March 28, 2001
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Peter Ogivlie tossed seven strong innings-pushing his scoreless streak to 19 innings-while fellow sophomore Brian Stavisky ended his recent hitting slump with a 3-for-5 day, as the 13th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team posted a 6-1 victory over visiting Toledo in non-conference action Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.
Notre Dame (17-4-1) received hits from nine different players, with junior centerfielder Steve Stanley driving in two runs while junior third baseman Andrew Bushey scored twice.
Ogilvie (2-0)-who also was in line to win his first start, in the 4-4 tie with Navy-logged seven shutout innings for the second straight week while facing just 26 batters (five over the minimum). The righthander’s economical 88-pitch outing included just three hits and no walks, with three strikeouts.
Senior shortstop Alec Porzel stroked his 58th career double in the fourth inning, tying him with 1997 graduate Mike Amrhein for fourth on the Irish all-time list (three back of the record held by ’93 graduate Eric Danapilis, two behind Dan Peltier’s three-year total from `87-’89 and one shy of 2000 grad. Jeff Felker).
Rockets freshman lefthander E.T. Ducey (1-2) was touched for five runs (three earned) on 10 hits and three walks over five and one-third innings, with one strikeout. Toledo dropped to 10-12.
Junior DH John Heintz-who earned a spot on the Notre Dame squad during 2000 fall tryouts-made the most out of his first career at-bat, sparking the Irish in the first by sending a 1-2, one-out pitch through the left side of the infield before scoring on Paul O’Toole’s bases-loaded walk.
The Irish added two runs in the fourth, with Bushey leading off with a 1-2, opposite-field double down the leftfield line and taking third on Scott Sollmann’s bunt single. Sollmann then stole second and Ducey uncorked a wild pitch, with Stanley’s sacrifice fly plating the third Irish run.
Notre Dame’s two-run sixth included Bushey’s full-count walk to open the frame, Stanley’s bunt single (ending Ducey’s day) and a muffed catch by righthanded reliever Adam Jackson on a rightside groundout (with Bushey scoring on the play). Stavisky later pushed the lead to 5-0 with a two-out double to right-center field.
Ogilvie’s shutout effort helped lower Notre Dame’s season ERA to 2.68, well below the 3.93 mark from the 2000 staff that ranked 16th in the nation.
Toledo (12-10) 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 – 1 5 1
#13 Notre Dame (17-4-1) 1-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-X – 6 14 3
E.T. Ducey (L, 1-2), Adam Jackson (6), Ian Baltzer (8) and Maier.
Peter Ogilvie (W, 2-0), Brandon Viloria (8), Matt Laird (9) and Paul O’Toole, Soran Leahy (7).
Doubles: Alec Porzel (ND), Brian Stavisky (ND), Andrew Bushey (ND), Andy Stetka (TOL).