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    Jan. 29, 1998

    Irish Open at ACC/Disney Blast

    • Game with Florida State to mark earliest game in Irish baseball history
    • North Carolina State, Duke await Irish in weekend action
    • Seven position starters return from record-setting 41-19 team
    • Shilliday, Kalita, Lidge slated for first-week rotation

    The Notre Dame baseball team is scheduled to play the earliest season opener in the 106-year history of the program, when the Irish take on #23-ranked Florida State on Friday, Jan. 30 at the Atlantic Coast Conference/Disney Baseball Blast in Orlando, Fla. (at the new Disney Sports Complex) ... the previous earliest season opener came in 1990, when Notre Dame beat Goshen, 3-0, in an unseasonably warm Feb. 5 game ... the FSU game will begin at 7:00 p.m. eastern time and will be broadcast by the Sunshine Network on a delayed basis Friday night at 10:00 p.m. eastern (satellite coordinates: F1-24, C1-24 or GE3-19) ... Rick Chryst, a 1983 Notre Dame graduate who earned all-conference honors and the Byron Kanaley Award during his senior year, is an assistant commissioner with the ACC and will be serving as the tournament director this weekend ... Notre Dame also will face North Carolina State (Sat., Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m.) and Duke (Sun., Feb. 1, 11:00 a.m.) ... the ACC teams also will take on Tennessee and Ohio State during the three-day tournament ... Friday's schedule includes Tennessee/NC State at 11:00 a.m. and OSU/Duke at 3:00 p.m., Saturday has Tennessee/Duke at 11:00 and OSU/FSU at 3:00 and Sunday has OSU/NC State at 3:00 and Tennessee/FSU at 7:00 ... each of the tournament's six teams was listed among the top 50 teams in Baseball America's preseason rankings: Ohio State (17), Florida State (25), Tennessee (27), Duke (29), Notre Dame (33) and NC State (47) ... FSU (4th, .747), Notre Dame (7th, .728), NC State (10th, .696), OSU (14th, .688) and Tennessee (17th, .681) rank among the nation's winningest Division I teams during the 1990s.

    QUICK NOTRE DAME NOTES: Notre Dame returns 22 total players and 16 of 26 letterwinners from its 1997 team that went 41-19, won the BIG EAST Conference national division title (15-6) and went 2-2 in the BIG EAST Tournament ... the Irish return seven of nine offensive starters and five pitchers with starting experience ... despite losing 10 letterwinners from last year's squad, the bulk of the program's 1997 statistical leaders are back this season, as the 22 returners accounted for 66% of the hits last season, 68% of the RBI, 70% of the home runs, 54% of the wins, 62% of the innings and 66% of the strikeouts thrown ... the 1997 Notre Dame squad set team records for home runs (66), doubles (127), slugging pct. (.529) and strikeouts thrown (399) while equaling the record for team batting avg. (.334) ... the Irish closed 1997 by winning 15 of their final 18 BIG EAST games and 32 of 40 overall, with five of those final eight losses coming by one run ... unearned runs provided the margin of defeat in eight of Notre Dame's 19 losses last season.

    A DECADE OF WINNING: Notre Dame's 1998 season opener will feature two of the nation's winningest programs during the 1990s ... Florida State has amassed a 417-141 record during the past eight seasons (1990-97), yielding a .747 winning percentage that ranks fourth in Division I baseball, behind Wichita State (.777, 428-123), Miami, Fla. (.756, 387-125) and Louisiana State (.752, 414-136) ... Notre Dame's .728 winning percentage during the '90s (356-133) ranks seventh, behind Delaware (.746, 302-103) and Clemson (.743, 401-139) ... Notre Dame's third game of the season will come against a North Carolina State program that owns a .696 winning pct. (358-156-1) during the '90s, tied with Texas (353-154) for 10th behind Oklahoma State (.724, 383-146) and Cal State Fullerton (.699, 339-146) ... the ACC/Disney Baseball Blast features two other teams that are ranked among the top 20 winningest teams in the '90s: Ohio State (14th, .688/335-152) and Tennessee (17th, .681/340-159) ... FSU's 417 wins during the '90s rank second behind Wichita State (417) while NC State stands seventh (358), Notre Dame eighth (356), Tennessee 11th (340) and OSU 13th (335) ... FSU, NC State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and OSU have combined for 1,804 victories during the 1990s ... the Irish will play yet two other top '90s teams this season, when Notre Dame plays a three-game series at Miami (Feb. 20-22) before welcoming Brigham Young to the fourth annual Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio Texas ... the Irish and Cougars will play a non-tournament game on March 9 and an IBC game on March 12 ... BYU is tied with Kent and Southern California for 21st on the '90s winning pct. list (.655, 303-159).

