Pitching, clean defense and timely hitting.
It is a formula that baseball coaches strive for every game and it lifted Notre Dame to a 2-1 voctory over Oral Roberts in the opening game of the 2009 Rice Classic in Houston on Friday.
Notre Dame sophomore starter Cole Johnson did not figure in the decision, but allowed just one hit in six shutout innings while striking out six. The lone hit was a bunt single in the third.
The win improves the Irish to 4-3 while dropping the Golden Eagles to 5-2.
The Irish took the lead in the third inning on a Pollock RBI single following a Cameron McConnell walk and Golden Tate sacrifice bunt.
Oral Roberts tied the game 1-1 in the top of the eighth when Tyler Garewal launched a solo home run off Notre Dame reliever Todd Miller. But the Irish came right back and scratched out the winning run in their half of the frame.
Notre Dame, which did not commit an error in the game, took advantage of an Oral Roberts mistake allowing Pollock to advance into scoring position on a throwing error. Pollock went to third on a ground out before coming home on Barnes' single to right field.
Junior Steven Mazur earned his first career save by sitting down the Golden Eagles in order in the top of the ninth. Miller picked up the win for Notre Dame despite allowing the only Oral Roberts run.
Notre Dame is back in action on Saturday against Rice in a game for 2:00 p.m. EDT. Sophomore Brian Dupra will get the start for Notre Dame.