March 4, 2011
|Notre Dame vs. Winthrop, Manhattan
Friday, March 4, Noon & 4 p.m. ET
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IN THE BATTERS BOX -- Notre Dame hopes for warmer weather and better results this weekend when they head to the 2011 Coca Cola Classic (hosted by Winthrop University). The Irish will open the weekend with a doubleheader against Manhattan and the host Eagles at Noon on Fri., March 4. Notre Dame and Winthrop should get underway at 4 p.m. The Irish return to action at 4 p.m. on Sat., March 5, against the Eagles. Notre Dame will wrap up the weekend against the Jaspers at 11 a.m. on Sun., March 6.
IRISH AT A GLANCE -- Notre Dame enters this weekend riding a two-game losing streak. The Irish had captured three straight games, before dropping a doubleheader to Seattle University to close last weekend.
THIS WEEKEND'S STORY LINES -- Notre Dame will face a pair of unfamiliar foes this weekend. The meeting with Winthrop will be the second in school history, while the matchup with Manhattan will be the inaugural.
IRISH SET FOR RARE TRIP TO THE PALMETTO STATE -- Notre Dame will be making just its third all-time trip to the state of South Carolina and second-ever in the regular season. Interestingly enough, the Irish will return to South Carolina next weekend at the Caravelle Resort Classic (hosted by Coastal Carolina). In 2007, Notre Dame dropped two of three games at the Baseball at the Beach tournament. The Irish upended TCU, 4-1, but lost to UNC Wilmington, 9-4, and Coastal Carolina, 4-0. Notre Dame had an impressive performance at the 1994 NCAA East Regional that was played at Clemson, bouncing back from a 9-5 loss to Old Dominion by beating the host Tigers, 8-1, and The Citadel, 5-1, before losing to Auburn, 8-0. The Irish also have limited playing experience in North Carolina, with previous trips to Duke and Elon. The previous trip to North Carolina came in a two-game series at Duke to open the 1988 campaign.
ALL-TIME MONOGRAM WINNERS MISSING SOUTH CAROLINA NATIVES -- Some 885 all-time Notre Dame baseball monogram winners include players from 44 states (plus Canada and Panama). The only states not represented among the Irish baseball monogram winners are Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Vermont. Former Notre Dame executive vice-president Rev. Edmund P. Joyce - a legend in the history of collegiate athletics - was the first Notre Dame student who was a native of South Carolina.
MANHATTAN SET TO BECOME OPPONENT #304 -- Seattle University last weekend became the 303rd different opponent faced by Notre Dame in 119 seasons of Division I baseball, with Manhattan set to join that all-time opponents list this weekend. The Irish have faced roughly 63% of the teams currently competing on the Division I level (194 of 308), including all teams currently in the BIG EAST, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Big Ten, Ivy League, Pac-10 and SEC.
SCOUTING MANHATTAN -- The Jaspers enters the series with a 1-3 record. Manhattan captured its season opener at Western Carolina (11-6), but dropped the final two games of the series (7-3, 9-8) and lost again this past Wednesday to Fordham (8-6).
SCOUTING WINTHROP -- The Eagles enter the weekend with a 2-5 record. Winthrop opened the season with a 14-9 victory over San Diego State, but dropped the next two games to San Diego (7-5) and the Aztecs (6-1). The Eagles rebounded with a 9-2 rout in their home opener, but dropped their next three games to Kent State twice (13-0 and 8-6) and Wagner (8-5).
NOTRE DAME-WINTHROP SERIES NOTES -- Notre Dame and Winthrop are set to meet for just the second time in program history on Friday. The Irish routed the Eagles, 19-6, in the only previous meeting on Feb. 27, 2004 at the Florida Atlantic University Classic.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Notre Dame Manhattan Winthrop Batting Average .269 .327 .253 Runs Per Game 5.8 7.0 5.7 Home Runs 2 5 0 Slugging Percentage .363 .497 .302 Batters' BB+HBP-SO Margin -10 -10 -6 On-Base Percentage .342 .401 .347 Stolen Bases 7-9 6-8 8-10 Team ERA 2.25 6.42 5.46 Opponent Batting Average .236 .252 .329 Pitchers' SO-BB Ratio 3.46 0.91 2.13 Pitchers' SO Per 9 Innings 7.79 7.75 4.72 Pitchers' BB Per 9 Innings 2.25 8.85 2.21 Fielding Pct. (Errors) .972 (6) .965 (5) .955 (12) Double Plays Turned 5 2 5 Record at Home 0-0 0-0 1-3 Record on Road (including neutral) 3-3 1-3 1-2 Record in One-Run Games 0-2 0-1 0-0 Record in Extra Innings 0-0 0-0 0-0
FOR STARTERS -- Notre Dame's starting pitchers have registered a quality start in all six games for the Irish this season. The trio of senior RHP Brian Dupra, senior RHP Cole Johnson and senior RHP Todd Miller have a combined 2.54 ERA (39.0 IP, 11 ER). Opponents are batting just .233 against Dupra, Johnson and Miller. The six quality starts is even more impressive when you consider Notre Dame totaled 10 over the course of the entire 2010 season (54 games).
PITCHING THE NAME OF THE GAME -- Notre Dame enters this weekend with a 2.25 ERA. It is the best team ERA over the first six games of a season since at least the 1988 season. Irish records unfortunately do not have complete box scores prior to the '88 season.
PROBABLY GOING TO JINX IT, BUT -- Notre Dame has yet to play a game this year that has exceeded two hours and 48 minutes. In fact, four of the Irish games in 2011 have finished under two hours and 20 minutes, including all three games last weekend at Seattle.
WALKING A TIGHTROPE -- Notre Dame has already played a pair of one-run games in 2011. The Irish are 0-2 in those outings, dropping a 2-1 decision to Michigan State on Feb. 18 and losing a 1-0 affair to Seattle on Feb. 26.
Not for the Faint of Heart -- Notre Dame and Seattle University played a three-game series last weekend on the campus of the University of Washington. The temperature never rose above freezing (32 degrees) at any point during any of the three games. In fact, the first pitch temperature of Saturday's opening game of the doubleheader was 23 degrees and the wind chill was 16 degrees.
ON DECK -- Notre Dame returns to the Palmetto State next weekend at the Caravelle Resort Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina. The Irish face UAB (Sat., Mar. 12, 11 a.m.), Coastal Carolina (Sat., Mar. 12, 2:30 p.m.) and Kent State (Sun., Mar. 13, 11 a.m.).