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Notre Dame Baseball: Irish Travel To Coral Gables For Showdown With Top-20 Miami

April 19, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Winners of five of its last six games, the University of Notre
Dame baseball team invades Coral Gables, Fla., this weekend for a showdown with
consensus top-20 Atlantic Coast Conference foe Miami at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark
Light Field. Fans can catch all three games nationally with Monday's finale
appearing ESPNU.
The Irish (15-21, 3-15 ACC) have been playing their best ball of the season recently
as they are 5-1 in their last six games (.275 avg, 1.45 ERA). Behind complete games
from sophomore LHP Michael Hearne and junior RHP Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame earned
its first ACC series win last weekend against Boston College in Chicago.
During the six-game stretch, Irish pitching has thrown three complete games and
given up just nine earned runs. Notre Dame starting pitching has been especially
stingy as they have allowed just five earned runs (0.58 ERA) in 47.1 innings of
work. At the plate, the Irish have totaled 13 doubles, four triples, 16 walks and
scored 31 runs.
Meanwhile, Miami (25-12, 14-4 ACC) enters the weekend with the nation's longest
winning streak at 13 games. Along the way the Hurricanes have swept NC State,
Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. Miami's pitching has been a big reason for the team's
success as the Hurricanes are second in league-games only with a 3.07 ERA.
Notre Dame will send senior RHP Sean Fitzgerald (3-2), Hearne (2-4) and Connaughton
(1-2) to the mound to dual Miami's triple lefties - Chris Diaz (6-0), Andrew Suarez
(4-1) and Bryan Radziewski (3-2).
All three games will get underway at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday can be viewed online
through ESPN3 while Monday's contest will be ESPNU's national game of the week with
Dari Nowkhah and Danny Kanell on the call. Fans can also follow Monday's game on
ESPN3 or the WatchESPN platform.
WatchND will cover the entire series through audio with Chuck Freeby on the call.
Audio links for all three games - in addition to live stats - are available on
UND.com.


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