March 11, 2013
#17 Notre Dame
Fighting Irish (10-3)
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Caesar Uyesaka Stadium (1,000)
Tuesday (3 p.m. PT)
RHP Nick McCarty (2-2, 0.55 ERA) vs. LHP Greg Mahle (2-1, 2.84 ERA)
live game coverage
Live Video: None
Live Audio: WHME 103.1 FM (Chuck Freeby, pbp); UND.com
Live Stats: UND.com
IN THE BATTERS BOX -- Notre Dame travels to Santa Barbara, Calif., to face UCSB at 3 p.m. PT Tuesday afternoon. The Irish (10-3) enter their first midweek tilt of the season ranked among the top-25 in all five major polls. Notre Dame is ranked No. 17 by both Perfect Game and Baseball America, No. 21 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 23 by NCBWA and No. 22 by the USA Today Coaches.
LOOKING BACK -- Notre Dame played a trio of one-run contests with No. 7 UCLA, USC and No. 10 Oklahoma last weekend at the Dodgertown Classic. The Irish took two of three over the weekend. Notre Dame dropped its opening game of the tournament 2-1 in 10 innings to the host Bruins. The Irish rebounded with back-to-back victories over the Trojans (2-1) and Sooners (6-5, 11 innings). Notre Dame came from behind to win both contests.
FAST OUT OF THE GATE -- Notre Dame (10-3) has not posted a better record after its first 13 games since 2004 when the Irish opened 12-1. The '04 campaign is the only in the last 20 years (dating back to the 1993 season) in which Notre Dame has reached the 10-win mark in fewer than 13 games. In fact, only four Irish squads ('04, '92, 1960 and 1959) over the last 76 years have reached the 10-win plateau faster than the '13 team.
IRISH TRAVEL TO THE GOLDEN STATE -- Notre Dame is in the midst of its first trip to the state of California since 2004. The Irish have travelled to a total of 10 different California sites in program history. Notre Dame has played at the University of California, Cal State Fullerton, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, UCLA, USC, UC Riverside, the University of the Pacific and Santa Clara.
HEADING FOR THE LEFT COAST -- The Notre Dame baseball team has made a handful of trips to California, posting a 19-22-1 record in those games, including a 14-8-1 mark over the last 23 games in the Golden State.
CALIFORNIA NATIVES -- Notre Dame's list of all-time baseball monogram winners includes 901 players who hail from 47 states, Washington, D.C., Panama and Ontario.
AROUND THE BASES -- Notre Dame's bullpen has been nearly flawless in 2013. Irish relievers have collected a 1.15 ERA in 47.0 innings of work. Junior RHP Dan Slania, freshman RHP Nick McCarty, sophomore RHP Cristian Torres, sophomore RHP Matt Ternowchek, junior RHP Donnie Hissa and freshman LHP Zak Kutsulis have limited foes to a .184 batting average. They have struck out 38, walked 10 and allowed just 29 hits (only three extra base hits). They've also posted a 5-2 record with three saves and have allowed just five runs after the sixth inning this season.
NOTRE DAME-UCSB SERIES HISTORY -- The Irish and Gauchos have met just once in program history and it came during the 2001 NCAA regional in South Bend. Notre Dame knocked off UCSB, 11-10, in 10 innings.