Feb. 18, 1998
Irish Head Back to Florida
Three Games at No. 7 Miami Await Irish Squad
* Weekend to serve as homecoming for Mainieri, Tamayo
* Irish lose in 11 innings at New Orleans, post comeback win over Loyola
* Shilliday, Ust, Wagner off to strong starts
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL UPCOMING GAMES
Fri. 2/20 *at University of Miami- Coral Gables, FL/Light Stadium - 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 2/21 *at University of Miami- (Sports Channel affiliates) - Coral Gables, FL/Light Stadium- 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 2/22 *at University of Miami- Coral Gables, FL/Light Stadium- 1:00 p.m.
Fri. 2/27 at Evansville- Diamond Classic Evansville, IN/Bosse Field- 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 2/28 TBA Diamond Classic Evansville, IN/Bosse Field- TBD
Sun. 3/1 TBA Diamond Classic Evansville, IN/Bosse Field- TBD
Brant Ust is batting .381 on the young season for the Irish.
* Carried on WHME 103.1 FM radio (tape-delayed on the ngiths of Feb. 20 and 21, live on the 22nd) and available on RealAudio, via the Notre Dame website (www.und.com).
NOTRE DAME, Ind.--The Notre Dame baseball team heads back on the road this week for a three-game series at the #7-ranked University of Miami ... the game on Sat., Feb. 21 will be broadcast in the state of Florida by Sports Channel (also available on DSS systems channel 319 and via the following satellite coordinates: SBS 6, transponder 8, KU-band)
... each of the games will be carried by WHME 103.1 FM radio (available over the internet, at www.und.com) with Friday and Saturday's games on a delay basis (approximately 9:45 eastern, following Notre Dame hockey) while the Sunday game will be live at 1:00 p.m. eastern ... the weekend will serve as a homecoming for fourth-year Irish head coach Paul Mainieri, a 1975 graduate of Miami's Christopher Columbus High School, and Irish freshman pitcher Danny Tamayo, a product of Miami's Ransom Everglades High School ... Mainieri also had a homecoming last weekend at the University of New Orleans, where he played in 1978 and '79 ... the Irish are coming off a tough 4-3, 11-inning loss at UNO before coming back to beat Loyola (La.) 5-2 ... a second game vs. UNO was rained out last Sunday (the Irish will attempt to add a game later in the season) ... Mainieri fittingly is scheduled to coach in his 800th career game Friday at Miami (his 800th game ironically was rained out at UNO) ... the series will feature four players from Baseball America's list of the top 100 pro prospects in college baseball: Miami 3B Pat Burrell (#1 prospect), Miami RHP Robbie Morrison (#27), Notre Dame RHP Brad Lidge (#31 overall, 18th pitcher) and Notre Dame C Jeff Wagner (#62 overall, sixth catcher) ... the Irish won the earliest season-opener in the program's 106-year history, beating then-#23 Florida State 10-1 on Jan. 30 at the ACC/Disney Baseball Blast in Orlando, Fla. ... the Irish then lost a pair of tough two-run games to North Carolina State (10-8) and Duke (3-1) ... each of that tournament's six teams was listed among the top 50 teams in Baseball America's preseason rankings (Ohio State and Tennessee also took on the ACC teams), with FSU (4th), Notre Dame (7th), NC State (10th), OSU (14th) and Tennessee (17th) all ranking among the nation's winningest Division I teams during the 1990s ... the top Irish hitters through two weeks: sophomore 3B Brant Ust (.381, 4 RBI, 1 HR), Wagner (.368, 6 RBI, 1 HR) and sophomore DH Larry Zimont (.333, 4 RBI) ... junior RHP Alex Shilliday is off to a strong start (1-0, 1.50, 2 GP/12.0 IP, 14 K/6 BB, .122 opp. batting) ... Shilliday needs 20 more strikeouts to pass Don Wolfe (149, 1956-58) into 10th on the Irish career strikeouts list ... senior SS J.J. Brock needs two hits to reach 200 in his career and ranks 10th on the Irish all-time hits list ... Wagner's 28 career home runs are tied for sixth in Irish history, one behind Eric Danapilis ('93).
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, the bulk of the program's statistical leaders are back, 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 '97 Notre Dame squad set team records for home runs (66), doubles (127), slugging (.529) and K's thrown (399) while equaling the record for team batting avg. (.334) ... the Irish closed '97 by winning 15 of their final 18 BIG EAST games and 32 of 40 overall, with five of the final eight losses coming by one run ... unearned runs provided the margin of defeat in eight of Notre Dame's 19 losses last season.
