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    March 6, 1998

    Notre Dame to Host Irish Baseball Classic

    • Notre Dame heads to San Antonio for Spring Break
    • Irish push win streak to four games, win Diamond Classic
    • Wagner, Shilliday highlight wins over Evansville, Purdue and IU
    • BIG EAST opener approaching (March 21 at Providence)

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    The Notre Dame baseball team will make its 11th trip to the state of Texas in the last 15 seasons, as the Irish again will spend Spring Break at Wolff Municipal Stadium, home of the San Antonio Missions AA team (an affiliate of the L.A. Dodgers) ... Notre Dame plays two games vs. Southwest Texas State (March 7-8) and one vs. BYU (March 9) before hosting the Irish Baseball Classic (March 11-14), with the field including BYU, Southern Illinois and local team Incarnate Word ... the Irish are coming off a team championship at the Diamond Classic in Evansville, Ind., which featured the state's eight Division I teams ... Notre Dame posted wins over Evansville (6-1), Purdue (12-6) and Indiana (6-5), highlighted by junior C Jeff Wagner (6-for-13, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and junior RHP Alex Shilliday (8 IP vs. Evansville, 1 UER, career-best 10 K, 4 H, 0 BB) ... the current four-game winning streak has helped the Irish play past a forgettable three-loss weekend at #7 Miami ... top hitters through 12 games: Wagner (.357, 4 HR, 12 RBI) and soph. 3B Brant Ust (.311, 3 HR, 10 RBI) ... Shilliday has a 2.84 ERA and .223 opp. batting avg. through 25.1 innings ... he needs six more strikeouts to pass Don Wolfe (149, 1956-58) into 10th on the Irish career strikeouts list ... Wagner's 31 career home runs rank fifth in Irish history, two behind Joe Binkiewicz ('92) ... senior 1B Dan Leatherman is out on a day-to-day basis with a hamstring injury ... this weekend will serve as the final homecoming for Irish senior pitcher Pat Davis (a graduate of Texas Military Institute).

    QUICK NOTRE DAME NOTES: Fourth-year Irish head coach Paul Mainieri is coming off two homecoming weekends ... Mainieri, a 1975 graduate of Miami's Christopher Columbus High School, also played at the University of New Orleans ... the Irish lost a tough 4-3, 11-inning game at UNO before coming back to beat Loyola (La.) 5-2 ... the second game vs. UNO was rained out ... Mainieri fittingly coached his 800th career game on Feb. 20 at Miami (his 800th game ironically was rained out at UNO) ... 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 ... 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 ... 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).

    NOTRE DAME 1998 BASEBALL SCHEDULE (6-6)

    Sat.   3/7   vs. Southwest Texas State   San Antonio, TX/Wolff Stadium    
    Sun.   3/8  *vs. Southwest Texas State   San Antonio, TX/Wolff Stadium   
    Mon.   3/9  *vs. Brigham Young           San Antonio, TX/Wolff Stadium   
    Wed.  3/11  *vs. Southern Illinois       Irish Baseball Classic   San Antonio, TX/Wolff Stadium   
    Thur. 3/12  *vs. Brigham Young           Irish Baseball Classic   San Antonio, TX/Wolff Stadium   
    Fri.  3/13  vs. Incarnate Word           Irish Baseball Classic   San Antonio, TX/Wolff Stadium   
    Sat.  3/14  Consolation/Championship     Irish Baseball Classic   San Antonio, TX/Wolff Stadium   
    
