Neil Joseph | April 26, 2017
The Notre Dame baseball team put together an explosive day at the plate to defeat Valparaiso 10-3 on a beautiful evening at Frank Eck Stadium. Although the Irish scored in only three innings, they hung crooked numbers on the scoreboard in all three to score ten runs on ten hits. Notre Dame’s pitching staff held the Crusaders in check, yielding only five hits in the game. The bullpen was once again tremendous in a weekday home game, holding Valparaiso scoreless on one hit through the final four innings.
Ryan Smoyer picked up the win for the Irish, giving up four hits over five innings pitched. He started the game smoothly and managed through a three-run fourth to record the win. Cameron Brown pitched 1.2 innings in relief, giving up only one hit. Freshmen Patrick McDonald and Zack Martin were also fabulous from the bullpen, combining for the last 2.1 innings without giving up a hit.
Michael Mommersteeg took the loss for Valparaiso, as the Irish forced him from the game after only two innings pitched. The Irish pounced on him in the second, scoring four runs to get a lead that they would never relinquish. They then scored six runs on the bullpen to build a seven-run lead that would hold up.
Eight Notre Dame batters reached base, and seven of them scored a run. Nick Podkul did his job as the leadoff hitter, reaching base in three of his four plate appearances, scoring two runs, and driving in two more. Ryan Lidge had three RBI with his first career triple, and Kyle Fiala had three hits. Nick Neville also drove in three runs, and Jake Shepski reached base in three of his four plate appearances.