#8 Matt Grosso
AT NOTRE DAME: Two-year monogram winner enters his fifth-year senior season with a .169 career batting average, two home runs and seven RBI … has added 10 runs, one double, nine walks, one sacrifice bunt and one stolen bases (one attempt) in 36 games (15 starts) … could compete for a starting spot at either corner outfield position … owns considerable hitting ability, but with it must come a positive mental approach … a pure hitter with good mechanics and a natural, fluid swing … carried a 3.290 cumulative GPA into the `11 spring semester.
SENIOR SEASON (2010): Appeared in 16 games and started six, two in left field and four at designated hitter … batted .185 (5-for-27) with seven runs scored, one home run and three RBI … added five walks and one stolen base in one attempt … recorded eight total bases, posted a .296 slugging percentage and .313 on-base percentage … ranked fifth in games played off the Irish bench (10) … saw action in two BIG EAST games … went 0-for-1 with a strikeout … hit .192 (5-for-26) with seven runs scored, one home run, three RBI, five walks and one stolen base in one attempt in non-conference games … batted .500 (5-for-10) with five runs scored, one home run, three RBI and three walks in the month of February … hit .000 (0-for-15) with two runs scored, two walks and one stolen base in one attempt in the month of March … batted .000 (0-for-2) with a strikeout in the month of April … did not see action in the month of May … hit .000 (0-for-9) with one run scored, two walks and one stolen base in one attempt in home games … batted .125 (1-for-8) with two runs scored and two walks in road games … hit .667 (4-for-6) with four runs scored, one home run, three RBI and three walks in Irish victories … batted .250 (5-for-20) with six runs scored, one home run, three RBI, five walks and one stolen base in one attempt in day games … hit .000 (0-for-7) with one run scored in night games … batted .211 (4-for-19) with six runs scored, two RBI, five walks and one stolen base in one attempt in games started… hit .125 (1-for-8) in games coming off the bench … batted .500 (1-for-2) against left-handed pitching … hit .160 (4-for-25) against right-handed pitching … batted .214 (3-for-14) with runners on base … hit .500 (1-for-2) with the bases loaded… hit .125 (1-for-8) as a pinch hitter … batted .100 (1-for-10) with runners in scoring position… registered one multi-hit game against Mississippi Valley State (Feb. 21)… recorded one multi-RBI game against Mississippi Valley State (Feb. 21)… Notre Dame went 2-4 when Grosso started, including 1-1 in left field and 1-3 as the designated hitter … the Irish went 0-2 when Gross batted third, 0-2 when he hit cleanup, 1-0 when he batted fifth and 1-0 when he hit sixth… only pinch hit base hit came against Penn State on Feb. 28… smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Irish an 8-7 lead over the Nittany Lions (Penn State had scored twice in the top half of the inning to grab the lead)… went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and a walk versus Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 21… went 0-for-3 with a couple walks and stolen base against Michigan State on Mar. 20.
JUNIOR SEASON (2009): Appeared in 20 games and started nine for the Irish, predominantly at designated hitter … batted .159 (7-for-44) with a home run and four RBI … added three runs, one double, four walks and one sacrifice bunt … did ground into a double play … went hitless in nine at-bats in five BIG EAST games (one start) … added one walk … Notre Dame went 5-4 when Grosso started, including 5-3 when he was the designated hitter and 0-1 when he played left field.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008): Was not eligible to play for the Irish due to NCAA double-transfer rule … led all players in hits (5-for-10, RBI, 2 R, 2 Ks) during the 2007 Blue-Gold World Series while helping Gold claim narrow series win (as DH/leadoff batter).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2007): Attended University of Connecticut in fall of 2006 before transferring to Maine (he did not play in 2007 spring season, due to shoulder injury).
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year starting outfielder at RHAM HS … set RHAM record for career hits (104) … named all-state his final two seasons and three times all-conference … captained team to `06 conference title as a senior (.421 batting, 25 RBI, 18 R, HR, 3 3B, 6 2B, 13 SB, 9 BB, 3 Ks) … played in state all-star game and Connecticut-Massachusetts all-star game … team MVP as a junior (.493, 25 RBI, 27 R, 3 HR, 2 3B, 10 2B, 6 SB, 10 BB, 0 Ks) … combined with Pollock as sophomores in leading Sachems to 17-3 regular-season record and conference title (he hit .500, with 18 RBI, 17 R, 2 HR, 3B, 8 2B, 3 SB, 7 BB, 5 Ks) before winning `04 regional and state titles (he went 3-for-4 in state final) … first freshman outfielder ever to start at RHAM (`03) … named to conference all-academic team all four years … played in 2005 Puma Preseason All-America Tournament (Tempe, Ariz.) and 2004 Baseball Factory Preseason All-America Showcase (Dodgertown, Fla.) … four-year starter for Connecticut Bombers u-18 AAU team … played with Bombers at 2004 World Wood Bat World Series (East Cobb, Ga.) and earlier 2003 national AAU Tournament (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) and 2002 national USSSA Tournament (Tullahoma, Tenn.) … earned Golden Bat Award while playing with Bombers at `02 AAU event … member of Team Connecticut squad that competed at 2001 U-13 AAU Tournament (Kissimmee, Fla.) … also played with Connecticut Ropes U-12 team at several national events in 2000 … lettered as sophomore guard on RHAM basketball team … involved in community service with Unified Special Olympics basketball … member of DECA business club … graduated with a 3.6 GPA … could face former teammates Pierre Lepage, Greg Nappo and Doug Elliot of UConn … posted 3.46 GPA during `07 fall semester … current Notre Dame junior basketball player Tim Abromaitis also attended RHAM (Region of Hebron, Andover and Marlborough) … high school teammate and close friend of 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks[apos] first-round draft pick and Notre Dame 2010 graduate A.J. Pollock … his father, Anthony Grosso, played football at Central Connecticut State … his cousins Conor and Shaun Corrigan graduated from Notre Dame in 2004 … born June 22, 1988, in Danbury, Conn. … son of Anthony Grosso and Kathleen Sergerson … full name is Matthew Daniel Grosso … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a psychcology major.
Grosso[apos]s Career Statistics
Grosso in the BIG EAST Conference