Baseball Falls To Notre Dame In 13 Innings, 2-1
March 2, 2003
Minneapolis -- The 7th-ranked Wake Forest baseball team dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to 14th-ranked Notre Dame in 13 innings at the Dairy Queen Classic in the Metrodome.
Joe Thaman's two-out single in the bottom of the 13th inning scored Alex Nettey to end the game. The Deacons slip to 5-3 overall and the Fighting Irish improve to 3-4.
Although neither starter factored in the decision, the game was a pitchers' duel. Wake Forest sophomore starter Tim Morley was outstanding in his season debut. He went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts. Morley left the game in the seventh with a Notre Dame runner at second base. Daniel Davidson came out of the bullpen to record the final out of the inning with no harm done.
Hanson (0-1) was excellent in relief, throwing 5.2 innings yielding just one run on seven hits with six strikeouts. He held Notre Dame at bay for almost the entire afternoon, dodging bullets in literally every inning.
Notre Dame had runners in scoring position in every inning from the fifth through the 12th but couldn't plate a single run against Morley, Davidson and Hanson, until the 13rd inning, leaving 14 runners on base for the game.
Notre Dame was knocking on the door in the bottom of the eighth inning with the go-ahead run on third base and just one out. But Deacon reliever Adam Hanson picked Steve Sollman off third base for the second out of the inning. Later in the 13th, Hanson picked off another runner, this time off first base.
In the ninth, the Irish put a runner at second base with just one out. But Hanson struck out the final two batters to send it to extra innings.
Notre Dame drew first blood in the fourth inning. The Fighting Irish
loaded the bases with one out but Morley got out of the jam with minimal
damage, limiting Notre Dame to just one run on a sacrifice fly.
Irish starter John Axford faced one over the minimum through the first six innings. But the Deacons tied it up in the seventh. Ryan Hubbard led off with a single and advanced to third on Jeff Ruziecki's single. He came into score on an Axford wild pitch, tying the game at one.
Axford pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts. J.P. Gagne (1-1) got the win for the Irish, retiring the final 11 batters. He threw six scoreless innings.
Chris Getz had two hits for Wake Forest.
Ryan Hubbard represented the Deacons on the Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament team. Nebraska's Jeff Leise was named Tournament MVP.
Wake Forest returns home to play six of its next seven games at home. The Deacons open their homestand on Tuesday against Charlotte at 2:30 p.m.