Notre Dame outlasts Purdue with 9th inning walk-off homer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Notre Dame Baseball team is heading to the Alamo Irish Classic Championship game following a big walk off win against the Purdue Boilermakers.
The #30 ranked Irish held out in a nail-biter in the third game of the Alamo Irish Classic beating Purdue with a walk-off homerun from David LaManna, ending the game at 4-2.
The homer was the first of LaManna’s career but was not his only highlight of the night. When the freshman was asked the hit LaManna stated, "I was just looking to hit a line drive, to be honest, he hung a change-up, and I just took advantage of it. It was better than I expected. It was a great feeling."
The game was a close one up until that walk off homerun from the freshman. Purdue was on the scoreboard first with a walk and bunt single that got Skyler Hunter and Nick Dalesandro around the bases.
Notre Dame’s clutch as usual Nick Podkul came back right away with a triple to right center that allowed Matt Vierling to drive him in and shorten up the Boilermaker lead to 2-1.
In the third inning the Irish managed to tie the game. Podkul once again made it around the bases with some patience and a helpful error by right fielder Ben Nisle.
Irish starting pitcher Tommy Sheehan pitched five innings in one of the best defensive performances to date for the squad. Zack Martin came in on relief for UND and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings with two K’s. Tommy Vail tallied the win after closing out the ninth inning.
With the win over Purdue the Irish will look to sweep the Alamo Irish Classic Championship on Sunday at Nelson Wolff Stadium and continue their strong start to the 2018 season.