May 12, 2006

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The 11th-ranked Notre Dame team (37-11-1, 17-3-1 BIG EAST) will find itself playing in four cities over the span of just 11 days, starting with a series this weekend at Seton Hall … Jeff Samardzija (gm-1) and fellow jr. RHP Jeff Manship will pitch the noon doubleheader on Sat., May 13, while sr. LHP is the probable starter on Sunday (noon) … SHU is expected to counter with soph. LHP Dan Merklinger, soph. RHP Dan McDonald and fr. LHP Corey Young … the Irish already have clinched a BIG EAST Tournament spot and now are taking aim at the regular-season title (UConn stands 2nd at 13-5-1) … SHU does not offer live-stats – so ND fans are encouraged to sign up for the free in-game text messages (see Irish Alert info. on main page of or call the ND Sports Hotline for in-game updates (574-631-3000; option 4 and then option 1).

** See PDF for complete pre-series notes pack **