Cincinnati’s strong pitching helped the Bearcats take yesterday’s final game of the series. Notre Dame dropped to 19-16 overall and 6-6 in the Big East, while the Bearcats improved to 12-23 and 2-10.
Starter Christian McElroy improved to 2-2 with the victory. He tossed 7.0 innings for the longest outing of his career and kept the Irish offense to just three hits. However, McElroy wasn’t always perfect, walking five and hitting three batters.
Pat Connaughton had thrown 80 pitches through the first 4 innings, and this proved to be costly because the bullpen had to do a lot of work. The Bearcats took advantage of three Irish relievers and plated three runs, and then before you knew, it was 3-1.
To make matters worse, the Irish offense struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities. In the second, the Irish loaded the bases with two out, but McElroy struck out freshman SS Phil Mosey to keep the game scoreless. That event pretty much summed everything up for the day.
Notre Dame returns to the field against Georgetown at 7:00 pm ET on Friday at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.