March 10, 2006
Today’s Game – Notre Dame (2-5) is making its 10th trip to Texas in the 12-year Paul Mainieri era and will look to open spring break with a win over nationally-ranked Texas A&M … the Irish traditionally have overcome early struggles by winning 80% of their games in April during the Mainieri era (compared to winning just 55% of the Mainieri-era games in Feb. and 70% in March) … junior RHP Jeff Samardzija will make today’s start for the Irish while Minnesota will counter with its own junior RHP Cole DeVries … ND junior RHP Jeff Manship, slated to start on Saturday morning vs. Iowa, is a San Antonio native and was a two-time All-American during his dominating career at Reagan HS … ND senior SS Greg Lopez also has plenty of ties to the Alamo City, as both of his parents are San Antonio natives and plenty of family members should be hand all week to root on Lopez and the Irish … Lopez – a top Academic All-America candidate, recently interviewed at UT San Antonio as part of his medical-school application process.
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