Notre Dame scored twice in the second inning after a Pitt error and never looked back en route to a 5-3 win against the Panthers in the second round of the Big East Conference baseball championship at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.
Pitt (41-16) rallied with a three-run fifth but was held to one hit the rest of the way and left nine runners stranded overall. Senior Matt Wotherspoon (9-3) took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs -- five total -- and striking out seven in 72/3 innings. Pat Connaughton (4-2) allowed three runs in six innings to earn the win for the Irish (32-24).
Junior Casey Roche drove in two runs for the Panthers, who face elimination at 3 p.m. today against Seton Hall (37-18).
Pitt's Sept. 14 game against New Mexico will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at Heinz Field and be broadcast on the ACC Network, the conference announced. The Pittsburgh station syndicating the ACC Network broadcast will be announced later. The game will also be available on ESPN3.com outside of the ACC television footprint.
• Steven Bench is going to South Florida. The former Penn State quarterback announced his transfer destination on Twitter. He will compete for the starting job for a team that went 3-9 last season. Bench left the team in late April.
Pitt women's basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio has hired her sister, Kathy McConnell-Miller, to be the Panthers' new associate head coach. McConnell-Miller, a Seton-LaSalle graduate, spent the past two seasons as an assistant for the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA.
• The Atlantic 10 Conference voted unanimously to expand its men's and women's basketball championship bracket to include all members. The tournament expands from past years when only the top 12 teams qualified. Duquesne did not qualify for the postseason in 2013 after finishing 1-15 in conference play.
Prosecutors say Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has violated conditions of his bond and want it revoked pending trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge. Brent is free on a $100,000 bond after being charged in the Dec. 8 crash that killed passenger and practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr. Police say Brent had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit for driving.
• Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu signed a four-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Mathieu, a third-round draft pick, did not play last season after repeated off-field issues.
• New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski will have surgery today after hurting his left knee in the team's organized training activity. The three-year veteran who played at Pitt was hurt on the second play from scrimmage in an 11-on-11 drill Wednesday at the team's first OTA. He had an MRI in the afternoon.
Hungarian prosecutors indicted a Singapore businessman and 44 Hungarians suspected of being involved in an international match-fixing conspiracy.
• UEFA said its executive committee agreed to introduce a 10-match minimum ban for racist abuse by players or officials.
Cycling federation president Pat McQuaid said an independent panel will examine the allegations that the UCI was complicit in Lance Armstrong's doping.
Richard J. Curl, a once-prominent swimming coach who trained thousands of children, was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed. Curl, who last year was banned for life from the sport by USA Swimming, apologized for abusing the girl over a four-year period in the 1980s.
Trainer Shug McGaughey is still thinking Belmont Stakes for his Kentucky Derby winner after Orb galloped a mile at Belmont Park. It was Orb's first trip to the track since finishing fourth in the Preakness Saturday.