The No. 15 Notre Dame baseball team won a pair of game, each by 3-2 finals, over Seton Hall on Saturday. The wins give the Irish (14-6, 2-1 Big East) a 2-1 series win in their first Big East Conference Series of the season.
Irish starting pitcher Adam Norton (6-0) held the Pirates (8-12, 1-2) to just two runs over 7.2 innings in Saturday's first game. He struckout four with no walks, while scattering eight hits.
Both Seton Hall runs came in the top of the eighth, while Notre Dame scored single runs in the first, third and seventh innings to scratch-out the victory. Eric Jagielo and Trey Mancini each had RBIs.
Irish closer earned saves in both ends of Saturday's doubleheader sweep at Coveleski Stadium. He induced a popup to end the eighth inning of game one after the Pirates had scored their runs and then got a called strike three to end the game and notch his sixth save of the season.
The 6'5 Slania later fired the last two innings of the nightcap to end that game. He allowed just two hits with two strikeouts in 3.1 combined innings in the two outings and now has a Big East-leading seven saves.
Notre Dame scored in the first and plated two runs in the seventh for the game two win. Freshman reliever Nick McCarty (3-3) earned the win with 3.0 innings out of the bullpen on a cold night in downtown South Bend. Mancini and Ryan Bull each collected single RBIs in the victory.
Each of the three games in the series was decided by just one run, which has become a continuing pattern when Notre Dame and Seton Hall play. Of the last 13 ND-Seton Hall meetings, 11 have come down to just one run. Notre Dame has played a total of 13 one-run games this season along and has won nine of them.
Just a day after his basketball season ended, Pat Connaughton was busy preparing for baseball. The sophomore guard scored three points in Friday's NCAA Tournament loss to Iowa State in Dayton and then was seen Saturday going through a bullpen session with the Irish baseball team. He could pitch for the first time this season this week. Connaughton was 4-4 on the mound in 2012.
Notre Dame hosts a two-game series with 2012 College World Series team Kent State this Monday and Tuesday. Game one of the series is at 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday at Coveleski Stadium.