Notre Dame Fighting Irish pitching steps up in FIU series finale

A pitching approach by committee worked for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as they got back on the winning track.

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If Saturday was a nightmare for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, then Sunday's win over Florida International probably felt like a dream. After all, the Golden Domers haven't had too many games so far this year where they could make three runs stand up.

In point of fact, it's the second time this season that the Irish have scored less than 5 runs. Oddly enough, they are now 2-0 in those games. Knowing that, perhaps Notre Dame hitters should volunteer to take the day off more.

It certainly appears that when they score a bunch of runs, their pitching counterparts tend to give up a bunch of runs. That was certainly the case on Saturday when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish allowed 10 runs in a game twice, in both ends of a double header.

While the offense has been potent this year, it's not fair to always assume the batters can produce 7, 8, 9, or 10 runs every single time out. That's why the combined efforts by Tobey McDonough and the bullpen was so impressive. Though it would be nice to see at least one Irish starting pitcher actually get into the 6th inning.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish stands tall in series finale

The 3-1 victory saw the Irish get just enough offense in the top of fourth inning to coast for the rest of the game. Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run single by Tito Flores. They got their third and final run thanks to a solo homer by David Glancy in the top of the eighth.

While the Irish didn't need that run in order to win the game, it was a nice bit of insurance, especially when talking about a game where Notre Dame didn't have its best offense.

Next up for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is a three game series next weekend againt Tennessee Tech. That stretch should be fit nicely with the opportunity to pad their 5-2 record.