NCAA unlikely to look kindly on Tigers' 2-1 loss to last-place Irish

Matthew Crownover pitches well, but gets just three hits in support

Baseball - Matthew Crownover

Baseball - Matthew Crownover

With just four league wins during the first three and a half months of their first ACC season, Notre Dame was looking for someone, anyone, to beat as they played their first true home game Friday night at Frank Eck Field in South Bend.

Twenty-fourth ranked Clemson proved to be an unexpected but suitable victim, as the punchless Tigers dropped a damaging 2-1 decision to the Irish in the first of a three-game series.

Notre Dame, the ACC's last place team, has been a season-long nomad, playing home games at various sites while construction crews battled unfavorable weather conditions while installing a new state of the art 'Field Turf' surface.

Clemson, which came into the game clinging to the NCAA bubble with a No. 36 RPI, will tumble significantly as a result of their loss to the 205th-ranked Irish.

Hard-luck lefty Matthew Crownover gave his usual, strong, should-have-been-good-enough performance, but, given negligible support at the plate, took the loss and fell to 6-5.

The setback dropped Clemson to 30-20 overall and 12-12 in the ACC. Notre Dame improved to 18-30 and 5-20 in the league.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Tigers.

After the Tigers grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded in the top of the third, Notre Dame's Kevin DeFilippis drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning and scored on Kyle Richardson's triple to left-center, which fell just out of the reach of Garrett Boulware.

Cavan Biggio then brought home Richardson on a sacrifice fly.

Clemson's lone run came on Boulware's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

The teams will play again at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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michtiger writes:

They should not go to NCAA. I have followed this team all year. On a night when three teams fighting them for the last bye spot in ACC falter, they loose to the worst team in the ACC (worst by 4 games !!). You mentioned the 3rd inning but ignored NDs attempt to give them the game in both the 8th and 9th innings. In the 8th they walked 1st two batters and a wild pitch to have 2nd and 3rd with no out. Krieger lines out to 1st, Boulware gets Sac fly, Oakey PO and Dunster fly out. 9th inning we get 1st and 3rd one out. Slaton strikes out and runner steals gives us 2nd and 3rd 2 outs, Duggar SO. Notice the heart of the order faltered again and this against a horrible team, a pitcher with a 4.42 ERA and a gift of 9 walks. With so much at stake this team collapsed. Yes these are student athletes but something is very wrong when for many of the 60 games they have choked are bobbled the game away. The sad thing is with the other loses Clemson will probably capture the bye spot. But over the season some of the horrendous play and loses to very poor teams and chokes at plate in critical situations against quality teams is more that hard luck it is repetitive and is either really poor player personnel or coaching that can not motivate and prepare a team. They are beginning to look pitiful and hopefully we do not get a chance to see them fail badly in NCAA. Just stay home and work on some basics. They have 5 easy games left but they have been playing scared for most of the season and that spells trouble.

KIMOSAMI (Inactive) writes:

First and third. One out in the top of the ninth with speed on the bases AND at the plate,.......I'm bunting.

33dtb writes:

in response to michtiger:

They should not go to NCAA. I have followed this team all year. On a night when three teams fighting them for the last bye spot in ACC falter, they loose to the worst team in the ACC (worst by 4 games !!). You mentioned the 3rd inning but ignored NDs attempt to give them the game in both the 8th and 9th innings. In the 8th they walked 1st two batters and a wild pitch to have 2nd and 3rd with no out. Krieger lines out to 1st, Boulware gets Sac fly, Oakey PO and Dunster fly out. 9th inning we get 1st and 3rd one out. Slaton strikes out and runner steals gives us 2nd and 3rd 2 outs, Duggar SO. Notice the heart of the order faltered again and this against a horrible team, a pitcher with a 4.42 ERA and a gift of 9 walks. With so much at stake this team collapsed. Yes these are student athletes but something is very wrong when for many of the 60 games they have choked are bobbled the game away. The sad thing is with the other loses Clemson will probably capture the bye spot. But over the season some of the horrendous play and loses to very poor teams and chokes at plate in critical situations against quality teams is more that hard luck it is repetitive and is either really poor player personnel or coaching that can not motivate and prepare a team. They are beginning to look pitiful and hopefully we do not get a chance to see them fail badly in NCAA. Just stay home and work on some basics. They have 5 easy games left but they have been playing scared for most of the season and that spells trouble.

what he said ....

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