    ACC/DISNEY BASEBALL BLAST SERIES NOTES: Florida State has won three of four games in its all-time series with Notre Dame ... the Irish have never faced North Carolina State while splitting eight all-time games with Duke ... Notre Dame and FSU last met at the 1993 NCAA East Regional, where the Irish lost to the host Seminoles, 3-7 in 10 innings, on the second day before beating FSU in an elimination game, 4-3, to advance to the final day (Long Beach State eliminated the Irish, 13-3) ... Notre Dame's 1958 NCAA Tournament team dropped two early-season games at FSU (2-5, 2-3) ... the Irish and Blue Devils met five times from 1988-90, with Duke winning the last game, 4-2 at the College Baseball Classic in the Seattle Kingdome ... the Irish split two games at Duke in mid-March of the '89 season (5-4, 2-8), after opening the '88 campaign at Duke with a 14-11 win and 6-9 loss ... Notre Dame also opened its 1955 season at Duke, losing 1-4, while the 1963 NCAA Tournament team won two early-April games at Duke (4-3, 6-2).

    REVISITING THE 1993 NCAA EAST REGIONAL: Notre Dame opened with a stunning 15-1 win over Mississippi State, behind a 21-hit explosion and David Sinnes' six-hitter while FSU rallied for a 4-2 win over South Florida ... FSU beat the Irish the next day, winning 7-3 on Ty Mueller's 10th-inning grand slam off Chris Michalak ... Mueller also saved that win and threw out Paul Failla at the plate as the potential game-winning run in the top of the ninth ... the Irish stayed alive with a 12-3 win over Central Florida before advancing to the championship round with a 4-3 win over FSU, with Michalak gaining redemption after a complete-game effort (9 H, 1 BB, 6 K) ... the Irish scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to provide the game's final scoring, with Greg Layson scoring the winning run on a wild pitch (Layson had singled and moved up on Failla's two-out hit) ... Long Beach State ended Notre Dame's season with a 13-3 win ... Michalak was named to the all-regional team, as were outfielder Edwin Hartwell and third baseman Matt Haas.

    SCOUTING THE SEMINOLES: Florida State is ranked 23rd in the Collegiate Baseball magazine preseason poll and 25th in the Baseball America preseason rankings ... FSU returns four positions starters and seven of 10 pitchers from its 1997 team that went 50-17 and finished second in the NCAA East Regional ... FSU was 18-6 in the 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season before claiming the conference tournament title ... FSU lost its #2-#5 hitters and top two pitchers from last season ... the Seminoles' biggest losses are outfielder J.D. Drew (.455, 31 HR, 100 RBI)--the national player of the year--and two other All-Americans: outfielder Jeremy Morris (.356, 25 HR, 116 RBI) and lefthander Randy Choate (13-3, 3.61) ... FSU has a highly-touted incoming class, led by freshman shortstop Brett Groves, whose arrival has moved three-year started Brooks Badeaux (.365, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 32 SB) to second base ... Badeaux is the 90th-ranked pro prospect in college baseball, according to BA, (he is the 12th-ranked middle infielder on that list and one of only six seniors on the entire list of 100) ... FSU's other top returners include senior catcher Jeremy Salazar (.297, 7 HR, 29 RBI) and senior utility player Jose Zabala (.309, 1 HR, 22 RBI) ... Zabala attended Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, as did fourth-year Notre Dame head coach Paul Mainieri ... FSU senior first baseman Matt Woodward (Redmond HS) and Notre Dame sophomore third baseman Brant Ust (Eastlake HS) both hail from Redmond, Wash. ... FSU's pitching corps is led by RHPs John Bentley (5-1, 3.86), Chris Chavez (4-1, 4.24), Scott Proctor (7-1, 4.14) and Zach Diaz (3-4, 5 saves, 3.26) ... the Seminoles have made 35 NCAA regional appearances and 15 trips to the World Series ... 19th-year FSU head coach Mike Martin owns a .745 career winning pct. (969-300-3).

    SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK: North Carolina State returns 18 of 28 letterwinners from its 1997 team that went 43-20, finished third in the ACC (15-8) and went 2-2 in the NCAA South I Regional (wins over Wichita State and Virginia Tech, losses to Alabama and USC) ... NC State returns five of its top seven batters from a 1997 team that hit .322, with 76 home runs and 82 stolen bases ... top returning hitters include: senior right fielder Jake Weber (.391, 9 HR, 68 RBI, 16 SB), junior catcher Brad Piercy (.356, 6 HR, 47 RBI) and junior first baseman Matt Postell (.323, 3 HR, 44 RBI) ... like FSU's Brooks Badeaux, Weber is one of six seniors on Baseball America's preseason list of the nation's top 100 pro prospects in college baseball, checking in right behind Notre Dame junior catcher Jeff Wagner at the 63rd spot (Weber is the 11th-rated outfielder on that list) ... the departed Wolfpack players accounted for 48 of the team's 76 home runs last season (Chris Combs had 17, Tom Sergio 16 and Scott Lawler nine) ... NC State's top returning pitchers include Rodney Ormand (4-1, 5.18, 33 IP, 24 K/22 BB), Bubba Scarce (4-2, 5.56, 77.2 IP, 52 K/29 BB), Dustin Baker (2-2, 5.89, 36.2 IP, 24 K/16 BB) and Kurt Blackmon (7-3, 6.14, 85 IP, 55 K/30 BB) ... the Wolfpack have announced Scarce as the starter for the Notre Dame game, with Baker scheduled to pitch vs. Tennessee and Blackmon vs. OSU ... the departed Wolfpack pitchers accounted for 23 of the team's 43 wins last season, led by Clay Eason (10-2, 2.18) and Brett Black (10-4, 4.74) ... former NC State undergraduate Elliot Avent is in his second year as the Wolfpack head coach, after spending the previous eight seasons as head coach at New Mexico State.

    SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS: Duke returns 12 of 16 letterwinners from its 1997 team that went 33-25 and placed seventh in the ACC (9-14) ... sophomore utility player Vaughn Schill (SS/RHP) is projected by Baseball America as the #10 pro prospect in college baseball for the 1999 season ... Schill's 1997 offensive numbers included a .388 batting average, four home runs and 31 RBI while he went 4-1 with a 4.05 ERA in 26.2 innings (31 K/10 BB) ... Duke's other top returning offensive players include senior outfielder Michael Fletcher (.356, 9 HR, 54 RBI) and junior third baseman Jeff Becker (.315, 12, 62) ... other top returning pitchers include junior righthander Stephen Cowie (6-2, 2.80, 54.2 IP, 47 K/16 BB), senior lefthander Clayton Connor (5-7, 4.40, 77.2, 41/20), sophomore righthander Brad Dupree (4-4, 5.44, 87.2, 60/33) and sophomore lefty Chris Capuano (6-6, 6.38, 79.0, 75/51) ... 11th-year head coach Steve Traylor owns a 294-235-1 record at Duke ... Duke's last appearance in the NCAAs came in 1961, when the Blue Devils advanced to the College World Series.

    CHALLENGING SLATE AWAITS IRISH: Five BIG EAST teams are ranked among Baseball America's preseason top 100: Notre Dame (33), Rutgers (45), St. John's (50), West Virginia (89) and Seton Hall (95) ... just eight of the nation's 28 other conference have more teams in BA's preseason top 100: Southeastern (11), Western Athletic (9), Big 12 (8), Pacific-10 (8), Atlantic Coast (7), Big 10 (7), Conference USA (6), Sun Belt (6) ... Notre Dame could play as many as 27 games during the 1998 regular season vs. teams that are ranked in BA's preseason top 100: #2 Miami (3 games), #9 Michigan, #25 Florida State, #29 Duke, #45 Rutgers (2), #47 NC State, # 50 St. John's (2), # 69 Evansville, #73. BYU (2-3), #76 New Orleans (2), #83 Southern Illinois (2-3), #88 Michigan State, #89 West Virginia (2), #90 Ball State, #95 Seton Hall (3) and #99. Purdue.

