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Baseball Team Earns No. 7 Seed

The Notre Dame baseball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday with an 11-5 loss at Cincinnati. The Fighting Irish are 31-23 overall and went 10-14 in the Big East Conference, which produced a No. 7 seed heading into this week’s league tournament in Clearwater, Fla.

Head coach Mik Aoki’s squad will face No. 2 seed Seton Hall (36-17, 18-6) at 1 p.m. Wednesday after beating the Pirates in two of three meetings earlier in the season. Louisville picked up the regular-season crown with a 46-10 overall mark and 20-4 conference record. Pittsburgh (40-15, 18-6) finished third, followed by South Florida (35-20, 17-7), Rutgers (26-28, 14-10) and St. John’s (23-33, 10-14). Notre Dame finished ahead of Connecticut (30-26, 9-15), Cincinnati (24-32, 6-18), Villanova (14-40, 5-19) and Georgetown (25-28, 5-19).

The Fighting Irish collectively hit .279 in league play and finished with 277 runs scored (third worst in the league). Their pitching staff was in the middle of the pack with a 3.88 ERA.

Junior All-American candidates Eric Jagielo (third base) and Trey Mancini (first base) led the program at the plate. Mancini, who has a 22-game hitting streak, led the league with a .396 batting average. Jagielo ranks second in the conference with a .390 batting average. Mancini’s 84 hits were tied for first with UConn’s L.J. Mazzilli. Jagielo paced the Big East with a .500 on-base percentage and .643 slugging percentage.

Senior Adam Norton was 9-2 on the mound this year in the league, which tied for second with three other players behind Louisville’s Jeff Thompson (10-1), and tossed a league-best two shutouts. Norton’s 7.5 innings pitched per game were the most in the Big East. Junior Dan Slania registered 12 saves (second in the Big East).

The Big East Championship runs through Sunday and each game will be streamed live at BigEastBaseball.com and ESPN3.com. ESPNU will televise the title game.

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