Four-year mainstay who became first Notre Dame player ever to reach
30 home runs (37) and 30 stolen bases (32) in his career ... named to
three NCAA all-regional teams ... picked by Boston Red Sox in 13th
round of 2001 Major League draft ... his clutch hits included
game-ending home runs in 1999, 2000 and 2001 ... versatile hitter who
could bat leadoff or cleanup ... hit in No. 3 spot - as top
all-around hitter - for 167 of ND's 188 games from 1999-2001 ...
firmly entrenched in ND and BIG EAST record books (see sidebar),
including Irish records for doubles (77) and games played (239) and
BIG EAST's top mark for career RBI (102) ... hit .311 in 897 career
ABs while grounding into just six double plays over final three
AS A SENIOR: Named first-team all-BIG EAST while serving as
tri-captain and sharing team MVP honors with All-America pitcher
Aaron Heilman ... overcame early slump to bat .295 for the season,
with 59 RBI, eight home runs and 28 doubles (second-most in ND
history) ... his conference stats included BIG EAST bests in doubles
(13), RBI (35) and total bases (63) ... made just one error in first
21 games and 12 total ... started all 63 games at shortstop while
batting in No. 3 spot in every game but one (when he hit 5th) ...
made rally-killing 6U-3 double play in bottom of 8th at Pittsburgh
before drilling two-run double off left-center wall for final 3-0
margin ... helped close out sweep at St. John's with three RBI in 7-3
series finale (HR, 2B) ... also had big game in 13-12 rally past
UConn (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2B) ... hit two-run shot and plated
another run in 6-2 BIG EAST Tournament win over Rutgers ... closed
his career by earning spot on the all-NCAA South Bend Regional team
(10-for-24, 6 RBI), with two hits in each of the five games.
AS A JUNIOR: Second team all-BIG EAST shortstop, behind player of the
year Darren Fenster (Rutgers) ... his stats in BIG EAST games
included league's 6th-best batting avg. (.375), plus league-best
totals for RBI (27) and doubles (11), second in slugging (.667) ...
posted team-best totals in RBI (58, 3rd BIG EAST), doubles (24, 1st
BE) and slugging (.584) ... second on team in hits (83, 4th BE) and
HRs (9, 7th BE), third in batting (.342) ... grounded into just one
double play ... hit 6-for-14 at Metrodome in Hormel Foods Classic,
with two hits each vs. No. 24 Wake Forest (8-5; 2 RBI), Minnesota
(7-9; 2 RBI) and Georgia (6-4; RBI) ... 2-for-4 in 5-1 win over
Illinois (3 RBI) ... posted 15-game hit streak (3/11 - 4/9) ...
turned in huge series at UConn (8-for-13, 3 RBI, 4 R, HR, 3 2B), ...
helped Irish survive 11-inning game with Michigan (5-4; 3-for-6, 2
RBI, 2B) ... ended 11-8 win over Pittsburgh with first-pitch,
three-run shot in 10th ... his unique accomplishments the next day
were obscured in wild 22-18 loss, batting 6-for-6 and hitting for the
cycle (inside-the-park and traditional HR) ... first player with six
hits in 108-year history of ND baseball ... first Irish player to hit
for cycle since at least mid-'80s (boxscores incomplete prior to '85)
... tied BIG EAST hit record while his 15 total bases were three shy
of league record ... his first career grand slam broke 7-7 tie and
sparked 11-run 8th as Irish rallied past Pittsburgh at BIG EAST
Tournament (15-7) ... named to all-NCAA Starkville Regional team
(7-for-22, 4 RBI, 4 R) ... singled and scored, added RBI double and
scored again as Irish rallied past Tulane in NCAA elimination game
(10-6) ... had three hits, three RBI in regional title-game loss to
Mississippi State (10-9).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Started 60 of 61 games at mostly 2B ... hit third in
50 games (nine at leadoff) ... surged to team RBI lead (60), tied for
third with .333 batting ... second on team in HRs (13, four
postseason) and walks (25), third in slugging (.613) and on-base
(.411) ... hit into just one double play ... second on team with .392
batting with runners in scoring position ... hit .393 in 23 games
decided by 1-2 runs, second only to Brant Ust (.395) on squad ...
posted 11-game hit streak (2/27 - 3/20) ... turned in rare four-game
triple streak vs. New Orleans (14-11; 2 R), Southern Illinois (15-5;
2 RBI, 2 R) and in pair of games vs. Penn State ... played key role
in wins over PSU, including 5-4 game (3 H, RBI, R) and 5-3 title game
(1B, 2 SB, R) ... hit solo homer in 10-1 win at Rutgers (1B, 2 R) ...
hit 3-for-6 in sweep of Providence (two-run HR, 1B, 2 R in 6-5
nightcap) ... hit game-winning, leadoff home run in 9th to beat
Pittsburgh (9-8) ... had big game in 14-4 win over Michigan (3-for-4,
2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R) ... had 1st-inning single in 5-3 loss to Miami
before his 1st-inning single plated Steve Stanley for lone run in 1-0
win over eventual national champs ... hit five HRs in final eight
games, including pair of two-run blasts (four RBI) in 7-2 win over
West Virginia, with second coming in second day (8th inning) of
rain-delayed game ... added solo shot in 11-3 loss to Seton Hall ...
named to all-NCAA South Bend Regional team (5-for-12) ... led Irish
to 8-1 NCAA win over Creighton (BB, 2 R, solo HR, two-run single).
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 54 games (49 starts in left), batting .265
... fifth on team with seven HRs, plus 39 RBI ... hit mostly 7th (27
games) and 6th (13) ... hit .333 with runners in scoring position
(5th on team) ... hit two-out, two-strike single to beat Valparaiso,
1-0, in seven-inning game that went nine (3 H) ... hit leadoff homer
to spark three-run rally in 7th and final inning of 4-3 win over WVU
... the next day, he beat WVU with two-run, two-out HR in 15th ... a
week later, his 7th-inning single through the left side plated
go-ahead run vs. St. John's (2-1) ... part of team-record seven HRs
in 16-6 win at Boston College ... 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run in
BIG EAST elimination-game win over Providence (9-7).
PREP & PERSONAL: Played on four conference title teams at Naperville
North HS ... hit .434 while helping team earn national ranking his
senior year ... born Jan. 14, 1979, in Hinsdale, Ill. .... son of
Paul and Rita Porzel ... full name is Alec Paul Porzel ... graduated
from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business with a degree in
management information systems.
Porzel's Career Statistics