    GOING TO CAROLINA??: The Notre Dame baseball program has produced 760 monogram winners in its first 105 years and the hometowns of 741 of those players have been identified ... those letterwinners hail from 42 different states, with the eight states not represented including Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina and Vermont.

    TAMAYO BACK IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Notre Dame freshman righthander Danny Tamayo (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades HS) will return to his home state this week for the ACC/Disney Classic ... nine previous Florida natives are known to have lettered with the Irish baseball program, most notably first baseman Henry Valenzuela (Tampa, 1979-82) and righthander David Sinnes (Miami) ... Valenzuela led the Irish in 1981 with eight home runs while striking out just seven times in 135 at-bats ... Sinnes (Palmetto HS) owns the Irish career record for strikeouts (315) while sharing the Notre Dame record for career winning pct. (.800, 32-8) and ranking third in wins, fifth in appearances (69), fifth in innings (297.1) and seven in career ERA (2.91) ... Sinnes also owns the second-best season ERA (1.05, in '90) in Irish history and best since 1960 ... Tamayo will return to his home city on Feb. 20-22, when Notre Dame plays a three-game series at the University of Miami ... three others Notre Dame players-senior pitchers Pat Davis (San Antonio, Texas) and Dan Stavisky (Mt. Pleasant, Pa.) and freshman catcher Andrew Stohl (Grand Ledge, Mich.)-will have the chance to play in their home state this season ... Notre Dame will play nine games (March 7-14) at Wolff Municipal Stadium-home of the minor-league San Antonio Missions-including the fourth annual Irish Baseball Classic ... the Irish will play a three-game series vs. the University of Pittsburgh (April 18-19), at either the on-campus Trees Field or Three Rivers Stadium ... Notre Dame and Michigan will meet on April 21 at Old Kent Park-home of the West Michigan Whitecaps-in Grand Rapids, Mich.

    NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH PAUL MAINIERI heads into his 16th season as a college head coach with a record of 457-337 (.562), including a 125-58 (.683) mark in his first three season with the Irish ... Mainieri is six games away from coaching his 800th career game and 43 wins away from the 500-victory plateau.

    ACADEMICS JOB ONE: The Notre Dame baseball team posted a 3.01 team grade-point average in the 1997 fall semester, led by seven players who turned in Dean's List semesters: senior LHP Pat Davis, senior 2B Todd Frye, senior RHP Dan Stavisky, junior C Mike Knecht, sophomore IF Matt Nussbaum, sophomore IF Jeff Perconte and freshman LHP Mike Naumann ... current senior SS, team captain and Academic All-America candidate J.J. Brock graduated in May of 1997 with a 3.25 cumulative GPA as a mathematics major before posting a 3.7 in the 1997 fall semester ... the baseball team posted a 3.01 team GPA in the '97 fall semester, with 17 players topping the 3.0 mark.

    FROM FAR AND WIDE: Notre Dame's 32-player roster includes players from 17 states: 11 from Illinois, three from Indiana, two each from Colorado, Florida and Washington, and one each from Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

    BIG EAST BULLY: Notre Dame junior catcher Jeff Wagner ranks fifth in BIG EAST Conference history with a .417 career batting average in BIG EAST Conference games ... Wagner hit .328 in league action as a freshman before erupting in 1997 for a conference-leading .488 batting average in BIG EAST play ... Wagner is just one batting point out of third place, trailing a pair of 1997 graduates who compiled .417 career BIG EAST batting averages: former Irish second baseman/center fielder Randall Brooks (.418, 1996-97) and West Virginia catcher Jason Frushour (.418) ... former Seton Hall player Marteese Robinson, who hit .432 from 1985-87, ranks first on the BIG EAST career batting average charts, followed by Villanova's Dennis McCaffery (.420, 1990-91) ... in 41 career regular season BIG EAST games, Wagner has hit a combined 60-for-144 while totaling 54 RBI, 12 doubles and 16 home runs (former Seton Hall first baseman Mo Vaughn holds the BIG EAST home run record of 26, from 1987-89).

    9 x 40: Notre Dame has posted nine straight seasons with 40-plus wins, including 48 wins in 1989 and '92, 46 victories in three seasons ('90, '93 and '94), 45 wins in '91 and 44 in '95 ... the Irish have gone 404-154 during the past nine season, for an average record of 45-17.

