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    Wildcats and Fighting Irish Set to Square Off at U.S. Cellular Field

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior shortstop Tommy Finn and the Wildcats face Notre Dame for the first time since the 1999 season.
    Senior shortstop Tommy Finn and the Wildcats face Notre Dame for the first time since the 1999 season.

    April 14, 2009

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    EVANSTON, Ill. - With no Major League Baseball games set for Wednesday evening in Chicago, college baseball takes centerstage as Northwestern and Notre Dame face off at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

    Admission for the event is just $10 with tickets on sale at or at the U.S. Cellular Field box office. All proceeds from the night's festivities benefit White Sox Charities. Parking is free.

    For those unable to make it to the game in person, the contest is being video streamed live at Gametracker will also be available at

    NU head football coach Pat Fitzgerald will open the evening's festivities by throwing out the first pitch.

    The Wildcats, who added Trinity International to their schedule for a 3:30 p.m. matchup Tuesday, are looking to get back on track after dropping three close games to Minnesota at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

    A four-run seventh inning helped the Golden Gophers rally for a 5-4 win in Friday's opener. Chris Lashmet and Chad Noble led NU with three hits apiece. Minnesota got single insurance runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to distance themselves from the 'Cats 5-1 in Saturday's contest. Northwestern surged out to a 4-0 lead in Sunday's finale, but a three-run homer in the seventh inning capped the hosts' comeback as the Gophers completed the sweep with a 6-4 win. Lashmet collected his second three-hit game of the series in defeat.

    Lashmet, a sophomore third baseman, has been on a tear the last nine contests, collecting 19 hits in 35 at-bats (.543). He went 7-for-11 (.636) against Minnesota last weekend, recording three-hit games in both Friday's opener and Sunday's finale. The hot streak has raised his season average from .213 to a team-leading .318. Lashmet ranks second on the team with 17 RBI and has a team-leading nine multi-hit games.

    Notre Dame brings a 20-12 overall record and a 6-6 Big East mark into its contest against Western Michigan in Battle Creek, Mich., Tuesday night. The Fighting Irish dropped two of three contests at Cincinnati last weekend. Jeremy Barnes leads the way offensively for the Irish, batting .353 with team bests of nine doubles, five triples, six homers and 39 RBI. Greg Sherry's .363 batting averge is tops on the squad. A.J. Pollock is hitting .352 with 29 driven in and 14 stolen bases.

    Notre Dame leads the all-time series with Northwestern, 65-57-1. In the last meeting between the schools, Northwestern posted a 20-10 victory over Notre Dame April 6, 1999 in Evanston behind the strength of five home runs and an 11-run sixth inning. Current NU assistant coach Gabe Ribas got the start on the mound and earned the win.