Kevin DeFilippis has one hit this season, and it was a big one. DeFilippis' pinch-hit single plated Ryan Bull with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to propel the No. 26 Notre Dame baseball team to a 6-5 win over No. 14 Oklahoma to close ND's three days at the Dodgertown Classic in Los Angeles.
DeFilippis' hit came on the first pitch of his at-bat. It was also the first pitch the reserve has seen this season. Ten different Irish batters collected hits in the one-run victory - the eighth time ND has won a one-run game through 13 games of the 2013 season.
Notre Dame (10-3) trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth before getting the tying run to send the game to extra innings. Pinch hitter Phil Mosey started the rally with a leadoff double down the left field line. He was promptly replaced by pinch runner Conor Biggio, who advanced to third on a bunt single by Frank DeSico. Biggio scored the tying run three batters later on Mancini's sac fly to right field.
Lane Richards hit a two-run triple in the second inning to start the scoring in the game. Ricky Sanchez and Charlie Markson both scored. Oklahoma scored its first run in the third inning and then added three more in the fifth to chase Irish starter David Hearne from the game.
Hearne allowed four runs, all earned, in 4.2 innings. H struckout two and walked none while allowing six hits, including a fifth inning home run by Sooner third baseman Garrett Carey.
Fighting Irish closer Dan Slania (2-0), who earned his third save of the season a day earlier in a 2-1 win over USC, got the win on Sunday. Slania fired 3.1 scoreless innings and allowed just a hit with two strikeouts.
Notre Dame has now played four extra inning games this season and they have won three of them. All three of the wins have come in walk-off fashion.