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Irish and Bethel Help Strike Out ALS

Oct 8, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

Despite poor weather, a decent crowd turned out to help Strike Out ALS during the Irish’s exhibition with Bethel this past Friday.

Coach Mik Aoki was extremely proud with the event as the two teams combined to raise around $780 in donations at the gates of Frank Eck Stadium.

““I was very pleased,” Coach Aoki said. “The weather can obviously make things a little bit iffy in terms of the rain, but thankfully it wasn’t cold.

“I thought it was really good. There might have been a few more Bethel fans than there were ND fans, but I think that was one of the things that made the game attractive. I figured they would be able to bring a fairly decent crowd to the game with their players being a bit more local than our guys are, and I’m glad we were able to make it happen.”

The game was played in honor of Pete Frates, a former player and captain under Coach Aoki when the two were at Boston College, who was diagnosed with the life-threatening disease in 2012. (Check out Pete’s website here to learn his story.)

The Irish and Pilots ended up playing eleven innings, with the Irish coming out on top 13-1. Several players had great games for the Irish. Here are a few highlights:

  • Cavan Biggio– The freshman, and younger brother of junior Conor, got the start at second base and had a big two-RBI double to jumpstart the Irish’s six-run 5th inning.
  • Robert Youngdahl– The junior transfer from Kansas State drove in a pair of runs and also pitched the last inning for the Irish.
  • Phil Mosey– The junior third baseman followed up teammate Blaise Lezynski’s home run with a solo shot of his own. He ended the game with three RBI.
  • Ryan Smoyer– The freshman started the game on the mound for the Irish with a 1-2-3 1st inning. He ran into some trouble in the 2nd, but escaped allowing just one run and three hits over three innings.

Coach Aoki was pleased with the play of his team in the Friday night exhibition.

“I thought overall we played pretty well,” Aoki said. “There certainly are things to continue working on and getting better at, but overall I was pleased with it and really appreciative of Bethel for coming over and playing.”

The Irish get back to work and wrap up fall ball this weekend with the Blue-Gold Intersquad Series. The team will play two seven-inning games starting at 3:00 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, the Irish will then play one nine-inning game, followed by a 90-minute clinic for children between the ages of six and twelve.

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