    Notre Dame's Probable Starting Lineup
    Pos Player        Yr.   Ht./Wt.    Hometown
    1998 Stats                                                   Notes   
    RF #Jeff Perconte  So.  5-10/180   Arlington Hts, IL
    .308, 6 RBI, 3 R, 5 2B, 5 BB/5 K, 2-2  SB, 2 E               4-for-9 in Evansville (2 2B, 3 RBI)
    SS  J.J. Brock     Sr.   6-0/175   Colo. Springs, CO
    .250, 5 RBI, 8 R, 2 HR, 2 2B, 2 BB/13 K, 1-2 SB, 4 E         5-for-13 in Evansville (5 R)    
    CF #Allen Greene   Jr.   6-1/195   Seattle, WA
    .286, 9 RBI, 9 R, 2 HR, 1 3B, 2 2B, 4 BB/13 K, 1-2  SB, 2 E  Has hit leadoff in 5 games     
    C   Jeff Wagner    Jr.   6-3/220   Louisville, KY
    .357, 12 RBI, 8 R, 4 HR, 4 2B, 7 BB/8 8, 4 E                 6-for-13 in Evansville (3 HR, 6 RBI)
    3B  Brant Ust      So.   6-1/190   Redmond, WA
    .311, 10 RBI, 11 R, 3 HR, 4  2B, 4 BB/9 K, 2-3 SB, 3 E       Hit two HRs in 2nd inn. vs. Purdue
    LF  Alec Porzel    Fr.   6-0/180   Lisle, IL
    .214, 4 RBI,6 R, 1 HR, 1 3B, 2 2B, 7 K, 0-1 SB               2 ABs in Evansville (knee injury)
    1B *Jeff Felker    So.   6-5/185   Ellicott City, MD
    .139, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 BB/9 K, 2 E                        First 11 starts came in RF    
    2B #Todd Frye      Sr.  5-11/170   Aledo, IL
    .225, 4 RBI, 5 R, 1 2B, 4 BB/4 K, 1-3 SB, 3 E                Scored game-winning run vs. IU
    DH  Larry Zimont   So.   6-3/220   Oak Forest, IL
    .282, 4 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B, 1 BB/15 K, 1 SF, 2-2 SB              0-for-12 in Evansville
    or *Dan Leatherman Sr.  5-11/170   Orland Park, IL
    .306, 5 RBI, 7 R, 3 HR, 1 2B, 4 BB/5 K, 1-1 SB, 3 E          Day-to-day (hamstring)
    *ñlefthanded hitter;  #ñswitch hitter
    Probable Starters
    RHP   Alex Shilliday   Jr.   6-1/205   Dunwoody, GA
    2.84, 2-1, 4 GP, 25.1 IP, 28 K/6 BB, .223 opp. battting     10 K's vs. Evansville (8 IP, 4 H, 0 BB)
    RHP   Brad Lidge       Jr.   6-3/200   Englewood, CO
    9.42, 1-2, 4 GP, 14.1 IP, 18 K/12 BB, .328 opp. batting     #31 Baseball America prospect
    LHP   Tim Kalita       So.   6-1/220   Oak Park, IL
    6.23, 0-0, 4 GP, 13.0 IP, 15 K/9 BB, .382 opp. batting      5 shutout innings vs. IU
    LHP   Chris McKeown    Jr.   6-3/205   Arlington Hts, IL
    6.75, 0-1, 4 GP, 6.2 IP, 6 K/6 BB, .250 opp. batting    
    THE BULLPEN
    RHP   Steve Szczepanski So.   6-2/180   Lombard, IL
    4.82, 0-1, 4 GP, 9.1 IP, 6 K/3 BB, .278 opp. batting    
    RHP   Aaron Heilman     Fr.   6-4/200   Logansport, IN
    3.21, 2-0, 6 GP, 14.0 IP, 14 K/3 BB, .264 opp. batting
    RHP   Danny Tamayo      Fr.   6-1/215   Miami, FL
    6.60, 1-1, 5 GP, 15.0 IP, 11 K/10 BB, .250 opp. batting
    RHP   Dan Stavisky      Sr.   6-2/200   Mt. Pleasant, PA
    25.20, 0-0, 3 GP, 5.0 IP, 2 K/4 BB, .500 opp. batting    
    RHP   Scott Cavey       So.   6-5/200   Omaha, NE
    27.00, 0-0, 3 GP, 2.0 IP, 2 K/2 BB, .583 opp. batting      
    RHP   Tom O'Hagan       So.   6-2/180    Crystal Lake, IL
    RHP   Mike Carlin       Fr.   6-4/200    Manhattan, KS   
    LHP   Pat Davis         Sr.   6-4/225    San Antonio, TX      
    LHP   Mark Lapinskas    So.   6-2/200    Naperville, IL
    LHP   Mike Naumann      Fr.   5-11/175   Tucson, AZ

    IRISH BASEBALL CLASSIC NOTES: Notre Dame posted wins over George Washington (3-0) and Nebraska (5-3) in the 1995 IBC but lost twice to Baylor (1-2 and 4-10 in the title game) ... the Irish swept to the '96 title with wins over Oral Roberts (6-2), Southern Illinois (6-2), Indiana (10-4) and ORU (10-6) ... Creighton rallied to beat Notre Dame in last year's title game (8-5), after the Irish had defeated Penn State (9-8, 11 inn.), Creighton (7-3) and Northeastern Illinois (7-2) ... four Irish players were named to the '97 IBC All-Tournament team: sr. C Mike Amrhein, sr. CF Randall Brooks, fr. RHP Scott Cavey and sr. LHP Gregg Henebry.

