A four-run fifth inning allowed Notre Dame to come from behind to defeat Michigan 4-3 and split a doubleheader at Frank Eck Stadium on Wednesday night. The Wolverines took advantage of a late Notre Dame error to win game one 3-2. Both games were seven-inning contests.
Notre Dame moves to 23-15 on the season while the Wolverines' record goes to 22-17.
Greg Sherry and A.J. Pollock opened the fifth inning of game two with walks before Brayden Ashdown reached on an error to load the bases. Jeremy Barnes followed with a two-run single before Casey Martin was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. David Mills then worked a walk to tie the game 3-3 before Mick Doyle's sacrifice fly scored Barnes with the go-ahead run.
Notre Dame starter Ryan Richter allowed five hits and three runs in 5.0 innings to earn the victory. Todd Miller struck out three over the final two innings to earn the save in the seven-inning contest.
Barnes led the offense with a pair of hits and the two RBI.
Game one starter Sam Elam tied a career-high with nine strikeouts for the Irish, but was tagged with the loss. With the game tied 2-2, Elam issued a leadoff walk to Kenny Fellows to start the top of the seventh before being replaced by Steven Mazur.
Fellows advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and the next batter hit a ground ball to second, but Ryne Intlekofer's throw was wide of first, allowing Fellows to score the go-ahead run.
Michigan led 2-0 before the Irish struck for a pair in the bottom of the sixth. Mills led off the frame with a bunt single before Doyle doubled to center. Mills scored on Martin's sacrifice fly and Doyle tied it when he came home on a single from Evan Sharpley.
Notre Dame will be back in action with a three-game series at Louisville this weekend. The series opens on Friday at 6:30.