April 5, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame collected 10 base hits and scored six runs, but it was not enough to overcome 11 walks that aided the South Bend Silver Hawks to a 13-6 victory in the fourth annual Battle of the Bend Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium. The game featured free admission and donations went toward the Niemann-Pick Type C disease research.
Notre Dame totaled its most runs and hits in the four-year exhibition series, despite sitting most of its everyday players. Freshman OF Bret Basilone, junior SS Tommy Chase, freshman 3B Chris Reinhart and sophomore 2B Frank DeSico each registered a base hit and RBI. Senior DH Ty Adams also added an RBI.
Reinhart laced an RBI triple in the second inning and DeSico followed with an RBI single to give the Irish a 2-1 lead.
Senior C Cameron McConnell, who also pitched for the first time as a collegian, went 1-for-2. Sophomore C Ricky Palmer and freshman 2B John Rodgers also had base hits as did senior 1B Matt Scioscia and senior 1B David Casey. Sophomore OF Charlie Markson added a single.
South Bend reasserted itself with three runs in the third, four in the fourth and three more in the sixth to put the game away. Yazy Arbelo paced the Silver Hawks. He went 2-for-5 with a run scored and five RBI, including a grand slam. Michael Freeman and Chris Jarrett each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Raul Navarro added a two-run home run.
Sophomore RHP Patrick Veerkamp started for the Irish. He allowed one earned run on two hits in 2.0 innings of work. Veerkamp struck out and walked two. Senior LHP Joe Spizzirri picked up the loss. He allowed three earned runs on four hits in 1.0 inning of work.
J.R. Bradley picked up the victory for South Bend. He scattered six hits over 4.0 and surrendered two earned runs. Bradley struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Notre Dame will return to action at 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday at Frank Eck Stadium against Western Michigan. The game will be broadcast live on WHME Harvest 103.1 FM and will be available on-line at UND.com. Live stats will be available on GameTracker.
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