2003 Archive

Season Results
07/30/03 Matt Edwards Sends His Summer Baseball Report After Wrapping Up Season In Waynesboro
07/26/03 Macri Takes Break From Launching Long Balls To Toss In His Summer Baseball Diary From The Cape Cod League
07/18/03 Tom Thornton Files A Classic Summer Diary Entry From Newport
07/13/03 Javi Sanchez Checks In From Madison With First 2003 Summer Baseball Diary
07/13/03 Former Irish Baseball Player Cory Mee Named Head Coach At Toledo, After Serving 10 Total Seasons On Staffs At Notre Dame And Michigan State
07/09/03 Brian O’Connor Named Head Baseball Coach At The University Of Virginia
07/09/03 Notre Dame Baseball Players Summer-League Midseason Update
07/05/03 Billmaier And Laird Sign Free-Agent Contracts As Notre Dame’s Total Of Current Pro Baseball Players Grows To 17
06/23/03 Former Notre Dame Pitcher Aaron Heilman Set For Major League Debut In June 26 Mets-Marlins Game
06/19/03 Paul Mainieri To Serve As In-Studio Analyst For College Sports Television NCAA Baseball Championship Special
06/16/03 Steve Sollmann Caps Postseason Honors By Earning Second Team All-America From Coaches Association
06/16/03 CSTV To Broadcast 13 Cape Cod Baseball League Games, Including Seven Involving Teams With Notre Dame Players
06/15/03 Irish Complete Another Highly-Touted Class With Addition Of Lefthanded Pitcher Matt Whittington In Late Signing Period
06/11/03 Unprecedented Three Irish Baseball Players Named All-America
06/06/03 Irish Players Again Scatter Throughout The Nation To Top Wood-Bat Summer Leagues, Led By Three In Cape Cod League
06/04/03 Steve Sollmann Selected By Oakland A’s In 32nd Round Of 2003 MLB Draft
06/03/03 J.P. Gagne And Ryan Kalita Selected On First Day Of Major League Baseball Draft
06/01/03 Ogilvie To Get The Ball As Irish Look To Stay Alive At Fullerton Regional
06/01/03 Notre Dame Edged Out By Cal State Fullerton, 4-3
06/01/03 2003 NCAA Fullerton Regional All-Tournament Team
06/01/03 Irish Fall To Cal State Fullerton In NCAA Regional Championship, 8-1
06/01/03 Notre Dame Advances Past USD
06/01/03 Postgame Quotes
05/31/03 Showdown With Cal State Fullerton Set In NCAA Regional Winner’s Bracket Game; Niesel Set To Return To Mound
05/30/03 Dominating All-Around Game Leads Irish To 13-5 NCAA Opening Win Over Arizona (complete recap and notes)
05/30/03 Irish Ready To Open NCAAs Versus Arizona
05/30/03 Fighting Irish Cruise Past Wildcats
05/29/03 Notre Dame Baseball Games From Fullerton Regional To Be Telecast Nationally By CSTV, With Local Feed Of Two Games On WHME
05/29/03 Steve Sollmann And J.P. Gagne Continue Notre Dame Baseball’s Academic All-America Tradition As 2003 Honorees
05/28/03 Irish Head To Fullerton For NCAA Regional
05/26/03 Irish Placed In Cal State Fullerton Regional For NCAA Baseball Tournament, Opening Game Vs. Arizona On Friday (3:00 PDT)
05/26/03 Irish Placed In Cal State Fullerton Regional For NCAA Baseball Tournament, Opening Game Vs. Arizona On Friday (3:00 PST)
05/26/03 Irish Placed In Cal State Fullerton Regional For NCAA Baseball Tournament, Opening Game Vs. Arizona On Friday (3:00 PST)
05/25/03 Regional Host Sites Announced For 2003 NCAA Baseball Championship
05/25/03 Irish Become First Back-To-Back BIG EAST Champion Since 1986
05/24/03 Ogilvie Gets The Ball As Irish Look To Repeat At BIG EAST Baseball Championship
05/24/03 Irish Win Another Classic Two-Game Battle With Rutgers, Claiming 11-3 Title Game To Become First Back-To-Back BIG EAST Champion Since 1986
05/23/03 Irish Face Knights In BIG EAST Tournament Showdown
05/23/03 Surging Offense Delivers Again As Kalita And Irish Beat Rutgers, 9-3, In Pivotal 9-3 BIG EAST Tournament Game
05/22/03 Gagne Delivers Strong Start, Sollmann Paces 17-Hit Attack As Irish Open Postseason With 9-1 Win Over West Virginia
