(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.

Notre Dame cannot get past early runs by Illinois, drop 3 despite close game 2

The most exciting game of the series manifested itself in game 2 of this three game set between the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and Illinois.

In the first of two road trips that the Irish will take this spring season, the Notre Dame bats could not catch up to the hot start that Illinois seemed to get off to in each of the three games this past weekend, April 2nd and 3rd. Game 2 saw a hard-fought match that came down to the wire, eventually being won in walk-off fashion for the home squad. Two Illinois runs answered the Irish’s two in the bottom of the seventh to seal the deal and clinch the series.

Emmett Wilmes tallied four total bases on two hits and a double with two RBIs and one run scored across the weekend series. Mike Cyrocki and Mike McMannon both turned in impressive pitching performances over six combined innings in game 2, with Cyrocki allowing 3 total runs, 2 earned, and McMannon with zero earned or unearned runs. The bats for the Irish, however, remained inconsistent, and errors, once again, reared their costly, ugly heads in this three game set. No where else was this more prevalent than in Tom Peterson’s two innings on the bump, where five runs were allowed, all of which were unearned.

The Irish look to find some consistency in their hitting and sure up their defensive play before taking on Ball State University at home this weekend, April 9th and 10th.

 

Irish can’t get the bats going, drop 3 to Illinois State

In the season opening series for the Irish over the weekend of March 19th and 20th, Notre Dame hosted Illinois State, a team that came into this series having already played a week’s worth of games over their spring break. That extra experience showed.

While the Irish hung in game one, costly errors across the board ended up being the culprit of three tough losses, despite solid pitching out of the gate. The full promise of the Irish bats were also on display in flashes throughout the series, and with more practice against live pitching, Notre Dame will most definitely be able to get out of a series similar to this with at least a couple of wins.

Sticking with the reliable pitching while limiting walks, cleaning up the defense behind those pitchers, and getting some consistency out of the Irish bats are the goals for Notre Dame heading into this weekend’s away series against Illinois.

Irish Wrap up Off-season Workouts with Eyes Set on Opening Day

The Fighting Irish are eager to begin their first season as members of the NCBA’s DI division. With the first series of the season less than a week away, the squad recently wrapped up a productive offseason. The core of 16 returning players led a very talented crop of new members in offseason drills. Each Saturday the team traveled out to Elkhart to work on hitting at the P3 indoor training facility. During the week, situational defense was the focus at the Loftus Sports Center. In addition to working on offense and defense, service was also a large component of the offseason regimen. Every Friday a group of players go to the Boys and Girls Club of South Bend to spend with the kids who attend the club after school. The guys played everything from basketball to freeze tag with the youngsters. The team also participated in the Pink Zone Spin-a-Thon, an event that raises money for breast cancer research. With a productive offseason under their belts, the ball club has lofty expectations heading into the season opener which will take place at home on March 19th against Illinois State.

Irish Open Season with Double-Header Sweep of Northwestern

To prepare The Fighting Irish for a difficult conference schedule, Notre Dame took on Northwestern University over the weekend.  In the first game of the doubleheader, Notre Dame won a hard fought game 8-2.  The score does not tell how close of a game it was.  Notre Dame thrived off excellent pitching and timely hitting to get the win.  In an attempt to get a lot of arms on the mound, your Fighting Irish used 6 pitchers. Among them were newcomers Dominic Nunag and Andrew Skomra.  The game was back and forth, with no team leading by more than a run.  In the top of the seventh, with the score 3-2, the Notre Dame bats came alive.  Starting with a two out single by freshman shorstop Andrew Rockamann, and timely hits by catcher Emmett Wilmes and left fielder and club baseball president Mike Cyrocki, Notre Dame amassed five insurance runs to give Senior closer Kevin Frost breathing room to finish the game.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Notre Dame jumped on the pitching early.  The Irish scored seven runs in the first three frames, thanks to a two run double by Tom Peterson and excellent base running by newcomer Clayton Bouchard.  Notre Dame coasted to an easy 8-2 victory to complete the sweep of the doubleheader.  Again, Notre Dame pitched many arms, anchored by Kevin Epp and other contributions from Nick Stolz, Tony Kestel and the always impressive Tory King.

