Irish Sweep Purdue!

This past weekend, the Irish took the field against the Purdue Boilermakers looking to settle unfinished business from the fall, when CBND tied Purdue in a tournament game. Now with a record of 7-1-1, the Irish were ready to prove that they were the better team.

Game 1 got off to a rocky start when the Boilermakers put up 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning on starter Dom Nunag (6 IP, 3 ER, 6 K). The Irish got on the board in the 3rd inning with 2 runs, including a CBI (Corcoran Batted In) single to left field by catcher Jens Rataczak (1-4, 2 RBI). Nunag, reliever Andrew Conces (W, 1 IP, 2K), and an error-free Irish defense kept the game at this score heading into the bottom of the 7th inning. The Irish started a rally in the last frame when pinch-hitter Andrew Turzai walked to lead off the inning. After two singles and a Purdue error, Matt Babuskow came to the plate with one out, the score tied, and the bases loaded. Babuskow—who entered the game in the 4th inning when Mike Massaro was injured on a HBP—came out swinging and singled to right on the first pitch of the at-bat for a walkoff victory. Irish win 4-3!

Game 2 got started in similar fashion, when Purdue scored 1 in the top of the 1st. However, this one proved to be a back and forth affair. The Irish responded in the bottom of the 2nd when Jack Corcoran (2-3, 2 RBI) singled on a line drive to center field. The tied ballgame did not last long, as the Boilermakers tallied 1 run in the top of the 3rd on starter Sean Hager (W, 6 IP, 7 K, 2 ER), but this was the last time Purdue would cross the plate. The Irish took the lead for good in the bottom of the 4th after the first three batters reached base, a Jack Corcoran sac-fly, and an RBI-walk by Tony Kestel. The Irish tacked on 1 more run later in the inning on another RBI-walk by Andrew Rockamann. This 4-2 lead was all that Hager needed as he shut down the Boilermaker bats for the rest of his outing. Reliever Tim Eiden (SV, 1 IP, 2 K) closed the door in the 7th, picking up the save. Irish win 4-2!

In the 9-inning Game 3, the Irish again struggled to keep Purdue off the board in the top of the 1st, but the Irish quickly responded this time with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st, taking the lead 3-1. Purdue struck again in the 3rd inning and the Irish went to their bullpen in the 4th when Conor Fitzgerald (W, 2.2 IP, 0 H, 2 ER) replaced starter Danny Bicknell (3 IP, 5 ER, 1 K). The Irish trailed 5-3 heading into the 5th inning, when they put 5 runs in each of the next two frames. The Irish’s two long innings were a result of consecutive tough at-bats, in which the Irish refused to make an out. The rallies included 9 singles, 5 walks, and a sacrifice fly. The team had no problems hanging on to this 13-7 lead for the remainder of the game. Tim Eiden closed this one out with 2 IP, 4 K, and 0 BB. Highlight performers at the dish for the Irish include Nick Gron (2-4, 3 R, 1 BB), Joe Corcoran (2-5, 3 RBI), and Jack Corcoran (1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB).

Not only did the Irish sweep Purdue this weekend, but they captured their first D1 wins against the Boilermakers. The Irish improve to 10-1-1 on the season and 6-0 in the conference. Easter break is this coming weekend but the team is gearing up for a 3-game set at the University of Illinois on Saturday 4/7 and Sunday 4/8. This series will have serious post-season implications, as the winning team will be in the driver’s seat in the Great Lakes South Conference. Stay tuned!

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Fighting Irish Start Spring with Sweep of Indiana

After a successful fall season in which the team went 4-1-1, the Irish were back in action this weekend (March 3rd and 4th). Due to inclement weather in South Bend, the team took their talents southeast, to Bishop Chatard High School where they hosted Indiana University for a three game series.

The 9-inning Game One was started on the mound by senior Danny Bicknell, who went 5.1 innings, surrendering 3 runs (1 earned) and striking out 6. This game was back-and-forth early on. The Irish trailed 3-2 when Bicknell was replaced by Andrew Conces (3.2 IP, 6 K, 0 R). The Irish struck in the bottom of the 7th, when freshman shortstop Jack Molumphy knocked in the tying run on a fielder’s choice and Zach Phillips scored the eventual game winning run on a wild pitch. Conces kept Indiana’s bats silent for the remainder of the game to pick up the W, by a score of 4-3.

In Game Two, the Irish took a 1-0 lead when Molumphy scored when Mike Massaro grounded into a fielder’s choice. Starting pitcher Dom Nunag (4 IP, 6 K, 2 ER) surrendered the lead back to Indiana in the 4th inning, 2-1. Senior Andrew Skomra gave the Irish two-thirds of an inning in relief before turning it over to Tim Eiden (2.1 IP, 3 K, 0 H, 0 R). The Irish went into the bottom of the 5th trailing 4-1, when they regained the lead 5-4. Phillips drove in the tying and go-ahead runs on a single to left field. From here, Eiden shut the door and the Irish hung on to win 5-4.

