Notre Dame | Baseball: Vierling Walk Off Extends Irish Win Streak To Seven

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The “Cardiac Irish” struck again Wednesday night at Frank Eck Stadium, as freshman Matt Vierling tallied a three-run home run to tie the game in the seventh inning before cracking the game-winning single in the ninth to propel the No. 29 University of Notre Dame baseball team to a 7-6 win over Central Michigan.

 

For good measure, Vierling picked up the win on the mound after throwing two shutout innings and tying his career-high with three strikeouts. The win/walk-off hit combo marked the second time the St. Louis native has accomplished the task this season. He also did it against Niagara at the USA Baseball-Irish Classic in early March by throwing a scoreless inning in the 10th before hitting a lead-off homer in the bottom half of the game to give the Irish a 5-4 win.

 

Vierling now has five homers on the year, which ties teammate Jake Shepski for the team lead.

 

The walk-off win was the sixth of the season for the Irish.

 

Notre Dame had to extend a lot of effort to get to that point, though, as the Chippewas (8-29) showed a lot of scrap. Central Michigan held leads at 1-0, 2-1, 3-1, 4-3 and 6-3 and out-hit the Irish 13-11.

 

However, Notre Dame wouldn’t go away as it got big hit after big hit to answer the Chippewas each time. Before Vierling’s walk-off single, he hit a three-run homer in the seventh to tie the game at six and swing the momentum to Notre Dame’s side.

 

“Being in the outfield I was thinking about my next at-bat and I knew I would get a big one coming up,” said Vierling. “I think he threw me two of the same pitches before and he hung that one and I noticed it right away and put a good swing on it.”

 

After the homer, Vierling made the transition to the mound where a leadoff single in the eighth by Central Michigan’s Daniel Jipping gave the Chippewas a runner on base. However, that runner disappeared quickly, as Irish catcher Ryan Lidge made a monster throw to gun out Jipping trying to steal second. Vierling followed with back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the eighth. In the ninth, a runner got all the way to third base before another Vierling strikeout and a lineout to left field sent the contest to the bottom of the ninth.

 

“I just calmed myself down,” said Vierling after the leadoff single. “Obviously Lidge made a good play. It’s definitely a challenge going from the field to hitting to pitching. It takes a lot of focus. You just have to put yourself in the right mindset, calm yourself down and focus on what you’re doing. I’m glad things worked out.”

 

The Irish came to the plate in the bottom half looking to avoid extra innings. Similar to the seventh inning, junior Cavan Biggio and Shepski helped set the table for Vierling’s magic. Biggio started the frame with a sharply-hit double to right field and Shepski followed with a single to right field that placed runners at the corners for senior Zak Kutsulis, who was promptly walked to load the bases for Vierling.

 

Vierling went down 0-2 in the count, but came through with a rocket single to right field that scored Biggio and brought the Irish dugout onto the field for another celebration.

 

Notre Dame used eight pitchers on the day, with sophomore RHP Charlie Vorsheck (1.0 IP, 1 H) and Vierling both turning in solid outings.

 

Several Irish players enjoyed successful nights at the plate. Biggio finished with two hits and two runs, Shepski posted two hits, two walks and a run scored, Vierling had three hits, four RBI and two runs scored, senior Ricky Sanchez tallied two hits, a sac bunt, two stolen bases and a run scored, junior Kyle Fiala had a hit, stolen base and two RBI and Lidge had two walks.

 

With the victory, Notre Dame (23-12, 9-7 ACC) extends its winning streak to seven games. The Irish have also won 15 of their last 17 games and 17 of their last 21 to skyrocket up the Atlantic Coast Conference standings and NCAA RPI rankings.  

 

After 12 of its last 13 games at home, the Irish will hit the road this weekend for a monster Atlantic Coast Conference series at No. 7 Florida State. Game times are set for 6 p.m. (ET) Friday, 6 p.m. (ET) Saturday and 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday. All three games will be available on ESPN3.

 

 

For more information on the Notre Dame baseball team, follow the Irish on Facebook (/NDBaseball), Twitter (@NDBaseball) and Instagram (notredamebaseball).

 

Indiana State | Baseball: Rosselli’s Eight RBIs Lead Sycamores To Double Digit Win Over Purdue

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana State Baseball (24-13, 4-2 MVC) put together a 12-run eighth inning to defeat in-stat rival, Purdue (6-28, 1-11 Big Ten) 22-4. The marathon lasted nearly four hours through rainy conditions, as the Sycamores trailed 4-0 until the fourth inning. Junior Tony Rosselli led the Sycamore offense with four hits and eight RBIs. The Sycamores have now won 10 of their last 12 games, and now own four wins over Big Ten foes.

