Just when the Notre Dame baseball team was starting to sputter, the Fighting Irish have found their groove. The Irish rolled past Connecticut 12-5 on Sunday at Frank Eck Stadium to cap a 3-0 weekend sweep of their Big East Conference rival.
Notre Dame (26-16, 7-8 Big East) has won four straight and seven of its last eight games. The recent surge comes on the heels of a six-game losing streak. The Irish outscored UConn 28-10 in their three-game weekend series.
Irish first baseman Trey Mancini has been a big reason for his team's success over the last two weeks. The junior was 3-for-5 in Sunday's series finale and is 15 for his last 18 to raise his batting average to .374. He had three doubles and three RBIs in against the Huskies.
Two-sport star Pat Connaughton got the weekend started with a win in Friday's 12-2 rout. The right hander allowed two runs on five hits in 5.1 innings to improve to 2-2.
Senior Adam Norton earned the middle game of the series after allowing three runs in 8.0 innings to improve to 9-1, while dropping his ERA to 1.98. He entered the weekend tied for sixth in the nation in victories this season. Closer Dan Slania earned his 10th save of the year in that 4-3 win. Slania entered the weekend tied for 24th in saves. Slania was one of five Irish pitchers who contributed to Sunday's victory.
Notre Dame takes Monday off and then heads to Mt. Pleasant, Mich on Tuesday to face Central Michigan. The Irish host Eastern Michigan on Wednesday before hosting Big East leading South Florida next weekend.