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    May 1, 1997

    Armhein Blasts 36th Homer to Lead Notre Dame

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior catcher Mike Amrhein took another step towards the Notre Dame career home run record while freshman lefthander Tim Kalita turned in a solid seven innings as the Irish held on to defeat visiting Chicago State, 7-5, in non-conference baseball action at Eck Stadium.

    Notre Dame (34-17) improved to 20-2 at home while posting its 57th home run of the season--a solo shot by Amrhein--to move within seven of the Irish team record (set in 1993). Notre Dame's 9-for-32 night dropped the team's season batting average to .3341, just below the two best marks in recorded team history (.3342 in '93 and .3344 in '89).

    Kalita (2-1) allowed just one earned run on four hits and four walks while striking out seven Cougars batters over the first seven innings. O'Hagan recorded the final three outs of the game to pick up his second save of the season.

    Chicago State (13-31) rallied in the ninth inning, scoring four runs on just one hit vs. junior lefthander Pat Davis and freshman righthander Tom O'Hagan. Davis hit leadoff man Scott Hordecki with a pitch and then gave up an RBI double to Donny Powell before issuing walks to David Keltner and Scott Budesilich. O'Hagan then took the mound but walked Mike Callahan with the bases loaded, cutting the lead to 7-3.

    The Irish finally recorded an out when Bob Boye popped up to reserve third baseman Matt Nussbaum before O'Hagan hit Mark Binder with a pitch, plating Keltner and putting the tying run on base. Brian Naese then hit a run-scoring grounder to Nussbaum, whose throw to first nearly pulled backup Dan Leatherman off the base. With the tying run on second, Craig Majdecki sent a sinking popup to the right side of the infield, where second baseman Todd Frye was able to dive forward for the final out of the game.

    The visitors opened the game with a run in the first before the Irish struck for three runs in the second, behind consecutive singles from Brant Ust, Allen Greene and Jeff Felker. Ust stole second and scored on Greene's ball up the middle before Felker went to the opposite left field, moving Greene to second. Frye's groundout moved the runners up and a wild pitch from senior lefthander Donny Powell (1-5) allowed Greene to score. J.J. Brock then hit a slow two-out grounder to the left side but third baseman Scott Hordecki threw wide of first, with Felker scoring on the play and Brock scooting all the way to third.

    Notre Dame tacked on three more runs in the sixth, with Amrhein sending a first-pitch, two-out blast over the leftfield fence. Greene later followed up walks by Jeff Wagner and Ust with a triple over the head of centerfielder Bob Boye (Greene's fifth triple of the season), giving the Irish a 6-1 lead.

    Amrhein's home run was his 13th of the season and 36th of his career, leaving him one behind Frank Jacobs (1989-92) on the Notre Dame career home runs list. Amrhein and Wagner are the third pair of Irish teamates to both hit 13-plus home runs in a season (Edwin Hartwell and Eric Danapilis both hit 13 home runs in 1993 while Jacobs had 20 and Joe Binkiewicz hit 15 in 1991).

    The Irish added what proved to be a valuable insurance run in the seventh. Hot-hitting freshman rightfielder Jeff Perconte hit a leadoff double to left-center and advanced to third on Amrhein's flyout. Pinch-hitter John Corbin then drew a walk and Ust brought home Perconte with a double to the gap in right-center field.

    NOTES: Notre Dame moved senior centerfielder Randall Brooks back to the leadoff spot, where he opened the season before shifting to the No. 2 spot in mid-March, when senior rightfielder Pat O'Keefe moved into the starting lineup (after the ribcage injury to Justin Scholl) ... Perconte took over the No. 2 spot, going 2-for-4 to give him a .591 batting average (13-for-22) in his last six games as a starter ... Ust went 2-for-3 with two runs and RBI, moving into a tie with Wagner for second on the team with a .376 batting average (Ust has hits in 22 of his last 24 games) ... Greene's 2-for-4 day (which included three RBI and a run scored) boosted his season average to .339 ... Greene has hits in 14 of his last 15 games, collecting six doubles, two triples and two home runs during that stretch ... Felker has hits in 15 of his last 18 games while going 11-for-24 in his last seven games ... the entire starting lineup continues to hit above .300, with Frye dropping to .306 after an 0-for-3 night.

