Versatile player who moves back to the infield after starting in left field as a freshman ... played shortstop during his standout high school career ... known for a quick bat and ability to drive the ball with authority ... his freshman numbers (.265/7 HR/39 RBI) were deceptive/as many of his hits came in clutch late-season situations ... has good hands that could help him play excellent defense on the right side ... slated to open as the crucial No. 2 hitter in the batting order/after hitting mostly in middle of the order in 98 ... showed improved discipline at the plate as a freshman/which should benefit him as the No. 2 hitter ... focusing on improving his power and consistency at the plate ... will look to extend Notre Dames solid infield defense from 98 that produced a .962 overall team fielding percentage and a team-record 60 double plays ... joins freshman third baseman Andy Bushey as newcomers to the Irish infield while junior Jeff Felker will be returning to first base (where he played as a freshman) after playing mostly right field in 98 (junior All-American Brant Ust will move from third base to shortstop in 99).
Sophomore Alec Porzel
As A Freshman: Appeared in 54 of 58 games (49 starts in left field) ... ranked ninth on team with .265 batting (181 ABs) ... hit .246 in BIG EAST play (4 HR/18 RBI) ... tied for fifth on team with seven home runs/plus 39 RBI and 34 runs ... posted .464 slugging (sixth on team)/with 11 doubles and three triples ... finished with .320 on-base pct. (15 walks/one hit-by-pitch/29 Ks) ... stole seven bases on 10 attempts ... made one error in 64 chances/with three assists (.984 fielding pct.) ... hit .291 in games decided by 1-2 runs ... hit .287 with five home runs and 28 RBI in his final 25 games (.237/two HR/eight RBI in first 24) ... hit 5-for-18 in BIG EAST Tournament (four RBI) ... totaled 15 Ks and no walks over his first 22 games before totaling 11 walks and 10 Ks over final 27 of regular season ... had 14 multiple-hit games/12 multi-RBI games ... hit mostly in the seventh spot (27 games)/also batting sixth (13)/second (4)/fifth (3) and third (2) ... hit .333 with runners in scoring position (fifth-best on team) and .273 with two outs (15 two-out RBI) ... reached base on 43.5 percent of leadoff chances (fourth-best on team) ... hit better away from home (.277) than at Eck Stadium (.255) ... hit .320 in games won by Notre Dame (.143 in losses) ... hit .304 in April and May/.385 in 13-game win streak (April 8-23) ... played role in four late wins decided by one run or in extra innings (span of 18 days) ... hit two-out/two-strike single to score Ust and beat Valparaiso/1-0/on April 22/in scheduled seven-inning game that went nine (season-best three hits) ... hit leadoff home run to spark three-run rally in seventh and final inning of 4-3 win over West Virginia on May 2 ... the next day/he beat WVU with a two-run/two-out homer in the 15th ... a week later/his seventh-inning single through the left side plated Todd Frye as eventual winning run vs. St. John's (2-1) ... went 2-for-4 (2B/HR) with three runs and three RBI in home-opening win over Central Michigan ... one of six players who combined on a team-record seven home runs in 16-6 win at Boston College on April 5 ... hit two doubles/drove in three runs and scored a fourth in 11-3 win at Seton Hall ... went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run in BIG EAST elimination game win over Providence (9-7).
Prep & Personal: Played on four conference title teams at Naperville North High School/lettering as a shortstop his final two seasons ... team MVP as a junior ... helped team earn national ranking his senior year ... twice all-conference/all-city ... hit .416 as a junior/.434 as a senior ... helped Norwood Blues win 97 summer tournament ... hit .600 in summer of 97 while earning team MVP ... hails from same hometown as Notre Dame sophomore volleyball setter Denise Boylan ... born Jan. 14/1979/in Hinsdale/Ill. .... son of Rita and Paul Porzel ... full name is Alec Paul Porzel ... enrolled in College of Business Administration ... intends to major in management information systems.
Career Bests (all 98)
3-of-3/vs. Valparaiso (4/22)
3-of-3/vs. PC/BE Tour. (5/16)
3/vs. Central Michigan (2/25/98)
2/at Seton Hall (4/25/98)
6 (HR/2B)/vs. Cen. Mich. (2/25)
6 (HR/2B)/vs. Toledo (4/23)
5 games/April 15-22
The Porzel File
Porzel collected just three hits in 18 at-bats versus West Virginia during the 98 season/but one was a home run that sparked a three-run/last-inning rally to victory while another was a game-winning/15th-inning home run.
Porzel is one of several prep shortstops who have been used in the outfield by Irish coach Paul Mainieri/joining the likes of Randall Brooks/Justin Scholl/Allen Greene/Jeff Perconte and Ben Cooke.