Alec Porzel hit .421 for the week.
Notre Dame's Alec Porzel Named BIG EAST Baseball Rookie of the Week
Freshman leftfielder hit .421 for the week.
April 29, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame freshman leftfielder Alec Porzel (Lisle,
Ill./Naperville North High School) has been named the BIG EAST
rookie of the week for April 20-26, becoming the sixth Irish
player to be honored by the BIG EAST this season.
Porzel was second on the team during the 5-1 week with a .421
batting average (8-for-19), plus team-high totals in RBI (10) and
doubles (5). He compiled an .842 slugging percentage during the
week, including a home run versus Toledo, while adding five runs,
three walks, a sacrifice fly and errorless play in the field.
Porzel delivered a clutch two-out, two-run double to push the
Irish ahead of Seton Hall (3-1) en route to 11-3 win on April 25.
He added a sacrifice fly, double and run scored in that game.
His other highlights for the week included an RBI groundout, RBI
double and a walk in the 9-1 win over Michigan (4/20). Porzel
went 3-for-3 with a walk in the first game of an April 21
doubleheader versus Valparaiso, including a two-out, two-strike
single that won the extra-inning opener in the 9th (1-0). He then
added a walk and run scored in the nightcap versus Valparaiso
Prior to the Seton Hall series, Porzel had a big game in the 15-4
win over Toledo (4/23), smacking a two-run double and solo home
run before scoring his third run of the game in the ninth.
Porzel's current 47-game statistics (as of April 29) include a
.272 batting average (37-for-138), with 31 RBI, 28 runs scored,
five home runs, two triples, 11 doubles, 4-of-7 stolen bases,
three sacrifice flies and one sacrifice bunt. He opened the
season with 15 strikeouts and no walks but has since totaled 11
walks and only eight K's over the last 21 games (he has 11 walks
and 23 K's overall). Porzel has made just one error in 46
fielding chances, for a .978 fielding percentage.
Six Notre Dame players have combined for seven BIG EAST weekly
awards this season, most among the 11-team conference (Rutgers
has five while Providence has three).
The Irish are the only team to produce three BIG EAST pitchers of
the week this season: junior righthander Brad Lidge (3/16),
freshman righthander Aaron Heilman (4/6) and junior righthander
Alex Shilliday (4/20). Senior shortstop J.J. Brock (3/16) and
sophomore third baseman Brant Ust (4/13) have been named BIG EAST
player of the week while Heilman was named BIG EAST rookie of the
week on April 13.
Notre Dame is the only school to have produced two players of the
week this season while Porzel and Heilman are the only teammates
to have earned BIG EAST rookie of the week in 1998 (Rutgers third
baseman Jake Daubert and West Virginia lefthander Shane Rhodes
are two-time winners of the rookie award).