Cary, NC - Notre Dame scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, including two unearned, and held off a Hofstra rally in the ninth to post a 5-4 win over the Pride Sunday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Hofstra falls to 1-6 with the loss, while Notre Dame improves to 5-1.
The Fighting Irish tied the score in the bottom of the first as Mac Hudgins scored on a two-out single off the bat of Trey Mancini. Hudgins and Mancini teamed up again to put the Irish up, 2-1, in the third. He led off with a single to Pride pitcher David D'Errico and advanced to second on an error. Three batters later, Mancini doubled home Hudgins with the go-ahead run.
Notre Dame would tack on three runs in the fifth, taking advantage of a Hofstra error to score two of the runs. The Irish loaded the bases with one out on three consecutive singles and then scored a run on a ground out. Adam Norton then hit a grounder to second that was misplayed by Ford for an error, allowing two runs to score and make it 5-1.
Hofstra would make things interesting in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs with two outs and leaving the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first. Matt Reistetter started the two-out rally by getting hit by a pitch. Austin Nyman, Rouleau and Poma drew walks with Poma's forcing home Reistetter. Notre Dame closer Dan Slania came on in relief with a 3-0 count on Poma and worked the count full before issuing the walk. That brought Ford to the plate and the junior delivered a two-run single that made it a 5-4 game and put runners on the corners. But Slania induced to ground out to short for the final out.
Pride starter David D'Errico (0-1) took the loss for the Pride after allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned) in five innings of work. Freshman pitcher Dave Jesch worked two innings of scoreless relief and struck out five, while Bryan Verbitsky struck out two in one inning.
Ford was the only Hofstra player with multiple hits as he went 2-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Will Hudgins (1-0) earned the win for Notre Dame after allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. Slania picked up his third save of the series. Mancini finished 3-3 on the day with two RBIs.
Hofstra is back in action Saturday, March 3 when it faces Quinnipiac and Fordham. The games will take place in the Bronx, New York.