    FRESHMAN PHENOMS: Notre Dame has produced the last two BIG EAST Conference rookies of the year: designated hitter Jeff Wagner in 1996 and infielder Brant Ust in 1997 ... Wagner set the Irish freshman home run record, smacking 10 in '96, only to see Ust best that mark with 11 shots over the fence in '97 ... Ust joined Wagner on the first team all-BIG EAST squad and became the first freshman middle infielder ever named first team all-BIG EAST ... Ust wrapped up his rookie season by becoming the first Notre Dame player ever named a first team Freshman All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball magazines.

    POWER SURGE: After dropping a three-game 1997 series at Seton Hall on March 22-23, Notre Dame bounced back by winning 32 of its final 40 games and 15 of its final 18 BIG EAST Conference contests to claim the best winning percentage (15-6) in the 11-team BIG EAST. The Irish used a .354 batting average and 52 home runs over that final 40-game stretch to post several Irish overall season records: home runs (66), doubles (127), slugging percentage (.529) and batting average (.334, which equaled the Irish record). The Irish pitching staff closed with a 1.91 team earned run average over the final 10 games while totaling a team-record 399 strikeouts thrown.

    LIDGE, WAGNER AMONG TOP PROSPECTS: Two Notre Dame juniors are listed among Baseball America's 1998 list of college baseball's top professional baseball prospects. Righthanded pitcher Brad Lidge is listed as the 31st overall prospect and the 18th pitcher while catcher Jeff Wagner is the 62nd overall prospect and sixth catcher named on the list. Nine players from teams on Notre Dame's 1997 schedule are included on the 1998 BA prospect list: Pat Burrell (Miami, 3B, #1 prospect), Mark Mulder (Michigan State, LHP, #2), J.J. Putz (Michigan, RHP, #12), Robbie Morrison (Miami, RHP #27), John Kremer (Evansville, RHP, #39), Jake Weber (North Carolina State, OF, #63), Adam Neubert (Rutgers, OF, #75), Brooks Badeaux (Florida State, 2B, #90) and Pete Zoccolillo (Rutgers, 1B, #94).

    SPANNING THE GLOBE: Notre Dame's schedule regularly takes the program to several top-notch baseball facilities and noteworthy cities throughout the country ... in head coach Paul Mainieri's four seasons at Notre Dame, the Irish have visited the following cities: Fullerton, Calif., Seattle, Wash., San Antonio, Texas, Miami, Fla., Atlanta, Ga., New Orleans, La., Boston, Mass., Washington, D.C., Long Beach, Calif., New York City, N.Y., and Orlando, Fla.

    ROAD WARRIORS: Notre Dame is scheduled to play its first 23 games of the 1997 season away from home, including three in Orlando, three in New Orleans, three in Miami, three in Evansville, Ind., seven in San Antonio, Texas and two each at Providence, R.I. and Storrs, Conn.

    Notre Dame 1998 Baseball Schedule

    Fri. 1/30   vs. Florida State (ACC/Disney Baseball Blast)       Orlando, FL./Disney Sports Complex      7:00 p.m.   
    Sat. 1/31   vs. North Carolina St. (ACC/Disney Baseball Blast)  Orlando, FL/Disney Sports Complex       7:00 p.m.
    Sun.  2/1   vs. Duke (ACC/Disney Baseball Blast)                Orlando, FL/Disney Sports Complex       1:00 p.m.
    Sat. 2/14   at Univ. of New Orleans                             New Orleans, LA/Privateer Park (UNO)    1:00 p.m.
    Sat. 2/14   vs. Loyola (LA)                                     New Orleans, LA/Privateer Park (UNO)    5:00 p.m.
    Sun. 2/15   at Univ. of New Orleans                             New Orleans, LA/Privateer Park (UNO)    1:00 p.m.
    Fri. 2/20   at Miami, Fla.                                      Coral Gables, FL/Light Stadium          7:00 p.m.
    Sat. 2/21   at Miami, Fla.                                      Coral Gables, FL/Light Stadium          7:00 p.m.
    Sun. 2/22   at Miami, Fla.                                      Coral Gables, FL/Light Stadium          1:00 p.m.

    All games carried on WHME 103.1 FM and available on RealAudio, via the Notre Dame website (www.und.com).

