March 15, 2010
Irish Overall Record: 7-8, 0-0 BIG EAST
Last Week’s Record: 2-4, 0-0 BIG EAST
March 9 – Texas-Pan American 9, Notre Dame 7 – Edinburg Baseball Stadium in Edinburg, TX
March 10 – Texas-Pan American 10, Notre Dame 4 – Edinburg Baseball Stadium in Edinburg, TX
March 11 – Notre Dame 10, Bradley 6 – Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, TX
March 12 – Pacific 8, Notre Dame 4 – Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, TX
March 13 – Notre Dame 6, Gonzaga 3 – Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, TX
March 14 – Pacific 3, Notre Dame 2 – Wolff Stadium in San Antonio, TX
March 20, 12:05 p.m. (ET) – Notre Dame vs. Michigan State (2) – Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.
March 21, 1:05 p.m. (ET) – Notre Dame vs. Michigan State – Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.
March 23, 5:05 p.m. (ET) – Notre Dame vs. Ball State – Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.
March 24, 5:05 p.m. (ET) – Notre Dame vs. Illinois-Chicago – Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.
Player of the Week Nominee:
Senior first baseman Casey Martin batted .368 (7-for-19) with a home run and eight RBI in five games, all starts, this past week. The right-handed power hitter also scored five runs, added two doubles, two walks and a sacrifice fly. Martin now leads the Irish in batting (.434), runs (tied, 11), doubles (tied, four), home runs (three), RBI (16), slugging (.679) and on-base percentage (.475). Martin registered a hit in all five games last week. He went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI against Texas-Pan American on March 9 before driving in three more on a three-run bomb against Gonzaga on March 13. Martin was also named to the 2010 Irish Baseball Classic All-Tournament team.
Player of the Week Nominee:
Junior right-handed hurler Brian Dupra picked up his second straight victory on Saturday against Gonzaga. He fanned a career-high eight and did not issue a walk. Dupra yielded six hits in 7.0 innings and allowed two earned runs. The eight strikeouts without a walk are the most by an Irish pitcher since David Phelps punched out 11 against Seton Hall on May 4, 2007. Dupra went to a three-ball count on just three occasions. He did not allow a Gonzaga batter to advance into scoring position until the sixth inning. Dupra, whose previous career-high for strikeouts in a game was six accomplished on four separate occasions, retired 16 of the first 18 Bulldogs of the game, including striking out the side in the fifth inning. He then surrendered a pair of runs, only one of which was earned, in the sixth inning. Dupra is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his last two starts. He has fanned 13 and walked just one in 14.0 innings. Dupra was also named to the 2010 Irish Baseball Classic.
Notre Dame finished last week with a 2-4 record after dropping both games at Texas-Pan American before splitting its four games at the 2010 Irish Baseball Classic. The Irish lost 9-7 and 10-4 to the Broncos. In San Antonio, Notre Dame opened the tournament with a 10-6 victory over Bradley, then lost to Pacific, 8-4, but rebounded with a 6-3 triumph over Gonzaga. The Irish closed the weekend with a 3-2 defeat in the title game against Pacific.
Notre Dame is now 7-8 on the season.
As a team, Notre Dame hit .299 over the spring trip. Senior David Mills hit .471 (8-for-17) in five starts over the trip. He added three runs scored, a double, four RBI and two stolen bases. Senior Ryan Connolly posted a .421 (8-for-19) batting average with a home run, five RBI, four runs scored, four walks and a stolen base. He extended his hitting streak to a career-best 11 games. Freshman Adam Norton hit .391 (9-for-23) on the week with three runs scored, two doubles and two RBI. Senior Casey Martin hit .368 (7-for-19) with five runs scored, two doubles, a home run and eight RBI.
For the season, Martin leads the team with a .434 batting average, three home runs and 16 RBI. He is also tied for the team-lead in runs scored and doubles. Mills is hitting .370 on the season with four doubles and nine RBIs. He also has registered a team-leading eight stolen bases.
The Notre Dame pitching staff compiled a 5.11 earned run average on the week. Notre Dame’s junior Brian Dupra and senior Eric Maust each turned in solid outings. Dupra, who improved to 2-1, tossed 7.0+ innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He struck out a career-high eight and did not issue a walk. In fact, Dupra went to a three-ball count on just three occasions. He did not allow a Gonzaga batter to advance into scoring position until the sixth inning.
Maust scattered nine hits and yielded two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work, but did not factor in the decision against Pacific. He struck out three and walked a pair
Notre Dame placed four players on the 2010 Irish Baseball Classic All-Tournament team. Dupra, Martin, Connolly and Mills earned the honor.
Notre Dame returns to South Bend tonight, but will not play again until this weekendÂ¹s home opening series against Big Ten rival Michigan State. The three-game set embarks with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. First pitch for the twin bill is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. The series concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.
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