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 Jordan Litrownik.

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).

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