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Sacrifice Bunts
A statistic that is recorded if a player intentionally (or sometimes unintentionally) hits the ball for the sole purpose of moving a base runner to the next base, fully expecting be out.
Sacrifice Bunt
A bunt intended to advance runners at the expense of the batter being put out. The hitless plate appearance is not counted towards a player's batting average.
Sacrifice Fly
Fly ball out that scores a runner from third base.
Sacrifice Fly (Sf)
When a fly ball to the outfield advances a base runner to the next base, but results in an out for the batter.
Sacrifice Hit (Sh)
When a sacrifice results in the current base runner advancing a base and an out for the batter.
Declaration by the umpire that a runner is entitled to the bases for which he was trying.
Safe Hit
Noun, base hit.
Sausage Sizzle
The universal fund raising and social focal point in Australian amateur club sports. The baseball club sausage sizzle has a hot plate with butcher's sausages ("snags" or "bangers") and often onions cooking. The sausage is serve on white bread that is always buttered and costs $1 - $1-50. Some clubs also serve "butcher shop special" lower cuts of steak which become "steak sandwiches. Mustard is rare in Australian baseball clubs as most sausage sizzle meat is smothered in "tomato sauce" (Americans read "ketchup"). Most Australian junior baseball clubs run sausage sizzles each week or as often as possible.
A statistical notation given to a pitcher who effectively maintains his team's lead and finishes a game. A save is awarded when a pitcher; a) Works three innings or more in relief, maintains a lead and finishes the game; b) Enters the game with a lead of three runs or less and maintains the lead and finishes the game.
Save Opportunities (Svo)
Number of times a relief pitcher enters a game in which one of the three situations under the definition of a save presents itself.
Save Percentage
Saves (SV) divided by Save Opportunities (OP).
Save Situation
A Relief Pitcher is in a Save Situation when upon entering the game with his club leading, he has the opportunity to be the finishing pitcher (and is not the winning pitcher of record at the time), and meets any one of the three following conditions: (1) he has a lead of no more than three runs and has the opportunity to pitch for at least one inning, or (2) he enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, at bat, or on deck; or (3) he pitches three or more innings regardless of the lead and the official scorer credits him with a save.
Saves (Sv)
Number of times a relief pitcher finishes a game where the potential tying or winning run is on base, at home plate or in the on-deck circle. Also the number of times a relief pitcher pitches the final three innings of a win; or the number of times a reliever pitches one inning or more in which he protects a lead of three runs or less.
Stolen Bases (allowed)
Sb Success%
Stolen Bases divided by (Stolen Bases plus Caught Stealing).
Stolen Base Percentage
Stolen-base attempts against a catcher
Scoring Position
A base runner is considered to be in scoring position if they are on second or third base, since a single to the outfield could allow them to score.
Scoring Streaks
Notre Dame heads into 2001 on the verge of setting the school record for consecutive games with at least one run scored. The Irish scored in the final 58 games of the '99 and in all 64 games of 2000, yielding an active 122-game scoring streak that stretches back to a 12-0 loss at Florida International on Feb. 21, 1999. The record 133-game scoring streak began with the first game of the Paul Mainieri era, a 10-6 loss to Texas at the Anaheim Classic, on Feb. 24, 1995 (the Irish were shut out by Auburn, 8-0, in their final game of the 1994 NCAA East Regional at Clemson, S.C.). The record streak ended with a shutout loss to another Texas team, 2-0 versus Texas Pan-American in a seven-inning game on March 10, 1997 (at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio). Just as impressive as those two streaks is the fact that Notre Dame has scored in 98.6 percent of its games in the Mainieri era (363 of 368), with the other three shutouts coming at Seton Hall (16-0, March 22, 1997), vs. St. John's (3-0, May 9, 1998) and vs. Rutgers in the BIG EAST Tournament (12-0, May 16, 1998). Prior to the Mainieri era, the longest Notre Dame scoring streaks were a 121-game stretch from April 23, 1930 to May 26, 1937, and a 103-game streak spanning May 25, 1907-May 17, 1912.
Secondary Average
Second's in!" or "Short's in!
Phrase for the offensive team or base coach to warn a player on base that second base or shortstop is sneaking up behind them to set up a pickoff with the pitcher.
