A sacrifice fly by Sean Gaston was just deep enough to score Jeremy Barnes for the winning run as Notre Dame bested IPFW 4-3 in 10 innings. The victory was the 19th straight for the Irish, which broke the single-season school record for consecutive wins. It's also the longest winning streak in the nation.
This one wasn't easy. IPFW held a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning but the Irish showed their true colors. After tying it in the bottom half of the inning, Jess Stewart, Mike Dury and Kyle Weiland held IPFW scoreless the rest of the contest. Weiland (2-3) picked up the win and the Notre Dame pitching staff lowered it's ERA to 3.12 on the year.
In the bottom of the 10th, Barnes led off with a single to get the ball rolling. He went to third on a Greg Lopez base knock and was there with one out when Gaston came up to the plate and lofted a fly ball into the outfield. Barnes scored on a close tag-up play to give Notre Dame the win. In the game, Craig Cooper extended his hitting streak to 18 games
The Irish had some miscues in the field. They committed four errors that helped IPFW score two unearned runs. Also, second baseman Ross Brevosky and third baseman Brent Lilley did not play because of injuries. These two will hopefully be on the field this weekend as Notre Dame welcomes in Rutgers for a series. Jeff Samardzija is slated to start the opening game on Friday at Frank Eck Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. Irish head football coach Charlie Weis is expected to throw out the first pitch for this game. A win on Friday would move Notre Dame to 30-8 on the season, which would be the third best start ever for an Irish baseball team.
***This article was helped greatly by the Notre Dame Sports Information Department.