Furious Notre Dame rally comes up short in MU Invitational championship game
The Crusaders came up short in the Mansfield University Invitational Championship game, falling to Lansing 11-9.
They were down by as much as 11-4 when in the bottom of the sixth they scored five runs to cut it to a 2-run game but couldn't quite complete the comeback.
"The whole day we kept coming back," Notre Dame coach Bill Hopkins said. "Deficit after deficit we kept battling back."
Notre Dame had their chances to tie it up in the final two innings.
"This is a wonderful lesson for our players to know now that we can comeback and beat good teams," Hopkins remarked.
Lansing led 5-0 after the top of the second but a 3-run bottom half by the Crusaders cut it to 5-3. They made it 5-4 after the third when Lansing scored one in the fourth and five in the fifth to take the big lead.
Hunter Thomas (2-for-4) and Aaron Carson (2-for-4) had multiple hits for the Crusaders. Thomas added a run and 4-RBI while Carson scored and also drove in a run.
Derek Marshall had the other Notre Dame hit and run scored.
Sam Bruner had 2-RBI with a run scored while Kyle Minchin crossed home and drove a run in. Riley Leonard scored twice as well.
Parker May started and earns the loss, going four innings to strike out two with one hit, nine walks and six runs, three of which were earned. Tyler Boyles went 2/3 of an inning with one hit, three walks and four earned runs.
Thomas was 1/3 of an inning with two hits while Marshall finished out the last two with one hit, one walk, no runs and one strikeout.
Paul Judy went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Lansing while Sam Currie scores the win.
After going 1-1 in two close games Hopkins believes his team may have turned a corner.
"A championship team has to learn to become great," he said. "I think were a good team and we jumped a little hurdle yesterday coming back against quality baseball teams."
Notre Dame will host Tioga today at 4:30 p.m.