05/22/03 J.P. Gagne To Start BIG EAST Tournament Opener Versus West Virginia
05/22/03 Irish And Mountaineers Set To Do Battle In BIG EAST Championship
05/21/03 Chris Niesel Named BIG EAST Pitcher Of The Year, Five Other Irish Players Named All-BIG EAST
05/21/03 Irish Visit New Jersey For BIG EAST Tournament
05/20/03 Steve Sollmann Earns Unprecedented Third Big East Player-Of-The-Week Honor
05/17/03 Notre-Dame Virginia Tech Finale Called Due To Rain
05/17/03 Notre-Dame Virginia Tech Finale Called Due To Rain
05/16/03 Split At Virginia Tech (12-4, 5-11) Yields 15th Consecutive 40-Win Season For Irish Baseball Program
05/16/03 Irish Look To Close Regular Season On High Note With Series At Virginia Tech
05/14/03 Irish Close Out Regulaar-Season Home Slate With 4-1 Win Over Butler
05/14/03 Notre Dame Baseball Defeats Butler, 4-1
05/14/03 Irish Close Out Regular-Season Home Slate With 4-1 Win Over Butler
05/13/03 Sollmann’s Four-Hit Day Paces 16-Hit Attack In 9-6 Win Over Cincinnati
05/12/03 Epic Battle Ends In 5-3, 19-Inning Loss At Rutgers; Irish Still Clinch BIG EAST Tournament Spot
05/11/03 Irish Drop 19-Inning Classic At Rutgers
05/10/03 Notre Dame Earns Split At Rutgers (Sunday game moved up to 11:00 a.m. start)
05/10/03 Irish Set To Renew Rivalry At Rutgers, With BIG EAST Lead On The Line
05/05/03 Chris Niesel Earns Second BIG EAST Pitcher-Of-The-Week Honor
05/04/03 Home Runs, Unearned Runs Give West Virginia Series Finale Win Over Notre Dame (5-1)
05/03/03 Niesel’s One-Hitter Leads Irish Past West Virginia In 1-0 Opener, Mountaineers Gain Split (7-5)
05/02/03 BIG EAST Showdown To Feature Top Hitting Team Versus Top Pitching Squad, As West Virginia Comes To The Eck For Weekend Series
04/30/03 Strong Pitching, Early Runs Give Irish 4-1 Win Over Oakland
04/30/03 Irish Drop 8-4 Game To Michigan At Annual Baseball Bash In Grand Rapids
04/30/03 Steve Sollmann Given Francis Patrick O’Connor Award At All-Sports Banquet
04/29/03 Irish Head To Grand Rapids For Annual Baseball Bash Vs. Michigan
04/27/03 Irish Finish Series Sweep Of Connecticut, 6-3
04/26/03 Irish Return To BIG EAST Battles With UConn Series
04/26/03 Irish Rally In Opener, Then Win Big For Sweep Of Connecticut (3-2, 11-4)
04/24/03 Six-Run First Inning Sparks 16th-Ranked Irish To 13-3 Win Over IPFW
04/23/03 Ogilvie Registers Strong Return, New-Look Lineup Produces Plenty In 13-1 Win Over Cleveland State
04/22/03 Irish Set To Resume 12-Game Homestand In Battle With Ball State
04/22/03 Ball State Wins Another Close One Versus Notre Dame, 3-1
04/21/03 Rebroadcast Of Notre Dame-Creighton Baseball Game To Be Shown This Week On CSTV (DirectTV 610; April 22 and 23)
04/21/03 Surging Irish Shortstop Matt Macri Named BIG EAST Player Of The Week
04/20/03 Thirteen Former Notre Dame Baseball Players Embarking On Pro Seasons, Including Major Leaguers Counsell And Lidge
04/19/03 Irish Look To Stay Atop BIG EAST Standings In Noon Doubleheader With Seton Hall
04/19/03 More Strong Pitching And Offensive Breakthroughs Produce Sweep Of Seton Hall (4-3, 9-3)
04/17/03 Return To BIG EAST Play Next For Irish, With Doubleheader Versus Pittsburgh
04/17/03 Irish And Panthers Split BIG EAST Doubleheader (5-2, 3-5)
04/16/03 Saturday’s Seton Hall Doubleheader Pushed Back To Customary 12:05 Start
04/15/03 Irish Host Eastern Michigan Tuesday
04/15/03 Winning Streak Comes To An End In 5-3 Loss To Eastern Michigan
04/14/03 12-Game Homestand Set To Begin With Makeup Game Versus Central Michigan
04/14/03 Notre Dame Extends Near-Record Win Streak To 17, 8-3 Over Central Michigan
04/13/03 Irish Head Across Town To Creighton For Rematch With The Bluejays
04/13/03 Irish Hold Off Creighton, 13-12, To Extend Winning Streak To 16 Games
04/12/03 Irish Edge Out Creighton, 2-1