 

Indiana State allowed Purdue to notch the first run of the night cap as Brett Carlson hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. The Boilermakers scored two more in the bottom half of the third, as the Sycamores trailed 4-0.

 

In the top of the fourth, Indiana State rallied back, scoring four runs on back-to-back, base-clearing doubles from junior Tony Rosselli, and sophomore Dane Giesler.

 

The Sycamores struck again in the top of the fifth inning as junior Hunter Owen was hit by his eleventh pitch of the year, just before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Senior Kaden Moore then hit a sacrifice fly to right field that would score Owen and put the Sycamores ahead for the first time in the ball game. A pair of freshman, Chris Ayers and Clay Dungan, then reached safely on back-to-back hits to put runners in place for Rosselli who doubled, plating his third and fourth RBIs of the game to put Indiana State on top 7-4.

 

The Sycamores would not stop with the three-run lead. In the top of the seventh inning, Ayers sent one over the right field wall, Dungan reached on a walk, and Rosselli hit a two-run bomb over the left field wall, plating his fifth and sixth RBIs of the game and giving the Sycamores the 10-4 lead.

 

Indiana State continued the scoring campaign in the top of the eighth, plating 12 more runs on seven hits and two errors to go up 22-4, as Rosselli picked up his eighth RBI of the game.

 

For the Sycamores, Rosselli led at the plate going 4-for-5 with eight RBIs, three runs scored, two doubles, a two-run home run, and a walk. Young went 3-for-6 with three runs scored, while Hunter Owen broke the single season total bases record with 16, as he scored each of the four times he was on base. Chris Ayers was 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, and three runs scored.

 

Senior Kaden Moore collected two RBIs on the night, putting him at 36 on the year, while Dane Giesler picked up three RBIs. Freshman CJ Huntley notched his first hit as a Sycamore with a pinch hit single in the eighth inning, and freshman Dominic Bifano was 1-for-1 on a pinch hit appearance with one run scored.

 

The Sycamores will return for a big weekend at Bob Warn Field as they host Missouri Valley Conference foe, Dallas Baptist, for a three-game weekend series beginning Friday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Saturday’s 3:00 p.m. game will be broadcast on WTWO.

 

Earlham College | Athletics Wednesday Roundup

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Baseball Completes 10-Run Comeback in 13-12 Win over Wabash
 
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College baseball team did something not seen in recent memory on Wednesday. The Quakers came back from a 10-run deficit to defeat Wabash College 13-12 in non-conference action at Sadler Stadium.

Trailing 12-7 entering the bottom of the ninth, six of the first seven Quakers reached base. Using four hits and two walks along with two wild pitches, three runs had crossed the plate. With the deficit at 12-10, Wabash pitcher Alex Dickey notched a strikeout, putting the Little Giants one out away from a victory.

Senior Devin Spurgon fell behind 1-2 in the next at bat, but worked the count to full and eventually drew a walk to load the bases. Up came sophomore Drew Dietz for the second time in the inning, after starting the rally with lead off single. The Hamilton, Ohio, native delivered again, hitting a two-RBI, walk-off single through the left side completing the comeback win.

The Quakers began the comeback well before the ninth inning, however. Wabash (16-12) put up two runs in the first, one in the third, and a seven-spot in the fifth, chasing Earlham starter, junior John Cornett.

Trailing 10-0, the Quakers scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a single from junior Eric Elkus and a Wabash error. After surrendering those two runs in the top of the sixth, Earlham got within seven runs (12-5) by using a solo home run from Spurgon, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly from junior Brennan Laird.

Sophomore Matt Mathies shutdown the Wabash offense in the seventh and eighth, and Earlham capitalized with two runs in the bottom of the eighth.

After a scoreless top of the ninth courtesy of senior Bryce Rainey, the Quakers put up six runs in the bottom of the ninth to get the win.

Earlham finished with 13 hits compared to 15 for Wabash. Elkus finished 3-5 with three RBIs while Dietz added a 3-6 performance with two RBIs and two runs scored. Spurgon, Laird, and freshman Addison Robertson each added two hits.

Sean Roginski led the Little Giants individually, going 3-5 with five RBIs.

Earlham improves to 22-8 with the win. The Quakers will host Anderson University in a three-game series this weekend to close out the home regular season schedule.

 
Men’s Tennis Sweeps Mount St. Joseph to Remain Unbeaten in HCAC
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College men’s tennis team improved to 10-8 overall with its fourth consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) win, a 9-0 sweep of Mount St. Joseph University on Wednesday.

Senior Jack Ventura-Cruess and sophomore Vitalii Stadnyk improved to 14-4 on the season with an 8-1 win at first doubles. The Quakers won second doubles 8-0 and won third doubles via walkover.

Stadnyk and freshman Nicola Manni won their first and third singles matches respectively each by scores of 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Adarsh Singh defeated Ian Stutz 6-1, 6-0 at second singles.

Sophomores Adam Schwartz and Vojislav Tatarevic won fourth and fifth singles respectively without surrendering a game. Earlham won sixth singles via walkover.

Earlham is 4-0 in the HCAC and has a quick turnaround as it faces Manchester University at home at 4 p.m. at tomorrow (Thursday).

Notre Dame | Irish Women’s Soccer To Host Mexico National Team In Spring Finale

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — In what has become a near-annual tradition, the University of Notre Dame soccer programs will play host to Mexico national teams in a twin bill Friday at Alumni Stadium.

Both the Fighting Irish men and women will compete in spring friendlies with the Mexico’s respective U-20 squads, with the women’s match slated for 5 p.m. ET, followed by the men’s match at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both contests will stream live on ESPN3.

The match will close out the spring slate for the Irish women, who have compiled a 4-1-0 record to this point, with their only loss coming to the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL.

Irish sophomore Monica Flores played for the Mexico Women's National Team this winter and will meet her national team on the field Friday when the Irish host the U-20 squad at Alumni Stadium.

Irish sophomore Monica Flores played for the Mexico Women’s National Team this winter and will meet her national team on the field Friday when the Irish host the U-20 squad at Alumni Stadium.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our team to finish our spring with a game against Mexico,” Irish head coach Theresa Romagnolo said. “They have a long tradition of coming to Notre Dame each spring and it’s a wonderful event for our soccer fans to be a part of. Our team is growing with each opportunity and we are excited to finish the spring with this challenge.”

This year’s women’s match will reunite Irish sophomore Monica Flores with her national team teammates, as the Livingston, New Jersey, native was a key cog for the Mexico U-20s this winter at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, in which the team placed third. The finish earned Mexico a spot at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

Flores went on to receive a call-up from the full Mexico Women’s National Team, with which she trained and competed throughout the Olympic qualifying cycle. Mexico ultimately missed the cut.

General admission tickets are available for $5 for youth/seniors and $8 for adults. Reserved seating may be purchased for an additional $5/seat while supplies last. For tickets, visit the Murnane Family Ticket Office, purchase online, or call (574)-631-7356.

For the latest Fighting Irish women’s soccer coverage, be sure log on to UND.com, follow @NDSoccer on Twitter and like Notre Dame Women’s Soccer on Facebook.

Indianapolis Indians | Tribe Caps Homestand with 7-2 Win

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 20, 2016) – The Indianapolis Indians scored five runs in the second inning on their way to a 7-2 defeat of Toledo on Wednesday at Victory Field.

 

Starter Chad Kuhl (1-0) earned his first win after allowing two hits over five shutout innings. He struck out five and walked just one. Trey Haley notched his third save after entering in the eighth.

 

Major League rehabbers Jung Ho Kang and Jared Hughes each performed well, with Kang’s glove on display with a diving stop and Hughes working a scoreless sixth.

 

Toledo (6-4) starter Daniel Norris (0-1) received the loss for surrendering five runs in 4.0 innings.

 

The Indians (6-5) scored five runs in the second inning and never looked back. Five hits and a walk were highlighted by a two-run single from Jacob Stallings and a bases-clearing double by Max Moroff that rattled around the left field corner.

 

Kuhl faced the minimum in three of his five frames.

 

The Mud Hens showed signs of stirring in the eighth, when they plated two runs to make the score 5-3, but Jason Rogers and Josh Bell homered back-to-back in the stanza’s bottom half to erase the progress and make the score 7-2 where it remained.

 

It was the first time the Tribe hit consecutive home runs since Jared Goedert and Brett Carroll went back-to-back on June 28, 2013.

Ball State | Football Announces Honorary Captains for Spring Game

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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State football team announced today that former Cardinals Jeff Hammond (1986-89) and Mark Parris (1989-92) will serve as the honorary captains at Saturday’s Spring Football Game.

 

Hammond, a flanker originally from Bolingbrook, Illinois, helped the Cardinals win the 1989 MAC championship and earn a spot in the California Raisin Bowl. As a senior, Hammond finished with 11 catches for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He played in all but one game his final three years on the team.

 

Parris twice earned All-MAC accolades at linebacker (1991, ’92) and was a finalist for the MAC Vern Smith Award (MVP) as a junior. His 178 tackles as a senior in 1992 still ranks fifth on Ball State’s single-season chart. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana, native recorded a career-high 22 tackles in the 1991 season opener at Miami.

 

The 2016 Cardinals are scheduled to hold their annual Spring Game this Saturday, April 23 at 3 p.m. The players are scheduled to begin warm-ups on the field at 2:15 p.m. This year’s format will have the offense take on the defense in a four-quarter game with a running clock.

