Notre Dame baseball: Irish ace picked by Orioles

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Notre Dame junior right-handed pitcher Pat Connaughton was selected in the fourth round with the 121st overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles in the Major League Baseball Draft on Friday.

Connaughton, a starting guard for the Irish basketball team as well, went 3-5 with a 3.92 ERA and a .235 batting average against over 62 innings of work this past season.

Connaughton has stated that he intends to play minor league baseball this summer before returning to ND in the fall for basketball.

Also drafted Friday was Indiana third baseman Dustin DeMuth. The LaPorte product was selected in the fifth round (146th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers.

The sons of former big leaguers Lenny Dykstra and Charlie Leibrandt were also among the players selected Friday.

Luke Dykstra, an infielder at Westlake High School in suburban Los Angeles, was drafted in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves. He's the second son of the former All-Star outfielder to be drafted. Infielder Cutter Dykstra was a second-round pick by Milwaukee in 2008 and is currently in Washington's system.

Florida State left-hander Brandon Leibrandt went in the sixth round to Philadelphia. He was 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA this season but missed several weeks with a severely bruised left leg.