SOUTH BEND, Ind.. –Senior pitcher Payton Tidd pitched a full game as the University of Notre Dame defeated the No. 6 Northwestern Wildcats on Tuesday night at Melissa Cook Stadium. They are the highest ranked opponent that Notre Dame have defeated this year, and the third ranked team in the national top 10 that the Fighting Irish have defeated. 24and-The ranked Irish improve to 28-7 this season.
Tidd worked the full 7.0 innings in the circle, his seventh full game of the season. She allowed just five hits, two earned runs and struck out five in the win. Tidd appeared in all three games against top 10 nationally ranked opponents, pitching full matches in two of the three.
The Irish offense was led by leadoff hitter Leea Hanks. Hanks finished 2 for 4 with the winning RBI and a double. Emma Clark, Abby Sweet, Karina Gaskins, Jane Kronenberger Miranda Johnson and Tidd all finished with a base hit. Kronenberger had an RBI double and Brooke Marquez drove in the tying run in the sixth.
After two scoreless innings, the Irish went on the board at the end of the third inning. A one-out single and a hit-per-pitch put two. Kronenberger spun on high ground in the zone and sent a double line drive down the left field line. Sweet scored on the hit and Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead.
Northwestern responded by taking the lead in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer from Angela Zedak.
After a scoreless fifth, the Irish regained the lead in sixth. A simple first and a walk put two. A sacrificial bunt from Tidd moved the pair into scoring position for Marquez who returned a ball to shortstop. Northwestern misplayed the intermediate jump allowing Johnson to score. Hanks followed with a brace over the head of the North West center outfielder to score the winning run.
Tidd finished strong, striking out a pair in the final inning to hold off one of the best teams in the country.
The Irish are on the road this weekend heading to New York for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series with the Syracuse Orange starting Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.