July 28, 2015
Front Photo of Cavan Biggio courtesy of SportsPix
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Almost two months into summer ball, several University of Notre Dame baseball players have enjoyed successful summer campaigns as they continue to hone their skills while playing with and against other student-athletes from around the country.
Just some of the highlights from the summer so far include:
– Junior Cavan Biggio became the first Irish player since Eric Jagielo (Harwich Mariners) and Dan Slania (Cotuit Kettleers) in 2012 to earn a spot in the prestigious Cape Cod League All-Star game after a solid first half of the season ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ the Houston native was tabbed as a reserve for the East squad and picked up a pair of at-bats in the game before heading to Cooperstown, New York for his father, Craig Biggio’s – induction ceremony into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday afternoon ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ Biggio is first on the team in walks (29) and has 24 hits, four doubles, 12 RBI and 13 runs scored in 30 games played out of a possible 37.
SIDE NOTE: Other Irish Cape League All-Stars since 2003 include Brian Dupra (Harwich) and A.J. Pollock (Falmouth Commodores) in 2008 and Sean Gaston (Cotuit) in 2005 and 2006.
– Joining Biggio on Harwich are fellow Notre Dame juniors Ryan Lidge and Scott Tully ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ Lidge is second on the team in batting (.261) to go along with two doubles, four RBI, seven walks and three hit by pitch in 21 games played ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ Tully has started seven contests (39.0 IP) and has one complete game ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ he sports a 3.69 ERA and has struck out 36 batters.
– Elsewhere in the Cape, junior Ryan Smoyer turned in a 1.77 ERA over four starts (20.1 IP) before wrapping up for the summer ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ the Bowling Green, Ohio native limited batters to a .239 average.
– Playing for the Alexandria Blue Anchors in the Northwoods League, senior Ricky Sanchez has had a breakout summer, batting .324 with 11 doubles, seven triples (league high), seven homers, 30 RBI, eight walks, four hit by pitch and 31 runs scored ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ for his efforts the Miami native earned a spot on the North squad in the Northwoods League All-Star game.
– Junior Kyle Fiala played 29 games for the Lakeshore Chinooks in the Northwoods League, batting .286 with five doubles, two triples, two homers, 20 RBI, 12 walks, three sac flies and 19 runs scored.
– Senior Zak Kutsulis started off the summer blazing hot, batting .368 in the first half of the season to earn a spot in the Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game for the Acadiana Cane Cutters ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ Kutsulis is currently second on the team in average (.328) and has totaled eight doubles (team-high), two triples, 18 RBI, 22 walks (team-high), five hit by pitch, 12 stolen bases and 26 runs scored (team-high).
– Before heading to Russia for the second half of his summer, senior Nick McCarty made four starts for the Cane Cutters and posted a 2.70 ERA in 23.1 innings of work.
– After beginning the summer playing with the New Bedford Bay Sox in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, sophomore Charlie Vorsheck wrapped up his summer with the Redding Colt 45’s ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ there he flourished, striking out 21 batters compared to just two walks over 21.0 innings of work ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬Â¦ he made fours starts and tallied a 2.14 ERA.
– Sophomore Jake Shepski has had an outstanding summer playing for the Lake Erie Monarchs, as he has batted .317 with seven doubles, nine RBI and 16 runs scored in 21 games played.
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COMPLETE SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER