Ball State Upsets Nationally-Ranked Notre Dame In Baseball Tuesday

Updated 4/4/2001
South Bend, Ind. -- Sophomore pitcher Luke Hagerty will always remember his first collegiate victory at Ball State. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame would like to forget about it.

The left-handed Hagerty threw five and 2/3 innings with four strikeouts as Ball State handed sixth-ranked Notre Dame a 4-3 setback Tuesday in South Bend, Ind.

The loss was just the fifth of the season for Notre Dame (21-5-1), while Ball State improved to 14-13 overall.

Ball State, which led the entire game, used a two-run third inning to take control of the contest. Scott French and Matt Wood each singled in runs to give BSU the lead.

The Cardinals built a 3-1 lead through the bottom of the fifth to allow Paul Henry to come in and pitch the final two innings for BSU. Henry struckout two batters for the save.

Aaron Zehnal continued his hot hitting streak, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Eric Bava was 2-for-2 with one RBI, while Matt Wood recorded a hit and added to his Mid-American Conference record with two RBI.

The Cardinals return to action Wednesday with a 3 p.m. contest against Purdue in Muncie.