Irish Blast Mountaineers

Coming into the this weekend's series, West Virginia was the team rated highly in several national offensive categories. In addition to featuring a lineup with eight players hitting over .320, the Mountaineers were averaging eight runs a contest going into Saturday's matchup with Notre Dame. The tables were turned as the Irish showed some firepower themselves.

Notre Dame raced out a 11-3 third inning lead and never looked back en route to a 17-6 blowout win over West Virginia at Frank Eck Stadium. After using David Phelps' right arm to win the opener on Friday, offense ruled the day for the Irish on Saturday. Notre Dame improves to 21-17 on the season and 6-7 in the Big East, this after starting 1-6 in league play. They've now won eight of the past nine game. Tomorrow, the Irish will go for the sweep against the Mountaineers and back to .500 in conference action. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

Notre Dame completely blasted West Virginia starter Matt Yurish (2-3) for eight runs on eight hits. Yurish first ran into trouble in the second when he allowed six runs. The Irish used the long ball to great advantage. First, Mike Dury launched a two-run homer to center field to make it 2-0 Irish. It's Dury's team-high seventh round tripper on the year. Later in the frame, A.J. Pollock added a three-run blast to increase the lead to 5-0. It was Pollock's third home run of his freshman campaign. Jeremy Barnes' RBI single made it 6-0 after just two innings of play.

Notre Dame put the contest away in the third inning. After the Mountaineers cut the deficit to 6-3, the Irish plated five runs on three hits. After Pollock added another RBI on a double to center field, the long ball once again proved critical. Matt Weglarz came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a grand slam over the left field wall. The homer was Weglarz's second of 2007 and the fifth-year senior finished 3-for-5 with five RBI‘s. The 11-3 Notre Dame advantage would be an insurmountable margin.

The benefactor of all this offense was Irish starter Kyle Weiland. The sophomore right-hander improved to 4-0 this season and 3-0 as a starter. Weiland allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings of work. The sophomore also struck out five.

Notre Dame added their third inning of five runs or more with a five spot in the sixth. Barnes led off the frame with a round tripper, his first of the year. Pollock delivered again with a two-run single to make it 14-4. On the day, Pollock was 3-for-3 with six RBI's three runs scored. As a team, the Irish pounded out 16 hits.

***The Notre Dame Sports Information Department contributed to this report. Top Stories