    Chicago State 5 (13-31)                                  Univ. of Notre Dame 7 (34-17)
    Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A     Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
    ---------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------
    Bob Boye cf...............  4  0  0  0    1  1  1  0     Randall Brooks cf.........  3  0  0  0    1  1  4  0
    Mark Binder ss............  3  1  1  1    1  1  1  0     Dan Leatherman cf/1b......  1  0  0  0    0  1  2  0
    Brian Naese 2b............  5  0  1  1    0  0  4  0     Jeff Perconte rf..........  4  1  2  0    0  1  4  0
    Craig Majdecki c/3b.......  4  0  0  1    0  0  6  3     Larry Zimont ph/rf........  1  0  1  0    0  0  0  0
    Scott Hordecki 3b/c.......  3  1  0  0    0  0  2  0     Mike Amrhein c............  4  1  1  1    0  1  7  0
    Donny Powell p/dh.........  4  1  2  1    0  1  0  0     Mike Knecht c.............  1  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
    David Keltner rf..........  2  1  0  0    2  2  6  0     Jeff Wagner dh............  2  1  0  0    1  1  0  0
    Scott Budesilich lf.......  3  1  0  0    1  2  0  0     John Corbin ph............  0  0  0  0    1  0  0  0
    Derrick Felton 1b.........  0  0  0  0    1  0  1  0     Dan Stavisky pr...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
    Mike Callahan 1b..........  2  0  1  1    1  0  3  0     Brant Ust ss..............  3  2  2  1    1  1  0  1
    Dan Jackson p.............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1     Paul Turco ss.............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
    Dan Simonetti p...........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0     Allen Greene lf...........  4  1  2  3    0  0  2  1
    Joe Bleers p..............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1     Jeff Felker 1b............  2  1  1  0    1  1  2  0
    Pat O'Keefe ph/cf.........  1  0  0  0    0  0  2  0
    Todd Frye 2b..............  3  0  0  0    1  0  3  1
    J.J. Brock 3b.............  3  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
    Matt Nussbaum ph/3b.......  0  0  0  0    1  0  1  1
    Tim Kalita p..............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1
    Mark Lapinskas p..........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
    Pat Davis p...............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
    Tom O'Hagan p.............  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0
    Totals.................... 30  5  5  5    7  7 24  5     Totals.................... 32  7  9  5    7  7 27  5
    
    Score by innings:                      R  H  E
    ----------------------------------------------
    Chicago State         100 000 004   -  5  5  1
    Univ. of Notre Dame   030 003 10    -  7  9  0
    ----------------------------------------------
    E - S. Hordecki(11).
    DP - Irish 1. LOB - Chicago St. 8, Irish 8.
    2B - Donny Powell(5), J. Perconte(3), Brant Ust(13). 3B - Allen Greene(5).
    HR - Mike Amrhein(13).
    SB - Donny Powell(6), D. Keltner(21), D. Felton(1), Brant Ust(4), Jeff Felker(7). CS - Rand. Brooks(7), J. Perconte(2).
    SF - C. Majdecki(1).
    Chicago State          IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF     Univ. of Notre Dame    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB  BF
    -----------------------------------------------------     -----------------------------------------------------
    Donny Powell........  2.0   3   3   2   0   2  10  10     Tim Kalita..........  7.0   4   1   1   4   7  23  28
    Dan Jackson.........  3.0   1   0   0   1   4   8   9     Mark Lapinskas......  1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3   3
    Dan Simonetti.......  0.1   2   3   3   4   0   3   7     Pat Davis...........  0.0   1   4   4   2   0   1   4
    Joe Bleers..........  2.2   3   1   1   2   1  11  13     Tom O'Hagan.........  1.0   0   0   0   1   0   3   5
    Winner - Tim Kalita 2-1.  Loser - Donny Powell 1-5.  Save - Tom O'Hagan (2).
    WP - Donny Powell(5), Pat Davis(3).
    HBP - by Pat Davis (S. Hordecki), by Tom O'Hagan (Mark Binder).
    Start: 6:00   Time: 2:59   Attendance: 53
    Game Notes:
    Amrhein's home run was the 36th of his career, one behind Frank Jacobs'
    career record of 37.
    Pat Davis faced 4 batters in the 9th.
    

