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April 8, 1998

Naumann, Big Seventh Inning Lead Notre Dame Past Chicago State, 11-5

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame baseball team used an eight-run seventh inning and a solid relief outing by freshman lefthander Mike Naumann to post an 11-5 come-from-behind victory over visiting Chicago State in non-conference baseball action Wednesday at Eck Stadium.

Notre Dame (21-10), which stranded nine runners over the first six innings-, came back from deficits of 3-0 and 5-3 while hitting a home run for the 13th consecutive game--a first-inning solo shot by senior shortstop J.J. Brock. The Irish have 27 home runs over the past 13 games and 45 overall in 31 games.

Naumann (1-0), who came on in the fourth in relief of sophomore righthander John Corbin, allowed two earned runs on six hits and no walks over five innings while striking out three.

The decisive bottom of the seventh included five hits, three errors, two walks, two wild pitches, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly.

Chicago State (10-11) outhit Notre Dame, 13-12, but stranded eight baserunners while giving up five unearned runs. Junior righthander Joseph Bleers (1-2) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and one walk over one and one-third inning.

Sophomore third baseman Brant Ust--who went 2-for-4 to boost his season average to .400--got the rally going with a one-out single to right-center and senior first baseman Dan Leatherman walked before freshman leftfielder Alec Porzel found the gap in right-center, plating Ust and moving pinch-runner Ben Cooke to third. Senior second baseman Todd Frye--who enjoyed a 3-for-3 day that raised his season average to .240--then sent a sharp, first-pitch single to left field to score Cooke with the tying run.

Porzel scored the go-ahead run on a failed pitchout, when third baseman Scott Hordecki dropped a throw from catcher Craig Majdecki. Junior catcher Mike Knecht then walked, with Frye moving to third on a wild pitch--Bleers' final offering of the game. Junior centerfielder Allen Greene greeted junior righthander Scott Budds by sending a 3-0 pitch into shallow center field, scoring Frye while Greene moved to second when centerfielder David Keltner misplayed the ball.

Brock added a sacrifice fly, sophomore rightfielder Jeff Felker walked and the runners moved up on a wild pitch before scoring when Hordecki threw away a groundball off the bat of Jeff Wagner. Ust capped the barrage with his second hit of the inning, an RBI chopper over Budds' head.

The Irish jumped ahead in the first, when Brock drove a solo shot over the leftfield fence for his ninth home run of the season, surpassing his total (8) from the previous three years.

The Cougars surged ahead with three runs in the third, highlighted by Scott Byrdak's RBI double and run-scoring singles from Warren Woods and Joseph Denato.

Notre Dame answered with a run in the bottom of the third, when Ust's groundout plated Brock. But the visitors held suit with a run in the fourth, after doubles by Keltner (who went 4-for-5) and Byrdak. The Irish manufactured a run in the bottom of the inning, on Porzel's walk, Frye's hit-by-pitch, Knecht's sacrifice bunt and Greene's sacrifice fly.

The Cougars tacked on a run in the seventh, when Craig Madecki's single up the middle brought home Keltner.

CHICAGO STATE (10-11)	0-0-3	1-0-0	1-0-0	0-0-0		5	13	4
NOTRE DAME  (21-10)		1-0-1	1-0-0	8-0-0	0-0-0		11	12	1
Callahan, Bleers (6), Budds (7), Nelson (8) and Hordecki, Majdecki (6). 
Corbin, Naumann (4), Carlin (9) and Knecht.

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