Secondary Average
A way to look at a player's extra bases gained, independent of Batting Average. The formula: (Total Bases - Hits + TBB + SB) divided by At Bats.
Seeing-Eye Single
A soft ground ball that finds its way between infielders for a base hit.
Series Success
In five BIG EAST seasons, Notre Dame owns 34 series wins, five series losses and five series ties. The Irish have won 17 of their last 19 BIG EAST series ('99 series tie at Rutgers, '99 series loss to St. John's) and 29 of the last 34 (three ties). Notre Dame has played 42 all-time BIG EAST doubleheaders, sweeping 22 (18 splits, just two opponent sweeps). The Irish have played 33 straight BIG EAST doubleheaders since last being swept (at Seton Hall, March 22, 1997). The only other DH sweep by a BIG EAST team over Notre Dame was by West Virginia in '96 (at Eck Stadium). The Irish have played 23 BIG EAST series at Eck, winning 19 (one tie) and have won their last nine home BIG EAST series, since dropping one to St. John's in '98.
Set-Up Man
A relief pitcher who usually enters the game in the 7th or 8th inning.
Sacrifice Flies Allowed
Sacrifice Hits Allowed
Shoestring Catch
A running catch made just above the fielder's shoetops.
Defensive player positioned between second and third bases.
Club baseball and softball term for game situation where one team is 'short' of a player and incurs an automatic out when "Shorty" is supposed to bat.
Shut Out
A game in which one team doesn’t score any runs.
Shut Outs (Sho)
When a starting pitcher leaves the game without surrendering a run and is given a win for his performance.
Side (Batting or Fielding)
Possibly a cricket term, referring to "the fielding side" (defence) or "the batting side" (offence).
Signs 1.
Player signals given from the third base coach to the hitter and runner. 2. Hand signals given by the catcher to the pitcher suggesting the type of pitch to be thrown.
A ball hit by a player that allows him to reach 1st base uncontested.
A fast pitch that breaks downward as it reaches.
Six-Hit Cycle
Junior SS Alec Porzel was more than just an observer in Notre Dame's wild 22-18 loss to Pittsburgh on May 7, 2000, at Eck Stadium-as Porzel turned in one of the most noteworthy accomplishments in Notre Dame baseball history by batting 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle-including both a traditional and an inside-the-park home run. He became the first player to record six hits in a game in the 108-year history of ND baseball and is the first Irish player to hit for the cycle since at least the mid-1980s (boxscore records are incomplete prior to '85)-with the addition of an inside-the-park HR making his day one of the more unique accomplishments in baseball. Porzel tied the BIG EAST single-game hit record and his 15 total bases came three shy of the BIG EAST record. He is just the second known Irish player to record five-plus hits in a losing effort. Porzel had registered four-plus hits just once previously and it marked just the second game in his Irish career that Porzel had been credited with two home runs. His previous 2-HR game also was unconventional, as he hit one on May 19, 1999, and one the next day-in a rain-suspended BIG EAST Tournament game vs. West Virginia. The six-hit game included: an RBI triple to right-center in the first (1 out, 0-2 pitch), a two-out, 2-1 hit to shallow left-center that kicked past the sliding centerfielder and rolled to the track for a third-inning HR, a two-out, first-pitch single to center in the fifth, and three straight leadoff hits in the seventh (full-count double to left-center), eighth (2-2 home run to left) and ninth (1-0 single through the left side).
Slugging Percentage Allowed
Attacking the base by a base runner when a force-out is not effective. This is accomplished by a player extending his momentum horizontally, either head or foot first, to try and touch the base before being touched with the ball.
A pitcher that appears to the batter as a fastball until it reaches the plate, then breaks sharply on a level plane. The ball is held similarly to the curveball, but the wrist is kept straight, like a fastball, and broken downward.
Otherwise known as "Regular A," these full-season minor leagues contain less-experienced professional players. The Slow-A leagues are the Midwest League and South Atlantic League (Sally).
Slugging Percentage
Total Bases divided by At Bats.
Slugging Percentage (Slg)
Total number of bases a batter reaches divided by at bats.
Steal a base, usually a term in girl's softball.
Common term for when a fielder catches a ball, and a portion of the ball protrudes the end of the glove, appearing like a snowcone.
