Fischer Leads Wake Forest in 1-0 Win Over Notre Dame
March 28, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Jack Fischer scattered just five hits in 8.1 innings on Friday night as Wake Forest edged Notre Dame 1-0 in ACC action.
Wake Forest (17-10, 6-4 ACC) scored one run in the first inning as Fischer stifled the Fighting Irish (9-15, 1-9 ACC)for nearly the entire game. Notre Dame loaded the bases in the ninth inning with just one out but the Demon Deacons turned a double play to seal the win. It was the second-straight one-run game for Wake Forest after defeating Elon on Wednesday and is the 15th one-run game this season. The Deacs are 11-4 in those games.
Fischer turned in another great performance on the mound as he now gone at least 8.0 innings pitched in all of his ACC starts this season. Against Notre Dame on Friday night, Fischer gave up just five hits, no runs, no earned runs, walked only one and struck out two batters in 106 pitches.
Aaron Fossas earned the save in the game as Matt Conway had the lone RBI in the game. Will Craig went 2-for-4 at the plate while Charlie Morgan, Grant Shambley and Ben Breazeale recorded one hit each.
Wake Forest scored first in the game as Shambley scored on a sacrifice fly from Conway in the top of the first inning.
Fischer limited Notre Dame to just two base runners after the fourth inning until the ninth. Wake Forest's defense was able to assist Fischer throughout the game.
With a runner on first base in the seventh inning, Fischer struck out the batter and Breazeale threw out the runner trying to steal for a double play to end the inning.
Fischer gave up a single in the ninth and gave way to Fossas who entered the game in the ninth inning with a runner on first and one out. Notre Dame eventually loaded the bases after an intentional walk but Fossas got a 4-6-3 double play to end the game as he earned his fifth save of the season.
Kyle Fiala led Notre Dame at the plate, going 2-for-3 on the night. Sean Fitzgerald went 7.0 innings on the mound and gave up four hits and one run but took the loss.
Wake Forest and Notre Dame will face off in the second game of the series on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. ET in Gary, Ind. at the U.S. Steel Yard.