Adam Norton twirled a four-hit shutout to lead the Notre Dame baseball team to a 3-0 win over Virginia Tech Saturday night in Cary, NC. The Irish (9-1) are off to their best start since opening the 1960 campaign with a 9-0 record.
Norton (3-0) set down the first 10 Hokie batters he faced before a one-out fourth inning single ended his flirtation with perfection. The senior used 108 pitches to collect five strikeouts and issue just one walk en-route to his third career complete game. All four hits he allowed were singles. Norton's season ERA now stands at 1.71.
The Fighting Irish scored their first runs on a two-run home run by Trey Mancini. The junior first baseman had sat out Notre Dame's second game on Friday against Tennessee after injuring his shoulder swinging the bat earlier in the day in a win over UMass (a game in which he hit a three-run home run). Mancini and Eric Jagielo are tied for the team lead with three home runs apiece.
The victory is the third straight for the Irish. They swept a series at Tulane last weekend and have won their first three games at the Irish Classic at the USA Baseball Complex. Notre Dame finishes the weekend Sunday morning at 11 ET against Rhode Island.