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    FIGHTING IRISH Senior Casey Martin.
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    Senior Casey Martin.
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    Feb. 22, 2010

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Overall Record: 3-0, 0-0 BIG EAST
    Last Week's Record: 3-0, 0-0 BIG EAST

    Recent Results:
    February 19 - Notre Dame 12, Mississippi Valley State 4 - Magnolia Field in Itta Bena, Miss.
    February 20 - Notre Dame 8, Mississippi Valley State 3 - Legion Field in Greenville, Miss.
    February 21 - Notre Dame 19, Mississippi Valley State 3 - Legion Field in Greenville, Miss.

    Upcoming Games:
    February 26, 4:30 p.m. (ET) - Notre Dame vs. Illinois - Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Fla.
    February 27, 4:00 p.m. (ET) - Notre Dame vs. Ohio State - Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla.
    February 28, 10:00 a.m. (ET) - Notre Dame vs. Penn State - Naimoli Complex in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Star Watch:

    Name               Avg.   AB   R   H   HR   RBI   TB   SLG%   BB   HBP   OBP   SB-ATT
    Casey Martin      .500    16   4   8   2    7     15   .938   0    1     .529  0-0
    Cameron McConnell .400    10   3   4   0    2     4    .400   0    0     .400  0-0
    David Mills       .300    10   2   3   0    4     4    .400   3    0     .429  4-4
    Charlie Markson   .667     3   2   2   0    3     3    1.000  0    0     .667  0-0
    Matt Grosso       .600     5   3   3   0    2     3    .600   3    0     .750  0-0
    Joe Hudson        .500     4   1   2   0    2     2    .500   0    0     .333  0-0
    David Casey       .500     4   3   2   0    2     2    .500   2    2     .750  0-0
    

    Name ERA W-L App GS CG SV IP H R-ER BB-SO BAvg. Eric Maust 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0 3.0 1 0-0 0-1 .111 Steve Sabatino 0.00 1-0 1 1 0 0 3.0 0 0-0 3-5 .000 Cole Johnson 3.38 1-0 1 1 0 0 5.1 5 2-2 0-2 .263 Will Hudgins 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0 2.0 1 0-0 0-2 .125 Todd Miller 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 1 2.0 3 0-0 1-2 .375 Steven Mazur 0.00 0-0 2 0 0 0 2.0 0 1-0 0-2 .000 Billy Boockford 0.00 1-0 1 0 0 0 1.2 0 0-0 1-1 .000 Joe Spano 0.00 0-0 2 0 0 0 1.1 0 0-0 1-2 .000 Ryan Richter 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0 0.2 0 0-0 0-0 .000

    Player of the Week Nominee:
    Casey Martin - Senior - First Baseman - Chesterton, Ind.

    Date   Opponent   Score   AB   R   H   RBI   2B   3B   HR   BB   SB-A   AVG
    2.19   MVSU       W, 12-4 5    2   4   2     0    0    1    0    0-0    .800
    2.20   MVSU       W, 8-3  5    1   2   1     0    0    1    0    0-0    .600
    2.21   MVSU       W, 19-3 6    1   2   4     1    0    0    0    0-0    .500
    Totals                    16   4   8   7     1    0    2    0    0-0    .500
    

    Senior 1B Casey Martin (Chesterton, Ind.) paced the Notre Dame offensive attack and helped the Irish to a three-game sweep at Mississippi Valley State. It marked Notre Dame's first 3-0 start since 2004 and its first ever road three-game series sweep to open a season in the now 118-year history of Irish baseball. Martin batted .500 (8-for-16) for the weekend with two home runs and seven RBI. He homered on consecutive days to open the year becoming the first Notre Dame player to do so since Kris Billmaier hit three long balls over Notre Dame's first two games of 2003. Martin went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI in the season opener, 2-for-5 with a solo home run in game two of the series and closed the weekend with a double, run scored and four more RBI (also went 2-for-6). The four RBI were one shy of his career high. Martin registered a .938 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage.

    Weekly Recap:
    The Notre Dame baseball team opened its season with a three-game series sweep of Mississippi Valley State this past weekend. The Irish outscored the Delta Devils, 39-10, along the way and secured their first 3-0 start to a season since 2004. In fact, it is the first ever three-game series sweep away from home to open a season in the 118-year history of Irish baseball.

    Notre Dame came into the season with the mantra, "898 committed to win ... one team rock solid." The coaching staff generated the number 898 by adding up every player's jersey number on the roster. The message being pushed by the coaches and players since the opening of practice has been it will take contributions from every player to have a winning season. Well, the Irish mantra was in full effect this weekend.

    Notre Dame used 32 players this weekend in the series sweep, including 12 pitchers. The Irish had seven different players with at least one hit in each of the first two victories and then topped that total in the series finale when 11 different players had base hits in the 19-3 rout of Mississippi Valley State. In fact, Notre Dame also had 15 separate players account for its 19 runs scored. The team effort was also evident with the Irish pitching staff. Those 12 pitchers combined to make 14 appearances and nine of which were scoreless outings.

    The Irish pitching staff also displayed significant improvement in control. Notre Dame averaged just over 3.8 walks per nine innings in 2009, the highest by an Irish staff since 1999. Notre Dame's pitchers walked just seven batters in 27.0 innings of work over the weekend - good for just 2.3 walks per nine innings.

    Notre Dame returns to action next weekend at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Baseball Challenge. The Irish will face Illinois (Fri., 4:00 p.m.), Ohio State (Sat., 4:30 p.m.) and Penn State (Sun., 10:00 a.m.). Notre Dame's tilt with the Illini is scheduled for Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater. The Irish and Buckeyes will meet at Bright House Networks Field (home of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 BIG EAST Tournaments) in Clearwater. Notre Dame and the Nittany Lions will conclude the challenge at the Naimoli Complex in St. Petersburg.

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