Irish Beat By Bulldogs

Notre Dame lost to Gonzaga 7-3 on Friday night in the Phoenix Classic in Tempe. The loss drops the Irish to 2-2 on the season.

The Notre Dame baseball team dropped to 2-2 on the season on Friday night in Tempe with a 7-3 loss to Gonzaga in the Phoenix Classic.

The game was tied 3-3 heading into the eighth inning before the Bulldogs (4-1) scratched out a pair of runs in the final two innings to provide the final margin.

Notre Dame's Todd Miller (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up three earned runs in 4.0 innings. Gonzaga's A.J. Proszek (1-0) earned the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Notre Dame's David Mills and Matt Grosso each collected a pair of hits and an RBI to lead the Irish offense. Notre Dame got on the board first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.

Gonzaga tied the game with two runs of its own in the top of the second before Ryan Weigand's double in the fifth scored Jason Chatwood to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.

Notre Dame's Greg Sherry led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and moved to second on Golden Tate's sacrifice bunt before tying the game on Mills' RBI single.

Miller walked the first batter of the eighth and allowed a double to the next hitter before they came home on an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly. Two infield singles, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a groundout produced Gonzaga's two runs in the ninth.

Cole Johnson started for the Irish, but did not figure in the decision after allowing two runs and two hits in four innings of work.

Notre Dame will be back in action on Saturday night when it takes on Dayton at 6 p.m. at Diablo Stadium in Tempe. Top Stories