Alex Nettey story from Irish Eyes (April 16, 2006)
Returning starter in center field who is classic success story, first joining the Irish as a walk-on in the fall of 2002 amidst a deep and talented group of outfielder ... steadily improved all aspects of his game before taking advantage of his chances and emerging as team's regular centerfielder in 2005 ... has made an assortment of high-level defensive plays during his Irish career ... hard worker whose desire to be a great defensive player extends to hustle in chasing down balls during batting practice ... has solidi-
fied his righthanded swing with an up-themiddle, opposite-field approach ... can get into a groove at the plate and put a major charge into the ball ... also has shown ability to turn on inside pitches, with pull power ... looking to continue improving his all-around offense in areas such as bunting and advancing runners ... has a quick bat and ability to drive the ball into the gaps ... enters final season with .268 career batting average in 117 games
played (77 GS, 83-for-310, 64 runs, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, .352 slugging pct., 21 walks, 19 hit-by-pitch, .350 on-base pct., 15-of-22 stolen bases ... has totaled just five career errors ... played for Fayetteville (N.C.) Swamp Dogs in summer of '04 (.248, 13 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 12 HBP, 2 SB, 2 Es/.973 fielding pct.) and again in `05 (.236, 39 GP/31 GS, 3 BB, 9 HBP, 8 R, 3 2B, 12 RBI, 8 SB, 1 E/.987 fielding) ... played
with Bluff City Bombers (based in Alton, Ill.) in '03 summer ... pulled 1-0 pitch over left-field fence to give Blue team early 2-0 lead in '04 fall intrasquad game (2-for-5, 3 RBI, SB) ... hit 4-for-9 in '02 Blue-Gold fall
intrasquad series (RBI, 2B) ... helped Blue win `05 fall intrasquad series by
batting 4-for-11 (3 R, 2B, RBI) ... could face former Swamp Dogs teammates Shawn Roof, and Trevor Huisinga when the Irish play Illinois in 2006 season ... part of Notre Dame baseball program's long tradition of Chicago-area products, including recent ace righthander Grant Johnson ('02-'04) and 2003 graduates Mike Holba, Ryan Kalita and Peter Ogilvie ... first Irish player to wear No. 16 since first baseman Jeff Felker ('00) ... enters season with 3.18 cumulative GPA (including a 3.69 in the `05 fall semester), as a management information systems major.
AS A JUNIOR: Won starting spot in center field during preseason and held that role throughout his solid 2005 season ... shared the '05 team lead in triples (2) and sacrifice bunts (9; 4th among BIG EAST players),
also ranking 3rd on team in doubles (11), stolen bases (12-of-19) and total bases (86), 4th in hits (65), runs (44), HBP (15; also 15th among BIG EAST players) ... finished 4th on team with 15 multi-hit games (one 4-hit, three 3-hit), plus four multi-RBI games (none with 3-plus RBI) ... ranked 4th on team with .305 batting versus RHPs (.237 vs. LHPs) ... advanced baserunners 55% of the time (5th-best on team) ... compiled a .418 leadoff
on-base pct. while batting .292 with runners on, .273 with them in scoring position and .219 with 2 outs (5 RBI) ... 1-for-6 with the bases loaded ... delivered RBI 12-of-17 times (71%) with runners on 3rd and fewer than 2 outs ... owned an even plate-discipline ratio (14 BB+15 HBP-29 Ks) ... his other '05 stats included a .288 batting average, 24 RBI and a pair of home runs (.381 slugging percentage, .367 on-base pct., 5 errors) ... made all 59 of his starts in center field, batting mostly leadoff (33; none in final month)
... four of his 11 doubles came in final eight games of regular season (after shift out of leadoff spot) ... had 22-game errorless streak that ended in season finale ... hit .242 in BIG EAST regular-season games (6 RBI, 12 R, HR, 3B, 7 2B, 5 BB, 2 Es) ... finished 8th among BIG EAST players with 7 doubles in conference play ... hit 67 points higher at home (.321/5th on team, 14 RBI, 29 R, 2 HR, 6 2B, 6 BB, 5 SB, 3 Es) than on the road (.254, 10 RBI, 16 R, 2 3B, 5 2B, 8 BB, 7 SB, 2 Es) ... batted .257 in post-finals games during May and June ... played key roles in NCAA elimination-game wins over Stetson (diving catch, squeeze bunt, RBI groundout, 4 times on-base; 7-4) and North Carolina (1-for-2, BB, HBP, R; 3-0) ... helped upset #17 USC with 2-for-4, 3-run game (RBI, 2B, BB; 13-6)... hit 2-for-4 versus West Virginia as Irish clinched a postseason berth (RBI, 2 R, 2B; 7-3)... snapped 1-for-18 slump with career-best hit total in game versus Purdue, at Coveleski Stadium (4-for-6, HR, SB) ... hit 3-for-6 in series finale versus
