Notre Dane held off Rutgers in a huge rubber game match-up that had Big East Tournament implications written all over it. The final score was 2-1 in favor of the Irish.
The Irish improved to 27-23 overall and 13-11 in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights dropped to 28-22 and 13-11.
Freshman pitcher for Notre Dame, Pat Connaughton, earned the win in yesterday’s game. On 5.0 innings of work, Connaughton gave up 1 earned run on just 5 hits. He is now 4-3 on the season with an ERA of 2.02.
Despite a somewhat of a quiet night from Notre Dame’s offense, the Irish found a way to win. 3B Eric Jagielo (sac fly) and 1B Trey Mancini (RBI double) provided the runs that were just enough to surpass the Scarlet Knights.
Notre Dame closer Dan Slania earned his 11th save in the game. That puts him 4th on the school’s all time list. But, it wasn’t easy.
Steve Zavala started the inning with a single and was moved into scoring position when Charlie Law produced a sacrifice bunt. Shania locked it down with back-to-back strikeouts to “save the day” for ND.
For the box score, click here.
Notre Dame next’s battle is at Northwestern on Tuesday. The game is expected to start at 2pm ET.