Feb. 19, 2002

The Notre Dame baseball team has announced some minor time changes to its 2002 schedule while the full schedules (involving all teams) have been finalized for the four upcoming tournaments.

The most noteworthy change is the season-ending BIG EAST Conference series versus Boston College at Eck Stadium, as the teams now will play just one game on Friday, May 17 (at 6:05) while the series doubleheader will be played the next day (12:05). As a result, the Irish will be playing three Friday-night games at Eck Stadium in 2002 (also April 12 vs. Virginia Tech and April 26 vs. Arizona State), the first Friday-night home games of the eight-year Paul Mainieri era.

The ND-Fairfield game on March 2 at the Homestead Challenge has been moved up from a 2:30 to 2:00 p.m. start while the ND-Texas Pan-American game on March 10 at the Round Rock Express Classic has been bumped up an hour to 2:00 p.m. Notre Dame’s fourth game at the Homestead Challenge will be versus Sacred Heart University on March 3 (preliminary schedules had ND facing Savannah State).

Here’s a complete schedule for Notre Dame’s four upcoming tournaments (all times are local to the site):

New Orleans/Ron Maestri Classic

(Privateer Park, University of New Orleans, home teams listed second)

Friday, Feb. 22
Notre Dame vs. Missouri (2:30 p.m.)
Southern Illinois vs. New Orleans (6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 23
Notre Dame vs. New Orleans (1:00 p.m.)
Missouri vs. Southern Illinois (5:00 p.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 24
Southern Illinois vs. Notre Dame (9:30 a.m.)
Missouri vs. New Orleans (1:00 p.m.)

Homestead Challenge
(Homestead Sports Complex, Homestead, Fla. ., ND home team in FIU game, others TBA … ND games played at main stadium)

For complete schedule, consult www.championsp.com/challenge/

Friday, March 1
Duquesne vs. Notre Dame (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 2
Fairfield vs. Notre Dame (2:00 p.m.)
Florida International vs. Notre Dame (7:00 p.m.)

Sunday, March 3
Sacred Heart vs. Notre Dame (Noon)

Round Rock Express Classic
(Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas, home teams listed second

Friday, March 8
Southwest Texas vs. Texas Pan-Am. (11:00 a.m.)
TCU vs. Notre Dame (3:00 p.m.)
USC vs. TCU (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 9
Creighton vs. SW Texas (11:00 a.m.)
ND vs. USC (3:00 p.m.)
Texas Pan-Am vs. TCU (7:00 p.m.)

Sunday, March 10
USC vs. Creighton (10:00 a.m.)
Texas Pan-Am vs. ND (2:00 p.m.)
TCU vs. SW Texas (6:00 p.m.)

Monday, March 11
Notre Dame vs. Creighton (1:00 p.m.)

Irish Baseball Classic
(Wolff Stadium, San Antonio, Texas, home teams listed second

Wednesday, March 13
Creighton vs. Notre Dame (10:00 a.m.)
Southern Illinois vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, March 14
Southern Illinois vs. Notre Dame (1:30 p.m.)
Creighton vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (5:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 15
Creighton vs. Southern Illinois (1:30 p.m.)
Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Notre Dame (5:30 p.m.)

Saturday, March 16
Consolation game (Noon)
Championship game (4:00 p.m.)