Notre Dame totaled 14 more base hits and scored seven runs in the seventh to salt the game away as they beat New York Tech 12-1 at the FGCU Classic in Fort Myers, Florida. With the win, the Irish move to a game of .500 at 7-8 and have now won three games in a row, their longest streak of the season under first-year head coach Dave Schrage. They'll next play Florida Gulf Coast on Friday at 7:30 PM.
The Irish jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Wednesday against Dayton. On Thursday, they built another early advantage. Notre Dame took a 3-0 lead after three innings. In the second inning, Ross Brezovsky singled to lead off. He went to second on a ground out by Ryan Connolly and would score on a single by Danny Dressman to make it 1-0 Notre Dame.
In the third inning, A.J. Pollock contributed a one-out triple to get the ball rolling. He scored on Mike Dury's double to make it 2-0 Irish. Dury later scored on Brezovsky's triple to increase the lead to 3-0.
Notre Dame's David Phelps (3-1) was brilliant on Wednesday. The sophomore right-hander threw seven innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out five. The only run he surrendered was in the fourth off of a homer by Jerry Smith. Phelps's three wins is tops on the Irish pitching staff.
Notre Dame took a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning when they opened the floodgates. The Irish scored seven runs on four hits in the frame and were benefited by two New York Tech errors to give them a 11-1 advantage. Brett Lilley, Pollock, Brezovsky, Connolly and Michael Wright all had RBI hits. Brezovsky's knock scored two Notre Dame players. He once again had a monster day at the plate. The junior second baseman, a day after going 3-for-5 with three RBI's against Dayton, was even better against New York Tech. Brezovsky was a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBI's and two runs scored. Pollock and Dressman also added two hits apiece.