Villanova (7-7) ... doubled and scored game-ending run in first-week win over Florida A&M (4-3; 2-for-3; 4-3... hit 3-for-4 versus Oral Roberts (RBI, R, 2B) as all-tournament pick at Alamo City Irish Baseball Classic (.385, 5-for-13, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, 3 BB, HBP, 1-2 SB)... had 2-run home run for his
only hit in game-2 versus Georgetown (1-for-7, SAC)... hit 3-for-4 against Bowling Green... hit 2-for-10 at NCAA Gainesville Regional (2 RBI, 2 R, BB, HBP, SAC, 3 SB, E), after batting 2-for-12 at the BIG EAST Tournament (RBI, 2 R, HBP, K), as the Irish claimed their fourth title.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Filled role of reserve outfielder while drawing a handful of starts during the 2004 season, batting .194 in 27 games played (9 GS, 5 RBI, 9 R, 3 2B, 4 BB, 3 HBP, 0 Es in 31 chances) ... hit .300 with runners on base, .304 with 2-outs ... had pair of 2-RBI games, versus Detroit (2B; 16-6) and Hillsdale (2 H; 10-2) ... logged three late-April starts in center field, including 2-for-4 game as 2-hole hitter versus Manchester (2B) ... made pair of highlight-reel plays in that game, including
full-extension catch and diving stab off the grass in left-center ... helped complete sweep at UConn (H, BB, 2 R; 16-8) ... stole second and scored as
pinch-runner in 7-1 win over Rutgers ... had RBI groundout versus #20 Central Florida (4-0) ... scored in BIG EAST Tournament winners-bracket
game versus St. John's (9-2).
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 30 games as primarily a reserve outfielder, with nine starts (4 LF, 3 CF, RF, DH) ... hit .229 with 11 runs
scored (2 2B, 3 RBI, 9 Ks, 2-2 SB) ... did not make an error in 24 fielding attempts ... registered first hit in 15-5 win over Newman (at Arizona State) ... played key role in 2-1, 13-inning win over Wake Forest (at the Minnesota Metrodome), hitting 2-out single to center before moving up on Craig Cooper's single and coming home with winning run on Joe Thaman's hit up the middle ... singled in 10-3 win over Creighton (in Jacksonville) while batting 2-for-4 with 3 RBI in win over his hometown team Chicago State (R, 2B; 9-3) ... became team's fourth starter in center field during 2003 season - for three-game stretch that included pair of games versus Creighton ... a hit in 2-1 win over the Bluejays at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium before batting 2-for-5 with a double and 2 runs scored in 13-12 on-campus win at Creighton ... also started in center field versus Central Michigan (8-3) ... singled, stole a base and scored vs. IPFW (13-3) ... played key role in 9-6 win over Cincinnati (1-for-2, 2 BB, 3 R, SB) ... made three appearances off the bench in the NCAA Regional action at Cal State Fullerton (0-for-1).
PREP & PERSONAL: A three-time all-conference selection, as a centerfielder and pitcher at Thornridge High School ... named 2002 team MVP and runner-up for conference player of the year ... hit .433 as a senior (3 HR, 40 RBI), after batting .332 as a junior (35 RBI, HR) and .400 as a sophomore (40 RBI, 2 HR) ... participated in the 2001 state hitting derby and the Chicago White Sox Area Code tryouts ... member of 2001 White Sox developmental team ... earned 2002 all-area honors from the Star
Newspapers and Daily Southtown ... played saxophone in various bands ...
member of the National Honor Society ... born Nov. 30, 1983, in Oak Park, Ill. ... son of Alexander Nettey and Gladys Hall ... full name is Alexander Egya-Kow Nettey ... a management information systems major, enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.
Nettey's Career Stats
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