Pro baseball: Connaughton closes out stint

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Pat Connaughton will have to wait a little longer for his first professional win as a pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles’ farm system.

A former right-hander at Notre Dame, Connaughton worked a career-high 4ð innings on Tuesday, all in relief, with no decision for the Aberdeen IronBirds against the Tri-Cities ValleyCats in the Class A short-season New York-Penn League.

Connaughton allowed one hit, no runs, walked two and struck out two in his final outing of the season.

Also a small forward for the Irish men’s basketball team, Connaughton is scheduled to return to campus Wednesday to begin preparations for Notre Dame’s foreign tour of Italy next week.

A fourth-round selection of the Orioles in the June amateur draft, Connaughton pitched 14ð innings in six appearances, which included four starts. He finished with an 0-1 record in allowing 13 hits, nine runs, three walks and 10 strikeouts.