Neil Joseph | April 13, 2017
The Notre Dame baseball team completed the series sweep of Georgia Tech by winning 9-6 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. With the win, the Irish continued their recent hot play at home, having won six of the past seven in South Bend.
Notre Dame made use of their highest scoring inning of the year to build a lead they never gave up. The Irish sent eleven hitters to the plate in the third and had some well-timed hits and gritty at-bats to go up 6-4 after starting the inning down 4-0.
Irish starting pitcher Brad Bass worked through some tough innings at the beginning of the game to record his second win of the season for the Irish. After fighting through a difficult first three-plus innings, Bass retired nine straight batters to allow the Irish to build their lead.
In total, Bass pitched six innings, allowing only five hits and striking out seven. The junior repeatedly made key pitches with Yellow Jacket runners on base, forcing Georgia Tech to leave seven runners on base in his six innings pitched. Peter Solomon recorded the save for Notre Dame, facing nine batters and striking out four in two innings of work.
Jake Lee took the loss for Georgia Tech, as the Irish forced him out of the game after only 2.2 innings of work. The Irish totaled nine runs on 10 hits off of Georgia Tech pitchers, striking out only four times on the afternoon while drawing eight walks and twice getting hit by a pitch.
Offensively, the Irish got excellent production up and down the lineup. Cole Daily paced Notre Dame with three RBI, Jake Johnson added two runs and two hits, and Nick Podkul had a double and two runs scored. Kyle Fiala concluded his fantastic series with two hits and two RBI and Ryan Lidge hit a double and scored two runs.