Notre Dame Edges CSU, 5-3

Notre Dame Edges CSU, 5-3

March 20, 2007

Box Score

Contact: Josh Rattray

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A three-run second inning by Notre Dame erased an early CSU lead as the Vikings came out on the short end of a 5-3 score on Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium.        


The Vikings got off to a fast start, as the first two batters got hits to start the game. Junior Wallace Richardson led off the game with a double to left and Cash sent him to third with a single. After two strikeouts, Westra sent a sharp groundball to the shortstop, who threw the ball away allowing Richardson to score.       


Notre Dame's big inning was highlighted by Ross Brezovsky, who had an RBI single and later scored on a Brayden Ashdown single to give the Irish a 2-1 lead. CSU conceded a third run later in the inning when Jeremy Barnes scored in a rundown situation. An error and a catcher's interference didn't help the Vikings in the fateful inning.


"Our defensive mistakes killed us," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We are getting closer, and we've cleaned up a lot of things on the mound and at the plate. We have to start making plays in the field."


Cleveland State committed five errors on the day.


CSU pulled to within 3-2 in the top of the third when Cash scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of sophomore Josh Hungerman, but the Irish answered in the bottom half of the inning as Danny Dressman knocked in Brett Lilley with a single to put Notre Dame ahead, 4-2.


Notre Dame extended the lead to 5-2 on an RBI double by Ashdown.


CSU didn't go down without a fight, as senior Rich Ranells drove in Carlos Laboy with an RBI double in the eighth to provide the final margin.


Westra went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Cash went 1-for-3 with a walk, run and a stolen base to lead the Vikings. Ashdown had two hits and two RBI to lead Notre Dame.


Sophomore Michael Babin and senior Pat McKitrick kept the Vikings close throughout, allowing just one run in five innings of combined relief. McKitrick retired all six batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings, striking out two. Sophomore Brian Long (0-3) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in three innings.


"Our relievers came in and gave a great effort," Kocks said. "Our pitchers did a great job."


The Vikings (2-15) start league play this weekend with a three-game series at Wright State. Game one is set for Friday night at 6:00 p.m.