April 14, 1998
Notre Dame Takes Doubleheader From Manchester
Zimont homers twice in opener, Greene provides clutch hit in nightcap.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame sophomore designated hitter Larry Zimont stroked the first two home runs of his career in the opener while the Irish comeback in the nightcap was highlighted by junior Allen Greene's pinch-hit single, as Notre took a doubleheader from visiting Manchester College, 11-1 and 3-2, Tuesday at Eck Stadium.
Notre Dame (26-10) has won 16 of its last 17 games overall and is 40-5 at home over the past two seasons. Sophomore lefthander Tim Kalita (2-0) won the opener with five shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. Sophomore righthander Scott Cavey (1-0) won the nightcap, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and no walks over five and two-thirds innings, with six strikeouts and eight groundouts.
Freshman righthander Aaron Heilman came on to record his fifth save of the season in the second game while extending his shutout streak to 13 appearances and 20 innings. Heilman faced the minimum four batters over the final one an two-thirds innings, recording one strikeout, one flyout and two groundouts while lowering his team-leading ERA to 1.36.
Manchester (14-11) surged to a 2-1 lead midway through the nightcap before watching the Irish rally to victory. Junior lefthander Eric Fike (5-3) took the opening loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks over the first two innings (the Irish are 7-1 in games when the opponent starts a lefthander). Sophomore lefty reliever Matt Sollenberger (4-3) lost the nightcap, surrendering the winning run while giving up four hits and one walk over the final two innings.
The Irish tied the nightcap in the fourth, when Zimont's two-out single plated Jeff Wagner, before surging ahead with a run in the fifth. Ben Cooke drew a one-out walk and moved to second on Sollenberger's wild pitch before scoring on Greene's two-out single through the left side (Greene also provided a late game-winning hit in another rare pinch-hitting situation, last season at upcoming opponent Purdue).
Notre Dame had jumped ahead after manufacturing a run in the third, behind Todd Frye's single off the glove of starting pitcher Jeff Gorrell, a failed pickoff move, Mike Knecht's sacrifice bunt and Cooke's sacrifice fly.
The Spartans surged ahead in the fourth on Matt Dyer's two-strike, two-out double to right field, plating Michael Salinas and Brandon Baker.
The Irish--who had been outscored 30-13 in the first inning of their first 34 games--enjoyed a rare big inning in the opener, pushing across four runs before adding four more in the second for an 8-0 lead. Zimont's groundout plated Greene with an unearned run and Brant Ust--who saw his 10-game hitting streak end in the nightcap--added an RBI single. Two batters later, Alec Porzel's two-out double brought home two more unearned runs.
Notre Dame's four-run second inning included a two-run double by J.J. Brock followed by Zimont's first career home run, a blast to left-center off a 1-2 pitch from Fike. The Irish tacked on single runs on Greene's RBI double in the third, Zimont's leadoff blast to left-center in the fourth and Cooke's bases-loaded groundout in the sixth.
The Spartans averted the shutout in the seventh, behind an RBI single from pinch-hitter Jason Novotny.
NOTES: Zimont became the eighth Irish player to hit a home run this season (the team has totaled 49) ... the Irish rested Frye and sophomore Jeff Felker in the opener before inserting two pitchers--freshman Mike Naumann (left field) and senior Pat Davis (first base)--into the game for the final three innings.
Game 1 Full Box MANCHESTER 0-0-0 0-0-0 1 1 5 1 NOTRE DAME 4-4-1 1-0-1 X 11 14 2 Fike, Bortone (3) and Dyer. Kalita, Corbin (6), Carlin (7) and Wagner, Stohl (6). Game 2 Full Box MANCHESTER 0-0-0 2-0-0 0 2 4 0 NOTRE DAME 0-0-1 1-1-0 X 3 5 1 Gorrell, Sollenberger and Dyer. Cavey, Heilman (6) and Knecht.