“We needed innings out of him (Gonzalez) and he gave it to us,” Prado said. “The things that have been successful for us is the bullpen so we did a good job there.”
James Ramsay drove in the first run for the Bulls with a two-out, RBI single to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The Fighting Irish tied the game at 1 in the ninth on a passed ball with two outs.
“We had a passed ball and that can’t happen,” said Prado. “We did enough to win.”
Ramsay went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Nik Alfonso led off the 10th inning with a single and moved to second on a bunt by Kyle Teaf. Alex Mendez reached base when he was hit by a pitch and Ramsay walked to load the bases. Falla hit a RBI-single up the middle and Norton followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Bulls a 4-1 lead.
The Fighting Irish threatened in the home half of the tenth loading the bases with two outs. Notre Dame scored two runs on three hits before Strittmatter got Trey Mancini to ground out back to him for a 1-3 putout. Strittmatter earned his first save of the season.
The series finale against Notre Dame starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Frank Eck Stadium.