Phelps hurled a three-hit complete game shutout, and Mike Dury's second inning home run was the difference in Notre Dame's 1-0 win over South Florida Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium. The victory moves the Irish to 11-9 on the year, and they've now won four in a row and seven of eight. It was also a good start to the Big East Conference season. These two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM.
This contest was all about Phelps (4-1). The complete game shutout was the first for a Notre Dame pitcher since J.P. Gagne achieved the feat back in the 2002 College World Series. Phelps struck out 10 batters and walked just one in the 115-pitch masterpiece. Protecting a 1-0 ninth inning lead, Phelps allowed a leadoff single to Walter Diaz. But in classic shutdown fashion, Phelps struck out the next three Bulls' batters to end the contest and send the Notre Dame fans home happy.
Dury would provide all the offense the Irish would need. The senior blasted a 2-1 pitch from the Bulls' Danny Otero (4-4) over the right field wall to give Notre Dame a 1-0 second inning lead. Dury now has five home runs on the year, and it's more than his three previous seasons combined.
***The Notre Dame Sports Information Department contributed greatly to this report.