March 25, 1998

Fischer's Complete Game Leads Indiana Tech Past Notre Dame Baseball, 7-2

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior lefthander Ken Fischer turned in eight shutout innings and five Indiana Tech players drove in runs as the visiting Warriors posted a 7-2 victory over Notre Dame in non-conference baseball action Thursday at Frank Eck Stadium.

Notre Dame (10-8) stranded nine runners during the first eight innings before pushing across two unearned runs in the ninth. Sophomore righthander Steve Szczepanski--the second of six Irish pitchers--fell to 1-2 for the season, after allowing four runs on five hits and a walk over one and two-thirds innings. Junior righthander Brad Lidge pitched the first three innings, allowing one hit, one walk and two hit batters while striking out five.

Fischer (4-0) scattered nine hits and two walks over the full nine innings, with five strikeouts, 11 groundouts and 10 flyouts. Fischer worked out of several jams, facing the minimum three batters in just the third and eighth innings.

Indiana Tech (10-3) put three runs on the board in the fourth. John Baum sent a leadoff single to left-center and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Rick Janssen. Jason Fizet then lifted an RBI single over the head of leftfielder Alec Porzel and Dan Nugent lined a run-scoring double past third baseman Brant Ust, with Janssen holding up at third before scoring on Brad Casal's sacrifice fly.

The Warriors stretched to a 4-0 lead in the fifth, when Jamie Harper sent a first-pitch, opposite-field home run over the leftfield fence. Sophomore righthander Tom O'Hagan took the mound moments later, after Szczepanski had issued a two-out walk to Janssen.

A pair of two-out bloop singles plated two more runs in the seventh, vs. junior lefthander Chris McKeown. Mark Baker hit a leadoff double to center and moved up on Baum's groundout before scoring on Janssen's blooper to left-center. Fizet then singled to right and Nugent's blooper fell past first baseman Dan Leatherman and just inside the rightfield line.

A pair of walks by Baker and Harper and three wild pitches by sophomore righthander John Corbin led to the final Warriors run, in the eighth. Corbin made his first appearance for the Irish since March 20, 1997, after suffering an arm injury during his freshman season.

The Irish averted the shutout in the ninth, after pinch-hitter Matt Nussbaum reached on an error by third baseman Brad Casal. Leatherman followed with a one-out, opposite-field blast that bounced inside the leftfield foul poll for a ground-rule double. Senior shortstop J.J. Brock brought home both runners with a two-out linedrive to left but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit to a double, ending the game.

INDIANA TECH (10-3)     0-0-0   3-1-0   2-1-0       7   11  1
NOTRE DAME (10-8)       0-0-0   0-0-0   0-0-2       2   9   0
Fischer and Baker.  Lidge, Szczepanski (4), O'Hagan (5), McKeown (7), Corbin (8), 
Cavey (9) and Wagner.

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