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    April 29, 1997

    Balanced Effort Downs Valparaiso, 10-6

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Another balanced offensive effort kept the Notre Dame baseball team on its record-setting pace, as the Irish defeated visiting Valparaiso, 10-6, in non-conference baseball action Thursday at Eck Stadium.

    Notre Dame (33-17) improved to 19-2 at home this season while maintaining a .335 team batting average, above the team record (.334, set in 1989 and '93). Freshman first baseman Jeff Felker's solo home run in the third gives the Irish 56 homers for the season, fifth-most in team history and just eight shy of equaling the team record of 64 (set in 1993).

    Valparaiso (18-24) jumped ahead with a run in the top of the first before the Irish scored in every inning from the second through the fifth to claim a 9-1 lead.

    Senior lefthander Wally Widelski (3-0) picked up the win, pitching the second through sixth innings while allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits and a walk, with three strikeouts and six groundouts.

    The Irish tied the game with a run in the second, on Felker's blast over the rightfield fence (his fourth home run of the season), before adding three runs in the third, a single run in the fourth, and four more runs in the fifth.

    The three-run third featured opening walks from freshman rightfielder Jeff Perconte and senior centerfielder Randall Brooks before senior catcher Mike Amrhein ripped an RBI double down the rightfield line. Sophomore leftfielder Allen Green brought home Brooks with a sacrifice fly and Felker kept things going with a two-out double down the rightfield line to score Amrhein.

    The Irish tacked on a run in the fourth, after senior third baseman J.J. Brock was hit by a pitch, moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Amrhein's hard-hit single off the glove of shortstop Kyle Musser. The hosts then broke the game open with four runs in the fifth.

    Felker drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, stole second and took third when the throw went into centerfield. Junior second baseman Todd Frye walked to put runners on the corners before Brock sent an RBI single through the left side of the infield. Perconte then singled to shallow right field, with a throwing error on second baseman Josh McIntyre allowing Frye to score while the other runners moved up. Righthander Ryan Naughton then took mound but Brooks sent the first pitch he saw into left field, plating Brock, and Amrhein then brought home Perconte with a single through the left side.

    The Crusaders made things interesting with three runs in the sixth and another run in the seventh off senior righthander Mike Balicki, cutting the lead to 9-5.

    Amrhein's 3-for-4 day gives him 258 career hits, moving past Dan Peltier (257, from 1987-89) into third on the Irish all-time hits list, behind Pat Pesavento (296, from 1986-89) and Eric Danapilis (295, from 1990-93). Amrhein's three RBI vs. the Crusaders give him 196 in his career, just six behind Peltier for second place in Irish history. Amrhein's run scored leaves him with 183 in his career, four behind former teammate Scott Sollmann for fifth all-time at Notre Dame.

    NOTES: Freshman shortstop Brant Ust went 0-for-4 in the Valparaiso game, snapping his hitting streak at 15 games, while Greene's 0-for-3 day ended his hitting streak at 13 ... Amrhein started his 183rd career game on Tuesday, moving past former teammate and Irish catcher Bob Lisanti into sixth on the Notre Dame career starts list ... Amrhein is one of 10 Irish players ever to appear in 200-plus games (203) ... sophomore DH/catcher Jeff Wagner did not play on Tuesday due to a sore wrist ... freshman righthander Scott Cavey pitched the first inning vs. the Crusaders, making his first appearance since throwing in the 16-3 win over Boston College on April 6 (Cavey had missed the last 18 games due to elbow problems).