04/12/03 Irish Back In Omaha For Weekend Set With Creighton
04/11/03 Irish Baseball At Creighton Available Via Webcast On Saturday
04/10/03 Freshmen Lead The Way As Winning Streak Grows To 14 Games, With Victories Over Chicago State (9-3) and Bowling Green (7-2)
04/10/03 Freshmen Lead The Way As Winning Streak Grows To 14 Games, With Victories Over Chicago State (9-3) and Bowling Green (7-2)
04/10/03 Irish Set To Return To Action With Doubleheader Versus Chicago State And Bowling Green
04/09/03 Midweek Games On Tap As 16th-Ranked Irish Look To Continue Winning Streak
04/09/03 Axford’s 12 Ks Lead To 12th Straight Win, 7-1 Over Western Michigan
04/08/03 Baseball Game With Bowling Green Cancelled; Irish Announce Three Makeup Dates
04/08/03 Matt Edwards Earns BIG EAST Player-Of-The-Week Honors
04/07/03 Doubleheader Domination Pushes Win Streak To 11 Games, 11-3 And 18-3 At St. John’s
04/07/03 Doubleheader Domination Pushes Win Streak To 11 Games, 11-3 And 18-3 At St. John’s
04/06/03 Irish Take Nine-Game Winning Streak To St. John’s For BIG EAST Doubleheader (11:00 EDT, 10:00 in South Bend)
04/04/03 Baseball Cancelled Against Boston College
04/03/03 Gametracker Live Stats Possible Option For Baseball Road Games Vs. BC, St. John’s
04/02/03 Irish Close Out Homestand With Ninth Straight Win, 13-4 Over Valparaiso
04/01/03 Nine-Run Inning Propels 19th-Ranked Irish To Eighth Straight Victory, 15-5 Over Detroit; Thornton Adds To String Of Strong Irish Pitching Starts
03/31/03 Notre Dame-Boston College Doubleheader Shifted To Brockton, Mass., With Start Now At 2:00 P.M.
03/30/03 Kalita Logs Six Shutout Innings, Irish Rack Up Seven Extra-Base Hits To Finish Sweep Of Georgetown (12-5)
03/29/03 First BIG EAST Home Series On Tap As Georgetown Comes Calling
03/29/03 Niesel, Axford And Nine-Run Inning Lead Sweep Of Georgetown (6-2, 13-3); Mainieri Picks Up 700th Career Win
03/26/03 Irish Pull Away From Purdue For 8-5 Win
03/25/03 Festive Opening-Day Crowd Treated To 8-3 Notre Dame Win Over Toledo
03/24/03 Notre Dame Baseball Sweeps Villanova
03/23/03 Missed Chances Cost Irish In 13-Inning, 3-2 Road Loss Versus Villanova (Monday doubleheader set for 9:30)
03/23/03 BIG EAST Season Opens On Road Versus Villanova
03/23/03 BIG EAST Season Opens On Road Versus Villanova
03/21/03 Notre Dame-Villanova Baseball Series Shifted To Sunday-Monday Format Due To Wet Field Conditions
03/19/03 Sunday’s Notre Dame-Villanova Baseball Game Shifted Up To 11:00 A.M. Start
03/18/03 Steve Sollmann And Chris Niesel Receive Weekly BIG EAST Awards
03/17/03 Notre Dame Baseball Radio Show Available Online Tuesday Night (7:00-8:00)
03/15/03 Irish Close Play At Kennel Club Classic With Another Win, 10-3 Over Creighton
03/14/03 Big Offensive Game Produces 11-2 Win Over Navy
03/13/03 Niesel’s Dominant Outing And Sollmann’s Three-Run Inside-The-Park Home Run Help Irish Edge Eastern Illinois, 3-2
03/12/03 Jacksonville Hands Irish Rare Extra-Inning Loss, In 9-6 Game At Kennel Club Classic
03/12/03 Irish Head Across Town For Game At Jacksonville University (Gameday Notes)
03/11/03 Irish Keep Rolling At Kennel Club Classic, With 6-1 Win Over North Florida
03/10/03 Notre Dame-North Florida Makeup Game Scheduled For 2:00 P.M. Start On Tuesday
03/10/03 Axford Logs Another Solid Outing While Balanced Offense Delivers In 7-3 Win Over Navy
03/09/03 Irish’s Game Against North Florida Rained Out
03/08/03 Grogan’s Triple Plates Gamewinning Run As 17th-Ranked Irish Win Pitchers Duel, 3-1 Over Vanderbilt
03/08/03 Baseball Live Stats Gametracker Makes Season Debut In Vanderbilt Game
03/07/03 Irish Heading To Jacksonville For Kennel Club Classic
03/04/03 J.P. Gagne Named BIG EAST Pitcher Of The Week
03/02/03 Axford And Gagne Combine For Strong Outings As #14 Irish Win Another Extra-Inning Thriller, Edging #7 Wake Forest In 13 (2-1)
