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Irish Sports Daily – Irish Baseball Keeps Rolling

SlaniaTrey Mancini stayed hot Tuesday night to help the Notre Dame baseball team to another victory. Mancini was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 7-3 win over Central Michigan to help the Irish to their eighth win in their last nine games.

Mancini extended his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games with his big day. He has multi-hit games in seven straight contests. The junior is 26-for-42 (.619) over the last 11 games with five doubles, three triples and 14 RBIs. He was named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Hitter of the Week earlier in the day on Tuesday for his recent efforts.

Notre Dame (27-16) snapped an eight-game road losing streak with the win in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Fighting Irish closer Dan Slania fired 2.0 scoreless innings to finish the game and earn his 11th save in 12 chances this season. Slania lowered his season ERA to 0.25 while earning his 28th career save.

The Fighting Irish jumped out to a 6-0 lead after scoring twice in the second and four more times in the top of the fourth. Starting pitcher Sean Fitzgerald (3-3) earned the win after working 3.0 innings and allowing just a run while working on a pitch count in the planned rotation. Central Michigan Starter Jimmy McNamara suffered the loss after yielding six runs in 2.2 innings on the mound.

Notre Dame is home Wednesday with a game against Eastern Michigan at 5:35 at Frank Eck Stadium.

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