Notre Dame led 3-0 after four innings but allowed FGCU to stage a comeback and earn the victory 5-3. The loss sends the Irish to 7-9 on the year. Tomorrow, Notre Dame will take on Dayton. First pitch is slated for 1 PM at Swanson Field.
The Irish offense got it going in the third inning. Brett Lilley reached on a FGCU error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Both A.J. Pollock and Mike Dury walked to load the bases with two outs. Ryan Smith made FGCU pay as he plated a pair of Notre Dame runners with a single up the middle to make it 2-0 Irish. An inning later, Ryan Connolly singled in Danny Dressman to increase the lead to 3-0. Dressman was 2-for-4 on the day as Notre Dame totaled eight hits. Smith went 3-for-5 and Pollock added a two hits.
Irish starter Wade Korpi was cruising until the fifth inning. The defense let Notre Dame down when a single by Richie Sowell ended up costing them a run. Right fielder Billy Boockford made a error, letting Chris Allesandria score from first base to cut the FGCU deficit to 3-1. Sowell scored on Jason Peacock's base hit to make it 3-2 Irish.
FGCU tied it up at 3-all when Casey Coleman tripled in Josh Upchruch. On the play, Coleman scored on a throwing error by Lilley, giving FGCU a 4-3 lead. Jess Stewart relieved Korpi on the next at-bat. In the outing, Korpi (1-3) threw 5.1 innings while allowing two earned runs on six hits. The junior left-hander did strike out seven.