CBND has Strong Expectations After Move to Division 1

In just the first two years of its existence, the University of Notre Dame Club Baseball Team has put together an exceptional record of 24-3.  This season, the expectations to compete with the best clubs is very real.  As the club team begins the 2015-2016 season, the schedule looks tougher than ever before. Tryouts were held and some great young talent was added to the roster. After moving up to Division 1 during the off-season, CBND has conference series scheduled for Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois St. and Ball St. We have high expectations this year as we compete with some of the best club teams in the country. Based on our past success, this move to Division 1 was well warranted, and with the increased talent level we look to continue our streak of dominance.

BATTER UP

IRISH OPEN SEASON WITH SWEEP OF DEPAUL!!!

We opened the season this past weekend at DePaul in Chicago and picked up right where we ended last season with a three game sweep of the Demons.

We kicked off our season on Saturday, 9/20 with a resounding 9-0 victory.   Connor Brown started the game and threw 4 strong innings of 2 hit ball and 2 strikeouts in the W, while Mike McMannon came in and finished the game with 3 more innings of 2 hit ball and 4 Ks.  The team was paced offensively by Tim Coen (C), Tory King (CF), and John Plantemoli (RF) who all collected 2 hits and scored 1 run each.  Overall, the game was a total team effort with 8 of the 9 starters recording a hit!

The next day, Sunday 9/21, we finished the series with a double header.  In the first game our offensive exploded with 20 runs and we ended up winning the game 20-3.  Jack Winkle started the game and though struggling a little in the first inning by allowing a couple runs, came back out and threw 2 great innings to end the day with a solid line of 3.0 innings, 3 ER, 3H, and 2Ks.  Rob Browne, a sophomore, made his Irish debut with 2 scoreless innings of 1 hit ball and 4 Ks.  The game was paced offensively by two newcomers to the team right fielder Alex Kerschner (3-5, 3B, HR, 3R) and third baseman Chris Silveri (3-3, 3R).  Veterans Sam Zappa (SS), Tory King (CF) and Taylor Gillig (2B) added to the run total with 3, 3, and 4, respectively.

The final game of the series ended up being the closest and most competitive of the three, yet we were able to pull it out with a win 6-5.  The Demons starter went a solid 7 innings but came away with the L.  Mike Cyrocki started the game and gave the Irish a solid 5 innings of 4h, 2R, 1 ER, and 5 K while collecting his first win of the season.  Mike “Elastic Arm” McMannon shut the door on the Demons by closing out the game with 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief, collecting his first save of the season.  The offense came out a little sluggish with only 1 run in the first 4 innings yet exploded in the 6th with 5.  Trailing 2-1 going into the 6th, Irish scored 5 powered by a lead off triple by Alex Kerschner (CF) and a bases clearing double by Chuck “Clutch” Connors (2B).  Again the team was led by Alex Kerschner who went with 3-4, with 2 1B, a 3B and 2 R.  Chuck Connors also added another hit in the fourth that helped led to the first run of the game for the Irish.

Players of the Week

Offensive:

Player Name GAMES PLAYED H AB 2B 3B HR RBI RUNS SB BB
Alex Kerschener 2 6 9 0 2 1 2 5 1 0

Notes: Alex is one of just two freshmen who cracked the ND travel roster this year, starting off his Club Baseball career with a bang providing both speed and power in the lineup along with stellar play in the outfield this weekend.

Pitching:

Player Name GAMES PITCHED GAMES STARTED INN W L S ER R BB K H
Mike Mcmannon 2 0 4.20 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 2

Notes: McMannon picked up where he left off last year as ND’s go-to relief man. Errors and walks put Notre Dame in a tight spot in their final game with DePaul, and McMannon entered in the bottom of the 6th with the tying run on 3rd and the go-ahead at 1st. He proceeded to induce a shallow fly to right and a groundout to SS to end the inning, breezing through a scoreless 7th to score himself a save and lock down the win for the Irish.

 

Overall this weekend was the way we wanted to start the season and we hope to carry this momentum through to Battle Creek!!!