Notre Dame watched a close game get blown open in the seventh inning as the University of Illinois at Chicago scored five runs en route to a 10-5 victory at Frank Eck Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The Irish drop to 25-17 while the Flames improve to 18-19.
Notre Dame's Evan Danieli was hit with the loss after allowing two runs in just one-third of an inning in relief of starter Sam Elam. But it was the five runs that UIC got off the Irish's Steven Mazur that clinched the game.
The scoring started in the third when UIC plated a run before Notre Dame scored three in the bottom half of the frame. Greg Sherry was hit with a pitch to start the bottom of the third and, after moving into scoring position on a balk, scored on Tate's single.
After a hit by Jeremy Barnes, Tate came home on Doyle's single and Barnes eventually scored on a Mills hit.
The Flames tied the game 3-3 with a pair in the fourth and took a 5-3 lead with two more in the fifth. The Irish got one back when Doyle scored on a Martin single to make it a 5-4 game in the bottom of the fifth.
UIC used a three-run homer from Chris Rutta to score five in the seventh to make the score 10-4. The Irish scored one in the bottom of the seventh, but could not get any closer.
Notre Dame is back in action on Wednesday night with a 6:05 home game against Bowling Green.