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    FIGHTING IRISH Sophomore Matt Grosso.
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    Sophomore Matt Grosso.
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    Feb. 18, 2008

    The University of Notre Dame baseball team welcomes 19 newcomers to the diamond this season. The class was ranked as one of the top in the entire county -- fourth by Baseball America and sixth by Collegiate Baseball. In the coming weeks, UND.com will feature each Irish newcomer leading up to the team's Feb. 22 opener against Liberty. The eighth Notre Dame player in the spotlight is outfielder Matt Grosso.

    Hometown: Marlborough, Conn.
    Prrevious School: UConn
    Position: Outfielder
    Height/Weight: 5-10/175
    Bat/Throw: L/L

    If you were to play another sport at Notre Dame, what would it be?
    Basketball.

    Best thing about the team:
    The chemistry.

    What are three words that best describe coach Schrage?
    I love him.

    Which professional player would you compare yourself to?
    Sean Green.

    What is your favorite major league ballpark?
    Camden Yards.

    What would be the title of your autobiography?
    "Why Not Us".

    What is your favorite/most memorable sports moment?
    High school state championship.

    Are you a fan of the American League's designated hitter or do you prefer the National League style?
    American League.

    Should college baseball switch to wooden bats?
    Yes.

    Who is the best hitter and pitcher in major league baseball?
    Alex Rodriguez, Johan Santana.

    Favorite baseball team:
    New York Yankees.

    Favorite player:
    Robinson Cano.

    Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
    Not really.

    Why did you choose Notre Dame?
    Awesome baseball, great school and great environment.

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