The opportunity for a significant road series win fell by the wayside pretty quickly on Sunday afternoon, and as it turned out, Notre Dame scored all the runs it would need in the first inning (3).
It was not a great weekend for the Wolfpack’s offense, which set the tone for a sub-par day Sunday by leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first inning. State threatened often against Irish starter Aidan Tyrell, who walked four batters in 4 IP, but it could not break through for some crooked numbers. It took a solo shot from Tyler McDonough in the fifth to finally get the Pack on the board.
The margin was only 3-1 at that point, but the Irish would break the game open against Chris Villaman, who entered in the sixth to replace starter Matt Willadsen. Villaman went 1-1/3 and gave up six runs on four hits, including a three-run shot in the seventh that put this one on ice.
Getting this series against a team that is projected to be a regional host would have been a boost to the Pack’s at-large hopes. State needs to bounce back next weekend against Virginia Tech, which is another opportunity to rack up wins against an NCAA tournament team.