The Notre Dame baseball team fell behind Seton Hall 4-0 and ultimately lost 4-3 to the Pirates on a chilly Friday night in the Big East Conference opener for both teams. The series was moved from Notre Dame's Eck Stadium to the FieldTurf covered Coveleski Stadium in downtown South Bend due to snow earlier this week.
Seton Hall scored a run off Irish starter Sean Fitzgerald (1-2) in the top of the first inning when Pirate third baseman Chris Seldon scored on a wild pitch. They added three unearned runs in the top of the third against the Irish (12-6, 0-1 Big East). Fitzgerald allowed all four runs the Pirates (8-10, 1-0 Big East) scored in his 7.1 innings on the mound. He gave-up four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Irish touched preseason Big East Pitcher of the Year Jon Prosinski (4-2) for all three of their runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. ND designated hitter Ryan Bull singled to start the inning, reached second on a throwing error and took third on a wild pitch. Bull scored on a single by Zak Kutsulis and Notre Dame added its last two runs on RBI singles by Frank DeSico and Mac Hudgins.
Prosinski allowed just two earned runs (one unearned) in 7.0 innings. Brian Gilbert pitched the 9th for the Pirates to earn his second save.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon, with a Sunday series finale set for 11 a.m. A doubleheader on Saturday is a possibility due to the threat of more snow on Sunday.