    SERIES NOTES: Notre Dame has won its two previous games vs. Southwest State and trails each of its series vs. the Irish Baseball Classic teams, 2-1 ... the Irish beat SW Texas 10-5 in 1987 (played at Keefe Stadium in San Antonio) and 9-5 last season, in San Antonio ... eight Irish players had hits in last year's win over SWST while sr. RHP Darin Schmalz posted his 23rd career win (4 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 2 BB) ... top Irish hitters in that game included Allen Greene (2 H, 2 R), J.J. Brock (2 H) and Jeff Wagner (3 RBI) ... BYU beat Notre Dame 10-0 at the '86 Cal State Riverside Invitational and 7-3 at the '92 College Baseball Classic at the Seattle Kingdome ... the Irish returned the favor in '94, beating BYU 7-2 at the Kingdome ... SIU took two games from Notre Dame at the 1970 NCAAs (10-2, 1-0) ... the Irish beat the Salukis, 6-2, at the '96 Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio ... Notre Dame beat Incarnate Word in an '87 game at Trinity (8-6) before dropping an 8-7 game to the Crusaders ... UIW also posted a 10-2 home win over Notre Dame in '88.

    SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Southwest Texas is 8-8, after a 14-2 loss at Baylor ... SWTS returned 10 of 23 letterwinners from its '97 team that went 38-26 ... top returning hitters for the Wildcats are sr. DH Jeremy Fikac (.316, 9 HR, 42 RBI) and sr. 2B Jack Wickersham (.310, 23 RBI) ... the righthanded Fikac also is the Wildcats' top returning pitcher (4-1, 3.38, 45.1 IP, 38 K/17 BB) ... top hitters this season: Wickersham (.348, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 8-9 SB), Fikac (.345, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 5-6 SB) and sr. 1B David Walters (.327, 2 HR, 8 RBI) ... top starting pitchers: jr. RHP Tony Klaer (1-3, 4.13, 24 IP, 13 K/5 BB), Fikac (1-3, 5.67, 27 IP, 28 K/17 BB) and jr. RHP Jeff Dinkins (2-0, 5.71, 17.1 IP, 8 K/5 BB) ... wins: Lubbock Christian (12-6), Incarnate Word (14-13), TCU (6-3), Texas-Pan American (3-0, 5-4, 4-0, 12-2), @Rice (11-3) ... other losses: Rice (1-2), Lubbock Christian (3-5), Incarnate Word (8-11), @Baylor (8-9), TCU (6-7) @Texas (1-17), @Rice (0-6).

    SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU is 7-4, after dropping games to Santa Clara (4-5) and Nevada (4-21) ... BYU returned 14 of 30 letterwinners from its 1997 team that went 37-18 ... top returning hitters: jr. 3B David Decker (.420, 5 HR, 48 RBI) and soph. OF Spencer Oborn (.403, 15 HR, 75 RBI, 21-29 SB) ... top returning pitcher: sr. RHP Mich Mangrum (2-3, 6.57, 50.2 IP, 40 K/27 BB) ... BYU is hitting .349, with eight home runs, 21-of-31 stolen bases, a 5.93 team ERA and .934 fielding (27 errors) ... top hitters this season: soph. OF Troy McNaughton (.488, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 12 BB, 7-8 SB), sr. IB/OF Brad Winget (.444, 6 RBI) and sr. IF Troy Farnsworth (.431, 2 HR, 8 2B, 14 RBI) ... top starting pitchers: Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 0.64, 14 IP, 12 K/4 BB), Wesley Zlotoff (1-1, 3.29, 13.2 IP, 16 K/9 BB), Jeremy Thomas (1-1, 8.76, 12.1 IP, 16 K/12 BB) and Tyler Holland (1-1, 9.56, 16 IP, 10 K/7 BB) ... wins: @Air Force (12-4, 15-7, 15-6), @Southern Colorado (8-6, 13-11), So. Utah (7-6) and Texas Tech (4-1) ... other losses: San Francisco (6-15) and Southern Utah (9-13).

