Notre Dame used a strong pitching performance in game one and a five-run rally in the eighth inning of game two to sweep a doubleheader on Saturday and the weekend series from Big East foe Villanova.
Notre Dame took game one 4-0 before winning the second game 9-3. The Irish improve to 19-10 on the season and 5-4 in Big East Conference play while the Wildcats fall to 14-15 overall and just 1-8 in the league.
Sophomore Brian Dupra tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the Irish to a 4-0 victory in game one. Dupra did not allow a hit until the fifth and allowed lone hits in the seventh and the ninth. Dupra's complete game came a day after Cole Johnson pitched a complete game. It was the first time the Irish had back-to-back complete outings since 2005.
Villanova got its second straight complete game, but for the second straight day, the Wildcats came up short. Wildcats starter Kevin Crimmel allowed eight hits in eight innings and was tagged with the loss.
Golden Tate led off the first with a single and stole second before coming home on Matt Scioscia's RBI single. The rest of the Notre Dame runs came on three solo homers. Cameron McConnell had a solo home run in the second, David Mills homered in the fifth and Jeremy Barnes had a solo shot in the sixth to wrap up the scoring.
Eric Maust came just two outs shy of tossing Notre Dame's third consecutive complete game in the nightcap. Maust allowed six hits and four runs in 8.1 innings before being replaced by Barnes, who got two strikeouts to end the game.
The Wildcats had a 3-1 lead after two and a half innings before the Irish scored the final eight runs of the game, including five in the eighth, to take the victory.
Barnes had a three-run triple in the eighth before McConnell sealed the game with a two-run triple. p>
Notre Dame will be back in action on Tuesday with an exhibition at Covelski Stadium against the South Bend Silverhawks. The second annual Battle of the Bend starts at 5:30.