Notre Dame's Probable Starting Lineup
Pos. Player Yr. Ht./Wt. Hometown 1998 Stats 1997 Stats
SS J.J. Brock Sr. 6-0/175 Colo. Springs, CO 5-for-23 (.217), 2 R, 2 BB/7 K, 2 E, 0-1 SB .365, 3 HR, 50 RBI, 45 R
2B #Todd Frye Sr. 5-11/170 Aledo, IL 5-for-20 (.250), 3 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB/3 K, 1-2 SB .308, 19 RBI, 12 SACS
3B Brant Ust So. 6-1/190 Redmond, WA 8-for-21 (.381), 4 RBI,64 R, 1 HR, 2 BB/3 K, 2-2 SB, 2 E .372, 11 HR, 54 RBI
C Jeff Wagner Jr. 6-3/220 Louisville, KY 7-for-19 (.368), 6 RBI, 4 R, 1 HR, 4 BB/4 K, 1 E .374, 17 HR, 69 RBI, .712 slug.
LF #Allen Greene Jr. 6-1/195 Seattle, WA 5-for-20 (.250), 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 3B, 3 BB/3 K, 1-1 SB .365, 7 HR, 20 2B, 55 RBI
RF *Jeff Felker So. 6-5/185 Ellicott City, MD 3-for-16 (.188), 3 RBI, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB/4 K .319, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 8-8 SB
DH #Jeff Perconte So. 5-10/180 Arlington Hts, IL 3-for-10 (.300), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 BB/2 K, 1-1 SB .282, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 18 R
or Larry Zimont So. 6-3/220 Oak Forest, IL 4-for-12 (.333), 4 RBI, 2 R, 5 K, 1 SF, 1-1 SB .143, 7 AB, 2 R
LF Alec Porzel Fr. 6-0/180 Lisle, IL 3-for-14 (.214), 1 RBI, 2 R, 3 K, 1-2 SB
1B *Dan Leatherman Sr. 5-11/170 Orland Park, IL 5-for-18 (.278), 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 BB/3 K, 1-1 SB, 2 E .218, 55 AB, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 8 R
*-lefthanded hitter; #-switch hitter
Probable Starting Pitchers
RHP Alex Shilliday Jr. 6-1/205 Dunwoody, GA 1.50, 1-0, 12.0 IP, 20 K/10 BB, .122 opp. batting 5.11, 7-3, 1 SV, 79.1 IP, 72 K
RHP Brad Lidge Jr. 6-3/200 Englewood, CO 4.50, 0-1, 8.0 IP, 11 K/5 BB, .303 opp. batting 6.21, 4-3, 37.2 IP, 40 K
LHP Chris McKeown Jr. 6-3/205 Arlington Hts, IL 0.00, 0-0, 3.0 IP, 3 K/1 BB, 2 H, .222 opp. batting 3.26, 4-3, 69.0 IP, 46 K
LHP Tim Kalita So. 6-1/220 Oak Park, IL 4.15, 0-0, 2 GP, 4.1 IP, 6 K/0 BB, .421 opp. batting 3.67, 3-1, 49.0 IP, 46 K
RHP Danny Tamayo Fr. 6-1/215 Miami, FL 1.50, 0-1, 2 GP, 6.0 IP, 1 K/3 BB, .188 opp. batting
RHP Dan Stavisky Sr. 6-2/200 Mt. Pleasant, PA 67.50, 0-0, 0.2 IP, 0 K/3 BB, .667 opp. batting 10.29, 0-1, 7.0 IP, 5 K
RHP Steve Szczepanski So. 6-2/180 Lombard, IL 6.23, 0-1, 2 GP, 4.1 IP, 2 K/0 BB, .316 opp. batting 5.00, 1-0, 9.0 IP, 6 K
RHP Scott Cavey So. 6-5/200 Omaha, NE 0.00, 0-0, 2 GP, 1.1 IP, 2 K/2 BB, .000 opp. batting 2.38, 1-0, 11.1 IP, 9 K
RHP Aaron Heilman Fr. 6-4/200 Logansport, IN 0.00, 0-0, 2 GP, 5.0 IP, 5 K/0 BB, .125 opp. batting
THE SERIES: Miami leads its series with Notre Dame, 10-4, including a 7-4 mark vs. the Irish at home and a 6-3 record vs. Notre Dame in regular-season home games ... Notre Dame dropped two games at Miami in late March of the '95 season (9-4, 12-4) before beating the Hurricanes, 5-2, on the third day ... Miami's Light Stadium was the site for one of the highlights in Notre Dame baseball history, as the Irish--led by Irish team MVP and '97 World Series champion Craig Counsell--came within one win of advancing from the 1992 NCAA Atlantic Regional to the College World Series ... Notre Dame fought off elimination in that regional with a 6-3 win over the host Hurricanes and then eliminated Delaware and South Carolina before falling to Miami in the regional title game, 5-1 (more detailed recap below) ... Notre Dame's 1989 squad won 4-2 at Miami on March 8, one of many highlights in that NCAA Tournament season ... the Irish returned to Miami in late March of 1992--and also returned to the NCAAs that season after a two-year absence--beating the Hurricanes in the first game (2-1) before dropping the last two (18-6, 6-5) ... the Irish finally played Miami at home, in early April of 1994, but dropped all three games (19-7, 5-2, 4-2) at the newly-christened Eck Stadium ... the 1970 Notre Dame team--the final of legendary coach Jake Kline's eight NCAA Tournament squads--opened its season at the Miami Spring Tournament by dropping a pair to the Hurricanes (7-3, 6-2).
