All-American … as a senior, finished with a 7-2 record and 2.18 ERA with 47 strikeouts on the mound, while tallying five home runs, 30 RBI and a .402 batting average at the plate … helped Providence Catholic to the Class 4A state runner-up as a junior … full name is Zachary Andrew Kutsulis … born in Oak Lawn, Illinois … son of Andy and Theresa Kutsulis … has an older sister, Courtney, an older brother, Drew, and a younger brother, Niko … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in American Studies.