March 24, 2017
By Michael Scholl
NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame baseball team battled No. 13 Florida State for 13 innings before falling 8-3 in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Frank Eck Stadium on Friday night.
The Irish led, 2-0, but surrendered a pair in the seventh. The game remained 2-2 until the 12th, when each team scratched across a run. Florida State then got a three-run bomb from Tyler Daughtry as part of a five-run 13th which won the game.
The Irish got on the board in the fifth with a lead-off single to left field from Patrick McDonald who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ryan Lidge rocked a single up the middle to score McDonald for the first Irish run of the game.
The Irish continued their momentum into the sixth when Nick Podkul was hit by the Seminole Pitcher and moved over by an intentional walk of Matt Vierling. A wild pitch put Podkul and Vierling on second and third, and a single from Jung brought in the run to increase Notre Dame’s lead.
Guenther took the mound in the sixth inning after a shut out in the first five by Michael Hearne. A lead-off single from Seminoles’ Busby started off the inning, and the Seminoles loaded the bases with Henderson up to bat with a full count. Guenther got the strikeout, but a wild pitch brought in the first Seminole run on the next at-bat. Notre Dame brought in Peter Solomon after another Seminole run was walked in to tie the game. Solomon drew a fly out to center field to end the inning.
Seminoles’ Taylor Walls led off the inning with a single up the middle and was pushed over by a ground out and stolen base. He scored on a wild pitch to give Florida State the lead
The Irish fought back with a double from Podkul deep into left field. Vierling drove in the tying run with a line drive double down the right field line. An intentional walk of Jung put runners on first and second who were left on base to send the game into a thirteenth inning.
Florida State used the long ball to ice the game away in the 13th. Dylan Busby led off with a double before Rhett Aplin bunted him over to third. Jackson Lueck hit a flyball to left field that was good for a sacrifice fly to score Busby, but was dropped by the right fielder and allowed Lueck to reach second. After JC Flowers singled, Tyler Daughtry delivered the big blow with a three-run homer to right. With two outs and Evy Rubial in on relief of Peter Solomon, Dern walked, then moved to second on a wild pitch before Cal Raleigh singled him home. After another walk, Busby flew out to end the inning with FSU up, 8-3.
The Irish and Seminoles will attempt to conclude the three-game series on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. The game can be seen live on ACC Network Extra and heard live on WatchND, as well as on 103.1 FM in South Bend. There is inclement weather expected in the South Bend area, so be sure to check UND.com/ndbaseball and the @NDBaseball Twitter feed for the latest updates.
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Michael Scholl joined Fighting Irish Media in August 2016, coordinating communications for the baseball program and assisting with the football team at his alma mater. The South Bend native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts & Letters in 2009 before going on to work in athletics communications at Providence College, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati.
Fighting Irish Media student worker Alex Lloyd contributed to this report.