Hanna Bedricky | May 16, 2017
The Notre Dame offense was the key for the Irish as they scored 10 runs on 15 hits, paced by Jake Johnson's 5-for-5 night, as they routed Western Michigan in a weeknight match-up, 10-2.
Johnson kicked things off for the Irish in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI double to right-center that brought Nick Podkul home to put the Irish on the board, but it wasn't until the fourth inning that Notre Dame found its footing with a pair of home runs. The first home run was a two-run shot to left by Daniel Jung who went 5-2 on the day. Jake Shepski followed with a two-run homer to right as he went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Eric Gilgenbach went 2-for-2 with three walks. Eight-of-nine Irish position players in the starting line-up recorded a hit on the evening.
Charlie Vorsheck continued to dazzle on the mound as he picked up his fifth win of the season. The junior pitched six innings allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts. After allowing two singles to start the game, he retired 10 straight before allowing a solo shot to concede Western Michigan's first run. He improved to 5-0 on the year, the best start for an Irish pitcher since Michael Hearne went 6-0 on the year. Patrick McDonald and senior Ryan Smoyer, playing in his final home game at Notre Dame, combined for 2.2 innings of two-hit, shutout ball in relief of Vorsheck.
With the victory, the Irish capped the home season at 18-9 while going 11-1 in midweek games during the 2017 campaign. Notre Dame also is now 24-4 against unranked teams since March 4.