Football Players Lead On Diamond

The return of a pair of football players from Saturday's Blue-Gold Game helped the Irish sweep a doubleheader from West Virginia.

After being embarrassed by West Virginia on Friday night, Notre Dame came back to sweep a doubleheader from the Mountaineers on Saturday to take the Big East weekend home series.

West Virginia pounded Notre Dame 19-3 in the series opener on Friday, but the Irish came back to grab 8-6 and 3-0 victories on Saturday.

The Irish improve to 22-14 overall and 8-7 in the Big East while first-place West Virginia falls to 11-4 in the league and 28-9 overall.

A pair of football players who hustled over from the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium earlier on Saturday to Frank Eck Stadium led the Irish.

Golden Tate, who had a reception in the spring game, made it to the diamond in time to lead the Irish offense with three hits, a run scored and a RBI. Casey Martin had three hits and scored a run for Notre Dame in the first game.

Brian Dupra started game one and allowed six runs on 11 hits, but got a huge groundball double-play with the tying run at the plate in the ninth to earn the victory. It was Dupra's third straight complete game and evened his record at 4-4 on the season.

The Irish led 6-0 after five innings, but the Mountaineers got three back in the sixth and one more in the seventh to make it a 6-4 game. Ryne Intlekofer and Tate had RBI singles in the bottom of the seventh to push the lead back to four before Dupra shut the door after allowing two runs in the ninth.

Eric Maust punted five times in the spring game for an average of 37.4 yards per boot, including a 48-yarder and two downed inside the 20. Maust also made a tackle to prevent Armando Allen from scoring on a punt return.

Maust's day was not even halfway done when he finished kicking for the Irish as he started and pitched a complete-game shutout in game two. Maust struck out just two, but only allowed five hits and one walk. No West Virginia base runner went past second base and Maust did not allow more than one runner in any inning.

It was the first time this season that West Virginia has been shut out and the five hits is a season-low for a team that came into the game as the third-best hitting team in the country.

Tate doubled and Jeremy Barnes walked in the first inning and they scored on RBI singles by David Casey and David Mills. The Irish added another run in the sixth when Mills walked and eventually came home on a double-play grounder.


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