July 29, 2006
South Yarmouth, Mass. - LMU baseball's Eric Farris went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base Saturday as the starting second baseman for the West in the Cape Cod Baseball League's 44th annual All-Star Game at Red Wilson Field. Farris was one of 50 of the nation's best college baseball players chosen for the Cape League showdown after leading the league in hitting through the all-star selections last week.
Farris notched the West's first hit of the game, a two-out double to right field. That started the rally for the West, resulting in the team's first run when he crossed the plate.
His second hit of the game came in the fifth when he singled to center. Farris also picked up a stolen base, stealing third later in the inning.The Lions' junior was also perfect defensively at second base. One of just two West infielders to play the entire game, Farris tallied three putouts and five assists.
Farris' team sent 13 batters to the plate over the course of the game, but it was Farris who notched two of the squad's 10 hits. Despite his effort, the East took the game 7-4. Farris was one of four players on either team to finish with multiple hits.
Farris' selection marked 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' 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.
In his 35 games played, Farris is hitting .306 with 13 RBI.
The junior was 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.