Notre Dame defeated Pittsburgh yesterday,7-5, to sweep the Big East series and finish 5-0 on this home-stand. The Irish are 3-0 in conference play, while Pittsburgh is 0-3.
Joe Hudson (Catcher) has 3 RBIs and right fielder Ryan Bull had 2 of his own. These two players were huge to Notre Dame’s success, scoring more than half of the team’s runs yesterday.
The Irish (15-7 overall) came out of the gates ready to play offensively. They scored 4 runs in the first 2 innings. However, Pittsburgh (10-11 overall) answered with 2runs of its own in the 2nd inning off Irish sophomore RHP Sean Fitzgerald. Similar to the Saturday, both teams found no offense in the middle innings.
Pittsburgh RHP starting pitcher Matt Wotherspoon was strong from the 2nd inning through the 7th inning. He recorded 16 consecutive outs during the stretch and struck out 8, but ran into trouble in the 8th inning. Wotherspoon gave up a 3-run double to Hudson with two outs in the inning.
Pat Connaugton (1-0) worked 2.2 innings out of the bullpen to collect his first career victory. He allowed a couple of hits and 2 runs, both unearned, but he also struck out 2.
The win gave the Irish its first sweep of the Panthers since 2006 and its first sweep to open conference play since 2008.
Here’s the box score from the game.
Pittsburgh 5 (10-11,0-3 BIG EAST)
|VRANKA, STEPHEN cf||4||0||0||0||1||0||3||0||2|
Notre Dame 7 (15-7,3-0 BIG EAST)
|BIGGIO, Conor lf||2||1||0||1||1||1||1||0||0|
|DeSICO, Frank 2b||4||2||2||0||0||1||5||2||0|
|JAGIELO, Eric 3b||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|MANCINI, Trey 1b||4||0||0||0||0||3||8||1||0|
|HUDSON, Joe c||3||1||1||3||1||1||6||2||0|
|CHASE, Tommy dh||2||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|BULL, Ryan rf||2||0||1||2||1||0||1||0||0|
|MARKSON, Charlie cf||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||3|
|MOSEY, Phil ss||2||1||0||0||0||1||4||5||0|
|FITZGERALD, Sean p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|RICHTER, Ryan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|HISSA, Donnie p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|SPANO, Joe p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|TERNOWCHEK, Matt p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|CONNAUGHTON, Pat p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|SLANIA, Dan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Win – CONNAUGHTON (1-0). Loss – WOTHERSPOON (2-1). Save – SLANIA, D. (6).
Notre Dame will play next at 6:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday in Chicago, Ill., when they face the UIC Flames.