March 9, 1998

Kalita, Balanced Offense Lead Notre Dame

Irish Record a 15-4 Victory over BYU

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Notre Dame baseball team used a balanced offense and another strong effort from it's pitching staff to post an 15-4 victory Monday over Brigham Young at Wolff Municipal Stadium.

Notre Dame (8-7), which has allowed just eight earned runs in its last six games, broke open a 1-1 game with a five-run fourth inning, followed by three runs in the third, two in the sixth and four in the eighth. Seven Irish players collected two hits, highlighted by a four-RBI night by senior shortstop J.J. Brock.

Sophomore lefthander Tim Kalita (1-0) tossed six shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

BYU (11-8) scored an unearned run in the third and was held to just five hits over the first eight innings before Troy Farnsworth's three-run homer in the ninth.

Alec Porzel reached to open the fifth when BYU third baseman David Decker sailed his throw into the stands behind first base. Todd Frye then executed the hit-and-run with a one-out single through the right side and took second on wild pitch before Larry Zimont squibbed a ball to the left side of the infield. Decker's throw bounced to catcher Justin Gilmor, with Porzel scoring on the fielder's choice.

Jeff Perconte then smacked a two-run triple off the rightfield wall and Brock walked before Rex struck out Jeff Wagner, with Brock running on the play. Gilmore threw to second, where Brock slid in safe while Perconte took off for home, with the throw from shortstop Chris Circuit bouncing away from Gilmore, moving Brock to third.

The Irish tacked on three in the fifth, behind a leadoff single by Allen Green, Porzel's bunt down the third-base line, Jeff Felker's double down the rightfield line and a one-out, RBI single by Zimont. Perconte's bloop single in the seventh was followed by Brock's third home run of the season, over the fence in left-center field.

BYU freshman righthander Brandon Booth had a rocky eighth, as Brant Ust led off witha leftside popup that fell for a double. booth then hit Felker with a two-out pitch, gave up an RBI infield single to Frye and walked Zimont before hitting Perconte with a base-loaded pitch. Brock capped the scoring with a two-run single to left center.

The Irish took advantage of BYU mistakes to score a run inthe first as Wagner singled after an error on the second baseman Farnsworth before Matt Rex hit Ust with a pitch and walked Green with the bases loaded.

BYU tied the game with an unearned run the third. Farnsworth hit a leadoff double before Ust's throw on a Ryan Pond grounder pulled Fleker off first base. Kalita then hit Decker with a pitch and Chris Circuit lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left field.

BYU          001 000 003  -  4  7  4
Notre Dame   100 530 24x  - 15 16  1
Rex, Kenner (5), Booth (8) and Gilmore.
Kalita, Szczepanski (7), McKeown (8), Davis (9) and Wagner, Knecht (8).

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