June 4, 2005
The Fighting Irish advanced to play Florida or North Carolina on Sunday.
Lilley finished with three hits, his biggest a two-run single that capped a three-run sixth inning.
Tony Langford opened the inning with a single, Matt Bransfield followed with a double and then Nettey executed a perfect squeeze bunt that snapped a 2-2 tie. Two batters later, Lilley's hit dropped down the right field line.
The Hatters (35-28) trimmed the lead to 5-4 with two runs in the seventh, but Notre Dame added runs in the seventh and eighth to seal the victory.
Nery (4-5) allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out seven, walked one and finished with five wild pitches and a hit batter.
Notre Dame starter Jeff Samardzija was much more effective. He gave up four hits and two earned runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Samardzija walked Brian Bocock and Chris Johnson with two outs in the third, and both of them scored on Braedyn Pruitt's double, giving the Hatters a 2-0 lead. Pruitt added an RBI double in the seventh that cut the lead to 5-4.
But Stetson failed to tie the game, and Notre Dame eventually pulled away.