Sports Digest: Andrean grad Norton, Notre Dame advance to Big East baseball title game

2013-05-25T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T19:00:13Z Sports Digest: Andrean grad Norton, Notre Dame advance to Big East baseball title game nwitimes.com
May 25, 2013 9:15 pm

College baseball

NOTRE DAME ADVANCES TO BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP: Ryan Bull's RBI single in the 10th inning gave Notre Dame a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh and a berth in today's 11 a.m. Big East championship game with Connecticut.

This is the first championship appearance for the Fighting Irish (34-23) since 2006.

Adam Norton (Andrean) scattered seven hits and added seven strikeouts in a 5-0 opening-round win over Seton Hall on Wednesday. Norton is 10-4.

 

College football

GOLSON NO LONGER ENROLLED A ND: A Notre Dame spokesman says quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at the school.

Spokesman Dennis Brown says Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to an undefeated regular season and the national championship game in his first season as a starter during his sophomore season, was no longer enrolled in the school as of Friday. Brown says he couldn't comment on why because of federal privacy laws.

The departure of Golson leaves the Irish with senior Tommy Rees, who started 12 games in 2011, senior Andrew Hendrix and freshman Malik Zaire at quarterback.

 

Pro baseball

GILLASPIE'S RBI IN 9TH LEADS SOX OVER MARLINS: Conor Gillaspie hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to score Dewayne Wise, lifting the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.

Derek Dietrich homered in the top of the ninth to spoil Jake Peavy's shutout bid, but in the bottom half, Gillaspie drove in Wise — who had come in as a defensive replacement — to give the White Sox their eighth win in 11 games.

Peavy (6-2) struck out five and allowed six hits in the complete-game effort, his longest outing of the season.

Alexei Ramirez gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the third.

REDS BEAT FADING CUBS: Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and the Cincinnati Reds used another big inning to beat the Cubs 5-2 on Saturday for their fifth straight victory.

The Reds have won 13 of their last 16 games, surging to a season-high 13 games over .500 at 31-18. It's their best start since 1995.

Cincinnati scored four times in the sixth off left-hander Travis Wood (4-3), extending its domination of the NL Central's last-place team. Chicago has lost a season-high six consecutive games.

The Reds have dominated the Cubs lately, winning 16 of their last 18 games in the series.

YANKEES' GRANDERSON BACK ON DL: The New York Yankees have put outfielder Curtis Granderson on the 15-day disabled list with a broken knuckle on his left pinky finger.

Although no official timeline for how long the T.F. South grad will be sidelined has been announced, manager Joe Girardi indicated it could be a minimum of four weeks.

RAILCATS' TAGERT WINS 850TH GAME: An Adam Klein leadoff walk followed by Mike Massaro's second triple of the year kicked off a four-run first inning for the RailCats, who topped Kansas City 8-1 Saturday night.

The win was the 850th in Greg Tagert’s managerial career.

The RailCats have a chance to sweep the three-game series with a win today. Ari Ronick is slated to pitch.

On Saturday, Cristian Guerrero scored three runs -- including a second-inning homer -- and drove in two while Massaro scored twice.

Alain Quijano earned the win, pitching five innings and striking out five.

 

Auto racing

KYLE BUSCH WINS NATIONWIDE RACE AT CHARLOTTE: Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track.

Ten years and a day after his Nationwide debut, Busch won for the record 57th time in the series.

Also the Truck Series winner at the track last week, Busch started on the front row and led 186 of the 200 laps. But he needed to manage several late restarts to break a tie with Mark Martin for the most Nationwide victories at the track.

Kasey Kahne was second, followed by Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.

While Busch has been dominant in the Nationwide and Truck series at CMS, he has never won a Sprint Cup race at the track. He'll look to change that today in the Coca-Cola 600.

 

 

Around the horn

Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots; Gregory Campbell scored twice, and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Saturday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. ... Matt Kuchar made a 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole, the same place where his long Saturday at Colonial began, and led four players by a stroke after three rounds. Kuchar had a 1-under 69 that included some near misses and two nice par-savers to close his round to get to 11-under 199. Graham DeLaet, Boo Weekley, Chris Stroud and Matt Every were tied for second. ... Kenny Perry had an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys, mixing spectacular shots with stumbles and doing enough of the right things for a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Senior PGA Championship. ... Paola Moreno of Colombia played another bogey-free round on a 12-hole golf course to take the lead in the Bahamas LPGA Classic. ... Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to win Champions League final.

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