HOMECOMING, PART II: Fourth-year Notre Dame head coach Paul Mainieri last week made his second return to New Orleans with the Irish baseball program and this week will be making his second return to Miami as the Notre Dame coach ... Mainieri completed his playing career at UNO, as a second baseman in '78 and '79 ... Mainieri played for current UNO athletic director and Baseball Hall of Famer Ron Maestri ... UNO won the Sun Belt Conference title in both of Mainieri's seasons ... Mainieri graduated in 1975 from Miami's Christopher Columbus High School, where he also began his coaching career as an assistant baseball and football coach for two years in the early 1980s ... the Irish dropped two games at Miami, 9-4 and 12-4, in Mainieri's first season ('95) before beating the Hurricanes 5-2 ... Mainieri is in his 16th season as a college head coach, with a record of 459-340 (.575), including 127-61 (.676) with the Irish ... Mainieri fittingly is scheduled to coach in his 800th game Friday at Miami, ironically after last Sunday's game at UNO was rained out ... he is 41 wins away from the 500-win plateau ... Mainieri's 127 wins rank fourth at Notre Dame, behind Larry Gallo (157, 1981-87), Pat Murphy (318, 1988-84) and Jake Kline (558, 1934-75) ... Mainieri has seen 13 of his Irish players go on to professional baseball, with nine selected in the major-league draft (four in the first 10 rounds) ... Mainieri and his father Demie, the legendary coach of Miami-Dade North Community College, are the only known father-son combination in college baseball history to each top 400 career coaching wins ... Demie won 1,018 games in his 30-year career at Miami-Dade North ... prior to Notre Dame, Mainieri coached six seasons at Air Force, after coaching six seasons at St. Thomas (Fla.) University ... 15 of Mainieri's players at St. Thomas went on to pro baseball, including three--Joe Klink, Dane Johnson and Dan Rohrmeier--who have played in the major leagues ... ... in the Mainieri era, the Irish have visited the following cities: Fullerton, CA, Seattle, WA, San Antonio, TX, Miami, FL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Boston, MA, Washington, D.C., Long Beach, CA, New York City, NY, and Orlando, FL.
MORE HOMECOMINGS: Notre Dame freshman RHP Danny Tamayo (Miami, FL/Ransom Everglades HS) returns to his home city this week, after opening his career in the sunshine state during the ACC/Disney Blast ... Tamayo had an impressive debut in the 3-1 loss to Duke, facing the minimum 12 batters over the final four innings (he took the loss last week at UNO) ... nine previous Florida natives are known to have lettered with Irish baseball, most notably 1B Henry Valenzuela (Tampa, 1979-82) and RHP David Sinnes (Miami) ... Valenzuela led the Irish in '81 with eight home runs and struck out just seven times in 135 ABs ... Sinnes (Palmetto HS) owns the Irish career record for K's (315), shares the record for winning pct. (.800, 32-8) and ranks third in wins, fifth in appearances (69) and innings (297.1) and seventh in career ERA (2.91) ... Sinnes owns the second-best season ERA (1.05, in '90) in Irish history, best since 1960 ... three others Notre Dame players-senior pitchers Pat Davis (San Antonio, Texas) and Dan Stavisky (Mt. Pleasant, Pa.) and freshman C Andrew Stohl (Grand Ledge, Mich.)-could 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 the on-campus Trees Field or Three Rivers Stadium ... Notre Dame and Michigan will meet April 21 at Old Kent Park-home of the West Michigan Whitecaps-in Grand Rapids, Mich.
