Irish Rout Chicago State

Notre Dame had lost three straight games heading into Wednesday's contest with Chicago State. In the last two losses, the Irish stranded 25 runners on the base. The perfect medicine before a three-contest set at Pittsburgh: the Cougars and their 1-23 record coming to Frank Eck Stadium.

In overcast, rainy conditions, Notre Dame got six scoreless innings from freshman Eric Maust and 17 hits to help beat Chicago State 14-4 on Wednesday in South Bend. The win moves the Irish back to .500 at 12-12. Next up is a weekend series with the Panthers. First pitch on Friday night in the Steel City is at 6:00 PM.

Maust was near flawless. The freshman right-hander allowed no runs on four hits while striking out five. Maust (2-0) did not walk a single Cougar batter as he lowered his ERA to 3.10 on the year. 51 of his 76 pitches went for strikes.

Maust got more than enough offense. Notre Dame pounded out 17 hits on the afternoon as 12 players had at least one base knock and four had multiple hit outings. It was 8-0 after three innings of play. At the top of the lineup, Brett Lilley scored in each of the first three frames. The junior shortstop was 1-for-1 on the day with two walks and is now hitting a team-best .402. Lilley is also finding ways to reach base as his OBP is .505.

Right behind him in batting average is A.J. Pollock. The freshman third baseman was 3-for-4 on Wednesday with two RBI's and a run scored. Pollock is hitting .400 on the year and the top two in the Irish lineup continues to wreak havoc.

Eddy Mendiola had a nice day off the bench, going 2-for-3 with three RBI's and a run scored. Danny Dressman went 2-for-3 with two RBI's while Chris Soriano also added a two-RBI performance.

***The Notre Dame Sports Information Department contributed to this report. Top Stories