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Irish Insights


Irish fall in Big East title game

Notre Dame will have to wait until Monday afternoon to find out if it has a spot in the NCAA baseball tournament.

The Irish fell 8-1 to Connecticut in the Big East tournament championship game today in Clearwater, Fla. The Huskies' victory in the matchup of the two lowest seeds in the tournament – Notre Dame (34-24) was the No. 7 seed and UConn (34-26) was No. 8 – gives them an automatic berth into the tournament.

The Irish picked up victories over No. 3 seed Seton Hall and No. 2 seed Pittsburgh, twice, in the tournament, but that might not be enough to offset the seven losses the team suffered in the last 11 regular-season games to receive one of the 34 at-large berths for the 64-team tournament.

The NCAA tournament bracket will be announced at noon Monday on ESPNU.

On Sunday, Notre Dame fell behind 6-0 after the first three innings thanks to LJ Mazzilli's two-run homer in the first inning, Billy Ferriter's RBI single in the second and Jon Testani's RBI single and Tom Verdi's two-run triple in the third.

The Irish's lone run came on a lead-off homer by Trey Mancini in the top of the seventh. Notre Dame starter Adam Norton, making his second start in five days, gave up five runs – four earned – in 2 1/3 innings.