The Irish beat down Duquesne 14-3 but followed it up with a 4-0 loss to Harvard at the Clearwater (FL) Invitational at Jack Russell Stadium. The split takes Notre Dame to 4-8 on the season. They next play tomorrow morning and will battle Harvard once again.
The Irish were rolling in the first contest. Notre Dame was winning 4-3 heading into the top of the seventh inning when they added multiple insurance runs to put the game away. The Irish scored eight runs in the frame on nine hits. A.J. Pollock lined a one-hit single to score Ryan Smith to make it 5-3. The hits would continue one after the other. The big knock came when Mike Dury launched a grand slam home run to increase the advantage to 9-3. Dury ended the game 2-for-4 with four RBI's. Seven Notre Dame players had multiple hits. Pollock was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI's and two runs scored. Jess Stewart (1-0) earned his first win of the year. He came on in relief of starter Wade Korpi, who lasted 5.1 innings while surrendering three runs. Stewart threw 1.2 scoreless innings to notch the victory. Dury and Steven Mazur pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning.
The joy didn't last long for Notre Dame. The Irish were shutout by Harvard and the offense generated just five hits off of the Crimson's Eric Eadington and Max Perlman (1-0). The defense really let down starter Dan Kapala (0-1), who lasted three innings but allowed only one earned run. It was evident in the third inning, when three Notre Dame errors contributed to Harvard taking a 2-0 lead. Kapala also allowed three hits in the frame. The Crimson scored two more runs in the fifth inning off of the Irish's Joey Williamson when Steffan Wilson hit a two-run double. The Irish offense had the bases loaded in the third inning but couldn't deliver to big scoring knock.