    SCOUTING THE SALUKIS: Southern Illinois is 3-8, after an 11-5 loss to Southeast Missouri ... the Salukis returned 17 of 25 letterwinners from their 1997 team that went 22-32 and finished 5th in the Missouri Valley Conference (13-15) ... SIU's team stats last season included a .298 batting avg., 75 home runs, 39-of-75 stolen bases, a 5.85 team ERA and a .949 fielding pct. ... top returning hitters include sr. DH Brad Benson (.378, 13 HR, 52 RBI) and sr. 3B Matt Dettman (.310, 14 HR, 57 RBI) while jr. RHP Jason Frasor (7-2, 1 SV, 3.59, 87.2 IP, 82 K/35 BB) is the top returning pitcher ... top hitters this season: Dettman (.419, 2 HR, 12 RBI), sr. IF Joel Peters (.395, 2 HR, 8 2B, 7 RBI), Benson (.356, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and jr. OF Joe Schley (.356, 7 RBI) ... top starting pitchers (all jr. RHPs): Brad Heuring (0-3, 6.75, 13.1 IP, 9 K/9 BB), Dave Piazza (1-1, 7.02, 16.2 IP, 12 K/6 BB) and Adam Biggs (1-2, 12.91, 15.1 IP, 10 K/10 BB) ... wins: Southeast Missouri (9-7), Northern Illinois (14-11), Western Illinois (19-10) ...other losses: San Francisco, at UNLV (5-11), @UNLV (8-18, 8-15), @Oklahoma State (5-16, 6-10, 6-8), Eastern Illinios (8-9).

    SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS: Incarnate Word is 12-3, after splitting at Texas-Pan American (1-2, 6-4) ... UIW returns 16 of 24 letterwinners from its 1997 team that went 36-22 ... top returning hitters: sr. OF Parrish Moore (.371, 7 HR, 38 RBI) and sr. SS Scott Heying (.353, 1 HR, 29 RBI) ... top returning pitchers (both sr. RHPs): Aaron Blosser (11-2, 4.96) and Brian Baklik (5-2, 8 SV, 5.46) ... UIW is hitting .360, with 14 home runs, 12-of-18 stolen bases, a 5.97 ERA and .941 fielding (27 errors) ... top hitters: jr. 3B/OF Pat Longsdale (.512, 8 HR, 3 3B, 5 2B, 18 RBI), Heying (.510, 2 3B, 7 2B, 16 RBI) and jr. OF Carl Jones (.367, 1 HR, 3 3B, 3 2B, 12 RBI) ... top starting pitchers: soph. LHP Marcus Galaviz (3-1, 7.11, 25.1 IP, 10 K/13 BB) and fr. RHP Martin Gonzales (2-0, 5.87,15.1 IP, 9 K/11 BB) ... other wins: Tamu K (5-4, 9-4), @Southwest Texas (11-8), Lubbock Christian (6-5), @Texas-Pan Am (6-5, 6-5), @Tarleton State (14-6, 11-3, 14-4), National Christian (12-0, 8-1) ... other losses: Lubbock Christian (4-16) and @Southwest Texas (13-14).

    DIAMOND CLASSIC NOTES: Junior C Jeff Wagner mysteriously was left off the all-tournament team, in favor of Purdue C Erik Frei ... Notre Dame had three all-tournament selections: sr. SS J.J. Brock, soph. 3B Brant Ust and jr. RHP Alex Shilliday ... Wagner was 6-for-13 in the three games (3 HR, 3 2B, 6 RBI) ... Brock, who shifted to the #2 spot in the lineup, was 5-for-13 (5 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 2 2B) ... Ust was 3-for-11 (2 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI) ... jr. CF Allen Greene saw his seven-game hitting streak snapped vs. IU (he was 3-for-12 in the tournament) ... Wagner has averaged 14.3 ABs per home run during his career and 12.4 ABs/HR the past two seasons ... Wagnerís double vs. IU was the 35th of his career, placing him in a five-way tie for 8th on the Irish career list (one out of 7th) ... Shilliday (2-1) has won eight of his last 10 decisions with the Irish and 17 of his last 19 decisions vs. collegiate competition, including a 9-0 mark during the summer of 1997 while playing with the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska League.

    NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH PAUL MAINIERI has experienced two noteworthy homecomings this season, making his second return to the University of New Orleans with the Irish baseball program and his second return to his hometown of Miami as the Notre Dame coach ... Mainieri completed his playing career at UNO, as a second baseman in '78 and '79, playing 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 went 1-2 at Miami in Mainieri's first season ('95) ... Mainieri is in his 16th season as a college head coach, with a record of 462-343 (.574), including 130-63 (.674) in three-plus seasons with the Irish ... Mainieri fittingly coached his 800th game Feb. 20 at Miami, ironically after the Feb. 15 game at UNO was rained out ... he is 38 victories away from the 500-win plateau ... Mainieri's 130 wins rank 4th 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 pro 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.

