The One Constant ...
Well, the Phillies are treading water (barely), the Rangers are looking towards next year, and Dillon Hall's Opening Day festivities are underway, which can only mean one thing: baseball season is at least three weeks old. In addition, the college season is kicking into high gear, and the Notre Dame baseball squad is in the midst of nice stretch of good news, both on and off the field.
For starters, the Irish have won 12 of their last 13 games (including a small hiccup at West Virginia after winning 11 straight). Their 12-3 Big East record has them top in the conference, and have cracked the top 25 (No. 24) of the most recent Collegiate Baseball poll. After sweeping both Big East Hitter (AJ Pollock) and Pitcher (David Phelps) of the Week awards last week, DH David Mills earned the offensive award for this week.
ND Baseball also made news with a non-conference game against Northern Illinois at US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. A crowd of 4,600 came to watch the Irish defeat the Huskies by a 5-4 score. In addition to the novelty of playing in a big-league park, the game served a greater cause, as all proceeds (estimated at over $50,000 by WNDU) were donated to the Northern Illinois Shooting Victims Scholarship Fund. A very thoughtful gesture by Coach Schrage and his boys, and everyone up the decision making chain who had their hand in this one.