Feb. 26, 2011
DUPRA'S ELEVEN - Senior RHP Brian Dupra fanned a career-high 11 in yesterday's 5-0 victory over Seattle. The 11 strikeouts were the most by an Irish pitcher since Steve Sabatino struck out 11 at Villanova on May 15, 2010. It was the most strikeouts by a Notre Dame right-handed pitcher since David Phelps totaled 11 at Louisville on May 12, 2007. In fact, a Notre Dame pitcher, either right-handed or left-handed, has not posted more strikeouts in a game since Tom Thornton fanned 12 against Kent State on June 5, 2004. The last Irish righty to eclipse 11 strikeouts in a game was Chris Neisel (12 in relief vs. Ball State on May 5, 2004).
Dupra, who walked his first batter of the season in the second inning on Friday, has now punched out 16 in 13.0 innings in 2011. He lowered his season ERA to 1.38.
BULLPEN STILL PERFECT - Notre Dame's bullpen has now thrown 10.2 innings this season and still has yet to allow a run. Irish relievers have fanned 11, walked three and are holding their opponents to a .225 batting average.
IRISH STARTERS QUALITY - Notre Dame's starting pitchers amassed 10 quality starts over the course of the entire 2010 season (54 games). The Irish rotation of senior RHP Brian Dupra, senior RHP Cole Johnson and senior RHP Todd Miller has nearly posted half that amount already in 2011. Notre Dame has gotten a quality start in every game this year.
STILL EARLY, BUT WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES - Notre Dame was victimized with two outs in 2010. Irish opponents hit .309 (198-for-641) with two outs and registered 154 two-out RBI, which was almost three per game. Notre Dame had a mere 91 two-out RBI and hit only .259.
The Irish have completely reversed that trend in 2011. Notre Dame has limited its opponents to a .105 (4-for-38) batting average with two outs and no two-out RBI over its first four games this season. The Irish, on the other hand, have 11 two-out RBI with a .292 (14-for-48) batting average.
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