Irish Split Two At Syracuse

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 total
Notre Dame
period 1 0 period 2 1 period 3 3 period 4 1 period 5 0 period 6 0 period 7 1 total 6
Syracuse
period 1 5 period 2 0 period 3 3 period 4 0 period 5 0 period 6 0 period 7 X total 8
Game stats Notre Dame Syracuse
AB 28 25
RUNS 6 8
HITS 10 10
RBI 6 8
BB 6 5
SO 6 1
LOB 11 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 total
Notre Dame
period 1 0 period 2 1 period 3 0 period 4 3 period 5 2 period 6 2 period 7 0 total 8
Syracuse
period 1 3 period 2 0 period 3 1 period 4 0 period 5 2 period 6 0 period 7 0 total 6
Game stats Notre Dame Syracuse
AB 30 24
RUNS 8 6
HITS 9 7
RBI 7 5
BB 4 5
SO 5 7
LOB 6 7

The University of Notre Dame softball team (20-12, 4-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) salvaged a split of a doubleheader at Syracuse (14-19, 3-5) on Saturday afternoon at Skytop Stadium. The Irish rallied to win the first game 8-6, then saw another rally fall short in game two as the Orange claimed the series win with with an 8-6 victory.

Notre Dame fell behind 3-0 in the first inning of game one but rallied to take a 5-3 lead in the fourth. Syracuse answered right back to tie the game at 5-5 before Katie Marino’s game-winning towering two-run home run to left field in the top of the sixth. Peyton Tidd (2.1 IP, 2 K) picked up the victory in relief of starting pitcher Alexis Holloway (4.2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 K).

The Irish fell behind early in game two of the doubleheader again, as two walks and an infield hit loaded the bases and set the stage for a Syracuse first-inning grand slam. The Orange chased game-two starter Tidd from the game and tacked on another run off reliever Morgan Ryan during their first team at-bats.

Digging deep, Notre Dame put together yet another rally, cutting the lead to 5-4 in the top of the third inning. Melissa Rochford delivered the big hit in the comeback with a two-run double in the third to of the third inning.

Notre Dame could not keep the Orange off the scoreboard, however, and a key three-run double put the home team ahead to stay in the bottom of the third. The Irish scratched out two more runs (an RBI single from Rochford and a solo home run by Quinn Biggio in the seventh inning) but would end up dropping game two 8-6.

NEXT UP

The Irish return to campus to face IUPUI on Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. ET at Melissa Cook Stadium.