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Game 3 - June 10, 2002 - Recap | Box Score | Quotes | Photos Baseball Advances To College World Series With 3-1 Win TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 11 Notre Dame (49-16) became the eighth team to earn a spot in the College World Series field with a 3-1 Super Regional victory over No. 1 Florida State (60-14) as 5,195 fans looked on at Dick Howser Stadium. Freshman right-hander Chris Niesel (4-0) held the Seminoles in check all day, allowing just six hits and one earned run in eight innings of work. Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Steve Sollman singled home Joe Thaman from second base with two outs. Thaman was on after drawing a walk and had moved to second on a groundout. The Irish got another two-out run in the fourth to make it 2-0. Kris Billmaier singled to center, moved to third on Paul O'Toole's single and scored on a base hit by Javier Sanchez. Notre Dame got an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead to 3-0. O'Toole singled and Thaman grounded to second with one out on what looked to be an inning-ending double play, but FSU second baseman Bryan Zech committed an error to put runners on first and second. Steve Stanley's bunt single loaded the bases and O'Toole scored on Steve Sollman's sacrifice fly to center. The Seminoles mounted a late rally in the top of the eighth. Bryan Zech doubled and came around to score on Tony Richie's two-out single off the wall in right. Notre Dame left fielder Brian Stavisky ended the inning with a sliding catch of Jerrod Brown's fly ball in fall territory. Florida State starter Marc LaMacchia (10-2) pitched well in the loss, giving up two earned runs on six hits in 6.1 innings. LaMacchia walked two and struck out two. Notre Dame now advances to the College World Series in Omaha, NE to play the Stanford Cardinal. It is the second World Series trip ever for the Irish and their first since 1957.
Notre Dame rising senior women's lacrosse player Emily Conner has a dream internship for a sports fan this summer, as she is interning with ESPN in New York City in its Marketing & Sales department. Within the department, the Alexandria, Va., native works on the asset management team in the consumer marketing solutions department. The 10-week internship will offer Conner a chance to explore the fourth biggest city in the world, while working for The Worldwide Leader In Sports.
Conner graciously volunteered to keep a weekly blog for Irish UNDerground, which will offer a small glimpse into her busy life this summer. Here is the opening entry in the summer series: Lax In The City.
As a wise man once said "live every moment for the moment." While most
people would choose a quote from great minds like Albert Einstein or Mother
Theresa to start their first blog, that just would not be an accurate
representation of whom I am. Instead, I start us off with a quote from Michael
Jordan. I have always liked Michael Jordan. Perhaps it's for his ability to
make not only himself look good but his teammates as well. Or maybe it's
because he could fly ... at least for a little while. Most likely it's for his
incredible acting in the movie "Space Jam" - seriously. No matter if you like
or dislike Michael Jordan, his quote can resonate with you on some level
In my case, "live every moment for the moment stood out to me when I moved to New York City last Saturday. When I say, "stood out", I mean literally, as it was written on someone's shirt in the subway. It actually made me think about a lot of things. Here I was, 21 years old, moving to a new (HUGE!) city, about to start my dream internship at ESPN, and I was scared to death. I do not know what made me so nervous, but I think it was the fear of failure that I and many other elite athletes suffer from. Our whole lives we have been considered good at what we do, namely sports, but in this case I was going into a situation where I didn't know if I would be good at what was expected of me. In fact, when my bosses said that my work would involve finance, flashbacks of my first finance exam at Notre Dame - my worst grade ever - kept running through my mind, and I felt my confidence shrink very quickly.
My first day, I definitely carried some of that fear over with me, but walking in with my roommate, a fellow ESPN intern and college athlete, made me relax a little bit. At least I knew I had someone I could grab lunch with - it's sad how quickly those middle school fears can rush back to you! Still, when you walk into the office, it's hard not to become overwhelmed. I mean this is ESPN...how cool is that?
(Side Note: The only bad part about my office is the large New England Patriots' poster. Not okay for an Indianapolis Colts fan.)
As great as everything else was, I have to admit that the first time my phone rang I think my heart started beating out of my chest as I whispered to the girl next to me - "What do I say?" Something tells me MJ didn't have the same fears in a game's final minutes... That first day I didn't completely overcome my nerves, but I definitely made huge strides. It didn't hurt that the entire office was welcoming and incredibly helpful, doing their best to integrate me into the system during such a busy time.
Now I still do not know how good of a grasp I will get on all the GRPs, CPMs, VPVH's etc. (Editor's Note: What are these?), but I do know that I will not let the fear of failure dictate how I approach this summer internship. Instead, I plan on doing what Michael Jordan said, and live every moment for the moment. And why shouldn't I? I am in a city that people dream of living in, working an internship, which had been out of my wildest dreams only a few months ago. I am incredibly blessed. And while I realize that this summer will be a challenge, I know how to respond to failures and learn from my mistakes. Through lacrosse I have learned to fight through insecurities and other inhibitors, and I am now prepared to not only face the challenges in front of me today, but also enjoy the challenges as I pursue my goals. This is a lesson that Michael Jordan - the high school student who was cut from the varsity basketball team who became the most highly decorated basketball player in history - taught the world. Is there a better success story in the world of sports?
