The Irish scored four runs in the eighth inning and went on to beat the Flyers 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the FGCU Classic in Fort Myers, Florida. With the win, Notre Dame moves to 8-9 on the season and within in a game of finally getting back to .500. They've been under this mark since the third game of the year.
Dayton pitcher Chris Rubio was controlling the contest. The Flyers hurler shutdown the Notre Dame offense for the first seven innings of the game. After allowing two first inning hits, Rubio surrendered only two in the following six innings of work. He took a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning, battling the Irish staff pitch for pitch. Notre Dame starter Dan Kapala lasted four innings, allowing one run on four hits. Brett Graffy came on in relief and pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless ball.
The deciding frame was the eighth. A.J. Pollock reached on a fielder's choice but Danny Dressman lined a one-out triple to score him to tie the game at 1-all. Jeremy Barnes was intentionally walked and Ross Brezovsky hit into another fielder's choice. But more importantly, it scored Dressman for a 2-1 Notre Dame lead. Matt Weglarz added some much needed insurance runs when he launched a two-run home run to make it 4-1 Notre Dame. Offensively, Brett Lilley and A.J. Pollock combined to go 5-for-9 at the top of the lineup.
Kyle Weiland (2-0) came on in for the Irish in the seventh and closed the door. The sophomore reliever pitched the remaining 2.1 innings, allowing three hits while striking out two. Weiland did allow a run in the ninth inning but got Max Navalinksi to ground into a game-ending double play.