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Notre Dame falls to Saint John's,12-2

Saint John’s had 7 runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 12-2 dimolishing of Notre Dame.  The Irish dropped to 29-26, while St. John’s improved to 34-21 on the season.

Facing elimination, Notre Dame will play tomorrow against Seton Hall. The Scarlet Knights lost their first round matchup with #3 seed Seton Hall, 6-1.

Freshman pitcher Pat Connaughton did not retire a single batter from Saint John’s. He  gave up 5 straight hits to open the game and all 8 batters that Connaughton faced reached base as St. John’s rolled out to a 7-0 lead. Certainly not the way Connaughton thought this game would go.

Sophomore 1B Trey Mancini, who won last night’s home run derby, went 3-for-4 with a 3 singles and a run scored. Senior RF Alex Robinson also added a 3-hit game. He went 3-for-3 with a run scored. Freshman LF Mac Hudgins went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and junior CF Charlie Markson added a sacrifice fly.

Despite all of the hits, Notre Dame couldn’t capture fire on offense. The Irish had a leadoff base runner in every inning from the 3rd inning on, but could not find a way to score.

For the complete box score, click here.

The game between Notre Dame and Seton Hall will start at 10am, and it could be the Irish’s final game of the season if they don;t win. The game can be seen on bigeast.tv.




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