July 25, 2006
Cape Cod, Mass. - When 50 of the nation's best college baseball stars take the field Saturday for the Cape Cod Baseball League's 44th annual All-Star Game, LMU will be represented in the starting lineup. The Lions' Eric Farris was selected as the starting second baseman for the West after leading the league in hitting with a .330 average.
Farris' selection marks the second straight year the Lions' have been represented in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game. LMU right-hander Brad Meyers pitched for the East All-Stars in 2005.
Farris and his all-star teammates from around college baseball will play Saturday at Red Wilson Field in South Yarmouth, Mass. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Pacific time. The game will be will be streamed at www.capeandislands.org. Fans can also tune into the Cape Cod Baseball League Network powered by Cape.Com, available online at www.capecodbaseball.org, which includes instructions for listening both online and by phone.
Farris' team, the Cotuit Kettleers, currently sits atop the Cape's West Division standings. The Kettleers placed eight players on the All-Star team. The CCBL All-Stars were selected Tuesday, July 25 by the league's 10 field managers.
Farris leads the league with a .330 average with 12 games to play. He's added 12 RBI in his 30 games played.
The junior is one of several Lions to find all-star success in the Cape Cod League since Head Coach Frank Cruz became the LMU skipper in 1997. In addition to Meyers' 2005 all-star appearance, Billy Lockin (2001-04) was also an all-star for his league-champion Orleans Cardinals in 2003. The Lions had two Cape all-stars in 1999 when Mike Schultz (1998-2000) and Scott Walter (1998-2000) played for the West.
The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier collegiate summer league in the nation. A record total of 198 Cape League players were on Major League Baseball rosters last year, including Boston Red Sox catcher and team captain Jason Varitek (Hyannis '91 & '93), slugging infielders Brian Roberts (Chatham '98) of the Baltimore Orioles and Nomar Garciaparra (Orleans '93) of the Los Angeles Dodgers, outfielders Lance Berkman (Wareham `96) of the Houston Astros and Jason Bay (Chatham '99) of the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitchers Mark Mulder (Bourne '97) of the St. Louis Cardinals and Barry Zito (Wareham '97-'98) of the Oakland A's.