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Baseball

Weather forces ND to postpone

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Due to the lingering winter weather in East Lansing, Mich., Notre Dame’s game against Michigan State has been postponed. The date has not yet been set for the rescheduled matchup.

Notre Dame (14-21, 3-15 ACC) will return to action tonight, as the Irish prepare to face off against Toledo (13-20, 5-7 MAC) in Toledo, Ohio, at the Scott Park Baseball Complex at 7 p.m. Currently, the Irish lead the all-time series with the Rockets by a substantial margin, winning 43 of the 56 games played between the two teams. Last season, Notre Dame fell to Toledo 15-3, as Toledo collected 14 hits off of four Irish pitchers.

The Rockets are led offensively by sophomore infielder Deion Tansel. This season, Tansel is hitting .336. Though the infielder has only five extra base hits, sophomore infielder/catcher Tyler Baar and junior infielder Dan Zuchowski lead the team with three home runs and slugging percentages of .415 and .418, respectively. Zuchowski has a total of 11 extra base hits this season.

Though Notre Dame has only won three of its 18 conference games, the Irish are 11-6 in non-ACC games. Currently, Notre Dame has won eight consecutive non-conference games, a streak that began March 1 against Youngstown State.

Over the past weekend, Notre Dame won its first conference series against Boston College (11-24, 3-15 ACC). Though the Irish fell to the Eagles 4-1 on Friday night in 11 innings, Notre Dame swept the series double header Saturday. The Irish won the first game 4-2 and shut out the Eagles 7-0 in the second game. All in all, Notre Dame won four of its five games last week, as the Eagles handed the team its only loss on the week.

Currently, junior outfielder Blaise Lezynski leads the team in batting average, hitting .338 on the season. Lezynski is the only Irish batter hitting above .300 on the season, and the team has a cumulative batting average of .249. The outfielder has also collected 10 doubles and 22 RBI on the season.

Notre Dame will return to action with a non-conference matchup against Toledo tonight at 7 p.m. at Scott Park Baseball Complex in Toledo, Ohio.

 

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