Notre Dame Baseball | Mar. 11, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
BOONE, N.C. - The Irish like to save their best stuff against Appalachian State until the ninth inning. Just nine days after a thrilling come-from-behind, extra-inning victory over the Mountaineers, 4-3, the University of Notre Dame baseball team did it again Tuesday night in Boone, N.C., in a game that was eerily similar to the one barely a week earlier in Cary, N.C. After scoring two runs in the ninth to send the game to extras, the Irish blew the game open with four runs in the 10th to win, 13-9, in front of 681 fans at Smith Stadium.
Notre Dame entered the ninth trailing 9-7 after App State (4-12) exploded for five runs in the sixth inning. With his team down to its last out with no runners on base, freshman catcher Ryan Lidge didn’t buckle under the pressure as he blasted a double to left center to keep the Irish alive. Pinch hitter Ryan Bull stepped into the box and drew a walk to give the Irish pinch runners (Jack Flaherty and Conor Biggio) at first and third after a passed ball moved Flaherty up a base. One of the heroes in the first victory against Appalachian State, sophomore Zak Kutsulis took the first pitch he saw and knocked a two-run double to left field to tie the game up after Biggio just beat out the throw at home plate by turning on the jets as he sprinted around the bases from first.