Over the past week, it hasn’t been easy to be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball team. Notre Dame lost two of three games to Virginia over the weekend followed by a loss to Michigan State on Tuesday night.
Friday, April 5th
Notre Dame’s lone win of the past week, the Irish took this one by a score of 5-2. The two teams were even on hits with nine a piece. Tommy Sheehan picked up the winning decision as his record moved to 5-2 for the year. Niko Kavadas led the way offensively with two RBIs and a run scored for Notre Dame.
BOT 4 | David LaManna drops a single down in left center and Jake Singer comes around to score!#GoIrish #PassTheShillelagh— Notre Dame Baseball (@NDBaseball) April 5, 2019
ND 4, UVA 0 pic.twitter.com/2BpnZnF9PM
Saturday, April 6th
In this game that allowed a designated hitter, Virginia seems to capitalize on nearly every hit. The Cavaliers won by a score of 12-7 with 12 hits to Notre Dame’s eleven. The Cavs also committed two errors compared to Notre Dame’s three. A four-run burst by the visiting team in the top of the ninth sealed ND’s fate despite some great at bats like Kavadas’ third inning three-run homer.
BOT 3 | BYE-BYE BASEBALL!!— Notre Dame Baseball (@NDBaseball) April 6, 2019
Niko Kavadas keeps it inside the foul pole for a three-run homer to left and gives the Irish the lead!!#GoIrish #PassTheShillelagh
ND 3, UVA 0 pic.twitter.com/ngVy4fXsdu
Sunday, April 7th
Arguably the most heartbreaking loss of the weekend, 6-5 was the final score of this one. Notre Dame picked up a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Cameron Junker retired the first 16 batters of the game before giving up two runs in the top of the sixth. Virginia added three more in the eighth and one in the ninth. The Irish got back within one thanks to a two-rbi single from Jack Zyska in the bottom of the ninth, but the scoring would stop there.
Tuesday, April 9th
Notre Dame picked up a lead with an Eric Gilgenbach RBI in the bottom of the third and built on it in the fifth with a solo homer from Niko Kavadas. Michigan State got on the board shortly after, however, with a solo homer off of Adam Proctor. The Spartans then took the lead in the seventh with an RBI double by Zaid Walker followed by Walker scoring on a throwing error by ND catcher David LaManna. The final score would be 3-2 in favor of MSU. Andrew Belcik got the losing decision for the Irish, moving him to 0-3 on the season.
FINAL: Michigan State 3, Notre Dame 2— Notre Dame Baseball (@NDBaseball) April 10, 2019
Irish back in action tomorrow night against Western Michigan. First pitch from Frank Eck Stadium will be 6 p.m. ET.
Notre Dame are next back in action on Wednesday evening at home against Western Michigan at 6 PM local time.