 

Admission to the Spring Game is free. Ball State Athletics will give away an early edition of the 2016 football poster to all fans. Fans can check out potential season ticket locations and purchase on site. Current season ticket holders are encouraged to renew their tickets for the 2016 season as well.

 

Ball State is under the direction of first year coach and former Cardinal, Mike Neu. The Cardinals are poised to return six starters on offense and nine on defense this fall. The Cardinals kick off their 2016 season the first weekend in September with a trip to Georgia State. Ball State’s home opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 against Eastern Kentucky.

 

For the most up-to-date news on the football team, please follow @BallStateSports, @BallStateFB and @BSUCoachNeu.

Notre Dame Baseball | #29 Irish Carry Six-Game Winning Streak Into Game Versus Central Michigan

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ACC Midweek Games #8: Central Michigan

April 20, 2016

6:05 p.m. (Both ET)

Frank Eck Stadium (Notre Dame, Indiana)

 

Team Information:

Notre Dame: 22-12, 9-7 ACC (37-23, 17-13 ACC In 2015)

2015 Postseason: 1-2 @ ACC Tourney & 1-2 @ NCAA Champaign Regional

 

Central Michigan: 8-28, 3-6 MAC (35-22, 20-7 MAC In 2015)

2015 Postseason: 0-2 in MAC Tournament

 

Rankings: Notre Dame: #29 In Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

 

Game Coverage (Links on UND.com/NDBaseball):

Live Video: WatchND

Live Audio: WatchND & WHME 103.1 FM in South Bend (Chuck Freeby, pbp)

Live Stats: Gametracker

Twitter Reports: @NDBaseball

 

Projected Pitching Matchup:

ND RHP Evy Ruibal (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. CMU RHP Dazon Cole (1-1, 4.32 ERA)

 

Weather Report (as of Wednesday, April 20):

Wednesday, April 20: 71 Degrees & Mostly Cloudy

 

Series History: Notre Dame leads Central Michigan 19-12-1

Aoki vs. Central Michigan: 3-2 vs. Central Michigan (all @ ND)

First Meeting: 4/16/1957: W, 3-2 – Home

 

Last Four Meetings:

3/18/15: W, 8-3 – Home

4/23/2014: L, 4-3 – Home

4/30/2013: W, 7-3 – Away

4/25/2012: L, 9-4 – Home

 

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Coming on the heels of an exciting 1-0 shutout win of No. 21 Michigan State on the road Tuesday night, the No. 29 University of Notre Dame baseball team returns home to the friendly confines of Frank Eck Stadium Wednesday night for a showdown with the Central Michigan Chippewas.

 

The Irish (22-12) are a season-high 10 games above .500 and have won 16 of their last 20 contests. After posting a solid 35-22 record in 2015, the Chippewas have struggled in 2016 to the tune of an 8-28 mark. CMU is coming off a series loss at home to Ball State this past weekend.

 

Tickets for the game are available at UND.com/buytickets or at the Frank Eck Stadium box office. Adult tickets are $5 per game, while a youth/senior ticket is $3 per game. Irish faculty, staff and students are admitted free with a valid ID.

 

 

Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game against Central Michigan:

 

  1. The Irish carry a six-game winning streak into the game against CMU … pitching has played a key role in the winning streak, as the Irish have totaled a 2.50 ERA, two complete games and three saves during the stretch … opponents are batting just .196 … ND starters have four quality starts – two by senior Michael Hearne and one each by sophomores Peter Solomon and Sean Guenther … at the plate, the Irish are batting .281 with 16 extra-base hits, while the defense has a sterling .995 fielding percentage with just one error in 218 chances.

 

  1. Sophomore RHP Evy Ruibal is set to make his second career start Wednesday night … the Millburn, New Jersey native made an emergency start last year at Pittsburgh and went 1.2 innings … after missing the first month and a half with an injury this season, Ruibal has made appearances against Atlantic Coast Conference foes Wake Forest and No. 2 Miami this season … he’s pitched an inning in total and has one strikeout.

 

  1. As Notre Dame head coach Mik Aoki continues to tinker with the lineup, you may continue to see talented first baseman Zak Kutsulis out in right field … Kutsulis, who came to the Irish as an outfielder and pitcher, made the move to first base before the 2015 season and thrived in the role, bringing some much-needed athleticism to the position … he’s seen time in right field in each of the last two games, including earning the start at Michigan State before moving to first base later in the game.

 

  1. A good problem to have for Aoki is the ability of his Irish roster to play multiple positions … in addition to Kutsulis (1B, RF) and the much talked about Ricky Sanchez (C, LF, RF), freshman Nick Podkul has now made starts at both of the corner infield positions, sophomore Jake Shepski, freshman Connor Stutts and senior James Nevant have each started in left and right field and freshman Matt Vierling has done the same in center and right field.