Notre Dame shuts out Michigan 2-0
Mancini strokes two-run homer to back Hudgins' 11-K effort
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Senior Will Hudgins struck out a career-best 11 in eight shutout innings and sophomore Trey Mancini provided the only offense with a seventh-inning two-run home run to give Notre Dame a 2-0 victory against Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium. The Irish improved to 6-4 on the season, while the Wolverines dropped to 6-8.
Hudgins (2-1) kept the Wolverines off balance with a top-notch splitter. He fanned at least two Wolverines in each of the first three innings and then struck out the side in the fifth. He did yield eight hits, but three were of the infield variety and Hudgins was at his best with runners on base. Michigan went just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and the Wolverines stranded eight.
Hudgins, who spent his first three years as a middle-to-late-inning reliever, did not issue a walk. He worked into a three-ball count only twice and it came in the seventh and eighth innings. Hudgins threw 110 pitches, including 86 for strikes (nearly 78 percent).
Bobby Brosnahan matched Hudgins pitch-for-pitch for most of the game. The UM southpaw retired 14 of the first 16 Irish batters, including eight consecutive -- seven via ground out -- before senior Alex Robinson's lead-off single in the sixth inning.
Brosnahan worked around the hit but was not able to do so against Mancini and the Irish in the seventh.
After sophomore Eric Jagielo reached on an error to open the seventh inning, Mancini ripped a 2-iron just over the left-field wall on Brosnahan's first offering. The home run was Mancini's second of the season and 11th of his career. He has now driven in 14 this season.
The two runs also ended Notre Dame's scoreless streak at 36.1 innings.
The two-run cushion would be enough, but not without some stress in the bottom of the ninth inning against sophomore Dan Slania.
With one out, John Lorenz and John DiLaura singled to put the tying run on base. Slania got out of the jam after Eric Jacobson grounded into a game-ending 5-3 double play.
Slania picked up his fourth save of the campaign.
Robinson was the only Irish player with more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Brosnahan (2-2) allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits in his first complete game. He fanned four and did not issue a walk.