Mar. 20, 1997

Greene Scores Game-Winner Versus IUPUI

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Sophomore Allen Greene (Seattle, Wash./Bishop O’Dea HS) tied a Notre Dame record with his fifth hit of the game and then scored the winning run on a single by senior J.J. Brock, as the Irish escaped with an 8-7 victory over visiting Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), in non-conference baseball action Wednesday at Eck Stadium.

Notre Dame (9-8) held leads of 2-0 and 6-3 but watched IUPUI (4-13) score four times in the top of the ninth to surge ahead, 7-6. The Irish then forced extra innings with a run in the bottom of the ninth – thanks in large part to consecutive errors by shortstop Brad Tidd – but could not bring home senior Mike Amrhein from third base. The hosts then had a runner at third base in both the 10th and 11th innings (while standing 12 runners overall) but could not bring an end to the game, which lasted three hours and 40 minutes.

Brock’s clinching hit marked the third time in the last 11 days that he has provided the game-winning hit in Notre Dame’s final at-bat (all three coming on singles to right field). On March 9, Brock’s single capped a five-run ninth-inning rally vs. Texas Pan American (5-4) before his 11th-inning single three days later beat Penn State (9-8).

Greene opened the bottom of the 12th by doubling to left-center field and his classmate Paul Turco was called out on strikes while trying to bunt Greene over to third, but Brock came through with the winning single to right.

Greene’s record-tying day – which included three doubles and two singles, after opening with a strikeout – overshadowed another solid showing from surging senior rightfielder Pat O’Keefe, whose 3-for-6 day included two doubles, a triple and two runs scored.

Senior lefthander Gregg Henebry (3-1) picked up the victory, as Notre Dame’s ninth and final pitcher of the game. Henebry entered in the top of the ninth and was credited with IUPUI go-ahead run (which was unearned). Henebry worked the final three and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and two walks, with two strikeouts.

IUPUI freshman righthander Brent Day was the hard-luck loser, after allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks over the final five and one-third innings (with two K’s).

The Metros ninth-inning rally included three hits, three walks and an error by Irish shortstop Paul Turco. With the bases loaded and the Irish clinging to a 6-4 lead, Mark Buis reached on a single to the leftside of the infield. Turco stabbed the ball and tried to force at second base, with the tying run coming home on the errant throw.

IUPUI was one out from the victory but freshman Brant Ust smacked a two-strike single into leftfield. Amrhein then sent a hardshot straight for Tidd, who couldn’t come up with the final out. Both runners then moved up on a passedball before Jeff Wagner’s grounder was misplayed as well by Tidd, allowing Ust to tie the game at 8-8. Tidd bobbled the next ball as well, a grounder off the bat of Jeff Felker, but was able to scoop the ball to second base for the force out.

Amrhein extended his hitting streak to 12 games (he has hits in 16 of 17 games this season), after going 1-for-4 with two walks (one of which was intentional).

Score by InningsIUPUI              000 002 104 000  -  7  13  5Notre Dame         100 014 001 001  -  8  12  3

P: Strickland, Kocher (6), Day. ND: McKeown,Balicki (3), Kalita (4), Widelski (5) O’Hagan (6), Davis (6),Corbin (7), Lapinski (8), Henebry (9). WP – Henebry (3-1).LP – Day (1-1). 2B: Sims (P), O’Keefe 2 (ND),Greene 3 (ND). 3B: O’Keefe (ND).