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    Irish Baseball Open 2012 BIG EAST Tournament As No. 7 Seed

    FIGHTING IRISH Sophomore 1B Trey Mancini will look to defend David Casey's (pictured) 2011 BIG EAST Home Run Derby title.
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    Sophomore 1B Trey Mancini will look to defend David Casey's (pictured) 2011 BIG EAST Home Run Derby title.
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    May 20, 2012

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    BIG EAST Tournament Central

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame (29-24, 14-13 BIG EAST) has earned the No. 7 seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Baseball Championship at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Irish will play the No. 2 seed St. John's at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

    The Red Storm (33-21, 18-9 BIG EAST), the preseason favorite of the conference's head coaches, earned a share of its seventh BIG EAST regular-season title. Notre Dame and St. John's are the two winningest teams in BIG EAST Championship competition. The Red Storm have a record 40 all-time wins in the tournament, while the Irish have 32.

    Notre Dame will then play either the winner or loser, depending on its result against St. John's, of the No. 3 seed Seton Hall and No. 6 seed Rutgers tilt at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursday.

    The Irish qualified for the BIG EAST tournament 16 times over its 17 years in the league. Notre Dame captured five consecutive tournament titles from 2002-06. The Irish also finished as the tournament runner-up in 1996 and '98.

    Notre Dame owns an all-time mark of 32-23 in tournament action.

    The Irish have had five players named BIG EAST tournament Most Valuable Player. The first Notre Dame player to earn the award was Steve Stanley ('02). Javi Sanchez followed in '03, Matt Macri in '04, Matt Edwards in '05 and Wade Korpi in '06.

    Fans can still purchase tickets. Complete books to all 15 potential games are available, as well as single day tickets. Online information can be found at www.bigeast.org/Sports/Baseball/2012BaseballChampionshipCentral.aspx.

    Coverage of the BIG EAST Championship also will be available on the web at www.bigeastbaseball.com. The site will include free live streaming video of all games from the first four days of competition along with live coverage of Tuesday's opening ceremonies and Home Run Derby.

    2012 BIG EAST BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
    Tuesday, May 22
    Opening Ceremonies/Award Presentations/Home Run Derby - Gates open at 6 p.m.; ceremonies begin at 7 p.m.

    Home Run Derby Participants
    Connecticut - Ryan Fuller (.314, 4 HR, 34 RBI)
    Louisville - Ryan Seiz (.147, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
    Notre Dame - Trey Mancini (.307, 12 HR, 44 RBI)
    Pittsburgh - Rick Devereaux (.371, 7 HR, 54 RBI)
    Rutgers - Patrick Kivlehan (.399, 14 HR, 50 RBI)
    St. John's - Matt Wessinger (.338, 6 HR, 44 RBI)
    Seton Hall - Connor Delepine (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    USF - Jimmy Falla (.280, 2 HR, 17 RBI)

    Wednesday, May 23 - Four games
    (Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)
    Game 1 - No. 6 Rutgers (31-23) vs. No. 3 Seton Hall (33-22), 10 a.m.
    Game 2 - No. 7 Notre Dame (29-25) vs. No. 2 St. John's (33-21), 1 p.m.
    Game 3 - No. 8 Pittsburgh (28-26) vs. No. 1 Louisville (38-18), 5 p.m.
    Game 4 - No. 5 Connecticut (29-25-1) vs. No. 4 USF (34-20), 8 p.m.

    Thursday, May 24 - Four games
    (Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)
    Game 5 - Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 10 a.m.
    Game 6 - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 1 p.m.
    Game 7 - Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 5 p.m.
    Game 8 - Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4, 8 p.m.

    Friday, May 25 - Two games
    (Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)
    Game 9 - Loser of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 5, 4 p.m.
    Game 10 - Loser of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 7, 7 p.m.

    Saturday, May 26 - Two, three, or four games
    (Live video on www.bigeastbaseball.com)
    Game 11 - Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 9, 10 a.m.
    Game 12 - Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 10, 1 p.m.
    Game 13 - Loser of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 11, 5 p.m. (if necessary)
    Game 14 - Loser of Game 12 vs. Winner of Game 12, 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.
    (if necessary; game would be at 6:30 if Game 13 is not necessary, 8 p.m. otherwise)

    Sunday, May 27 - Championship game
    (live television on ESPNU)
    Game 15 - Winner of Group 1 vs. Winner of Group 2, Noon

    All times Eastern

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