April 16, 2010
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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. Notre Dame senior outfielder Billy Boockford collected
a critical two-strike, two-out RBI single in the top of the 10th inning to
give the Irish a one-run lead and fellow senior closer Steven Mazur made it
stand as the Irish rallied past Seton Hall, 6-5, in BIG EAST baseball action
from Owen T. Carroll Field Friday afternoon.
The Irish improved to 13-19 and 3-7 overall, while the Pirates drop to 13-18
Mazur picked up the victory and improved to 1-0 on the season. He tossed 2.1
scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts. Mazur retired Seton Hall
1-2-3 in the bottom of the 10th, including the final two Pirates of the game
Notre Dame's top three batters in the order, senior left fielder Ryan
Connolly, freshman second baseman Frank Desico and senior designated hitter
David Mills combined to go 7-for-14 (.500) with three runs scored and four
RBI. Connolly went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and a triple.
DeSico went 2-for-5 with two RBI, while Mills went 3-for-5 with a run
Matt Genovese (2-1) was charged with the loss in relief. The sidewinder
tossed 4.0 innings and allowed one earned run on three hits. Genovese fanned
three and walked one.
With the game tied, 5-5, in the Notre Dame 10th, Mills led off the inning
with an opposite-field single. Mills then scampered into scoring position on
Genovese's errant pickoff attempt. After senior first baseman Casey Martin
struck out and junior shortstop Mick Doyle flied out, Boockford stepped to
the plate. Boockford quickly fell behind in the count, 0-2, but the right
fielder placed an 0-2 fast ball right back up the middle to plate Mills and
give the Irish a 6-5 advantage.
Mazur made the one-run lead stand. The righty got a ground out to open the
10th before fanning Giuseppe Papaccio and Ryan Sullivan to end the game.
Notre Dame jumped out to a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth
inning. DeSico had an RBI single in the third. Freshman third baseman Adam
Norton and Connolly added two-out RBI singles in the fourth to push the lead
to three runs.
Seton Hall immediately answered in its half of the fourth. Chris Spagnuolo
opened the frame with a double and junior Brian Dupra got a fly out and a
routine ground ball, but Doyle mishandled the grounder for an error. The
Pirates capitalized. Seton Hall got a sacrifice fly and back-to-back doubles
from Papaccio and Sullivan to grab a 4-3 lead. All four of the runs were
Seton Hall added another unearned run in the bottom of the fifth to push its
advantage to 5-3.
Notre Dame drew even with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Norton ripped a double and Connolly tripled to cut the deficit to 5-4.
DeSico followed with an RBI ground out to square the game at 5-5.
Dupra did not factor in the decision, but pitched well. He did not allow an
earned run in 6.0 innings of work. Dupra struck out four and walked just
one. He allowed five hits.
DiRocco also worked 6.0 innings and surrendered five runs, three earned, on
seven hits. He struck out four and walked two.
Notre Dame's pitching staff did not allow an earned run in a game for the
first time all season.
The Irish return to action on Saturday afternoon against Seton Hall. First
pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. Sophomore Steve Sabatino will take the mound
for Notre Dame.
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