Sports Digest: Notre Dame baseball falls in Big East title game

2013-05-26T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T19:00:11Z Sports Digest: Notre Dame baseball falls in Big East title game
May 26, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

RAILCATS GIVE UP LATE LEAD: After rallying from a four-run deficit to take a three-run lead, the RailCats lost the last game of a three-game series 13-10 to Kansas City.

Adam Klein hit a three-run triple, then scored on a wild pitch in a five-run fifth inning to give the RailCats a 10-7 lead.

The T-Bones bit back with three runs each in the seventh and eighth innings against relievers Kyle Lindquist, Marco Gonzalez and Clay Zavada.

The 'Cats maintain their lead in the American Association's Central Division, winning two of three games in Kansas City.

Pro basketball

HEAT TAKE SERIES LEAD VS. PACERS: LeBron James scored 22 points and the Miami Heat rediscovered their offensive punch, routing the Pacers 114-96 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

James got plenty of help as the Heat reclaimed the home-court advantage they lost two nights earlier. Dwyane Wade had 18 points, and Udonis Haslem added 17.

David West led Indiana with 21 points, and Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 17 rebounds. The Pacers lost for the first time at home in the playoffs this season, dropping to 6-1.

Game 4 is Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

College baseball

NOTRE DAME FALLS IN BIG EAST FINAL: Connecticut and pitcher Anthony Marzi derailed Notre Dame's formula to success with an 8-1 victory Sunday afternoon in the Big East title game.

Notre Dame drops to 34-24 overall and leaves its NCAA postseason chances in the hands of the selection committee. The Irish RPI sits at No. 32 even after the defeat Sunday. Notre Dame collected eight victories over teams ranked in the RPI top 50, including ACC tournament runner-up Virginia Tech and Big 12 tournament champion Oklahoma on neutral fields. The Irish also took two of three at Cal Poly, which RPI sits in the top 25.

IU NAMED REGIONAL HOST: For the third straight year, five Atlantic Coast Conference schools will open the NCAA Division I baseball tournament at home.

Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech were among the 16 schools that were named hosts for regionals Sunday. The tournament begins Friday.

Other hosts are Indiana, Cal State Fullerton, Louisville and Kansas State.

Each of the 16 host schools clinched a spot in the tournament. The rest of the 64-team field and regional pairings will be announced today by the Division I baseball committee. The top eight national seeds also will be set.

Indiana, Kansas State and Virginia Tech are first-time hosts. The Hoosiers swept the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, Kansas State won the Big 12 regular-season championship and the Hokies reached the ACC tournament final after finishing third in the league's Coastal Division.

The NCAA uses several criteria to determine regional sites, including trying to reward regular-season performance and geographical distribution.

College sports

GOVERNOR WANTS TO TALK TO RUTGERS ABOUT AD PICK: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to speak with Rutgers officials about a report that the athletic director hired to clean up the school's scandal-scarred program quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players complained she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says the governor is aware of the report about Julie Hermann in The Star-Ledger of Newark, but wants to get more details before commenting.

The Star-Ledger reported that Tennessee players wrote the mentality cruelty they suffered when Hermann was coach was unbearable, adding she called them "whores, alcoholics and learning disabled."

Hermann was hired May15 to replace the ousted Tim Pernetti, who was let go after basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for abusive behavior.

The 49-year-old Hermann is scheduled to take over at Rutgers on June 17. She is set to become the first woman to run the Scarlet Knights' athletic program and one of three female ADs at the 124 schools playing at college football's top tier.

Pro golf

WEEKLEY'S BIRDIES GIVE HIM COLONIAL TITLE: Boo Weekley made three consecutive birdies in the middle of his round to take the lead at Colonial, and finished with a 4-under 66 on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory in five years.

At 14-under 266, Weekley finished a stroke ahead of Matt Kuchar, the second- and third-round leader who closed with a 68. Defending Colonial champion Zach Johnson, who also won at Hogan's Alley in 2010, shot 66 to finish third at 12 under for his first top-10 finish this season.

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