SCOUTING THE 'CANES: Miami is off to a 7-3 start, after an 18-3 home win over Lynn University on Feb. 17 ... the Hurricanes return 16 of 25 letterwinners from last season's team that went 51-18 and won two games in the World Series ... Miami opened '98 with wins over Barry (8-0) and South Florida (8-5, 10-3) before dropping a 15-2 game to USF ... the Hurricanes then posted home wins over Florida (11-8, 17-11) and Florida International (2-1) before dropping a pair at Florida (19-5, 14-10) ... junior 3B Pat Burrell is the #1 professional prospect in college baseball, according to Baseball America, while junior RHP Robbie Morrison is the #27 prospect on that list ... Burrell in 1996 became the first freshman to lead the nation in hitting (.484) and was first freshman to lead the nation in slugging pct. (.948, 23 HR) since '78 ... Burrell hit .409 last season, with 21 home runs and 76 RBI in 67 games ... Burrell is hitting .444 this season (16-for-36), with seven home runs, three doubles, 18 RBI and seven walks ... Miami is hitting .320 as a team, with 23 home runs, 16 doubles and 20-of-24 stolen bases ... other top hitters for the Hurricanes include DH Mike Muller (.481, 2 HR, 7 RBI), senior LF German Alvarez (.478, 2 HR, 7 RBI), senior RF Jason Michaels (.378, 7 HR, 3 2B, 17 RBI), sophomore SS Bobby Hill (.375, 7 RBI, 7-9 SB) and junior 1B Aubrey Huff (.361, 3 HR, 3 2B, 8 RBI) ... Miami's pitching staff owns a 6.55 ERA, totaling 86 K's in 88 innings while allowing a .284 opponent batting avg. ... likely starters for this weekend include three RHPs: sophomore Alex Santos (2-0, 4.91, 3 GP/14.2 IP, 21 K/5 BB, .293 opp. batting), junior Darin Spassoff (0-1, 8.03, 3 GP/12.1 IP, 9 K/6 BB, .370 opp. batting) and sophomore David Gil (1-1, 3.38, 3 GP/10.2 IP, 9 K/2 BB, .302 opp. batting) ... Morrison has made six relief appearances, going 0-1 with three saves and an 8.59 ERA (10 K/4 BB in 7.1 IP) ... Miami owns a .965 fielding pct., with freshman 2B Manny Crespo accounting for three of the team's 13 errors ... Miami is one of the few Division I independents in baseball and plays nearly all of its regular-season games in the state of Florida ... the Hurricanes' 53-game regular season schedule for 1998 includes just three out-of-state games (a series at Georgia Tech), plus 41 home games and road games at Florida (2), Florida State (3), Jacksonville (3) and Florida International ... Miami head coach Jim Morris owns a career record of 840-351-1 in 20-plus seasons, including a 205-66 mark in four-plus seasons at Miami ... the Hurricanes have made 25 appearances in the NCAAs, with 16 trips to the College World Series ... Miami's all-time postseason record is 111-56.
'95 SERIES RECAP: Kenny Henderson (6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K) picked up the opening 9-4 win, Darin Schmalz had the loss (5..2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) ... Miami's Rick Gama went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI ... current Irish senior J.J. Brock was 1-for-4 with a two-run HR from the left side (Brock was 4-for-13 in the series) ... Miami won the second game, 12-4, with Jason Adge picking up the win (6.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 7 K) and Christian Parker taking the loss (3.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K) ... five Miami players scored two runs while Ricky Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with three RBI ... the Irish scratched out the 5-2 win in the finale, with Brock going 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot ... Craig Allen picked up the win (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) and J.D. Arteaga took the loss (6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) ... the Irish outhit Miami 13-6 and stranded 13 runners (to Miami's 10) ... George Restovich doubled and scored for the Irish in the 2nd and Brett Poppelton reached on a leadoff bunt in the 3rd, eventually scoring on an error by the catcher Gonzales ... the Irish went ahead 4-0 in the 5th, after a Scott Sollmann single and Mike Amrhein HR ... Rudy Gomez put Miami on the board with an RBI single in the 5th but the Irish scored again in the 7th, after an Amrhein double and sac. fly from Craig DeSensi.
