The Irish defeated the Seminoles in three games to advance to the program's second College World Series.
Hard-nosed player who could replace 2001 graduate Ben
Cooke as team?s top utility infielder ... showed
marked improvement in his defense during 2001 fall
practice, including some time at a new position of
first base ... has excellent hands and a strong
throwing arm ... also had strong 2001 summer while
playing alongside Irish teammate Steve Stanley on
Delaware (Ohio) Cows ... ranked third on Cows with
.354 batting average, plus 18 runs, nine RBI, four
doubles, five stolen bases and a home run ... longtime
friend of former Irish teammate and fellow Miami
native Danny Tamayo ... part of Irish baseball program
that has produced 13 previous letterwinners from
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in nine games, with
starts at third base in wins over Eastern Michigan
(4-3, at UOP) and Detroit (9-8, with a walk) ... also
played in four BIG EAST games.
PREP & PERSONAL: Played 2B and 3B at Columbus
High School (alma mater of ND head coach Paul
Mainieri), earning third team all-county as a senior
team MVP (.348, 34 RBI, 5 HR in 30 GP) ... captained
team to district title (school?s first since ?92),
with team-best fielding pct. (4 E) ... hit 2-for-4 in
district title game (2B, HR, 4 RBI) ... led team to
27-3 record and No. 4 national ranking as a junior,
batting .315 with 2 HR (four seniors on that team were
drafted) ... received team?s 2000 Marist Award,
recognizing leadership, hard work, dedication,
loyalty, moral character and sportsmanship ...
quarterbacked JV football team as sophomore, to 9-0
record and district title ... member of National Honor
Society, graduating with 3.9 GPA ... played 2000
summer-league ball with Youngstown (Ohio) Astro
Falcons ... helped Falcons post 30-5 record, batting
.310 (22 RBI, 3 HR, 8 Ks, 4 E) ... met his future
Irish classmate Steve Sollmann when the Falcons played
a four-game series vs. the Midland (Ohio) Redskins (he
introduced himself when Sollmann reached second) ...
brother Juan Carlos Sanchez plays baseball at St.
Thomas (Fla.) University ? where Mainieri began his
head coaching career in 1983 ... son of Juan and
Armanda Sanchez ... full name is Javier Armando
Sanchez ... born Nov. 8, 1981, in Miami ... enrolled
in the Mendoza College of Business.