    AROUND THE HORN: Prior to the Jan. 30 game vs. FSU, Notre Dameís 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) ... Notre Dame's 7-5 win over Central Michigan on Feb. 25 was the earliest home opener for the Irish since that 1990 Goshen game ... senior SS J.J. Brock recently moved past Bob Lisanti (í96, 182) into seventh on the Irish career games started list (now 191) ... Brock also has moved past former teammates Randall Brooks (í97, 640) and Scott Sollmann (1994-96, 643) into 7th on the Irish career at-bats list (680), just eight behind Mike Coss ('91) ... Brock, Brooks, Sollmann and Mike Amrhein (3rd with 745 career ABs) all joined the Irish program in 1993-94 ... 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).

    SHIFTING IN THE CLUTCH: Notre Dame continues to struggle with two-out hitting and with runners in scoring position ... the Irish are hitting .263 overall but .216 with two outs and .260 with runners in scoring position ... the opponents are hitting .279 with two outs and .340 with runners in scoring position (36 pct. points higher that the .304 overall opponent batting avg.) ... the opponents have 39 two-out RBI while the Irish have 26 ... top hitters with RBI opportunities have been Jeff Wagner (.500), Larry Zimont (.400) and Brant Ust (.333) while the following players are looking to improve with men in scoring position: Jeff Felker (.083), Alex Porzel (.111) and Dan Leatherman (.111) ... Leatherman actually is the top Irish hitter with two outs (.500), followed by Wagner (.385) and Allen Greene (.368) ... players looking to boost their two-out hitting are Todd Frye (.100), Jeff Perconte (.111) and Ust (.150).

    RECAP - IRISH WIN DIAMOND CLASSIC TITLE BEHIND SHILLIDAY AND WAGNER
    ND 6, IU 5 (3/1) ñ Todd Frye gained redemption for a costly 8th-inning error by singling to lead off the bottom of the 9th and scoring the winning run on a single by Jeff Perconte ... Notre Dame held a 4-0 lead going into the 8th but IU scored five unearned runs, after Fryeís error on a leadoff grounder by Benji Klause ... Jeff Wagner tied the game in the bottom of the 8th with his second home run of the game ... Aaron Heilman (2-0) bailed out Danny Tamayo (5 UER, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K) ... Heilman allowed two walks but no runs in the 9th, with two K's ... Tim Kalita had no decision after tossing five shutout innings (4 H, 4 BB, 5 K) ... Perconte opened the game with a single before Wagner stroked a one-out, two-run shot to left ... the Irish added a run in the 5th, after a leadoff single from Dan Leatherman, a sacrifice bunt by Perconte and J.J. Brockís RBI double down the leftfield line ... Leatherman gave the Irish a 4-0 lead in the 7th with a one-out solo shot to right-center ... Wagner tied the game with a leadoff, two-strike blast over the opposite-field fence in right ... Frye led off the bottom of the 9th with a single to left (0-2 count), moved up on a sacrifice bunt from pinch-hitter Mike Knecht and scored on Perconte's single to left.
    ND 12, PURDUE 6 (2/28) ñ Brant Ustís pair of home runs highlighted an eight-run 2nd while Brad Lidge (1-2) stuck out four batters over 5.0 innings for the win (3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB) ... Wagner and Brock also homered for the Irish ... Ust opened the scoring with solo shot in the 2nd that cleared the scoreboard in left-center ... Jeff Felker added a one-out single and Frye walked before a bloop single from Leatherman scored Felker ... Frye then scored on a two-out error before Allen Greene slapped a two-run double down the left-field line ... Wagnerís double to right plated Greene and Ust capped the inning with another blast to deep left-center ... the Irish stretched to an 11-3 lead in the 6th, behind a double by Brock, Wagnerís two-run shot to left and a single from Felker that plated Ust, who had reached when hit by a pitch ... Brock homered to left in the 7th.
    ND 6, EVANSVILLE 1 (2/27) ñ Alex Shilliday faced just five batters over the 8-inning minimum and four Irish players had RBI ... Notre Dame jumped ahead with two runs in the 2nd before scoring three times in the 5th, highlighted by Ust's two-run double ... Shilliday totaled a career-best 10 K's and no walks, with one unearned run on four hits and two hit batters ... Felker drew a walk in the 3rd and scored on a single by Greene, who moved to second on the throw, took third on a throwing error and scored when pitcher Ryan Miller threw the ball away attempting to nail Greene at third ... the Irish stretched to a 5-1 lead in the 6th after singles by Greene and Brock, an RBI double by Perconte and Ustís two-run double down the leftfield line ... Leatherman legged out an infield single in the 7th, moved up on an error and scored on Brockís single to center.

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