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Irish Ranked No. 39 In Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

 

Dec. 23, 2009

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame baseball team was ranked 39th in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll released earlier this week. The Irish were not only one of three BIG EAST schools among the top-40, but also was the second-highest ranked Northern school.

Dave Schrage begins his fourth season as Notre Dame head coach, looking to again improve on the previous year's record. The Irish finished 2009 at 36-23 overall, while going 15-12 in the BIG EAST and finished just a game shy of the conference tournament title game.

Six everyday starters, senior outfielder and 2008 first-team all-BIG EAST choice David Mills (Battle Creek, Mich.), junior first baseman David Casey (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), junior second baseman Greg Sherry (Mendham, N.J.), junior third baseman Mick Doyle (LaGrange Park, Ill.) junior catcher Cameron McConnell (Bannockburn, Ill.) and senior designated hitter Ryan Connolly (Binghamton, N.Y.), all return from last year. The Irish also return senior Brayden Ashdown (Tucson, Ariz.), senior Casey Martin (Chesterton, Ind.), senior Ryne Intlekofer (Moorpark, Calif.) and junior Matt Scioscia, who combined to start 79 games for the Irish last season.

The depth of pitching on last year's squad was one of its strengths and it will be quite evident heading into this season. Notre Dame returns 11 of its top 13 pitchers from last year's club, including second-team all-BIG EAST starter Cole Johnson (Hudson, Ohio), but also regain the services of junior Ryan Sharpley (Marshall, Mich.), who missed all of 2009 following offseason shoulder surgery. In addition to Johnson, the Irish also return fellow weekend starters in junior Brian Dupra (Rochester, N.Y.) and senior Eric Maust (Alpharetta, Ga.).

 

 

Notre Dame also welcomes back sophomore Steve Sabatino (Lockport, Ill.), sophomore Ryan Richter (South Bend, Ind.), sophomore Joe Spano (Verona, N.J.) and sophomore Dustin Ispas (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) -- all of whom made starts for the Irish a year ago.

Sophomore Will Hudgins (Richmond, Va.) and junior Todd Miller (Franklin, Tenn.) look to solidify the back end of the bullpen after totaling eight saves for Notre Dame in 2009. Senior Steven Mazur (Round Rock, Texas) and Mills also return to give reliable options out of the Irish bullpen.

Five freshmen signed in November of 2008 will also take to Jake Cline Field for the first time. The class includes outfielder Charlie Markson (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), infielder Frank Desico (Cleveland, Ohio), catcher Joe Hudson (Odessa, Fla.), right-handed pitcher Patrick Veerkamp (Fort Wayne, Ind.)and infielder Adam Norton (Andrean, Ind.).

The Irish will open the 2010 season with a two-game series against Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 19-20. The Irish and Delta Devils will first play on the MVSU campus on Friday before travelling to Pearl, Miss. for a meeting at Trustmark Park - home of the Mississippi Braves (Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves) on Saturday. Notre Dame concludes the opening weekend of the season with a second game at Trustmark Park against Jackson State on Sunday.

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February 19
9:00 PM
Santa Clara
Santa Clara, Calif. (Stephen Schott Stadium)

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February 20
9:00 PM
Santa Clara
Santa Clara, Calif. (Stephen Schott Stadium)

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February 21
2:00 PM
Santa Clara
Santa Clara, Calif. (Stephen Schott Stadium)

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February 25
7:05 PM
Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas (Nelson Wolff Stadium)

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February 26
12:30 PM
Bradley
San Antonio, Texas (Nelson Wolff Stadium)

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February 27
12:30 PM
Texas Southern
San Antonio, Texas (Nelson Wolff Stadium)

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February 28
12:00 PM
Gonzaga
San Antonio, Texas (Nelson Wolff Stadium)

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March 4
5:05 PM
Alabama
Cary, N.C. (USA Baseball National Training Complex)

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March 5
11:35 AM
Brown
Cary, N.C. (USA Baseball National Training Complex)

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March 5
3:05 PM
Bucknell
Cary, N.C. (USA Baseball National Training Complex)

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March 6
11:05 AM
Niagara
Cary, N.C. (USA Baseball National Training Complex)

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March 11
3:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Jim Patterson Stadium)

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March 12
3:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Jim Patterson Stadium)

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March 13
1:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Jim Patterson Stadium)

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March 16
6:05 PM
Toledo
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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March 18
6:30 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Doak Field at Dail Park)

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March 19
6:30 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Doak Field at Dail Park)

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March 20
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Doak Field at Dail Park)

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March 22
6:05 PM
UIC
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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March 24
5:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (English Field)

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March 25
5:30 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (English Field)

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March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (English Field)

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March 31
6:05 PM
Oregon
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 1
6:05 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 2
4:05 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 3
1:05 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 5
6:05 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 6
6:05 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 8
6:05 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 9
4:05 PM
Miami
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April 10
1:05 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 12
6:05 PM
Chicago State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 15
6:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 16
3:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 17
1:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 19
3:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (McLane Baseball Stadium)

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April 20
6:05 PM
Central Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 22
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Dick Howser Stadium)

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April 23
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Dick Howser Stadium)

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April 24
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (Dick Howser Stadium)

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April 26
7:00 PM
Indiana
Indianapolis, Ind. (Victory Field)

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April 27
6:05 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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April 29
6:05 PM
Ohio
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April 30
4:05 PM
Ohio
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May 1
1:05 PM
Ohio
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May 6
7:05 PM
Pittsburgh
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May 7
4:05 PM
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May 8
1:05 PM
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May 10
6:05 PM
LSU
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May 11
6:05 PM
LSU
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May 13
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Boshamer Stadium)

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May 14
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Boshamer Stadium)

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May 16
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Boshamer Stadium)

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May 19
6:05 PM
Clemson
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May 20
6:05 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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May 21
1:05 PM
Clemson
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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May 24
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Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

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May 25
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Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

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May 26
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Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

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May 27
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Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

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May 28
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Durham, N.C. (Durham Bulls Athletic Park)

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May 29
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June 10
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June 11
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June 12
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June 13
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June 18
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College World Series
Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 19
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College World Series
Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 20
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Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 21
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Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 22
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Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 23
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Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 24
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College World Series
Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 25
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College World Series
Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 26
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College World Series
Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 27
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College World Series
Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 28
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College World Series
Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)
June 29
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College World Series
Omaha, Neb. (TD Ameritrade Park Omaha)

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