    Valparaiso Univ. 6 (18-24)                              Univ. of Notre Dame 10 (33-17)
    Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A    Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
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    Rob Hadrick cf............  5  1  4  2    0  0  4  0    Jeff Perconte rf..........  3  3  2  1    2  0  2  0
    Kyle Musser ss............  5  0  1  1    0  2  1  2    Randall Brooks cf.........  2  1  2  1    2  0  2  0
    Jamie Sykes rf............  3  1  0  0    1  0  1  0     Pat O'Keefe pr/cf......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  2  0
    Todd Poepard 1b...........  4  1  1  1    0  0  6  1    Mike Amrhein c............  4  1  3  3    0  0  3  0
    Ryan Poepard dh...........  4  0  1  1    0  2  0  0     Mike Knecht c............. 0  0  0  1    0  0  3  2
    Paul Stavnes 3b...........  2  0  0  0    0  1  1  0    Brant Ust ss..............  4  0  0  0    0  2  0  4
     J.J. Swiatkowski ph/3b.... 2  0  1  1    0  0  0  0     Paul Turco ss............. 1  0  0  0    0  1  1  0
    Jamie Taylor lf...........  4  0  0  0    0  1  2  0    Allen Greene lf...........  3  0  0  1    0  1  1  0
    Scott Lockhart c..........  2  0  0  0    0  0  5  0     Dan Leatherman lf......... 1  0  0  0    0  0  1  1
     Brian O'Connor ph/c....... 1  1  0  0    1  1  2  0    Jeff Felker 1b............  4  2  2  2    1  0  8  1
    Josh McIntrye 2b..........  2  2  0  0    2  0  1  4    Justin Scholl dh..........  4  0  1  0    0  2  0  0
    Jim Pomeroy p.............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1     John Corbin ph............ 1  0  0  0    0  1  0  0
     Ryan Naughton p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0    Todd Frye 2b..............  3  1  1  0    2  0  1  1
    J.J. Brock 3b.............  3  2  1  1    0  0  2  3
    Scott Cavey p.............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
     Wally Widelski p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
     Mike Balicki p............ 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0
     Larry Mohs p.............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
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    Totals.................... 34  6  8  6    4  7 24  8    Totals.................... 33 10 12 10    7  7 27 12
    Score by innings:                      R  H  E
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    Valparaiso Univ.      100 003 101   -  6  8  4
    Univ. of Notre Dame   013 140 10    - 10 12  1
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    E - Paul Stavnes(12), Sc. Lockhart(3), Jo. McIntrye, Ry. Naughton(1), Scott Cavey(3).
    DP - Crusaders 2. LOB - Crusaders 5, Irish 10.
    2B - Rob Hadrick 2(17), Mike Amrhein(9), Jeff Felker(6).
    HR - Jeff Felker(4).
    SB - Rob Hadrick(14), Jeff Felker(6).
    SH - Pat O'Keefe(5). 
    SF - Mike Knecht(1), Allen Greene(3).
    Valparaiso Univ.       IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF    Univ. of Notre Dame    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF
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    Jim Pomeroy.........  4.1  10   9   9   5   3  21  28    Scott Cavey.........  1.0   2   1   1   0   0   5   5
    Ryan Naughton.......  3.2   2   1   0   2   4  12  16    Wally Widelski......  5.0   4   3   3   1   3  18  19
    Mike Balicki........  1.0   1   1   1   1   1   4   5
    Larry Mohs..........  2.0   1   1   1   2   3   7   9
    Winner - W. Widelski 3-0.  Loser - Jim Pomeroy 5-6.  Save - None.
    WP - Jim Pomeroy(6).
    HBP - by Jim Pomeroy (J.J. Brock).
    Start: 7:00   
    Time: 2:52   
    Attendance: 253