    Notre Dame's Probable Starting Lineup

    Pos.    Player          Yr.  Ht./Wt.  Hometown              1997 Stats  
    SS      J.J. Brock      Sr.  6-0/175  Colo. Springs, CO     .365/.420 BIG EAST, 3 HR, 8 3B, 14 2B, 50 RBI, 45 R  
    2B      #Todd Frye      Sr. 5-11/170  Aledo, IL             .308/.323 BIG EAST, 1 3B, 4 2B, 19 RBI, 23 R, 20 BB, 12 SAC BUNTS   
    3B      Brant Ust       So.  6-1/190  Redmond, WA           .372/.387 BIG EAST, 11 HR, 4 3B, 15 2B, 54 RBI, 66 R, 21 BB
    DH/C    Jeff Wagner     Jr.  6-3/220  Louisville, KY        .374/.488 BIG EAST, 17 HR, 1 3B, 21 2B, 69 RBI, 58 R, .712 slugging  
    LF      #Allen Greene   Jr.  6-1/195  Seattle, WA           .365/.333 BIG EAST, 7 HR, 5 3B, 20 2B, 55 RBI, 41 R, 22 BB, 13 HBP   
    RF      *Jeff Felker    So.  6-5/185  Ellicott City, MD     .319/.344 BIG EAST, 4 HR, 2 3B, 9 2B, 29 RBI, 38 R, 8-8 SB
    DH      #Jeff Perconte  So. 5-10/180  Arlington Hts, IL     .282/.389 BIG EAST, 3 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 18 R, 1-3 SB
    LF      Alec Porzel     Fr.  6-0/180  Lisle, IL
    1B      *Dan Leatherman Sr. 5-11/170  Orland Park, IL       .218/.171 BIG EAST, 55 AB, 1 HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 8 R
    *-lefthanded hitter;  #-switch hitter
    Righthanded Designated Hitters
    DH  Larry Zimont        So.  6-3/220  Oak Forest, IL        .143/.000 BIG EAST, 7 AB, 2 R
    DH  Danny Tamayo        Fr.  6-1/215  Miami, FL
    Probable Starters
    RHP Alex Shilliday      Jr.  6-1/205  Dunwoody, GA          5.11/4.89 BIG EAST, 7-3, 1 SV, 79.1 IP, 72 K/27 BB, .253 opp. batting
    LHP Tim Kalita          So.  6-1/220  Oak Park, IL          3.67/8.18 BIG EAST, 3-1, 49.0 IP, 46 K/33 BB, .256 opp. batting
    RHP Brad Lidge          Jr.  6-3/200  Englewood, CO         6.21/9.69 BIG EAST, 4-3, 37.2 IP, 40 K/22 BB, .275 opp. batting
    Righthanded Relievers
    RHP Danny Tamayo        Fr.  6-1/215  Miami, FL
    RHP Dan Stavisky        Sr.  6-2/200  Mt. Pleasant, PA      10.29, 0-1, 7.0 IP, 5 K/8 BB, .310 opp. batting
    RHP Steve Szczepanski   So.  6-2/180  Lombard, IL           5.00, 1-0, 9.0 IP, 6 K/3 BB, .278 opp. batting 
    RHP Scott Cavey         So.  6-5/200  Omaha, NE             2.38, 1-0, 11.1 IP, 9 K/7 BB, .175 opp. batting 
    RHP Aaron Heilman       Fr.  6-4/200  Logansport, IN
    RHP Tom O'Hagan         Fr.  6-2/185  Crystal Lake, IL      2.95/6.23 BIG EAST, 1-1, 3 SVS, 21.1 IP, 14 K/9 BB, .203 opp. batting
    RHP Mike Carlin         Fr.  6-4/200  Manhattan, KS
    Lefthanded Relievers
    LHP Chris McKeown       Jr.  6-3/205  Arlington Hts, IL     3.26/3.52 BIG EAST, 4-3, 69.0 IP, 46 K/31 BB, .271 opp. batting
    LHP Mark Lapinskas      Fr.  6-2/195  Naperville, IL        6.39, 1-0, 1 SV, 12.2 IP, 14 K/9 BB, .309 opp. batting
    LHP Pat Davis           Jr.  6-4/225  San Antonio, TX       7.71/0.00 BIG EAST, 0-0, 9.1 IP, 8 K/10 BB, .349 opp. batting
    

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