May 8, 2009
Notre Dame vs. USF
May 8, 2009
- The Irish snapped a six-game losing streak against USF with Friday’s win. USF now leads the all-time series, 7-6.
- Senior Ryan Connolly (Binghamton, N.Y.) made his first career appearance and start at first base on Friday night. Connolly’s previous nine starts on the season had been at designated hitter. He had a perfect day in the field, recording three putouts.
- Connolly also smacked his first career home run in the game, a long solo shot to left-center in the second inning.
- Notre Dame is now 9-1 on the season when Connolly starts.
- Sophomore Cole Johnson (Hudson, Ohio) picked up his fifth win of the season, working 6.2 innings and allowing five earned runs on ten hits. Johnson struck out six and did not walk a batter. It marked the fourth consecutive game in which Johnson has allowed exactly ten hits. It was just the second time in his career Johnson has not walked a batter in a start, with the first occurrence being the first start of his career on April 15, 2008 versus Toledo. Ironically, freshman Joe Spano (Verona, N.J.) relieved Johnson and walked the only batter he faced.
- Johnson struck out four batters in the first two innings, all with runners in scoring position.
- Senior Jeremy Barnes (Garland, Texas) moved into seventh place all-time in at bats at Notre Dame with 807, passing Pat Pesavento (1986-89).
- With his RBI single in the fifth inning, sophomore Golden Tate (Hendersonville, Tenn.) has now driven in six runs in the past seven games. The single also extended Tate’s hitting streak to eight games.
- Notre Dame recorded two triples in its three-run fifth inning, which was remarkably already the fourth time this season the Irish have collected multiple triples in a game and the second time they have tripled twice in an inning. Junior A.J. Pollock (Hebron, Conn.) tripled on a line drive to left-center with one out and scored on Tate’s RBI single, and after a David Casey (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) single, David Mills (Battle Creek, Mich.) drove home Tate and Casey with a long triple to the warning track in right-center field.
- The Irish scored three unearned runs in the sixth inning, benefiting from three walks, a balk, a throwing error, and a passed ball by USF.
- Sophomore Cameron McConnell (Bannockburn, Ill.) executed a perfect hit-and-run single to right field in the sixth with Connolly on first. McConnell entered the at bat with just three hits in his last 33 at bats and none in his last 13.
- Irish batters drew seven walks the game, the most since the second game of the doubleheader against Villanova on April 4.
- The Irish scored four runs in five innings off of USF ace Randy Fontanez. It was just the second time in 12 starts that Fontanez failed to register a quality start (6.0 or more innings pitched, three or fewer earned runs).
- Sophomore Todd Miller (Franklin, Tenn.) notched his team-leading third save of the season, hurling 2.1 scoreless innings and giving up one hit with three strikeouts. Miller has worked at least 2.0 innings in all three of his saves. In those outings, he has thrown a total of 7.2 innings, giving up just four hits and no runs with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
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