Notre Dame will now have a chance on Friday, weather permitting, to even their mark at .500 when they welcome Georgetown to Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish and Hoyas will battle in a three-game series this weekend. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:05 PM. On Saturday and Sunday, the contests are scheduled for 1:05 PM. The weather forecast for the weekend isn't great. The temperatures are forecasted to be in the 40's with a chance of precipitation on Saturday.
Notre Dame will send David Phelps to the mound on Friday. The sophomore right-hander is 4-3 on the season and has lost his past two decisions. Phelps still owns a 1.51 ERA and has struck out 46 batters in 53.2 innings of work. On Saturday, Dan Kapala gets the nod. The senior right-hander has a team-best 1.46 ERA but has yet to win on the season. Kapala is 0-3 in 2007 and seven of the 11 runs he's allowed this year have been unearned. Kyle Weiland will start the finale on Sunday. The sophomore right-hander, who saved 16 contests out of the bullpen in 2006, will get his second start of the season. Weiland is 2-0 on the year but sports a high 5.73 ERA. Head coach Dave Schrage said if there is a save situation on Friday night, he won't hesitate to use Weiland in the ninth to close out a possible win. Notre Dame needs all the conference wins it can get. The Irish are just 2-6 in Big East action.
The Hoyas have not been lighting the world on fire in 2007. Georgetown is just 12-21 on the year and 2-7 in the Big East. The Hoyas have lost five in a row, including being swept by fellow league member Seton Hall last weekend. Mark McLaughlin leads the team in hitting. The senior outfielder is batting .346 on the season with 11 RBI's and 23 runs scored. McLaughlin has an on-base percentage of .430, which is tops on the Georgetown roster. The only other Hoya hitter over .300 is Matthew Bouchard at .311. Bouchard leads Georgetown with 25 RBI's. Brandon Davis, who has just a .223 batting average, chips in a second-best 23 RBI's. There's not much power on this team. The Hoyas have only three home runs on the year. Even worse, Georgetown has a .250 team batting average, which is dead last in the Big East.
It doesn't get much better on the mound. The Hoyas have a 4.79 ERA as a staff. That's ninth out of 12 teams in the conference. Michael Gaggioli and Jimmy Saris have each started eight games. Gaggioli has a 1-3 record with a 3.25 ERA and includes 29 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched and is scheduled to pitch on Saturday against Kapala. Saris is 2-4 with a 3.27 ERA. Saris is a strikeout monster, registering 59 in 55 innings of work and he‘ll pitch the finale on Sunday versus Weiland. The strikeout total leads the conference. Erick Chandler and Tim Adleman both have six starts apiece. Chandler leads the starters with a 3.20 ERA and is 1-0 in 2007 and will open the series on Friday against Phelps. Adleman is 2-4 on the season with a 6.81 ERA. Opponents are hitting .280 off of Adleman. Out of the bullpen, Daniel Kennedy has registered six saves and sports a 2.20 ERA. Kennedy has whiffed 11 batters in 16 innings pitched.