May 19, 2008
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Sophomores David Mills and A.J. Pollock were each awarded All-BIG EAST first team, while senior Wade Korpi and sophomore Eric Maust earned second team and junior David Phelps took home third team honors at the 2008 BIG EAST Tournament opening ceremonies from Bright House Networks Field Monday night.
Pollock (Hebron, Conn.) finished the regular season with a .365 batting average, 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 41 RBI and 27 stolen bases. A two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week selection, Pollock leads the Irish in slugging (.517), hits (76), doubles, total bases (109), sacrifice flies (7) and stolen bases. He was one of three outfielders and four sophomores on the squad.
Mills (Battle Creek, Mich.) was one of the other three sophomores and earned the designated hitter position. He is batting .365 with two doubles, six triples, two home runs and 26 RBI. Mills is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases. He also set new single-season school records in both sacrifice bunts (18) and total sacrifices (22). Mills ranks third in hitting (.407) in conference games only.
The weekend trio of Phelps (Hazelwood, Mo.), Korpi (Lake Worth, Fla.) and Maust (Alpharetta, Ga.) started each of the first 25 league games for Notre Dame (freshman Cole Johnson started the regular season finale).
Korpi, the 2006 BIG EAST Tournament MVP, returned to the form that saw the southpaw finish 2006 with a 7-2 record and 2.00 ERA. He stands 6-3 on the season with a 3.59 ERA in 77.2 innings of work. Korpi was even better in BIG EAST games. The senior went 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA in nine starts. Korpi fanned 41 and surrendered 52 hits in 54.1 innings of work as opponents hit just .250 against him.
The Irish return to action Tuesday evening with their first game from the 2008 BIG EAST Tournament. Notre Dame, the third-seed, will play the sixth-seed USF at Brighthouse Networks Field at 8:00 p.m. The game can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1490 AM and UND.com.