Notre Dame baseball: Irish fall in final

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Notre Dame dropped an 8-1 decision to Connecticut in the Big East Conference baseball tournament final Sunday.

The Irish, 34-24, will learn Monday if they are one of the top 64 teams in the country when NCAA bids are announced at noon (ESPNU).

Left-hander Anthony Marzi (5-6) went all nine innings for the Huskies (34-26) and allowed just four hits with ND’s Trey Mancini collecting two and the RBI with a solo homer.

Notre Dame swept Connecticut in the regular season. ND starter Adam Norton (10-5), working on three days rest, allowed five runs in 2Ð innings.

Marzi fanned six and walked two. Marzi has thrown 22.1 career innings against Notre Dame and has allowed just six earned runs on 16 hits. He has fanned 13 and walked three.

LJ Mazzilli homered for Connecticut.

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Anthony Marzi (5-6); Adam Norton (L, 10-5), David Hearn (3), Dan Slania (3)

2b: Charlie Markson (ND), Tom Verdi (C), Stanley Paul (C)

3b: Verdi

HR: LJ Mazzilli (C), Trey Mancini (ND)