April 9, 2010
Notre Dame vs. Rutgers
Frank Eck Stadium
Notre Dame, Indiana
Game-1, Friday (5:05 p.m.)
RHP Brian Dupra (2-2, 5.01 ERA) vs. RHP Jerry Elsing (2-0, 3.20 ERA)
Game-2, Saturday (1:05 p.m.)
LHP Steve Sabatino (2-3, 5.05 ERA) vs. RHP Casey Gaynor (3-3, 5.70 ERA)
Game-3, Sunday (12:05 p.m.)
TBA vs. LHP Dan O'Neill (1-0, 5.90 ERA)
Live Game Coverage
Audio: WHME 103.1 FM (Chuck Freeby, pbp); UND.com
Live Stats: UND.com
For complete notes, see the PDF listed above.
IN THE BATTERS BOX -- Notre Dame will host Rutgers in a three-game BIG EAST series this weekend at Frank Eck Stadium. First pitch for Friday's series opener at Jake Kline Field is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Saturday's contest will get underway at 1:05 p.m., while Sunday's series finale is slated to begin at 12:05 p.m. All three contests will be broadcast on WHME 103.1 FM and UND.com. Saturday and Sunday's games will also be streamed live on UND.com.
RUTGERS INSIDER -- The Scarlet Knights, led by 27th year head coach Fred Hill, enter the series with a 15-12 overall record, 5-1 mark in BIG EAST action and having lost two of their last three.
RUTGERS-NOTRE DAME ALL-TIME SERIES -- Notre Dame holds a 28-16 series edge against Rutgers (14-4 at Notre Dame, 9-7 at Rutgers and 5-5 at the BIG EAST Tournament). The Irish swept the Scarlet Knights in Notre Dame over a three-game series in 2008. Notre Dame also took two of three from the eventual BIG EAST regular season champ in 2007. Notre Dame has actually swept each of the last three series with Rutgers in Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish took all three in the 2006 series (11-5, 15-3, 14-12) and 2004 series (1-0, 7-1, 5-3). The teams met six times in both 2002 (Notre Dame won four) and 2003 (3-3). The BIG EAST Tournament series history between the teams includes title games won by Rutgers in 1998 and by Notre Dame in 2002 and 2003. The series has featured its share of blowouts (12 games decided by eight-plus runs), tense finishes (21 decided by 1-2 runs, with 13 won by Notre Dame) and shutouts (Notre Dame 2, Rutgers 3). The 12 previous Notre Dame-Rutgers season series include eight won by Notre Dame and three by Rutgers (split in 1999, rained out in 1998).
ON DECK -- After Notre Dame hosts Rutgers this weekend for three games, the Irish conclude their seven-game homestand with a pair of non-confernce titlts against Chicago State and IPFW on April 13 and 14 (both are scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m.).
RANKINGS -- Notre Dame, as well as Rutgers, are both unranked in all four polls.
AROUND THE HORN --
RECAPPING THE GEORGETOWN SERIES - The Notre Dame baseball team finished last week with a 1-2 record after its BIG EAST weekend series at Georgetown. The Irish rallied from a five-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning to tie the score, 9-9, only to have the Hoyas answer with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to secure a 10-9 victory in the opener. Notre Dame responded with a 12-8 triumph on Friday to even the series. The Irish battled back from an early 7-0 deficit, drew within two runs, 9-7, and brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh inning, but four errors and three unearned runs proved to be too much to overcome as Georgetown held on for a 11-7 victory in the series finale.
RECAPPING THE SPRING BREAK TRIP - Notre Dame finished last week with a 2-4 record after dropping both games at Texas-Pan American before splitting its four games at the 2010 Irish Baseball Classic. The Irish lost 9-7 and 10-4 to the Broncos. In San Antonio, Notre Dame opened the tournament with a 10-6 victory over Bradley, then lost to Pacific, 8-4, but rebounded with a 6-3 triumph over Gonzaga. The Irish closed the weekend with a 3-2 defeat in the title game against Pacific.
RECAPPING THE BIG TEN/BIG EAST CHALLENGE - Notre Dame struggled mightily in all three major facets of the game during its weekend trip to Clearwater, Fla. The Irish dropped its first two games of the 2010 Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge to Illinois and #13 Ohio State. The Irish did rebound with a 10-inning, 9-8 victory over Penn State.
RECAPPING THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE SERIES - 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.