March 13, 2013
#17 Notre Dame
Fighting Irish (10-4)
#20 Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Baggett Stadium (1,734)
Thursday (6 p.m. PT)
RHP Sean Fitzgerald (1-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. RHP Joey Wagman (3-1, 3.38 ERA)
Friday (6 p.m. PT)
RHP Adam Norton (4-0, 1.61 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Imhof (2-0, 1.40 ERA)
Saturday (Noon PT)
RHP David Hearne (0-1, 5.12 ERA) vs. RHP Bryan Granger (3-1, 3.04 ERA)
LIVE GAME COVERAGE
Live Video: GoPoly.com
Live Audio: WHME 103.1 FM (Chuck Freeby, pbp); UND.com
Live Stats: UND.com
IN THE BATTERS BOX -- No. 17 Notre Dame closes its seven-game California trip this weekend with a three-game series at No. 20 Cal Poly. First pitch for both Thursday and Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT with Saturday's finale to start at noon PT. The Irish (10-4) enter the weekend 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.
PLAYING THE BEST -- Notre Dame has already played a trio of top-25 opponents (No. 25 Virginia Tech, No. 7 UCLA and No. 10 Oklahoma). The Irish have captured two of those three meetings. Notre Dame blanked the Hokies, 3-0, and topped the Sooners, 6-5, in 11 innings. The Bruins slipped past the Irish, 2-1, in 10 innings.
FAST OUT OF THE GATE -- Notre Dame opened 10-3 and had 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 19-23-1 record in those games, including a 14-9-1 mark over the last 24 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 1.40 ERA in 51.1 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 .191 batting average. They have struck out 39, walked 12 and allowed just 33 hits (only FOUR 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.
OPPONENTS -- Notre Dame has faced 310 opponents over its 120 years of baseball. Recent first-time opponents include: Liberty, Albany, Lehigh, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Buffalo and Mississippi Valley State (2008); Gonzaga and Grambling (2009); Manhattan, Seattle and UAB (2011); Hofstra, Houston Baptist and Kansas (2012); Massachusetts and Rhode Island (2013).
FAR & WIDE -- Notre Dame's 2013 roster includes 35 players from 17 different home states.
ROAD TRIPPERS -- Notre Dame will be playing its first 17 games away from home, in six different cities: Sarasota, Fla., New Orleans, Cary, N.C. and Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Calif.
WALKING A TIGHTROPE -- Notre Dame has already played in a total of eight games decided by one run. The Irish own a 5-3 record in those outings. Each of Notre Dame's last four games have been decided by one run.