A left-hander, usually a pitcher
Spit Ball
Illegal pitch which a foreign substance (most commonly spit or grease) is applied to the ball causing it to react in an unpredictable manner.
Squeeze Play
A bunt with a runner on third base designed to advance the runner home. The runner on third waits to ensure that the batter has successfully laid down the bunt before advancing towards home.
The pitcher who beings the game and pitches until he wins the game or is replaced by a relief pitcher.
Attempting to advance a base between pitches without the batter hitting the ball or getting a base on balls.
Stolen Base
Successfully advancing a base between pitches without the batter hitting the ball or getting a base on balls.
Stolen Base Percentage Allowed
This figure indicates how successful opposing baserunners are when attempting a stolen base. It's stolen bases divided by stolen-base attempts.
Stolen Bases (Sb)
Number of times a base runner successfully advances to the next base without the help of the hitter.
A strike is called if a batter swings at a pitch and misses, or if the pitch simply passes through the strike zone. The first 2 foul balls that are not caught count as first and second strike. A foul ball that is not caught can never be counted as a third strike.
Strike Out
When a batter swings and misses three pitchers, receives three pitches within the strike zone without swinging, or a combination of the two. The batter is declared out. Foul balls are counted as strikes, except for the third strike, which either must be a swing-and-a-miss or looking.
Strike Out (So)
Number of times a batter swings and misses on three pitches.
Strike Zone
The area in which a pitched ball is ruled a strike is covered horizontally by the width of the plate, and vertically by the distance between the player’s knees and chest. More exactly the top limit is to be a horizontal line that is halfway between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants. The bottom limit is a horizontal line at the hallow just beneath the kneecap.
Struck at
Swung at.
Suicide Squeeze
A hit-&-run bunt with a runner on third base. The runner breaks for home as the pitch is delivered and the batter attempts to lay down a bunt.
Suicide Squeeze Play
A play in which a runner on third breaks toward home on the pitch and the batter’s responsibility is to bunt the ball allowing the runner to score.
Run Support per Nine Innings
Super Staff
The '92 Irish staff ranks as one of the most talented and deepest in team history: 6-7, 245-pound Pat Leahy ('90-'92, 25-7, 3.67, 192 Ks), lefties Chris Michalak ('90-'93, 34-13, 12 saves, 3.21, 263 Ks) and Tom Price ('91-'94, 40-8, 5 SV, 2.70, 276 Ks), and big-game performers David Sinnes ('90-'93, 32-8, 6 SV, 2.91, 315 Ks) and Al Walania ('90-'93, 30-12, 8 SV, 236 Ks). That fivesome combined for a 161-48 record, 31 saves, a 3.19 career ERA and 1,282 Ks in 1,627 IP (7.09 per 9 IP).
Super Staff, no. 2
The Irish produced another strong staff in '98, with the 4.02 ERA ranking 12th in the nation. The '98 staff included four pitchers with noteworthy careers: first-round draft pick Brad Lidge ('96-'98, 13-5, SV, 4.86, 143 Ks), lefty Tim Kalita ('97-'99, 11-1, 4.00, 214 Ks), four-year regular Alex Shilliday ('96-'99, 25-17, 4.41, 265 Ks) and three-time All-American Aaron Heilman ('98- , 28-7, 12 SV, 2.80, 314 Ks). That foursome's combined career totals: 77-30, 17 SV, 3.92 ERA and 936 Ks in 913.2 IP (9.22 per 9 IP). THREE-SPORT ATHLETE - Kevin Hardy is one of the most versatile athletes in recent Notre Dame history. As a sophomore ('64-'65), he became the first Notre Dame athlete in 19 years to monogram in three sports the same year. A two-time football All-American ('66, `67), Hardy lettered on the '64-'65 basketball team and led the '67 baseball team with a .398 batting average. 3,000 GAMES - Notre Dame baseball has amassed 3,047 games in 108 varsity seasons, reaching the 3,000-game milestone in the opener of a March 25, 2000, doubleheader versus Villanova (photo above) at Richie Ashburn Field in downtown Philadelphia (Aaron Heilman tossed a one-hitter in the 4-0 win).
Save Opportunities
Save Opportunities
Sweet Spot
The part of the bat just a few inches from the barrel.
Player who is able to bat left-handed or right-handed. A switch-hitter will bat from the opposite side in which the pitchers throws.
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