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.