NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After playing only six games at the friendly confines of Frank Eck Stadium last season due to FieldTurf installation, the University of Notre Dame baseball team is returning home in a big way in 2015 with a monster home slate that features Atlantic Coast Conference series against four 2014 NCAA Tournament teams including College World Series participants Louisville and Virginia.
I know we have all grown tired of the “Rain Delay Danceoff’s” since the original came out a few years ago between UConn and South Florida but it isn’t everyday that we get to see the current Heisman Trophy winner involved like Saturday night between Florida State and Notre Dame. You can check out the video from the Tallahassee Democrat below. Continue reading Video of the Day: Florida State and Notre Dame Danceoff
The rains again claimed most of the action in Southern California, but the teams on the road were able to get their games in (except for Long Beach State who fell victim to a ‘sub-freezing temperatures’ cancellation at Wichita State) and there were some really great matchups.
After missing him twice in Omaha last summer, UCLA finally had to face off with North Carolina State ace Carlos Rodon, but it was a different lefty that stole the show.
A pair of young top prospects took the mound in Eugene as Cal State Fullerton and Oregon battled to a one-run contest that wasn’t decided until the eighth inning.
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action in the area:
“Rain! Rain! Go away! Don’t ever come back until baseball season is over.” (or something like that)
Instead of an exciting matchup between USC and Cal Poly or some tripleheader USD Tournament action, all there was to do in Los Angeles tonight was listen and watch games online since everything in Southern California was cancelled on Friday.
There still were some great games played by some SoCal squads. Could James Kaprielian overcome UCLA’s struggling offense? How would Thomas Eshelman respond after struggling his last outing?
We’ve got your quick roundup of all the action, plus photo galleries from around the area:
Boston College Eagles
2013 record: 12 – 40 (4 – 25 ACC, 6th place)
Finish: No postseason
To put it bluntly, the Boston College Eagles were out of their element in ACC conference play in 2013. The Eagles lost their first 20 conference games before surprisingly winning a home series with Miami to get off the schnide.
The Cavaliers were named by 10 coaches as this year’s team to beat, while Florida State received four first-place votes. Continue reading 2014 ACC Preseason Coaches Poll
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – As was announced in the fall on the University of Notre Dame baseball team’s Twitter account (@NDBaseball), the artificial surface company FieldTurf began installing a state-of-the-art artificial field at Frank Eck Stadium in late October with plans to have the facility ready for play at the beginning of the 2014 home slate in mid-March.
However, due to unseasonably poor weather around South Bend in November, an unknown number of home games will be relocated to other stadiums until the project can be finished with the hope of only playing a handful of games away from the Eck. Continue reading Notre Dame to move some Games during 2014 Season
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A formidable 54-game schedule that features four series against former BIG EAST Conference foes, 20 contests against NCAA Tournament teams, 25 home showdowns at Frank Eck Stadium and 30 Atlantic Coast Conference games awaits the University of Notre Dame baseball team as it enters its first year in the ACC in 2014. Continue reading Notre Dame releases 2014 Schedule
LOS ANGELES — No. 22 Notre Dame rallied for the tying run in the ninth inning and the game-winning run in the 11th inning to defeat No. 17 Oklahoma in walk-off fashion Sunday afternoon in the Dodgertown Classic at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Fighting Irish (10-3) fell behind 4-2 after Garrettt Carey hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, but as they did all day, the Irish fought back. Eric Jagielo responded to Carey’s blast with his own two-run no-doubter to even the score.
Oklahoma (12-4) got on top once again after Hector Lorenzana hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, but reliever junior college transfer Billy Waltrip couldn’t nail down his first career save in the final frame. He allowed a pinch hit double, couldn’t catch a popped up bunt with a diving attempt and then walked a batter to load the bases with no outs for Notre Dame’s 3-4-5 hitters.
Waltrip got Jagielo to pop out, but Trey Mancini hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game and send it to extra innings after Waltrip got a groundout to end the inning. Continue reading CBD Visit: DeFilippis Provides Irish Walk-Off Winner in First At Bat
LOS ANGELES — On the first pitch he’s seen this season, Notre Dame sophomore Kevin DeFilippis one-hopped the left field wall for an 11th inning, 6-5 walk-off victory against No. 17 Oklahoma in the Dodgertown Classic Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Ryan Bull led off the inning with a walk, advanced to third on a passed ball and a deep fly ball before scoring on DeFilippis’ game-winning hit. No. 22 Notre Dame tied the game in the ninth inning before taking the win in extra innings as Oklahoma’s pitching couldn’t hold an early 4-2 lead.
To lead off the ninth, pinch hitter Phil Mosey hit the painted foul line in left field for a leadoff double. After Billy Waltrip couldn’t make a diving catch on a popped up bunt, he walked the bases loaded for the heart of the Fighting Irish lineup. He was able to get stud slugger Eric Jagielo to pop out, but Trey Mancini hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Hector Lorenzana had put the Sooners ahead 5-4 in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly after Kolbey Carpenter executed a perfect hit and run to put runners on the corners.
Garrett Carey had a two-run homer that put Oklahoma ahead in the fifth inning, but Jagielo tied it up in the bottom half of the inning with his own two-run blast.
Check out the 25-shot photo gallery from Sunday’s Dodgertown Classic game: