The Irish raced out to a 9-4 advantage and pounded out 16 hits as they smoked Dayton 11-4 at the FGCU Classic in Fort Myers, Florida. The victory moves Notre Dame to 6-8 on the season. Also, it was the first time this year that the Irish had won back-to-back games. The Irish next play tomorrow against New York Tech. First pitch is slated for 1 PM.
Notre Dame scored seven runs in the last two innings in the late victory over WIU on Monday. The offense continued the momentum right off the bat. The Irish scored three runs in the first inning to take a quick 3-0 advantage. Leadoff batter Brett Lilley and A.J. Pollock both singled to get on base. Later in the frame, they were brought home on Ross Brezovsky's two-run double. It was 3-0 when Brezovsky scored on a single by Danny Dressman.
The Irish used the long ball in the third inning to tack onto the lead. Jeremy Barnes and Dressman both singled to set up Billy Boockford. The freshman right fielder launched a three-run homer off of losing pitcher Ryan Hill to make it 6-0 Notre Dame.
Dayton responded in their only offensive surge of the contest. Irish starter Sam Elam ran into trouble in the third when he allowed a single to go along with three walks and a hit batter. Elam was relieved by Joey Williamson. Dayton would score four runs in the frame and all of them were charged to Elam. Williamson was dominant at times on Wednesday. He pitched four innings out of the bullpen, allowing zero runs while striking out seven to earn the victory.
Notre Dame put the game away in the fourth inning. Pollock scored on a ground out by Ryan Smith to make it 7-4 Irish. Brezovsky plated Mike Dury on a single to increase the lead to 8-4. He scored on Dressman's double to make it 9-4. On the day, Brezovksy and Dressman killed Dayton pitching. Brezovksy went 3-for-5 with three RBI's and two runs scored. Dressman was 3-for-4 with two RBI's and a run scored.
Five Notre Dame players had multiple hit performances. Dury was 2-for-2 and hit a sixth inning home run to make it 10-4 Notre Dame. Lilley and Pollock combined to go 4-for-9 with three runs scored in the first two spots of the lineup.