The Panthers' Paul Nardozzi pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout to help his team get past the Irish 5-0 Saturday afternoon at Trees Field. Notre Dame goes to 12-14 on the year and only 1-4 in the Big East. Tomorrow, Dan Kapala (0-2) will take the mound for the Irish for a chance to save face in the series. First pitch is scheduled for 12 PM.
Nardozzi (3-2) was in complete control on Saturday. The Pittsburgh pitcher retired 18 of the last 20 batters in the contest. The only hits from the Notre Dame offense came from Mike Dury and Ryan Smith. Nardozzi also struck out nine in the game. In the ninth inning, he put the finishing touches on a masterpiece. Nardozzi struck out the side to end the contest and push the Panthers record to 11-12 overall and 5-3 in league play.
For the Irish, Wade Korpi (1-4) took the loss. The junior left-hander allowed two runs on five hits in four innings of work. Korpi also walked two and hit two Pittsburgh batters. The junior allowed the Panthers to score a run each in the third and fourth innings before being relieved by Joey Williamson. The junior right-hander pitched four innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Two of the runs were unearned. Notre Dame committed three errors on the afternoon and now have 46 on the season. That's an average of just under two a game for the Irish defense.