One day after a tough loss at Louisville, Notre Dame started fast and finished strong to earn an 11-5 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.
The Irish jump to 24-16 overall and 9-8 in the Big East while the Cardinals dip to 29-12 overall and 12-5 in the conference.
The Irish got home runs from Evan Sharpley, A.J. Pollock and Mick Doyle and a solid outing from starter Brian Dupra. Dupra did get hit for five runs and 12 hits over 7.1 innings, but he never let the Irish fall behind after they spotted him a 4-0 lead out of the gate.
Pollock started the game with a single and scored on Golden Tate's triple. Tate came home on David Casey's RBI double before Evan Sharpley blasted a two-run shot to left field. The Cardinals got one back in the bottom of the first on Andrew Clark's solo homer.
The Cardinals tied the game with three in the fourth, but Notre Dame quickly got back on top when Pollock scored on Jeremy Barnes' RBI double in the top of the fifth. The Irish added two each in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Pollock had a two-run homer in the eighth and Doyle had a solo shot in the ninth. The Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to make it 9-5, but Doyle's homer put the Irish back up by five before Brayden Ashdown's RBI triple provided the final score.
Pollock and Tate led Notre Dame with three hits apiece while Pollock, Doyle and Sharpley each knocked in a pair. Will Hudgins, who relieved Dupra in the bottom of the eighth, struck out a pair and was not charged with a run over the final 1.2 innings.
The series concludes with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. Eric Maust will start the finale for the Irish.