April 13, 2011
Notre Dame (13-16-1, 4-5) vs. West Virginia (20-14, 6-3)
Notre Dame, Ind.
Frank Eck Stadium
Friday (7:00 p.m.)
RHP Brian Dupra (2-3, 1.64 ERA) vs. LHP Marshall Thompson (4-0, 4.50 ERA)
Saturday (4:05 p.m.)
RHP Cole Johnson (2-5, 2.83 ERA) vs. LHP Harrison Musgrave (3-2, 4.59 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 p.m.)
RHP Todd Miller (3-2, 3.74 ERA) vs. RHP Andy Berry (4-2, 4.71 ERA)
LIVE GAME COVERAGE
TV: ESPNU and ESPN3.com, Friday (Dari Nokah, pbp; Morgan Ensberg, color)
Live Video: UND.com, Sunday (Chuck Freeby, pbp)
Live Audio: WHME 103.1 FM (Chuck Freeby, pbp); UND.com
Live Stats: UND.com
Friday, April 15
High 58, Low 48
Saturday, April 16
High 57, Low 38
Sunday, April 17
High 50, Low 40
IN THE BATTERS BOX -- Notre Dame returns to action this weekend at Frank Eck Stadium for a three-game series with BIG EAST rival West Virginia. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Saturday and Sunday's games will begin at 4:05 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. All three games can be heard on WHME 103.1 FM and UND.com. Sunday's game will also be streamed live on UND.com.
THIS WEEKEND'S STORY LINES -- Notre Dame plays host to West Virginia this weekend. The Mountaineers enter the series tied with Pittsburgh and Louisville for third place in the BIG EAST standings. Connecticut is alone atop the league, one game ahead of the aforementioned three teams. The Irish have already played the Huskies and Panthers.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS -- West Virginia enters the series with an 20-14 record overall and 6-3 mark in the conference. The Mountaineers have swept Georgetown, dropped two of three at Louisville and took two of three at USF to open the BIG EAST slate. Head coach Greg Van Zant is in his 17th season with West Virginia and ranks second in school history with 497 career victories.
WEST VIRGINIA INSIDER -- The Mountaineers have won their last three games entering the series with Notre Dame. West Virginia had dropped four of its last five outings prior to the three-game sweep of Georgetown last weekend. The Mountaineers opened the BIG EAST season with a series victory at USF, taking two of three after dropping series opener. West Virginia then took the series opener at Louisville, but proceeded to drop the final two games of the series with the Cardinals. The Mountaineers and Irish have played three common opponents in 2011. West Virginia topped Iowa (5-0 on Feb. 18), lost to Penn State (3-2 on Feb. 19) and swept Georgetown (4-3, 4-0, 6-4 on Apr. 8-10). Notre Dame dropped two games to the Hawkeyes (4-3 in 10 innings and 11-2 on March 17-18), beat the Nittany Lions (8-5 on Feb. 20) and took two of three from the Hoyas (3-2, 1-0 and 3-4 on March 25-27).
NOTRE DAME-WEST VIRGINIA SERIES NOTES -- Notre Dame has won 14 of its last 21 meetings with West Virginia (since 2003) and owns a 38-20 all-time series edge (29-17 since both teams joined the BIG EAST in 1996).
TALE OF THE TAPE
Notre Dame West Virginia Batting Average .243 .312 Runs Per Game 4.0 6.6 Home Runs 8 24 Slugging Percentage .327 .445 Batters' BB+HBP-SO Margin -49 -24 On-Base Percentage .318 .387 Stolen Bases 28-47 18-28 Team ERA 2.92 5.35 Opponent Batting Average .258 .280 Pitchers' SO-BB Ratio 2.99 1.45 Pitchers' SO Per 9 Innings 6.63 6.03 Pitchers' BB Per 9 Innings 2.22 4.17 Fielding Pct. (Errors) .971 (34) .972 (36) Double Plays Turned 19 21 Record at Home 5-4 14-4 Record on Road (including neutral) 8-12-1 6-10 Record in One-Run Games 5-7 6-4 Record in Extra Innings 2-2-1 0-1