Sophomore transfer Sean Hager took the mound for the Irish in Game Three. He surrendered no runs and no hits over four innings, striking out six, but a high pitch count forced him to exit this game. Hager combined with freshman Kyle Cockrell (3 IP, 4 K) to shutout the Hoosiers in this one. Jens Rataczak knocked in the decisive run in the first inning of this contest, when he singled up the middle to score Joe Corcoran. The Irish blew this one open in the third inning, scoring five runs off of RBIs from Jamie Abrams, Tony Kestel, Joe Corcoran, and Andrew Rockamann. The Irish finished this series off with a 6-0 exclamation point victory.

With the series sweep of Indiana, the Irish improve to 7-1-1 on the year and 3-0 in the Great Lakes South Conference. Spring Break is next week, and then the Irish will be back in action at home against Purdue on March 24/25. Stay tuned!

(9-24-17) Notre Dame Club Baseball Walks Away Victorious Over Northwestern Club Baseball In High-Scoring Game, 11-6

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(9-23-17) Notre Dame Club Baseball Nabs Win Over Northwestern Club Baseball Despite Early 5-Run Inning

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(9-23-17) Club Baseball Of Notre Dame Beats Northwestern

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(9-16-17) Game Between Purdue And Club Baseball Of Notre Dame Ends In A Tie

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(9-16-17) Notre Dame Club Baseball Loses Lead Early In Defeat

  • Club Baseball of Notre Dame watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 13-3 loss to Michigan State Club Baseball on Saturday. Michigan State Club Baseball scored on a double by Zack Skrobot and an error in the first inning.
  • The Club Baseball of Notre Dame struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Michigan State Club Baseball, giving up 13 runs.
  • Michigan State Club Baseball got things moving in the first inning, when Skrobot doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
  • Michigan State Club Baseball scored four runs in the fifth inning. Ben Mendlen and Ryan Coucke each drove in runs during the inning.
  • #34 got the start for Michigan State Club Baseball. He lasted four innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out three and walking one.
  • Dominic Nunag led things off on the hill for Club Baseball of Notre Dame. He lasted three innings, allowing nine hits and nine runs. Danny Bicknell threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen.
  • Andrew Turzai led Club Baseball of Notre Dame with two hits in two at bats.
  • Michigan State Club Baseball racked up 12 hits. Jared MerandiMendlenSkrobot, and Mitchell Yelton each had multiple hits for Michigan State Club Baseball. Michigan State Club Baseball was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Skrobot made the most plays with five.

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(9-15-17) Club Baseball Of Notre Dame Clings To Victory As Truman State Nearly Erases 5-Run Deficit

  • Club Baseball of Notre Dame built a five-run lead in the third inning and then held off Truman State’s charge for a 5-4 victory on Friday. Truman State scored four runs in the failed comeback on a error, a single by Bacardi, and a error.
  • Club Baseball of Notre Dame earned the victory despite allowing Truman State to score four runs in the fifth inning. MollerBacardi, and J Bacardi all drove in runs in the frame.
  • Andrew Skomra earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for Club Baseball of Notre Dame. He lasted four and a third innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out six. Tim Eiden and Bobby Hlavin entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Eiden recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Club Baseball of Notre Dame.
  • DeRousse toed the rubber for Truman State. He went five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and striking out seven.
  • Matt Babuskow led Club Baseball of Notre Dame with two hits in three at bats.
  • Truman State racked up eight hits in the game. Bacardi and Gilbert each had multiple hits for Truman State. Truman State didn’t commit a single error in the field. Bacardi had five chances in the field, the most on the team.

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Activities Night and Tryouts

Notre Dame Activities Night is August 30th this year.  At this event, all clubs have booths set up to field questions and gather interest in their club.  It is imperative that you come to our booth on Activities Night, as we will gather contact information from students interested and use that information to notify them about tryout times.  Currently we do not have a set tryout time, but it will be some time later that week, between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3.  Make sure you bring your baseball gear with you!  Depending on the field/facility we hold tryouts at, players may be asked to wear flats.

In the past few years, we have had approximately 30 men tryout for 7 positions, give or take.  Position players should be prepared to go through defensive drills, take batting practice, and possibly hit live pitching.  Pitchers must be ready to throw bullpens and pitch in game-like scenarios.  All athletes can expect to be timed on their 60, too.  While we appreciate information given to us regarding previous baseball experience, please understand that the evaluation of athletes to make the roster will be based solely upon their performance at tryouts.

We are looking for individuals with a deep love for the game that we can be sure will be committed to our organization.  If you have any questions, or can’t make Activities Night for some reason, please email cbnd@nd.edu for more information.

Snow in April prevents the Irish from getting back on track

The Fighting Irish woke up this past Saturday to three inches of snow that unfortunately caused their three game set against Ball State to be cancelled. While the weather over the past weak has been anything but nice, the Irish hoped that it would clear up by the weekend series. This was obviously not the case, and the Irish got and extra week to prepare for their series against Purdue this coming weekend, where the weather is expected to be perfect for spring baseball.