REVISITING THE '92 ATLANTIC REGIONAL: The '92 Notre Dame baseball team came within one win of the College World Series, a feat achieved just once in Irish baseball history (1957) ... the Irish turned in a memorable performance at the Atlantic Regional, held at Miami's Mark Light Stadium ... the left side of the Irish infield included current Notre Dame assistant Cory Mee (3B) and 1997 World Series champion Craig Counsell (SS), who earned team MVP honors on a '92 Irish squad that included 16 eventual pro players ... Notre Dame opened with a 5-1 loss to South Carolina, striking out 13 times while stranding 13 runners ... the Irish staved off elimination vs. host and #1-ranked Miami, overcoming a 3-0 deficit and 4,000-plus hostile fans for a 6-3 win ... Al Walania, who beat Miami earlier in '92, picked up the win (8.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 10 K) while Kenny Henderson had the loss (2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K) ... Miami broke ahead with three runs in the 3rd, highlighted by a two-out single from Charles Johnson ... Notre Dame's four-run 4th included walks by Bob Lisanti and Greg Layson, a bunt single from Counsell, an RBI grounder by Eric Danapilis, and an RBI double by Joe Binkiewicz ... Binkiewicz moved to third on Mee's groundout and scored the winning run on a delayed double steal ... Walania worked out of countless jams and the Irish tacked on two in the 8th, loading the bases on a Dan Bautch walk and bunt singles from Lisanti and Layson for Danapilis drove in a run on a bouncing groundout and Lisanti scored on a passed ball ... the Hurricanes loaded the bases in the ninth before Miami native David Sinnes induced Kenny Anderson into a game-ending groundout ... the Irish stayed alive with a 12-6 win over Delaware, behind a six-run first inning, Mee's three-run homer and a gutsy effort by Pat Leahy (8.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 BB, 7 K) ... the Irish then earned revenge on South Carolina, ending the Gamecocks' season with an 11-2 win behind Binkiewicz (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 R) and Tom Price (9.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K) ... Miami won the title game, 5-1, behind Jeff Alkire's four-hitter and Chad Rupp's two-run HR in the three-run 2nd ... the all-regional team included four Irish players (1B Binkiewicz, Counsell, OF Danapilis and Walania) and six Miami players (Johnson, 2B Dave Berg, 3B Juan Llanes, OF Frank Mora, Rupp and Alkire).
AROUND THE HORN: Prior to the Jan. 30 game vs. FSU, Notre Dame's earliest opener came on an unseasonably warm day on Feb. 5, 1990, when the Irish posted a 3-0 home victory over Goshen ... the 10-1 win over FSU gave Notre Dame its first opening-game win since an 8-2 win at Tulane in 1994, with the recent opening losses coming vs. Texas, Georgia Tech and Long Beach State ... that Irish win also snapped a 16-year FSU winning streak on opening day (Georgia Southern beat FSU in '81, 3-2) ... senior SS J.J. Brock recently moved past Bob Lisanti ('96, 182) into seventh on the Irish career games started list (now 185) ... Brock also has moved past former teammates Randall Brooks ('97, 640) and Scott Sollmann (1994-96, 643) into eighth on the Irish career at-bats list (651) ... Brock, Brooks, Sollmann and Mike Amrhein (3rd with 745 career ABs) all joined the Irish program in 1993-94 ... Notre Dame is scheduled to play its first 22 games of '98 away from home ... Notre Dame's 32-player roster includes players from 17 states ... Notre Dame has posted nine straight seasons with 40-plus wins and is 406-157 during the past nine-plus seasons (average record of 45-17).
RECAPPING LAST WEEK: (UNO 4, ND 3) - UNO came back three times while Notre Dame stranded 12 (eight in scoring position) ... UNO's Joe Cordo forced extra innings with a leadoff HR in the 9th before Bryan Bruno won the game with a two-out double in his first AB of the season ... Jon Watson--who also hit a solo shot in the 7th--picked up the win, facing four batters in the 11th ... Danny Tamayo took the loss (1 R, 2 H, 2.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 K) ... Alex Shilliday had no decision over seven innings (2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K's) ... UNO's David Miller also worked into the 7th (2 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 3 K's) ... Notre Dame scored in the 2nd, after singles by Alec Porzel, Jeff Felker and Larry Zimont ... UNO tied the game in the 4th, when Buddy Wilker's single plated Chris Fishburn ... the Irish went back ahead in the 7th, behind a leadoff double by Dan Leatherman, a bunt by J.J. Brock and an infield single from Todd Frye ... Felker reached on an error in the 8th and scored on Zimont's double ... Steve Szczepanski served up Cordo's leadoff blast in the 9th ... Tamayo hit Chris Avans with a pitch in the 11th, struck out Aaron Sapp and induced Watson into a groundout, but Bruno's double to left ended the game. (ND 5, LOYOLA 2) - The Irish used a three-run seventh to post the comeback win ... Aaron Heilman (1-0) picked up the win in relief (1 H, 4.0 IP) ... Brad Lidge left the game in the 5th with a 2-1 deficit and eight K's (4 H) ... Carl Servat took the loss, pitching into the 7th inning ... Brant Ust doubled to open the 7th and scored the tying run after Jeff Wagner scorched a single into left-center ... Allen Greene's triple down the RF line plated Wagner before Jeff Perconte's second double of the game produced a 4-2 lead ... Ust singled in the 8th, stole second and scored on Wagner's single to right ... the Wolfpack jumped ahead on Brian Olagues' two-run double in the 3rd ... Greene singled in the 5th, stole second and scored on a Perconte double.
