Despite scoring first, the Irish baseball team fell to Western Michigan for their 5th loss in a row. Notre Dame dropped to 17-15, while Western Michigan improved to 15-15.
Freshman starting pitcher for the Irish, Kyle Rubbinaccio, cruised through the first couple of innings. He allowed a single and collected three strikeouts, but he ran into trouble the 2nd time through the Western Michigan batting order.
After his fourth strikeout to open the third, Rubbinaccio had a 4-pitch walk and gave up back-to-back hits, including an RBI double from Kujawa that cut the Irish lead to 2-1. Ryan McMillin followed with an RBI ground out that tied the game, 2-2.
After Notre Dame tied the game for the 2nd straight inning, this time, 4-4, Jared Kujawa of Western michigan hit a 1-0 pitch from Sean Fitzgerald and smakced it just over the right field wall inside the foul pole for a solo home run, causing the score to be 5-4.
For the game’s box score, click here.
Notre Dame’s next game is against Cincinnati in a Big East series. The game will be at 5:35 pm ET Friday at Frank Eck Stadium.