Villanova got a walk-off RBI single from Paul Rambaud in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat Notre Dame, 10-9. The Wildcats improved to 27-20 overall and 9-10 in the Big East, while the Irish dropped to 23-22 and 9-10.
Notre Dame made a great comeback in the 9th inning, tying the ball game 9-9. With 2 outs and 2 strikes, pinch hitter Blaise Lezynski hit a double to tie the dramatic game up.
The game wasn’t tied for long, because on the bottom of the same inning (which happend to be the 9th), Villanova answered. After a walk and a single, Paul Rambaud hit a single down the left field line to plate the winning run.
RHP Matt Ternowchek (ND) gave up the RBI single in the 9th, but he wasn’t given the loss. After 0.2 innings of work in the 9th, LHP Joe Spano (ND) was handed the loss because he left after he had given up the walk to start the rally. Spano is now 0-4 on the season.
Stephen Ostapeck (NOVA) earned the victory and improved to 4-2. He allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits in 0.2 innings of work.
Defense killed the Irish last night. 7 of the 10 runs given up in the game reached base on an error, hit basemen, or walk. 5 total errors led to 6 unearned runs for Notre Dame. They won’t stand a chance in the conference1 tournament if they play bad defense, it simply just can’t happen.
Here’s the current standings of the Big East (before Saturday games).
Notre Dame’s next game is against Villanova at 1:15 pm ET on Saturday at Villanova Ballpark.