Irish Roll Past Bowling Green

Notre Dame used a seven-run fourth inning to defeat Bowling Green 11-6 at home on Wednesday evening. Jeremy Barnes moved up the Notre Dame record books.

One day after losing thanks to an opponent's big inning, Notre Dame posted a crooked number of its own in an 11-6 home victory over Bowling Green on Wednesday night.

The Irish improve to 26-17 while the Falcons fall to 20-18.

Notre Dame lost to UIC 10-5 on Tuesday when the Flames plated five runs in the seventh. On Wednesday, the Irish broke the game open with a seven-run fourth inning.

Irish starter Steve Sabatino earned the victory while allowing three runs in five innings. Notre Dame's Todd Miller pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless ball to earn his second save of the season.

Notre Dame's Jeremy Barnes had three hits and a pair of RBI to lead the Irish offense. Barnes moved into seventh place all-time on the school's RBI list with 178 for his career.

Brayden Ashdown also had three hits while Ryan Connolly scored three times and Matt Scioscia knocked in four.

Bowling Green came into having hit 17 home runs in the last three games, but the Falcons did not record an extra-base hit against Notre Dame. Bowling Green cleanup hitter Derek Spencer had gone 15-for-22 (.681) with six homers, 11 RBI and 12 runs scored in the previous five games. Spencer had his four-game homer streak snapped and had just one hit, but he did drive in a pair.

Sabatino struggled at the start, hitting the first two batters he faced before a single loaded the bases. The Falcons managed to score three runs on just a pair of hits, but Sabatino shut them down for the next four innings.

Ryan Connolly walked and stole second in the bottom of the first before coming home on a Scioscia single to get the Irish on the board. Connolly walked and stole second again in the third and scored on a Barnes single to make it a 3-2 game.

The first eight Irish batters reached base in the fourth and seven scored before the inning was over. A.J. Pollock and Barnes had RBI singles while Connolly picked up a RBI when he was hit with a pitch. Scioscia added a two-run single and David Mills had a RBI before Casey Martin's RBI single capped the scoring.

Bowling Green got two back in the sixth, but Miller came in to shut down the Falcons the rest of the way.

The Irish added two more in the bottom of the seventh when Greg Sherry scored on a wild pitch and Scioscia singled home Pollock with the final run of the game.

Notre Dame returns to Eck Stadium on Friday with the opener of a Big East weekend series against Connecticut.


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