March 21, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame will host Oakland at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at Frank Eck Stadium as the Irish celebrate their 2011 home opener. The contest will also mark the inaugural home contest under first-year head coach Mik Aoki.
Notre Dame is 7-10-1 entering its six-game homestand. In addition to the Golden Grizzlies on Tuesday, the Irish host UIC at 5:35 on Wednesday and Georgetown for the BIG EAST series opener starting on Friday.
Notre Dame owns a record of 18-4-1 in home openers dating back to the 1988 season. The Irish are 7-2-1 in their last 10 openers and 12-4-1 in home openers at Frank Eck Stadium.
3.20.10 Michigan State L, 0-133.17.09 Ball State W, 5-43.17.08 Central Michigan T, 2-23.20.07 Cleveland State W, 5-33.21.06 Wright State L, 2-43.22.05 Cincinnati W, 10-43.23.04 Central Michigan L, 1-43.25.03 Toledo W, 8-34.1.02 BYU W, 1-03.21.01 Cleveland State W, 3-03.23.00 Detroit W, 10-33.23.99 Western Michigan W, 12-83.24.98 Cincinnati W, 3-23.20.97 IUPUI W, 8-7 (12)3.27.96 Indiana State W, 5-43.29.95 Bowling Green L, 4-53.30.94 Indiana W, 7-64.6.93 Illinois W, 11-44.4.92 Ball State W, 7-14.13.91 Xavier W, 12-52.5.90 Goshen W, 3-03.29.89 Chicago State W, 7-13.9.88 Goshen W, 10-0
Here’s a quick look at the first home game results of new head coaches dating back to the start of the 20th century (16-2-1; previous seasons had rotating coaches who spent only part of the season with the team).
Dave Schrage W, 5-3 vs. Cleveland State Mar. 20, 2007Paul Mainieri L, 4-5 vs. Bowling Green Mar. 29, 1995Pat Murphy W, 10-0 vs. Goshen Mar. 9, 1988Larry Gallo W, 4-3 vs. Indiana Apr. 1, 1981Tom Kelly W, 12-11 vs. Northern Illinois Apr. 4, 1976Jake Kline L, 5-7 vs. Ohio State Apr. 13, 1934Tommy Mills W, 10-9 vs. West Virginia Apr. 30, 1927George Keogan W, 10-1 vs. Western State Apr. 23, 1924Walter Halas T, 3-3 vs. Wisconsin Apr. 15, 1921Gus Dorais W, 4-3 vs. Wisconsin Apr. 19, 1919Jess Harper W, 7-2 vs. Wisconsin Apr. 7, 1914Fred Williams W, 9-1 vs. Olivet Apr. 12, 1913Albert Kelly W, 7-6 vs. Olivet Apr. 10, 1911Ed Smith W, 13-3 vs. Kalamazoo Apr. 14, 1910Harry Curtis W, 19-0 vs. Winona Apr. 15, 1908Lou Criger W, 11-3 vs. Hillsdale Apr. 20, 1907Harry Arndt W, 18-0 vs. Kalamazoo Apr. 21, 1906Robert Lynch W, 13-9 vs. Kalamazoo Apr. 22, 1903Frank E. Hering W, 18-3 vs. Michigan Apr. 21, 1897
Freshman LHP Anthony McIver will take the mound for the Irish. The southpaw is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 16.0 innings of work. McIver has appeared in eight games this season, including starts against Winthrop and UTSA. He allowed just two earned runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings against the Eagles on Mar. 5 and four earned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings against the Roadrunners on Mar. 15. McIver struck out six UTSA batters and walked only one. He retired 15 consecutive Roadrunners over one stretch.
Tuesday’s game can be heard live in South Bend on WHME / Harvest 103.1 FM and worldwide on UND.com.
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