May 18, 2006

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QUEST FOR A TITLE – The Notre Dame baseball team (38-14-1, 18-5-1 BIG EAST) can clinch the BIG EAST title with at least two wins this week vs. Villanova, wit hthe games to be played off-campus in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. … the ND rotation is set to include Jeff Samardzija (Thur., May 18; 4:00), Jeff Manship (May 19; 4:00) and Tom Thornton (May 20; noon) … the Irish are in the midst of playing in four cities over the span of just 11 days … VU Ballpark does not have phone lines and thus no live-stats are available (the ND radio broadcast will be conducted via a cell-phone adapter) … ND fans are encouraged to sign up for the free text-message updates (see Irish Alert posting on main page) … several in-game updates also will be placed on the ND Sports Hotline (574-631-3000, option 4 and then option 1).

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