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Notre Dame Baseball: Irish defeat Villanova


After an upsetting loss to Villanova on Friday, the Irish came back with a 6-0 win over the Wildcats on Saturday. Notre Dame improved to 24-22 overall and 10-10 in the Big East, while the Wildcats dropped to 27-21 and 9-11.

Notre Dame junior RHP Adam Norton struck out a career-high 9 in a complete game shutout of Villanova. ND needed Norton to step up big, and he answered the call.

This season, Adam Norton has pitched 81.0 innings. Remarkably, he’s issued only 4 walks, which is 2nd in the NCAA for fewest walks allowed per 9 innings.

Norton retired 18 of the last 20 batters in the game, including the final 8 Wildcats. Adam Norton is now 4-3 on the season.

CF Charlie Markson led the Irish in hitting. He went 3-4 with nearly a cycle. Markson had a single, double. and a home run. In total, he had 3 RBIs.

Notre Dame is only 2 games behind Rutgers for 6th place. The Irish are pretty safe for the Big East Tournament, because they are 3 games ahead of 9th place South Florida (top 8 teams qualify for the Conference Tournament).

BIG EAST Pct Overall Pct
St. John’s 15 – 5 .750 30 – 17 – 0 .638
Louisville 13 – 7 .650 32 – 15 – 0 .681
USF 13 – 7 .650 30 – 17 – 0 .638
Seton Hall 13 – 7 .650 28 – 19 – 0 .596
Connecticut 13 – 7 .650 25 – 21 – 0 .543
Rutgers 12 – 8 .600 27 – 19 – 0 .587
Notre Dame 10 – 10 .500 24 – 22 – 0 .522
Villanova 9 – 11 .450 27 – 21 – 0 .563
Pittsburgh 7 – 13 .350 23 – 22 – 0 .511
Georgetown 6 – 14 .300 20 – 26 – 0 .435
West Virginia 6 – 14 .300 18 – 28 – 0 .391
Cincinnati 3 – 17 .150 15 – 33 – 0

 

Notre Dame continues its series with Villanova at 12:15 pm (ET) Sunday at Villanova, PA.

 

 

 

 

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