Irish Bats Come Back

Notre Dame finally got some offense and it helped the Irish to an 11-8 win over Trinity on Saturday in San Antonio at the Irish Classic.

The Notre Dame offense, which has struggled over the past week or so, came alive on Saturday night as the Irish belted out 12 hits and 11 runs in an 11-8 victory over Trinity University at the 2009 Irish Classic in San Antonio.

Friday's action was cancelled because of the weather and the day off seemed to help Notre Dame, who improved to 8-5 while the Tigers fell to 8-13.

The Irish bats could not have picked a better time to bust out, as Trinity starter Ben Kilmesh did not allow a hit over the first five innings. Trinity took a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth, but Notre Dame came back with five in their half of the sixth led by A.J. Pollock's two-run single and Cameron McConnell's two-out RBI single.

Trinity used three consecutive two-out, two-strike hits to score five runs in the seventh and gain an 8-5 advantage. After Pollock singled and scored to start the bottom of the seventh, McConnell's two-run single tied the game 8-8.

The Irish took the lead in the eighth when Brayden Ashdown drew a bases-loaded walk before Mick Doyle's two-run single provided Notre Dame with a three-run cushion.

David Mills started the three-run eighth inning rally with a walk and also earned the win with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Pollock finished 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a steal. McConnell and Doyle each drove in three and Jeremy Barnes had two RBI.

Notre Dame will wrap up the 2009 Irish Classic with a pair of games against Texas-Pan American on Sunday before the home opener against Ball State on St. Patrick's Day in South Bend.


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