    Play-by-play

    Chicago State inning 1
    Bob Boye flied out to lf. Mark Binder walked. Brian Naese singled to right center; Mark Binder advanced to third. C. Majdecki flied out to cf, SF, RBI; Mark Binder scored. S. Hordecki flied out to rf. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 1
    Rand. Brooks flied out to rf. J. Perconte struck out. Mike Amrhein flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Chicago State inning 2
    Donny Powell singled to center field. D. Keltner struck out. Budesilich lined out to 2b. D. Felton walked; Donny Powell advanced to second. D. Felton stole second; Donny Powell stole third. Bob Boye lined out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 2
    Jeff Wagner flied out to rf. Brant Ust singled to center field. Brant Ust stole second, failed pickoff attempt. Allen Greene singled to center field, RBI; Brant Ust scored. Jeff Felker singled to left field; Allen Greene advanced to second. Todd Frye grounded out to 1b unassisted; Jeff Felker advanced to second; Allen Greene advanced to third. Jeff Felker advanced to third on a wild pitch; Allen Greene scored on a wild pitch. J.J. Brock reached on an error by 3b, advanced to third on the error; Jeff Felker scored on the error, unearned. Rand. Brooks struck out. 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

    Chicago State inning 3
    Mark Binder struck out looking. Brian Naese flied out to rf. C. Majdecki grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 3
    Donny Powell to dh. Dan Jackson to p. J. Perconte singled to shortstop. J. Perconte out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. Mike Amrhein struck out. Jeff Wagner struck out. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Chicago State inning 4
    S. Hordecki flied out to cf. Donny Powell grounded out to ss. D. Keltner walked. D. Keltner failed pickoff attempt. Budesilich struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 4
    M. Callahan to 1b for D. Felton. Brant Ust struck out. Allen Greene grounded out to 1b unassisted. Jeff Felker struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Chicago State inning 5
    M. Callahan flied out to rf. Bob Boye walked. Mark Binder singled to right field; Bob Boye advanced to second. Brian Naese flied into double play lf to 2b; Bob Boye out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 5
    Todd Frye grounded out to p. J.J. Brock lined out to cf. Rand. Brooks walked. Rand. Brooks out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Chicago State inning 6
    C. Majdecki lined out to cf. S. Hordecki flied out to rf. Donny Powell struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 6
    D. Simonetti to p for Dan Jackson. C. Majdecki to 3b. S. Hordecki to c. J. Perconte lined out to 2b. Mike Amrhein homered to left field, RBI. Jeff Wagner walked. Brant Ust walked; Jeff Wagner advanced to second. Allen Greene tripled to center field, 2 RBI; Brant Ust scored; Jeff Wagner scored. Jeff Felker walked. Jeff Felker stole second. Todd Frye walked. Joe Bleers to p for D. Simonetti. J.J. Brock reached on a fielder's choice; Todd Frye advanced to second; Jeff Felker advanced to third; Allen Greene out at home p to c. Rand. Brooks grounded out to 3b. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

    Chicago State inning 7
    Leatherman to cf for Rand. Brooks. D. Keltner struck out. Budesilich struck out. M. Callahan singled to shortstop. Bob Boye struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 7
    J. Perconte doubled to left center. Mike Amrhein flied out to rf; J. Perconte advanced to third. John Corbin pinch hit for Jeff Wagner. John Corbin walked. D. Stavisky pinch ran for John Corbin. Brant Ust doubled to right center, RBI; D. Stavisky advanced to third; J. Perconte scored. Allen Greene popped up to ss. Pat O'Keefe pinch hit for Jeff Felker. Pat O'Keefe flied out to rf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

    Chicago State inning 8
    Leatherman to 1b. Mike Knecht to c for Mike Amrhein. Paul Turco to ss for Brant Ust. Pat O'Keefe to cf. M. Lapinskas to p for Tim Kalita. Mark Binder flied out to cf. Brian Naese flied out to cf. C. Majdecki grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

    Univ. of Notre Dame inning 8
    Todd Frye popped up to 2b. M. Nussbaum pinch hit for J.J. Brock. M. Nussbaum walked. Leatherman struck out looking. L. Zimont pinch hit for J. Perconte. L. Zimont singled to right field; M. Nussbaum advanced to second. Mike Knecht flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

    Chicago State inning 9
    L. Zimont to rf. M. Nussbaum to 3b. Pat Davis to p for M. Lapinskas. S. Hordecki hit by pitch. Donny Powell doubled down the lf line, RBI; S. Hordecki scored. Donny Powell advanced to third on a wild pitch. D. Keltner walked. D. Keltner stole second. Budesilich walked. Tom O'Hagan to p for Pat Davis. M. Callahan walked, RBI; Budesilich advanced to second; D. Keltner advanced to third; Donny Powell scored. Bob Boye popped up to 3b. Mark Binder hit by pitch, RBI; M. Callahan advanced to second; Budesilich advanced to third; D. Keltner scored. Brian Naese grounded out to 3b, RBI; Mark Binder advanced to second; M. Callahan advanced to third; Budesilich scored. C. Majdecki popped up to 2b. 4 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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