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    Chase A Leader On And Off The Diamond

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    Notre Dame senior infielder Tommy Chase was recently featured in a story by John R. Johnson on Boston.com. Check out an excerpt below:

    Tommy Chase is hitting a shade below .230 for the University of Notre Dame baseball team. And nagging injuries have limited the senior middle infielder to designated hitter duties for much of the season.

    The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Chase would like to make more of an impact on the field for the Irish, and perhaps at the plate. But his mere presence is helping the Irish to turn a losing 2011 campaign (23-29-1) into a season of hope this spring.

    A Cohasset native who played at Boston College High, Chase was named a cocaptain despite entering the season with 14 career at-bats. His leadership skills have brought a sense of focus to a Notre Dame squad that features 13 freshmen. The Irish (15-7) have won eight of their last 10 games and are 3-0 in the Big East after a three-game weekend sweep of Pittsburgh.

    "He's just one of those kids that does a little bit of everything,'' said Notre Dame coach Mik Aoki, in his second season after four years at Boston College.

    Visit Boston.com for Johnson's full story on Notre Dame's senior leader.

    The Irish travel to South Florida this weekend for a series with the Bulls, before returning to Frank Eck Stadium on Tuesday, April 3 in a non-conference game against Toledo.

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