March 25, 2017
By Michael Scholl
NOTRE DAME, Indiana -- Brad Bass turned in another strong start for the University of Notre Dame baseball team, but the Irish bats never got started as No. 13 Florida State took a 5-1 decision just ahead of thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium.
FSU got a pair of RBI each from Jackson Lueck and Quincy Nieporte, while Drew Parrish went the distance on the mound, allowing just three hits and an unearned run while striking out seven.
The Seminoles wasted no time, taking a 2-0 lead after two hitters. Walls drew a leadoff walk before Lueck went opposite field for a two-run home run to left. Bass settled in after the homer and retired the next three FSU hitters in order to keep it at 2-0.
The Irish finally struck in the fourth to cut it to 3-1. Johnson and Vierling had back-to-back singles before Jung hit a chopper to third. Tyler Daughtry made the play and went to second, but FSU second baseman Nick Derr dropped the throw, allowing Johnson to come around and score. Fiala hit into a fielder's choice before getting picked off to end the frame with FSU leading, 3-1.
The Seminoles added an insurance run in the eighth. Walls drew a leadoff walk, then Lueck singled to right, sending Walls to third. Raleigh grounded out with the infield playing in, allowing Lueck to move up to second but holding Walls at third. Nieporte followed with a sac fly to make it 4-1.
The Irish return to nonconference play on Tuesday, March 28, when Chicago State visits Frank Eck Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. and the game can be seen on ACC Network Extra and heard on WatchND and 103.1 FM.
Michael Scholl joined Fighting Irish Media in August 2016, coordinating communications for the baseball program and assisting with the football team at his alma mater. The South Bend native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts & Letters in 2009 before going on to work in athletics communications at Providence College,