Feb. 1, 1998
Irish Drop 3-1 Game to Duke
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Sophomore designated hitter Ed Conrey's
two-run single in the first inning proved to be the difference as Duke
completed an undefeated weekend Sunday afternoon at the ACC/Disney Baseball
Blast with a 3- 1 victory over Notre Dame.
Notre Dame (1-2)--which totaled 24 hits in its opening games vs. Florida
State (10-1) and North Carolina State (8-1)--managed just five hits vs.
freshman righthander Patrick Hanaway and sophomore righty Brad Dupree.
Hanaway pitched the first four and two-thirds innings, allowing an unearned
run on three hits and three walks, with one strikeout. Dupree (1-0) picked
up the win, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out five Irish
batters. Junior righthander Brad Lidge took the loss, in his first
appearance for the Irish since April 13, 1997. Lidge allowed three runs
(two earned) on six hits and four walks over three innings, with three K's.
Duke (3-0) broke ahead in the first, after sophomore shortstop Vaughn
Schill and senior leftfielder Michael Fletcher drew leadoff walks and moved
up on a passed ball. Lidge then forced Jeff Becker into a pop-up and struck
out Gregg Maluchnik but Conrey came through with the two-run single to
left. Duke added a run in the third, after Becker's leadoff double, a
one-out walk by Conrey and an RBI single to left by junior rightfielder
The Irish scored in the fifth, when senior second baseman Todd Frye walked
with the bases loaded. The inning included a one-out single from sophomore
rightfielder Jeff Perconte, an error by second baseman J.D. Alleva that
allowed freshman rightfielder Ben Cooke to reach base and a two-out walk by
Brock. Hanaway threw two balls to Frye before yielding to Dupree. Sophomore
third baseman Brant Ust had a chance to cut further into Duke's lead but
grounded out to Becker at third.
Both teams stranded seven runners while the Irish had the leadoff man on in
each of the first four innings, with Duke turning timely double plays in
the first and fourth (Notre Dame turned four double plays to keep the game
close). Sophomore righthander Scott Cavey bounced back from a rocky
appearance on Saturday, setting down three straight batters to get the
Irish out of a bind in the fourth. Freshman righthander Danny Tamayo
(Miami, Fla.) then had an impressive debut, facing the minimum 12 batters
over the final four innings while allowing one walk and one hit (he served
up double-play balls in the sixth and eighth).
NOTES: Senior shortstop J.J. Brock moved past Bob Lisanti ('96, 182) into
seventh place on the Irish career games started list (183) ... Brock moved
past Randall Brooks ('97, 640) into ninth on the career at-bats list (641),
two behind Scott Sollmann (1994-96, 643) ... Brock, Brooks, Sollmann and
Mike Amrhein (3rd with 745 career ABs) all joined the Irish program in
1993-94 ... Notre Dame hit .260 for the weekend, led by Wagner (5-for-11),
Ust (4-for-11) and senior 1B Dan Leatherman (4-for-12).
NOTRE DAME (1-2) 000 010 000 - 1 5 1
DUKE (3-0) 201 000 00X - 3 7 1
Hannaway, Dupree (5) and Maluchnik.
Lidge, Cavey (4), Tamayo (5) and Wagner.
W - Dupree (1-0).
L - Lidge (0-1).
2B - Duke 1 (Becker).