IU and Notre Dame meet at Victory Field

FINAL: INDIANA 6, NOTRE DAME 5. Hoosiers win it on Notre Dame’s fifth error of the game. Logan Sowers loaded the bases with a walk before Will Nolden drove in pinch runner Chris Sujka on a fielder’s choice. On the same play, an errant throw to first allowed Scott Donley to score from second base. Nolden sealed the walk-off win when he came home on a throwing error to first by Irish shortstop Lane Richards.

EIGHTH INNING: Notre Dame adds to its lead against Harrison, using a solo home run to right field by Robert Youngdahl to go up 5-3. This is the third time in the last five games that IU pitchers have given up two home runs in a contest. Indiana, which hasn’t had a hit since Rodrigue’s sixth-inning double, went down in order. NOTRE DAME 5, INDIANA 3.

SEVENTH INNING: Luke Harrison relieved Effross and allowed a leadoff single before a called strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play turned by Colby Stratten ended the inning. In the bottom half, Austin Cangelosi reached on a one-out error but couldn’t get home after back-to-back groundouts from Will Nolden and Isaiah Pasteur. NOTRE DAME 4, INDIANA 3.

SIXTH INNING: Notre Dame leadoff man Ryan Bull lined a first-pitch fastball from Effross over the right field wall to boost the Irish lead to 4-2. But the Hoosiers got that run back in the bottom half. Casey Rodrigue poked a leadoff double into the right field corner and came around to score two batters later on Brad Hartong’s groundout to shortstop. NOTRE DAME 4, INDIANA 3.

FIFTH INNING: Bell retired 12 in a row before Kyle Fiala smacked a two-out triple to the left field gap. That led IU coach Chris Lemonis to go to the bullpen for right-hander Scott Effross, who struck out Cavan Biggio on a full-count changeup to end the inning. Tully retired IU in order in the bottom of the fifth. NOTRE DAME 3, INDIANA 2.

FOURTH INNING: Evan Bell settling in after that rocky first inning. Bell closed the top half of the fourth by retiring his 10th consecutive batter. In the bottom of the fourth, IU wasted a leadoff double by Brad Hartong, stranding him on second. NOTRE DAME 3, INDIANA 2.

THIRD INNING: Both teams go quietly — and quickly — in the third. NOTRE DAME 3, INDIANA 2.

SECOND INNING: THe Hoosiers got two back in the top half of the frame, thanks in part to a pair of Irish errors that put Scott Donley and Logan Sowers on first and second for Will Nolden. The IU right fielder lined a single to left field to drive in Donley before Sowers came around on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Isaiah Pasteur. Bell bounced back with a quick second inning, retiring all three Irish batters he faced. Isaiah Pasteur made a nice snag on a liner to third base, while Bell got out of the frame with a strikeout. NOTRE DAME 3, INDIANA 2.

FIRST INNING: Pretty ugly start for Evan Bell, who faced eight batters and allowed three runs in the top half. Bell gave up back-to-back singles to begin the inning before he fielded a sac bunt and pulled first baseman Austin Cangelosi with a poor throw to load the bases. He then followed by hitting Irish cleanup hitter Ryan Bull on the second pitch of his at-bat to force in the first run. A strikeout and a nearly-turned double play almost allowed Bell to escape the inning before Notre Dame’s seventh hitter of the inning, Lane Richards, lined an RBI single to left. Hoosiers go down in order in the bottom half. NOTRE DAME 3, INDIANA 0.

PREGAME: It’s a beautiful, albeit chilly, night for baseball in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers need a win after dropping four in a row, but they’ll have to go through a Notre Dame program ranked No. 26 by Collegiate Baseball. Evan Bell gets the start tonight for Indiana, which trails 64-31-1 in the all-time series. The two schools haven’t met since March 1, 1998.

LINEUPS
NOTRE DAME | INDIANA

Shepski dh | Rodrigue ss
Fiala 3b | Dedelow cf
Biggio 2b | Hartong c
Bull lf | Donley dh
Youngdahl rf | Sowers lf
Lidge c | Cangelosi 1b
Richards ss | Nolden rf
Kutsulis 1b | Pasteur 3b
Richardson cf | Stratten 2b
Tully LHP | Bell RHP