A long weekend ended on a positive note on Sunday for the Notre Dame baseball team. After losing the first two games of their series with South Florida, both in extra innings, the Irish rolled to a 10-1 victory in Sunday's finale at Frank Eck Stadium.
The game was not only Notre Dame's final home game of the season, but also the final Big East Conference game that will ever be played at Eck Stadium since the Irish are heading to the ACC next season.
All-American candidate Trey Mancini went 2-for-4 with a double to extend his current hitting streak to 15 games. The first baseman has also recorded 11 straight multiple hit games during that span.
Ryan Bull paced the Fighting Irish with 3 RBIs in the win for the Irish (28-19, 8-10 Big East), which snapped an 11-game Big East Conference winning streak for conference-leading USF (31-16, 15-3). Phil Mosey also connected on his third home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth as part of a six-run inning - the biggest inning the Irish have had this season.
Sean Fitzgerald (4-3) surrendered just a run in 6.2 innings for the win. He scattered seven singles while retiring 12 of the first 14 batters he faced.
The Irish started the weekend with a gut-wrenching 8-2 loss to USF Friday night in 19 innings. Irish closer Dan Slania fired 9.0 innings of relief in the loss (Donnie Hissa pitched the final 3.0 innings after Pat Connaughton started and fired 7.0 shutout innings). Slania retired 21 of the last 23 USF batters he faced. USF prevailed 4-3 in 10 innings on Saturday.
Notre Dame is off this week for finals. They return to action next Saturday at St. John's.