Jeremy Barnes went 4-for-5 with four RBI as Notre Dame won its opening game of the 2009 Big East schedule 10-4 over Seton Hall at Frank Eck Stadium on Friday night.
The win improves the Irish to 13-5 overall and is their sixth straight victory. The Pirates fall to 8-7 on the season and the game also served as their conference opener.
The Notre Dame offense smacked eight hits and nine runs (eight earned) in six innings off of Seton Hall starter Sean Black, who is projected by many to be a first-round draft pick.
Notre Dame sophomore starter Cole Johnson earned his second victory of the season with seven strong innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out six and walking just two.
Barnes, who now has an eight-game hitting streak, put the Irish on top early with a two-run double in the first.
Seton Hall came back in the fourth inning with a three-run, two-out rally that was capped with a two-run triple by Michael Rogers.
But Notre Dame responded in the bottom of the fourth. Led by Golden Tate's RBI double and David Mills' two-run single, the Irish plated four to take a 6-3 lead. Notre Dame tacked on three more in the sixth on A.J. Pollock's RBI double and Evan Sharpley's run-scoring triple before Barnes chased home Sharpley with a single.
After Seton Hall struck for one in the top of the seventh, Barnes singled home Pollock with the final run of the contest.
The three-game series resumes on Saturday at Frank Eck Stadium at 1:05. Sophomore righty Brian Dupra will get the start on the mound for the Irish.