Notre Dame mustered only six hits versus Wolverine pitching and the losing ways continued as Michigan beat the Irish 3-1 at Comstock Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Losers now of five of six, Notre Dame dropped their record to 38-14-1 on the season. But luckily, the defeat did not hurt them one bit in their bid to capture the Big East regular season title. The Irish travel to Philadelphia to face Villanova on Thursday for the final three-game set of the year. Notre Dame is 18-5-1 in conference play while Connecticut is 15-6-1 and third-place St. John's rests at 15-8.
A pair of runs by the Wolverines put Notre Dame in an early hole. Korpi made a mistake when he walked leadoff batter Eric Rose in the bottom of the first. Rose stole second and scored two batters later when Nate Recknagel doubled down the left field line. The next batter, Doug Pickens, singled up the middle to score Recknagel to give Michigan a 2-0 lead. Recknagel did some more damage when he homered to left center to lead off the sixth inning, increasing the Wolverine lead to 3-0.
The lack of offense once again doomed Notre Dame. Sophomore Ross Brezovsky was the only Irish hitter to notch two hits. Jeremy Barnes drove in the only run of the contest for Notre Dame when he singled in the seventh to plate Craig Cooper and cut the deficit to 3-1. The Irish had the tying runs on base in the ninth inning with just one out but consecutive flyouts by Barnes and Brezovsky ended the comeback hopes.
Korpi (5-2) was the losing pitcher on Tuesday night, lasting six innings while surrendering three runs on five hits. The sophomore left-hander did strike out seven in the contest to increase his total to 81 in 64.1 innings pitched on the season. Jess Stewart and Kyle Weiland came out of the bullpen to provide two innings of perfect relief. Michigan's Michael Powers was the victorious pitcher, hurling seven innings while giving up just one run on five hits.