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DeSico Leads Irish to 8-1 Win

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Another day, another great night for baseball in South Bend.

Notre Dame returned to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon for its second home game of the season, welcoming Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne, better known as IPFW, to town.

It's hard to even describe how perfect the weather has been at this point in the spring, which really only started yesterday. After playing its first seventeen games in Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Louisiana, Notre Dame opened its home slate this week, greeted by back-to-back days of 80s and sunshine.

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The Mastodons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Fighting Irish scored eight unanswered runs to roll to their 12th victory of the season.

Junior righty Patrick Veerkamp allowed five hits and one run, striking out four in five innings. Relievers Matt Ternowchek, Cristian Torres, Joe Spano and Dan Slania combined for four innings of two-hit ball to seal Veerkamp's second victory of the year.

2B Frank DeSico had a huge afternoon at the plate for Notre Dame, beginning in the second inning, when he tied the game on an RBI single.

Notre Dame got a one-out double from CF Charlie Markson in the bottom of the fourth and a walk from SS Jason McMurray, before DeSico connected on a big two-run double. 3B Eric Jagielo followed with another double for Notre Dame, making it 4-1.

The Irish plated another run in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to a throwing error on LF Connor Biggio's infield single, allowing C Alex Carter to score.

Biggio ripped his third hit of the game in the bottom of the seventh, knocking in Markson to provide some extra insurance. DeSico followed with a double, scoring two more and giving him his fourth and fifth RBI of the day.

Notre Dame improves to 12-7 with the win and will host Pittsburgh in the first BIG EAST series of the season this weekend. The games will be played at 5:35, 2:05 and 1:05 pm, Friday through Sunday, respectively. Catch all three live on UND.com. Check back later this evening for full stats and a recap of tonight's victory.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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