This Week in BIG EAST Baseball - April 7

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - With two weeks of conference action in the books, eight teams are stacked up in the middle of the standings with 3-3 records. Connecticut holds a one-game lead over Louisville for first place in the conference, with the Huskies standing at 5-1 in league play this season. Here is a look at the six weekend series. Villanova (13-15, 2-4) at Pittsburgh (16-11, 3-3) Friday, April 8, 3 p.m.: VU - LHP Kyle Helisek (0-3, 5.12 ERA) vs. Pitt - RHP Corey Baker (2-1, 4.91 ERA) Watch Live Live Stats Sat., April 9, 1 p.m.: VU - RHP Kyle McMyne (3-4, 5.18 ERA) vs. Pitt - LHP Matt Ianazzo (2-2, 2.18 ERA) Live Stats Sunday, April 10, Noon: VU - TBA vs. Pitt - TBA Live Stats - Pitt leads the all-time series 30-29 over Villanova. Last year, the Panthers swept the Wildcats at Villanova with scores of 8-5, 12-7 and 5-3. - Pitt senior pitcher Corey Baker needs just one more victory to become the all-time wins leader in program history. Baker stands tied for first with 21 career wins. The record, previously set by Tedde Campbell in 1994 and 1995, has been uncontested for over 15 years. - The Panthers are tied for third in hitting in the BIG EAST in league games, batting .303. Senior Kevan Smith leads the league with a .408 batting average. - Pitt senior David Chester ranks second in the conference with 32 RBI and is tied for the league lead with six home runs. - Villanova's pitching staff leads the BIG EAST with 214 strikeouts. The staff is led by Kyle McMyne, who leads the league with 52 strikeouts and ranks 10th in conference in opposing batting average at .236. - Outfield Matt Fleishman leads the Wildcats' offense. He ranks 11th in the BIG EAST with a .342 batting average. Fleishman has at least one hit in nine of his last ten games, including five hits in his last 13 at bats. - Villanova defeated La Salle on April 6 in the Liberty Bell Classic to move into the title game of the tournament. The Wildcats will take on Delaware at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, on April 12. Connecticut (15-10-1, 5-1) at Notre Dame (12-14-1, 3-3) Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m.: UConn - RHP Matt Barnes (5-2, 1.00 ERA) vs. ND - RHP Brian Dupra (2-2, 1.70 ERA) Watch Live Live Stats Sat., April 9, 2 p.m.: UConn - LHP Elliott Glynn (1-4, 3.51 ERA) vs. ND - RHP Cole Johnson (2-4, 2.17 ERA) Watch Live Live Stats Sunday, April 10, 1 p.m.: UConn - LHP Greg Nappo (3-1, 2.67 ERA) vs. ND - RHP Todd Miller (2-2, 3.88 ERA) Watch Live Live Stats - Notre Dame owns a 23-11-1 record against Connecticut in a series that dates back to 1996. The two teams have not met since 2009, when the Huskies took two of three from the Irish at Notre Dame. - Connecticut enters the weekend riding a five-game winning streak. The Huskies defeated non-conference foes Hartford and Massachusetts with a sweep of BIG EAST rival St. John's sandwiched in the middle. - Connecticut's three starting pitchers this weekend each have 14 or more career wins, 150 or more career strikeouts, and 189 or more career innings pitched. - The Huskies and Irish ranked second and third respectively in the BIG EAST in team ERA. Connecticut has notched an ERA of 2.78 compared to 2.80 for Notre Dame. - Friday's starting pitchers are two of the best in the BIG EAST. Connecticut's Matt Barnes ranks second in the conference in ERA at 1.00 to go with a .147 opponent batting average and 49 strikeouts. Notre Dame's Brian Dupra ranks fourth in the conference in ERA at 1.70 while striking out 47 batters. Dupra has yet to allow an earned run in league play over his first two starts. - Freshman Trey Mancini leads the Irish with a .326 batting average. He also leads the team with four home runs and 17 RBI. - The Irish have already played in 12 games decided by one run including six of their last nine. Notre Dame is 5-7 in one-run games.