Irish Shutout

The Notre Dame offense appeared to be on the right track. In last Sunday's win over No. 7 Nebraska, the Irish pounded out 15 hits en route to 16 runs. On Saturday, the hope was that there would be a carryover against a 3-6 Sacred Heart team that had allowed 27 runs the previous two contests. This was not the case.

Pioneers pitcher Jay Monti tossed a complete game two-hit shutout to lead Sacred Heart to a 3-0 win over Notre Dame Saturday in the Clearwater Invitational at Jack Russell Stadium in Florida. The loss sends the Irish to 3-7 on the season. Tomorrow, Notre Dame can bounce back as they will play a doubleheader. First, the Irish face Duquesne at 11 AM and follow that up with a 3:15 PM game versus Harvard.

Monti had Notre Dame's number all afternoon long. The senior struck out four and walked none as he improved his record to 2-1 on the year. The Irish managed just two hits off of Monti. Jeremy Barnes doubled in the first inning but Mike Dury lined out to right field to end the scoring chance. In the seventh inning, Dury singled with one out but Ross Brezovsky and A.J. Pollock both flied out. Monti mowed down the Notre Dame hitters 1-2-3 in the eighth and nine innings to complete the gem.

The Irish's David Phelps (2-1) was losing pitcher. The sophomore right-hander threw solidly, lasting seven innings while allowing one earned run on six hits. Phelps struck out six and has now fanned 21 batters in 23 innings of work. His ERA is 1.17. A passed ball in the first inning and an error in the seventh allowed Sacred Heart to plate two unearned runs. In relief, freshman Eric Maust pitched two innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander allowed two hits and struck out two while walking none.


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