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Monday, May 7, 2012

Fairfield Prep knocks off No. 2 Notre Dame-WH

Touch 'em All update

#ctbase -- Losers of three straight coming into Monday, sitting on seven wins and staring down No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven, one would think Fairfield Prep would have to wait another day to get that elusive state playoff spot.

Fairfield Prep was tired of waiting.

The Jesuits jumped out to an early lead and held off a late Green Knights' rally to upset second ranked Notre Dame-WH 5-3.

"We've been sitting on seven wins for a week," Prep coach Rudy Mauritz said. "We got tired of sitting on seven wins and a team like Notre Dame brings out the best in us."

With the win, the Jesuits (8-7) clinch a state playoff spot. The Green Knights are 13-2, with losses to Law and now Prep.

"Brett Young did a good job for us today," Mauritz said. "He pitched five really good innings. Got an out in the sixth, a couple guys got on and we started losing some steam."

The Jesuits led 5-0 before ND-WH rallied for three runs in the sixth. However, Prep got out of the sixth and closed out the upset victory.

"It's not going to be easy," Mauritz said. "They're too good to keep down. I didn't expect them to be silent. It was about seeing how much we've grown up and matured as a group of guys. We didn't back down and we did a great job of finishing the game."

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