Notre Dame cleaned-up on its final trip to Clearwater, Fla heading into the 2013 Big East Tournament. Fighting Irish third baseman Eric Jagielo was named Big East Player of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches, while teammates Trey Mancini (1B) and Adam Norton (RHP) join Jagielo on the first team. Closer Dan Slania was named to the second team and outfielder Ryan Bull earned third team honors.
Jagielo leads the Big East in slugging percentage (.643) and on-base percentage (.500) and ranks second in batting average (.390) and is tied for second with nine home runs. He is the fourth player in school history and the first since Craig Cooper in 2006 to be named Big East Player of the Year. Steve Stanley took the honor in 2001 and 2002. Brant Ust became the first Irish player to win the award in 1998.
Mancini leads the conference with a .396 average as well as 130 total bases. His 84 hits and seven triples are tied for first. He ranks second in slugging percentage (.613), tied for third in RBIs (52) and is tied for sixth with six home runs. He takes a 22-game hitting streak into the Big East Tournament.
Norton's 105.0 innings are the second-most by a Big East pitcher this season. Those innings rank seventh in the nation entering the week. He is 9-4 with a 2.31 ERA. His nine wins are tied for 25th nationally. They are also the most for an Irish pitcher since former Minnesota Twin Jeff Manship went 9-2 in 2006.
Slania is 3-1 with 12 saves in 14 opportunities this season. He sports a 1.04 ERA with 38 hits allowed in 52.0 innings and 22 appearances. The Stopper of the Year and Golden Spikes Award candidate has allowed just six earned runs this season.
Bull is batting .335 with two home runs and 37 RBIs. He has collected 31 RBIs over Notre Dame's last 37 games since moving to the No. 5 position in the Irish batting order on March 22. The sophomore has raised his batting average 81 points from his .254 average in 2012.
The Irish open the Big East Tournament with a 1 p.m. ET game Wednesday afternoon against Seton Hall.