July 21, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A quartet of Notre Dame players have earned All-Star nominations in their respective college summer leagues. Rising junior A.J. Pollock (Hebron, Conn.) and sophomore Brian Dupra (Rochester, N.Y.) were named to the East and West squads in the Cape Cod League, while junior Matt Grosso (Marlborough, Conn.) participated in the New England Collegiate League and senior Eddy Mendiola (Miami, Fla.) in the New York Collegiate League.
Pollock (Falmouth) will suit up for the West squad. He currently ranks second in the league with a .400 batting average. Pollock also ranks among the Cape's top five in hits (42, 4th), doubles (10, t-2nd), on-base percentage (.484, 3rd), slugging percentage (.571, 3rd), extra-base hits (13, t-3rd) and runs scored (29, 2nd). He has helped the Commodores to a 15-14 record at the break, just three points out of the Western Division lead (Bourne, 34 points).
Dupra (Harwich) will play on the East squad. He sports a 3-1 record and a 2.16 earned-run average over 12 total appearances (all out of the Mariners bullpen). Dupra has surrendered just 31 hits and struck out 27 in 33.1 innings of work. He is limiting his opponents to a .226 batting average. Dupra is a key reason why Harwich owns the second best record in the Cape and sits second behind league-leading Orleans in the Eastern Division.
The Cape Cod League All-Star game is scheduled for Saturday, July 26. First-pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Veterans Field, home of the Chatham A's. The New England Sports Network (NESN) will be on hand to present a live telecast of the game for the first time. Eric Frede and former major league pitcher Jim Beattie (Harwich 1974) will handle the play-by-play and color, respectively. There will also be live radio coverage by local NPR affiliate WCAI (90.1 fm), with NPR's Neal Conan calling the play-by-play and the Cape League's John Garner handling the color assignment.
Grosso (NECBL) and Mendiola (NYCBL) each already participated in their respective All-Star games. Grosso started in the outfield for the South Division's Manchester Silkworms yesterday, but a box score was not made available. Mendiola started at third base and went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored on July 7 to lead the West Division to a 7-5 victory. He also earned the Tom Kenney Golden Glove Award, given to the top defensive player in the game.