After a disappointing loss to Valparaiso on Wednesday, the Fighting Irish will travel to the Villanova Wildcats in a 3 game series.
Notre Dame enters this crucial series in 7th place at 9-9 in the Big East. just 1 game ahead of the Wildcats (8-10), but also only 2 games behind Rutgers (11-7) and Seton Hall (11-7) for 5th place.
Here is the probable pitchers for each game, according to und.com.
**Bold names are Irish pitchers**
Friday (3:45 p.m. ET)
RHP Will Hudgins (3-2, 2.22 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Helisek (3-5, 5.88 ERA)
Saturday (1:15 p.m. ET)
RHP Adam Norton(3-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. RHP Pat Young (5-3, 4.31 ERA)
Sunday (12:15 p.m. ET)
RHP Pat Connaughton (2-3, 2.55 ERA) vs. RHP Max Almonte (1-3, 6.13 ERA)
The Irish need to win this series. They are in the playoffs as of now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t slip up. The Wildcats would love nothing more than to defend their home turf and send ND packing.
Why would you be confident in Notre Dame taking this series? Notre Dame is 10-2 all-time against Villanova at Villanova Ballpark (moved from Ashburn Field after the 2002 season). They also have Will Hudgins and Pat Connaughton starting this weekend. Will has been pitching great all season and Pat is starting to take his form after a rough start to the season. I expect big things from them this weekend.