Senior RHP Will Hudgins tosses career-best 8.2 innings and allows just one earned run, but charged with the defeat.
Notre Dame returns home Wednesday night with Western Michigan.
The Fighting Irish are 15-8 overall and 3-0 in conference play.
Notre Dame enters BIG EAST opening weekend five games over .500.
Notre Dame Baseball beat IPFW 8 to 1 on Wednesday, March 21st.
AT NOTRE DAME: Has the opportunity to see early playing time at first base, designated hitter and behind the plate ... potential to be a middle of the order type of hitter ... brings the ability to hit both for average and power ... needs to develop his catching tools, as is the case with most freshman back stops, but brings a solid set of skills to the table ... made significant strength and conditioning improvements in the fall ... earned a 3.200 GPA in the fall of `11 - his first semester on campus.
PREP & PERSONAL: Batted .490 with 14 doubles, 15 home runs, 50 RBI and 52 runs scored as a senior in 2011 at Orangewood Christian H.S. in Winter Park, Fla. ... registered a slugging percentage of 1.058 and on-base percentage of .558 ... named Bright House Sports Network Central Florida Baseball Player of the Year ... 2011 Rawlings Preseason Florida All-Region second-team selection ... ranked as the 19th-best catcher prospect (college or high school) for the 2011 MLB Draft by MLB Draft Guide ... batted .527 with 20 doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI and 31 runs scored in 2010 ... registered a slugging percentage of 1.541 and on-base percentage of .638 ... Orangewood Christian's 2010 Defensive Most Valuable Player ... 2010 second team all-state ... 2010 first team all-district selection ... 2010 Perfect Game Underclass honorable mention ... 2010 Perfect Game WWBA Underclass Champion (starting catcher) ... batted .541 with 17 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 22 RBI and 38 runs scored in 2009 ... Orangewood Christian's 2009 Defensive Most Valuable Player ... named to the 2009 National High School Invitational All-Tournament Team ... won the 2009 WWBA Underclass Championship ... 2009 Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention ... Orangewood Christian's 2008 Offensive Most Valuable Player ... batted .393 and named all-metro as a designated hitter ... played for Alan Kunkel at Orangewood Christian ... born June 3, 1992 ... full name is Alex Christopher Carter ... son of David & Julie Carter ... enrolled in First Year of Studies.