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    Jan. 12, 2009

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame junior outfielder A.J. Pollock was named second team Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper earlier this month. He was one of just five players from the BIG EAST Conference to be named to the first or second team.

    Pollock (Hebron, Conn.) has already been named to the Wallace Award Watch List and listed as the 39th overall prospect and 16th collegiate prospect for the 2009 MLB Draft by Baseball America. He was also ranked as the seventh-best prospect from the Cape Cod League by Baseball America following his Most Valuable Player season this past summer.

    Pollock finished the regular season on the Cape leading the league in hits (61), doubles (15) and slugging percentage (.556). He ranked second in batting average at .377 -- a clip that remained above .300 all summer long -- as well as second in extra-base hits with 20. Pollock also ranked third in on-base percentage (.455) and runs scored (35). He smacked four home runs, drove in 25 RBI and stole 11 bases. Pollock started in center field as a West Division All-Star, going 2-for-3 at the plate, including a solo home run. He proved to be the perfect leadoff hitter for Falmouth, relying on his ability to make contact and put the ball in play, striking out only 24 times in 162 at-bats.

    Pollock was the second Notre Dame player to ever capture Cape Cod League MVP. Dick Licini captured the award in 1968 as a first baseman for the Bourne Braves. Pollock is also the second player ever from the BIG EAST Conference to be awarded MVP. John Morris of Seton Hall earned the honor in 1981.

    Pollock finished last season for Notre Dame with a .352 batting average, 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 42 RBI and 28 stolen bases. A two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week selection, Pollock led the Irish in batting, hits (76), doubles (tied), total bases (109), sacrifice flies (7), stolen bases, at bats (216), games played (tied, 55) and games started (tied, 55).

     

     

    Pollock was the first Notre Dame player to lead the team in hitting, stolen bases and strikeout ratio in the same season since Steve Stanley in 2002. He struck out just 10 times in 216 at-bats last year and his ratio of one strikeout to every 21.6 at-bats is the eighth-best ratio in school history. His .362 career batting average ranks ninth all-time in Notre Dame history (minimum 2 years, 2.5 AB/game).

    Pollock and the rest of his Notre Dame teammates open the 2009 spring season on Feb. 20-22 with the BIG EAST vs. Big Ten Challenge in Tampa, Fla. The Irish will face Ohio State (Fri.), Illinois (Sat.) and Purdue (Sun.).

    The three All-American teams include:

    FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
    RHP Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State
    RHP Alex White, North Carolina
    LHP Chris Hernandez, Miami (Fla.)
    RHP Mike Leake, Arizona State
    RHP Tim Clubb, Missouri State
    LHP Shane Davis, Canisius
    Relief Scott Bittle, Mississippi
    C Josh Phegley, Indiana
    1B Dustin Ackley, North Carolina
    2B Bryce Mendonca, Pepperdine
    3B Chris Dominguez, Louisville
    3B Tommy Mendonca, Fresno State
    SS Grant Green, USC
    OF Blake Dean, Louisiana State
    OF Jason Kipnis, Arizona State
    OF Scott Krieger, George Mason
    UT Cory Harrilchak, Elon

    SECOND TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
    LHP Mike Minor, Vanderbilt
    LHP Justin Marks, Louisville
    RHP Chris Fetter, Michigan
    LHP Andrew Oliver, Oklahoma State
    RHP Ben Tootle, Jacksonville State
    RHP Thain Simon, Santa Clara
    RHP Matt Ridings, Western Kentucky
    RHP Kyle Gibson, Missouri
    Relief Eric Pettis, U.C. Irvine
    Relief Louis Coleman, Louisiana State
    C Micah Gibbs, Louisiana State
    C Michael Thomas, Southern
    1B Rich Poythress, Georgia
    1B Rob Lyerly, N.C. Charlotte
    2B Ryan Schimpf, Louisiana State
    3B Mike Spina, Cincinnati
    SS Ryan Jackson, Miami (Fla.)
    OF A.J. Pollock, Notre Dame
    OF Ryan Lockwood, South Florida
    OF Chad Cregar, Western Kentucky
    OF Nate Lape, Marshall
    UT Blake Smith, California

    THIRD TEAM PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS
    RHP Chance Ruffin, Texas
    LHP Tyler Lyons, Oklahoma State
    RHP Seth Maness, East Carolina
    RHP Jerry Sullivan, Oral Roberts
    RHP Adam Warren, North Carolina
    RHP Sam Dyson, South Carolina
    LHP Danny Bibona, U.C. Irvine
    RHP Jesse Simpson, College of Charleston
    Relief A.J. Griffin, San Diego
    Relief Jason Stoffel, Arizona
    Relief Zach Calhoon, Texas-San Antonio
    Relief Nick Gaudi, Pepperdine
    Relief Kevin Rhoderick, Oregon State
    Relief Chase Dempsay, Houston
    C Tommy Medica, Santa Clara
    C Myckie Lugbauer, Maine
    C Griffin Benedict, Georgia Southern
    1B Ben Carlson, Missouri State
    1B Alan Ahmady, Fresno State
    1B David Anderson, Coastal Carolina
    1B Greg Rohan, Kent State
    1B Jeremy Cruz, Stetson
    1B Justin Bour, George Mason
    2B Brandon Sizemore, College of Charleston
    3B Bennett Davis, Elon
    3B Kyle Seager, North Carolina
    3B Stuart Tapley, Florida State
    3B A.J. Wirnsberger, Georgia Southern
    SS Ben Soignier, Louisiana-Monroe
    SS D.J. LeMahieu, Louisiana State
    OF Scott Woodward, Coastal Carolina
    OF Josh Fellhauer, Cal. St. Fullerton
    OF Michael Rockett, Texas-San Antonio
    OF Kyle Jensen, St. Mary's
    OF Chris Edmondson, Le Moyne

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