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Baseball: Irish rained out, set to play at U.S. Cellular

Bill Brink | Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Notre Dame’s scheduled game at Western Michigan Tuesday was canceled because of inclement weather. The Irish (20-12, 6-6 Big East) will resume action tonight against Northwestern at U.S. Cellular Field at 8 p.m.

Notre Dame lost two of three games to Cincinnati over the weekend. The Irish won the second game of a doubleheader, 6-2, Sunday afternoon. Junior Eric Maust pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up two earned runs on six hits. The Irish broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning.

Notre Dame dropped the first game of the doubleheader, 7-3, in part because the Irish defense committed four errors. Sophomore Brian Dupra threw a complete game – six innings because the game was shortened for the doubleheader and the Bearcats didn’t bat in the bottom of the seventh – but gave up seven runs, six of them earned. He struck out six, tying a career high, and walked three.

Sophomore Cole Johnson kept up his stellar pitching, throwing 9 2/3 innings of two-run ball, but the Irish lost Friday 5-4 in 11 innings. Senior reliever Jeremy Barnes walked three batters in the bottom of the 11th and allowed the Bearcats to come back from down 4-2 and win.

The Wildcats (7-23, 1-7 Big Ten) have struggled so far this season. They have two three-game losing streaks in their past eight games and at one point this season lost seven straight.