Baseball

@NDBaseball
Axford Logs Another Solid Outing While Balanced Offense Delivers In 7-3 Win Over Navy

March 10, 2003

Final Stats

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore righthander John Axford turned in five solid innings while seven Notre Dame batters contributed to an 11-hit attack as the 18th-ranked Irish posted a 7-3 victory over Navy in Monday's Kennel Club Classic action at UNF's Harmon Stadium.

Notre Dame (5-4) faced an early 3-0 deficit before tying the game in the bottom of the fourth, with the Irish adding single runs in the fifth and sixth plus two more runs in the eighth. Navy (0-6) stranded eight runners, with senior righthander Rich McDevitt suffering the loss in relief of junior righthander Andy Froistad.

Axford (2-0) - whose season ERA now stands at 2.50 - worked out of several jams while allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. The 6-5 Ontario product continued to show strides in his ratio of strikeouts (7) to walks (1) while keeping the ball down in the zone for much of the game, with six groundball outs, one infield lineout and just one flyout.

Freshman lefthander Tom Thornton combined with senior righthanders Brandon Viloria and Matt Laird to log four shutout relief innings for the Irish. Thornton tossed a scoreless sixth (dropping his season ERA to 1.23) while Viloria pitched the eighth and ninth (he has retired all 14 batters he has faced this season).

Navy pushed across three runs in the third, thanks to an infield single, three stolen bases, a passed ball, a walk, a pair of RBI groundballs and Craig Candeto's RBI double to left field.

The Irish quickly tied the game in the fourth, after Froistad hit leadoff batter Matt Edwards with a 1-1 pitch and senior rightfielder Kris Billmaier (1-0 pitch) and sophomore shortstop Matt Macri (full count) followed with RBI doubles to right-center. Macri moved up to third on a Steve Andres' flyout before scoring on a 1-0 linedrive into short-center field by junior DH Javi Sanchez.

 

 

A fielding error by Navy shortstop Brad Hager opened the door in the fifth, with freshman leftfielder Craig Cooper then stealing second and moving to third on Steve Sollmann's groundout before scoring on Edwards' slow roller to the left side.

The Irish tacked on a run on the sixth, sparked by a one-out bunt single from Sanchez. Cooper delivered with two outs, sending a single up the middle to score Sanchez from second. Junior first baseman Joe Thaman capped the scoring in the eighth, driving an opposite-field double into the left-center gap to plate Billmaier (who went 3-for-3) and Andres (who had singled to right-center).

Navy 0-0-3 0-0-0 0-0-0 - 3 6 2

#18 Notre Dame 0-0-0 3-1-1 0-2-X - 7 11 0

Andy Froistad, Rich McDevitt (3; L, 0-2), Steven Goocey (4), Zach Poelma (8) and Will Mahan.

John Axford (W, 2-0), Tom Thornton (6), Brandon Viloria (7), Matt Laird (9) and Steve Andres.

Triple: Pete Curnow (Navy).

Doubles: Kris Billmaier (ND), Matt Macri (ND), Joe Thaman (ND), Matt Foster (Navy).

Event Calendar

Delta

February 19
L, 8-3
Saint Louis
San Antonio, TX
RECAP

103.1 FM
WatchND
February 23
L, 18-4
UC Irvine
San Diego, CA (Tony Gwynn Stadium)
RECAP

103.1 FM
WatchND
Tourney Central
February 24
L, 6-2
San Diego
San Diego, CA (Fowler Park)
RECAP

103.1 FM
WatchND
Watch on Campus Insiders
Tourney Central
February 25
L, 7-6
San Diego State
San Diego, CA (Tony Gwynn Stadium)
RECAP

103.1 FM
Tourney Central
WatchND
March 3
4:30 PM
Maryland
Cary, NC

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 4
12:00 PM
UMass Lowell
Cary, NC

WatchND
March 4
4:00 PM
Rhode Island
Cary, NC

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 5
11:00 AM
Monmouth
Cary, NC

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 10
6:30 PM
Clemson
Clemson, SC

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 11
4:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, SC

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 12
1:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, SC

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 14
6:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, NC

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 17
3:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 18
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 19
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 21
6:05 PM
Northern Illinois
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 22
6:05 PM
Toledo
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 24
6:05 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 25
4:05 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 26
1:05 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 28
6:05 PM
Chicago State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
March 31
6:05 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 1
4:05 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 2
1:05 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 4
7:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 5
TBA
South Bend Cubs
South Bend, IN (Four Winds Field)

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 7
6:05 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 8
4:05 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 9
12:05 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 11
6:05 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 14
6:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 15
4:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 16
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 18
7:05 PM
Central Michigan
Detroit, MI (Comerica Park)

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 19
6:05 PM
Illinois State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 21
6:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 22
4:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 25
6:05 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 26
6:05 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 28
6:05 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 29
1:05 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
April 30
11:35 AM
Duke
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 5
6:05 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 6
4:05 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 7
1:05 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 12
7:05 PM
Austin Peay
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 13
4:05 PM
Austin Peay
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 14
1:05 PM
Austin Peay
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 18
2:30 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 19
1:30 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

103.1 FM
WatchND
May 20
1:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

103.1 FM
WatchND

Shop Now

Nissan

Auctions

Official ND Online Auctions // Bid Now »

Gear Store

Get your Official ND Gear // Shop Now »

Photo Galleries

Canon

NCAA Infractions Report

St. Joseph Health System Nissan Delta Canon Visit South Bend Mishawaka Vivid Seats