    Play-by-play

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 1
    Rob Hadrick doubled to right field. Kyle Musser singled to center field, RBI; Rob Hadrick scored. Jamie Sykes flied out to rf. Kyle Musser advanced to second on an error by p. Todd Poepard flied out to cf; Kyle Musser advanced to third. Ryan Poepard grounded out to 3b. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 1
    J. Perconte singled to first base, bunt. Rand. Brooks singled to left field; J. Perconte advanced to second. Mike Amrhein flied out to cf. Brant Ust grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; Rand. Brooks out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 2
    W. Widelski to p for Scott Cavey. Paul Stavnes struck out. Jamie Taylor grounded out to ss. Sc. Lockhart grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 2
    Allen Greene grounded out to 2b. Jeff Felker homered to right field, RBI. Just. Scholl singled to right field. Todd Frye singled to left field; Just. Scholl advanced to second. J.J. Brock grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; Todd Frye out on the play. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 3
    Jo. McIntrye grounded out to ss. Rob Hadrick flied out to lf. Kyle Musser struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 3
    J. Perconte walked. Rand. Brooks walked; J. Perconte advanced to second. Mike Amrhein doubled down the rf line, RBI; Rand. Brooks advanced to third; J. Perconte scored. Brant Ust struck out. Allen Greene flied out to cf, SF, RBI; Rand. Brooks scored. Jeff Felker doubled down the rf line, RBI; Mike Amrhein scored. Just. Scholl reached on an error by 3b; Jeff Felker advanced to third. Todd Frye grounded out to p. 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 4
    Jamie Sykes flied out to rf. Todd Poepard popped up to 3b. Ryan Poepard struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 4
    J.J. Brock hit by pitch. J. Perconte grounded out to 2b; J.J. Brock advanced to second. J.J. Brock advanced to third on a wild pitch. Rand. Brooks walked. Mike Amrhein singled to left field, RBI; Rand. Brooks advanced to second; J.J. Brock scored. Brant Ust flied out to rf. Allen Greene struck out looking. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 5
    Paul Stavnes flied out to cf. Jamie Taylor grounded out to ss. Sc. Lockhart grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 5
    Jeff Felker walked. Just. Scholl struck out. Jeff Felker stole second, advanced to third on an error by c. Todd Frye walked. J.J. Brock singled to left field, RBI; Todd Frye advanced to second; Jeff Felker scored. J. Perconte singled to right field, RBI, advanced to second on an error by 2b; J.J. Brock advanced to second, advanced to third on an error by 2b; Todd Frye scored. Ry. Naughton to p for Jim Pomeroy. Rand. Brooks singled to left field, RBI; J. Perconte advanced to third; J.J. Brock scored. Pat O'Keefe pinch ran for Rand. Brooks. Mike Amrhein singled to left field, RBI; Pat O'Keefe advanced to second; J. Perconte scored. Brant Ust struck out looking. Allen Greene popped up to 3b. 4 runs, 4 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 6
    Pat O'Keefe to cf. Mike Knecht to c for Mike Amrhein. Paul Turco to ss for Brant Ust. Leatherman to lf for Allen Greene. Jo. McIntrye walked. Rob Hadrick singled to right field; Jo. McIntrye advanced to second. Kyle Musser flied out to cf. Jamie Sykes reached on a fielder's choice; Rob Hadrick out at second 2b to ss; Jo. McIntrye advanced to third. Todd Poepard singled to center field, RBI; Jamie Sykes advanced to third; Jo. McIntrye scored. Ryan Poepard singled to right field, RBI; Todd Poepard advanced to second; Jamie Sykes scored. Swiatkowski pinch hit for Paul Stavnes. Swiatkowski singled to left field, out at second lf to c to 2b, RBI; Ryan Poepard advanced to third; Todd Poepard scored. 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 6
    Swiatkowski to 3b. Jeff Felker out at first 1b to p. Just. Scholl struck out. Todd Frye walked. J.J. Brock popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 7
    M. Balicki to p for W. Widelski. Jamie Taylor fouled out to 3b. Br. O'Connor pinch hit for Sc. Lockhart. Br. O'Connor walked. Jo. McIntrye out at first 1b to p; Br. O'Connor advanced to second. Rob Hadrick singled to center field, RBI; Br. O'Connor scored. Rob Hadrick stole second. Kyle Musser struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 7
    Br. O'Connor to c. J. Perconte walked. Pat O'Keefe reached on an error by p, SAC, advanced to second on the error; J. Perconte advanced to second, advanced to third on the error. Mike Knecht flied out to lf, SF, RBI; Pat O'Keefe advanced to third on the throw; J. Perconte scored, unearned. Paul Turco struck out. Leatherman flied out to cf. 1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 8
    Larry Mohs to p for M. Balicki. Jamie Sykes walked. Todd Poepard flied out to lf. Ryan Poepard struck out. Swiatkowski flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 8
    Jeff Felker flied out to cf. John Corbin pinch hit for Just. Scholl. John Corbin struck out. Todd Frye lined out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Valparaiso Univ. inning 9
    Jamie Taylor struck out, out at first c to 1b. Br. O'Connor struck out looking. Jo. McIntrye walked. Jo. McIntrye advanced to second. Rob Hadrick doubled to left center, RBI; Jo. McIntrye scored. Kyle Musser grounded out to 3b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Game Notes:
    Notre Dame is now 19-2 at home.

    Amrhein moves past Dan Peltier (1987-89) into third on the Irish career hits list with 258.

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