- Nov. 17, 1957 - Dick Lynch's TD provides the only scoring as the ND football team wins at 2nd-ranked Oklahoma, 7-0, ending the Sooners' 47-game winning streak (still the NCAA record) - Jan. 19, 1974 - Dwight Clay's jumper from the corner provides the winning points in the closing seconds as the ND men's basketball team halts UCLA's 88-game winning streak (still the NCAA record) in a 71-70 thriller - Oct. 2, 1994 - The Notre Dame women's soccer team plays to a 0-0 tie versus perennial power North Carolina in a game played in St. Louis, stopping UNC's 92-game winning streak (still the NCAA record) ... one year later, the Irish women's soccer team claims the national title (with wins over UNC and Portland in the College Cup semifinals and final) - Jan. 15, 2001 - The Notre Dame women's basketball team stuns BIG EAST Conference rival Connecticut, 92-76, in a midseason game at the Joyce Center - halting UConn's 30-game win streak and vaulting ND on to the national title. - June 7, 2002 - The Notre Dame baseball team ends top-ranked Florida State's 25-game winning streak with a 10-4 win at Howser Stadium, in the first game of an NCAA Super Regional series.The two victories by Notre Dame over the nation's top-ranked team was nothing knew for the program. The Irish defeated No.1 twice previously in NCAA Tournament action, winning 6-3 at Miami in the 1992 Atlantic Regional before posting an 8-1 win at Clemson in the 1994 East Regional. Notre Dame also had posted a pair of regular-season wins over Miami when the 'Canes were ranked No. 2 in the nation: 2-1 at Michigan on March 27, 1992, and 1-0 at Notre Dame's Eck Stadium on May 12, 1999 (the Irish were one strike from the no-hitter, with Miami suffering its first shutout loss in 248 games). Game 1 - June 7, 2002 - Recap | Box Score Notre Dame Defeats Florida State, 10-4, In Game 1 Of Super Regional TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (AP) Top-ranked Florida State (59-13) saw its 25-game win streak snapped by No. 11 Notre Dame (48-15) in Friday night's opening game of the Tallahassee Super Regional. The Fighting Irish downed FSU 10-4 in front of a season-high 5,388 fans at Dick Howser Stadium. Kris Billmaier went 4-for-5 and tied a career-high with five RBIs to lead the way for the Irish. Billmaier knocked in two runs with a two-out single in Notre Dame's four-run eighth. Brian Stavisky put the Fighting Irish on the scoreboard first with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning, his eighth homer of the season. Notre Dame added another run in the third to make it 3-0. Steve Stanley led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single to left by Billmaier. FSU got one back in the bottom half of the third when Stephen Drew doubled, took third on a passed ball, and came home on Ryan Barthelemy's ground ball to second. Tony Richie blasted a solo home run to center, his 13th of the year, to lead off the fourth. Nick Rogers followed with a walk, advanced to second on Richie Smith's infield single, and came around to score on Drew's ground out to tie the game at three. The Irish got the lead back in the sixth when Javier Sanchez drew a bases loaded walk with two outs. Lynch was able to get out of the jam when he got Joe Thaman to ground out to second. The Seminoles tied the game in the bottom of the sixth the same way. With the bases loaded and two outs, Tony McQuade fouled off a pair of 3-2 pitches before drawing a bases loaded walk. Notre Dame wasted no time in regaining the lead, chasing FSU starter Matt Lynch after one out in the seventh inning. Billmaier did the damage, driving in two with a base hit to right center. Daniel Davidson relieved Lynch and struck out two end the frame. In the eighth, the Irish broke the game open with four, two-out runs to make it 10-4. Steve Sollmann and Stavisky had RBI-singles and Billmaier knocked in two more to bring his RBI total to five. Freshman right-hander Grant Johnson improved to 9-4 with the win. Johnson allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of work. He struck out two and walked six, throwing 131 pitches on the night. Lynch (13-2) took the loss, surrendering six runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings. Lynch struck out four and walked two.
Sioux City Journal - When most Notre Dame athletes think of the "Four Horsemen," the fabled 1924 Fighting Irish football foursome comes to mind. Not for Brendan Dougherty. The Notre Dame sprinter's grandfather, John, ran for a lesser-known track-and-field quartet that went by the same name -- the old Trinity High "Four Horsemen" squad that was inducted into the Sioux City Relays Hall of Fame this spring. "Yup, he was one of the Four Horsemen," said Brendan, whose grandpa anchored Trinity's medley relay to a gold medal at the 1945 state track and field meet at Iowa State's old Clyde Williams Field in Ames. The track was cinder back then, the starting blocks made of wood and races measured in yards instead of meters. There was also just one class of runners for the entire state, not four. "My grandpa gets a kick out of telling that story," Brendan said. "We've heard it hundreds of times." Sixty-seven years from now, he hopes he has a story of his own to tell. The Bishop Heelan grad is the first leg on Notre Dame's 4x400-meter relay that broke a school record and qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships that start today at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. "I like to think of it as home-court advantage," Dougherty said, "because I've ran here more than most other people." Indeed, Dougherty feels right at home at the blue oval -- where three years ago he anchored Heelan's 4x400 to a Class 3A record at the state track and field meet. The color of his blue-and-gold jersey hasn't changed; only the name. After high school, Dougherty mailed his times, his transcript and a highlight video to Notre Dame -- his "dream college" -- and the marks caught the eye of Fighting Irish coach Joe Piane. "I was completely shocked when he called me up," Dougherty recalled. "He said, 'we're interested in you,' and right then and there I told him if he could get me in, I'd definitely come. Basically, the rest is history." Fighting Irish track and field history, that is.Read the entire feature at SiouxCityJournal.com.
Please remain standing for a moment of silence in honor of Orlando Woolridge, a dear friend and ex-basketball teammate of the court at Notre Dame, who sadly passed away last night at age 52. Always smiling, Orlando was a world-class human being and one of the greatest athletes ever to put on a Notre Dame uniform. He leaves behind a legacy that will endure among the many persons who had good fortune to meet him. We pray for strength for his family and friends, and may he rest in peace. Be seated and come to order.All in all, a very nice tribute from one Irish teammate to another. Kelly served as the President of the Monogram Club from 2007-2009 and was a four-year walk-on with the Irish, before embarking on a career in law. Read more on Woolridge's life and basketball career on UND.com.