WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After claiming its second ACC series victory of the season with a sweep in a Saturday doubleheader, the No. 4 Wake Forest baseball team fell to Notre Dame, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon inside David F. Couch Ballpark.
Wake Forest (18-3, 4-2 ACC) has won its first two ACC series of the season after taking two out of three at Duke last weekend in Durham.
Trailing 3-0, Marek Houston scored on a passed ball in the eighth after doubling and advancing to third on a throwing error by Notre Dame (9-8, 2-4 ACC). Later in the inning, the Deacs brought the tying run to the plate with one out before a double play ended the frame.
Josh Hartle made his fifth start of the season, striking out seven batters across 5.1 innings with two earned runs and one walk conceded.
The sophomore, who came into the weekend as the ACC’s leader in the category, is now just eight strikeouts away from setting a new career high.
Michael Massey was nails out of the bullpen, fanning six of the 10 batters he faced in 2.2 hitless innings.
Cole Roland registered the final three outs on the mound in the top of the ninth, retiring Notre Dame in order with two strikeouts and a groundout.
How It Happened
Josh Hartle started off with a perfect 1-2-3 first frame, highlighted by two strikeouts.
Notre Dame scored the game’s first run with a leadoff double and an RBI-single with one out in the top of the second. Hartle responded with a groundout and strikeout to end the frame.
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