ACC/DISNEY BLAST RECAP : (ND 10, FSU 1) - The Irish used strong pitching from Alex Shilliday (0 R, 1 H, 5.0 IP, 4 BB, 6 K's) to beat #23 FSU ... Chris McKeown pitched the next three innings (3 K's, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB), Aaron Heilman faced four in the 9th (1 H) ... the Irish roughed up Chris Chavez for seven runs over 3.2 innings (8 H, 3 BB) ... Notre Dame jumped ahead 2-0 in the 1st, with J.J. Brock opening the season with a hit to right ... Todd Frye bunted Brock to second before singles from Brant Ust, Jeff Wagner and Allen Greene ... Notre Dame added two runs in the 2nd, when Jeff Perconte drew a leadoff walk, moved up on a single by Dan Leatherman and Brock's fielder's choice before scoring on a Frye single (Brock scored on Ust's sac. fly) ... the Irish broke open the game with a four-run 4th ... Leatherman lined an opposite-field leadoff home run to left and Ust, Wagner and Greene all drew two-out walks before Jeff Felker hit a three-run double that the FSU outfielders lost in the lights ... the Irish tacked on two in the 9th, thanks to walks by Wagner and Greene, an error by 2B Jose Zabala and Leatherman's RBI groundout. (NC STATE 10, ND 8) - NCSU scored seven in the 8th while Wagner's grand slam in the 9th was too little, too late ... Notre Dame came back from a 3-0 deficit to claim a 4-3 lead on Ust's solo HR in the 8th ... Steve Szczepanski was the hard-luck loser (2 R, 3 H, 3.0 IP, 2 K's) ... Tim Kalita scattered eight hits over the four innings (3 R, 2 ER, 6 K's) ... NCSU scored an unearned run in the 2nd and added a pair in the 3rd ... Wagner reached on an error in the 5th, moved up on Greene's single and scored on Larry Zimont's two-out hit ... Todd Frye singled in the 6th, stole second and scored on Ust's single ... Alec Porzel stroked a leadoff triple in the 7th and scored on Zimont's sac. fly ... Ust opened the 8th with a leadoff shot off the scoreboard in left-center ... Szczepanski left in the 8th with runners on first and third before Dan Stavisky gave up a game-tying single, a wild pitch and a walk ... the Irish pulled off a forceout at home but Jimmy Slaughter hit a two-run double down the RF line ... Stavisky then gave up an IBB, sac. fly, double steal and another walk before yielding to Scott Cavey, who hit a batter with the bases loaded, walked in a run and hit another ... Zimont was hit by a pitch to open the 9th, Frye walked with two outs and Ust singled before Wagner smacked a grand slam to right-center. (DUKE 3, ND 1) - Ed Conrey's two-run single in the 1st was the difference, as the Irish managed just five hits vs. Patrick Hanaway (4.2 IP, 1 UER, 3 H, 3 BB, 1 K) and Brad Dupree ... Brad Lidge took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) over 3.0 innings (3 K's, 6 H, 4 BB) ... Duke added a run in the 3rd, on Jordan Litrownik's RBI single ... the Irish scored in the 5th, when Frye walked with the bases loaded after a one-out single by Perconte, an error by second baseman J.D. Alleva and a two-out walk by Brock but Ust then grounded out to third ... both teams stranded seven, with Duke turning two timely double plays (Notre Dame turned four DPs) ... Cavey bounced back, setting down three straight to get the Irish out of a bind in the 4th ... freshman Danny Tamayo faced the minimum 12 batters over the final four innings (1 H, 1 BB, 2 DP's).