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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: And Then There Were Two

Notre Dame student athletes competed hard this past week, earning wins in baseball, track & field, and tennis. Baseball and tennis closed up shop after strong seasons.

Go Irish. Beat everyone.
Go Irish. Beat everyone.

Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.


Baseball: The Irish (34-24) earned three big victories over the last week before falling to Connecticut in the Big East tournament title game on Sunday. Last Wednesday, Notre Dame began tournament play with Adam Norton's complete-game shutout of Seton Hall and a 5-0 victory.

Their next two victories came over Pitt, with scores of 5-3 and 3-2 in games marked be great defense, effective hitting, and continued excellence in pitching.

Unfortunately, Connecticut claimed the title game with their own top-notch pitching and defense, delivering the Irish an 8-1 loss. Despite an excellent chance at an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament, the Irish were not selected and will end a good season with a 34-24 record.


Track & Field: The Irish competed in the NCAA east regional preliminary round of the NCAA tournament last weekend and have qualified 14 (9 women, 5 men) for the NCAA National Championship. Notre Dame claimed the top spot in the men's 1500m and the women's 4x400m. The Irish earned 4 top-3 finishes and 9 top-10 finishes. The top-10 finishes came in men's 1500m and 4x400m, and women's 1500m (2), 400m, 400mH, 3000m Steeplechase, 4x400m, 100mH. Jade Barber beat her own school record in the women's 100mH with the current 14th best time in the world (13.04) and claimed 3rd in the meet.

Beginning next Wednesday (June 5th) through June 8th, Notre Dame will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, OR. Best of luck to all.


Tennis: Members of both the men's and women's Irish teams competed in the NCAA singles championship last week in Champaign, IL. Big East Conference Player of the Year and no. 48 Britney Sanders fell in the first round to no. 27 Zoe Scandalis of USC. Sanders finishes the season with a 24-15 individual record.

No. 80 Greg Andrews won his opening singles championships match in an upset of no. 18 Jeremy Efferding of Texas A&M. Unfortunately, Andrews fell, like Sanders, to a Trojan - no. 16 Ray Sarmiento - in 3 sets. He finishes the season with a 26-13 individual record.

Congratulations to the Irish men's and women's teams on the conclusion of a strong season.


Rowing: After winning their tenth consecutive Big East conference championship a few weekends ago, the no. 11 Irish next head to the NCAA championships this weekend in Indianapolis. Best of luck to all.

From NDFIDM, here's a recap of that Big East Championship victory:


We'll bring you very brief updates again for the next two weeks on Notre Dame's Olympic sports before breaking for the summer. Go Irish.