Stephen Vranka was 2-for-4 against the Irish on Friday
May 16, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame scored the game's only run in the bottom of the seventh inning and withstood a ninth inning rally from the University of Pittsburgh baseball team (22-29, 11-18 ACC) as the Fighting Irish (21-31, 8-21 ACC) defeated the Panthers 1-0 on Friday evening at Frank Eck Stadium.
The Irish put together three of their seven hits in the bottom of the seventh inning, including an RBI single from first baseman Ryan Bull for the decisive run.
In the top of the ninth inning for Pitt, pinch hitter Nick Yarnall drew a one out walk and Casey Roche followed that with a double down the right field line to put runners on second and third. However, Notre Dame closer Donnie Hissa got a groundout and a strikeout to end the game.
Matt Wotherspoon (5-6, 4.44 ERA) was tagged with the loss even though he delivered a very solid outing for the Panthers. The senior went 6.1 innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out seven batters. He had a stretch of retiring 11 straight batters from innings three through six, but the Irish put together three singles in the seventh for the go-ahead run.
"Today was especially disappointing because we got our second solid pitching performance in a row," head coach Joe Jordano said. "T.J. [Zeuch] pitched really well yesterday and Matt [Wotherspoon] threw an exceptional game today. It boils down to being able to get hits with runners in scoring position. We had the runners but we were not able to get the big hit.
"This weekend is a microcosm of our entire season. We have yet to put a full game together in all three phases. Hopefully we can come out tomorrow and play with a great deal of pride and end the regular-season on a high note."
The Panthers collected four hits today, two of which were from leadoff batter Stephen Vranka. Notre Dame starting pitcher Michael Hearne (5-6) threw 8.0 innings and allowed just three hits while striking out three batters.
With NC State defeating Virginia Tech twice today, Pitt has been eliminated from next week's ACC Tournament. The Panthers will conclude their season tomorrow against Notre Dame at 1:05 p.m. Click here for a live video and stats.
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