July 26, 2010
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's baseball team has been out of action since early June, however on Wednesday night one of the rising stars of the program will be on display in one of the most historic venues in all of sports, Fenway Park.
Freshman RHP R.J. Alvarez (Bourne Braves) has earned a spot in Wednesday's Cape Cod League All-Star Game scheduled for 7 p.m. at Fenway Park in Boston. The game can be seen live on CBS College Sports.
The Royal Palm Beach native has compiled two victories in 12 appearances for Bourne. Alvarez has only allowed two earned runs in 18.2 relief innings pitched to go along with 23 strikeouts.
Alvarez was 3-1 with a 5.10 ERA in 16 appearances for FAU in 2010 and helped the Owls earn their first NCAA Regional bid since 2005 and the program's ninth overall.
In addition to Alvarez, three other Owls were also named to collegiate all-star teams this summer including two in the Florida Collegiate League and one in the Cal Ripken League. M
ike Albaladejo (Leesburg Lightning) and Mark Nelson (Orlando Mavericks) both participated in the Florida Collegiate League All-Star game back on July 14 in Sanford, FL. Nelson started in left field and went 1-for-2 while Albaladejo came off the bench as a catcher and finished the game 0-for-1.
Nelson is enjoying success at the plate for the Mavericks, batting .313 which is eighth best in the league. Nelson has also hit two home runs to go along with 13 RBI. Albaladejo is batting.222 with one home run and eight RBI.
Hugh Adams (Bethesda Big Train) has impressed in the Cal Ripken League. The Bethesda native has gone 1-0 in seven appearances and has not allowed an earned run with 19 strikeouts in 14.1 innings pitched.
Adams' exceptional numbers earned him a spot on the Ripken League All-Star team. However, the All-Star Game scheduled for July 14 was postponed due to rain. Currently, the Big Train are the No. 3 seed in the Cal Ripken League playoffs and are scheduled to take on the No. 2 seed Baltimore Redbirds in the first round of the playoffs this Wednesday.
Overall, 19 FAU Baseball players are honing their skills across the nation in various summer leagues. A list of where each player is located can be found below.