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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hand shocks Notre Dame-West Haven

Touch 'em All Playoff update

#ctbase -- When the Southern Connecticut Conference tournament pairings came out and No. 7 Hand drew No.2 Notre Dame-West Haven, Hand coach Travis LaPointe knew his team would get some valuable experience.

"We said, 'At the worst we would see Notre Dame in the Class L tournament,' " the first-year coach said.  "If we want to win Class L, we have to go through Notre Dame."

The Tigers got through the Green Knights and will now move on to the SCC semifinals after a 3-1 win on Wednesday. This was the first ever win in SCC tournament play for Hand, according to LaPointe. Hand has won six games in a row and will face No. 3 Amity at Yale Field at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

"I'm just amazed by the way these guys are playing baseball," LaPointe said.

The Tigers handed Gary Flowers (6-1) his first loss of the season. Mike Iannuzzi and Dylan Buller both had two hits.

"We were ready for this game," LaPointe said. "We expect to win when we play. This was a really special win for the program."

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