03/01/03 Irish Drop 8-2 Game To Minnesota At Dairy Queen Classic
02/28/03 Nebraska Hands Irish 7-1 Loss In Dairy Queen Classic Opener
02/27/03 Baseball Heads To Minnesota For Dairy Queen Classic
02/25/03 Baseball’s J.P. Gagne and Rowing’s Ashlee Warren Receive 2002-03 BIG EAST/Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete Awards
02/25/03 Steve Sollmann Named BIG EAST Player Of The Week
02/23/03 No. 11 Irish Edged By Fourth-Ranked ASU In Marathon Game, 14-8
02/22/03 Irish Split Pair Of Games On Second Day Of Season; Mainieri Coaches 500th Game At Notre Dame
02/21/03 Irish Enjoy First Day Of Outdoor Workouts, Set For Opener With Dayton
02/21/03 Billmaier’s Solo Shot Lifts 11th-Ranked Irish Past Dayton, 10-9
02/20/03 Freshman Class Again To Play Key Role In Irish Baseball Season
02/19/03 11th-Ranked Irish Set To Open 2003 Season With Four Games In Arizona
02/18/03 20 Questions With Javi Sanchez
02/17/03 Telecasts Announced For Notre Dame Baseball Games Versus Arizona State, Minnesota
02/16/03 Irish Players Head Into 2003 Season With Plenty Of Preseason Honors And Rankings
02/15/03 Countdown To Opening Day Offers Several Irish Baseball Features
02/15/03 Billmaier, Gagne And Sollmann Set To Captain Irish In 2003 Season
02/14/03 Irish Look To Continue Climbing In 2003
02/05/03 Notre Dame Baseball Opening-Night Dinner Again A Smash Hit
02/05/03 Opening Night Dinner Another Success
01/20/03 Paul Mainieri Announces Dates for 2003 Notre Dame Summer Baseball Camps
01/19/03 USA Today Coaches Poll Lists Irish 14th In Preseason Rankings
01/15/03 Irish Earn Another Preseason Ranking, At No. 13 In National College Baseball Writers Poll
01/09/03 Grant Johnson Undergoes Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery
01/08/03 Cubs GM Jim Hendry To Serve As Guest Speaker At Feb. 4 Notre Dame Baseball Opening Night Dinner
01/07/03 Thaman’s Grand Slam Caps Notre Dame Baseball’s 8-2 Win Over Boston College
01/02/03 Notre Dame 12th In Baseball America Preseason Rankings
12/23/02 Irish Ranked 19th In Preseason Collegiate Baseball Magazine Poll, Johnson A Preseason Third-Team All-American
12/17/02 2003 Baseball Quick Facts
12/16/02 Matchups With Arizona State, Nebraska and Wake Forest – Plus Return To Omaha – Highlight 2003 Irish Baseball Schedule
12/04/02 Steve Sollmann Named Big East Baseball Preseason Player Of The Year
11/16/02 Irish Baseball Program Signs Another Stellar Class During Fall Commitment Period
11/14/02 Baseball Announces Preseason Camp Dates
10/10/02 Blue Wins Game Three (6-1) But Gold Takes Series By Four Runs
10/09/02 Niesel, Big Innings Lead Gold To 9-1 Win In Game 1; Kalita, Thornton To Throw In Game 2
10/09/02 Sollmann’s Double Gives Gold 7-6 Win In Game 2; Doherty, Jones Likely Game-3 Starters
10/07/02 Baseball’s Blue-Gold Intrasquad Series Set To Begin Tuesday
09/17/02 Former Irish Pitcher Brad Lidge Scheduled For First Big-League Start (complete ND pro baseball update)
09/17/02 Paul Mainieri Receives Notre Dame Honorary Monogram At CWS Ring Ceremony
09/17/02 Irish Receive College World Series Rings
09/12/02 Details Finalized For Saturday’s Ceremonies Honoring 2002 Notre Dame Baseball Team
09/01/02 David Grewe Joins Notre Dame Baseball Coaching Staff
08/21/02 Ceremony Honoring 2002 Notre Dame Baseball Team Slated For Sept. 14
08/15/02 Paul Mainieri Repeats As Mideast Region Baseball Coach Of The Year
08/09/02 Grant Johnson Picks Up Win With USA Baseball Team At World Championship
08/09/02 Grant Johnson Draws Start For Team USA In World Championship Quarterfinal Vs. The Czech Republic
08/07/02 Chris Niesel Checks In From The Cape Cod League
08/05/02 J.P. Gagne Checks In From Alaska
08/02/02 Grant Johnson Reports From Holland With Team USA