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    Huge Win on the Diamond

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    The Notre Dame baseball team notched its biggest win in quite some time, and certainly its most impressive victory of the young season on Sunday evening with a 7-1 upset of 11th-ranked LSU.

    Sophomore righty Sean Fitzgerald pitched 8 innings, allowing six hits and just one run, while striking out four batters, as the Irish snapped the Tigers' eight-game winning streak in front of 10,347 in Baton Rouge.

    Freshman LF Conor Biggio (son of future Baseball Hall of Famer Craig Biggio) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. Junior C Joe Hudson, junior RF Charlie Markson and senior CF Alex Robinson also had multi-hit games for the Irish, who collected 11 base knocks in the victory.

    It was a milestone win for second-year head coach Mik Aoki's squad. The last time Notre Dame defeated an opponent ranked higher was on Mar. 4, 2007, when the Irish bested #7 Nebraska, 16-6 in a seven-inning shortened game.

    Sunday's victory was also the program's best road win against a ranked opponent since knocking off #1 Florida State, 3-1 in 2002.

    That season, Paul Mainieri led the Irish to Omaha and the College World Series. Mainieri, who is currently the head coach at LSU, spent 12 seasons in South Bend before taking over the Tigers' job after the 2006 season.

    Notre Dame split the day, dropping a 6-5 decision to Michigan in the first game.

    The Irish face the Tigers again tonight at 7:30 pm ET, before heading west for a matchup with UT-San Antonio and later in the week, the Irish Baseball Classic, both at Wolff Stadium in San Antonio. Catch all the action right here on UND.com or locally on 103.1 FM.

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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