Notre Dame wasn't able to overcome an early four-run deficit as Cincinnati held on for a 4-3 victory in the rubber game of their BIG EAST Conference series at Frank Eck Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Irish drop to 13-9-1 overall and 4-2 in the league.
Notre Dame did not go quietly in the bottom of the ninth inning.
After Jake Geglein retired the first two Irish batters, sophomore David Mills reached with a seeing-eye single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Sophomore A.J. Pollock then reached on a check-swing, infield single that Cincinnati third baseman Mike Spina tried to bare-hand, but when Spina wasn't able to scoop the roller Mills ran through the stop sign of Irish head coach Dave Schrage at third base.
Bearcat shortstop Chris Peters scooped up the ball and threw home where catcher Ryan Baker made an acrobatic play to catch the high throw and tag out a hard-charging Mills to end the game.
Irish sophomore Eric Maust (1-1) was charged with the loss.
Pollock and Mills led the Notre Dame offensive attack. Pollock went 4-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. The centerfielder has a pair of four-hit games in his last four starts. Mills went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Notre Dame returns to action this week a non-conference game against Western Michigan on Tuesday (5:05 p.m.) and exhibition game against the South Bend Silverhawks (5:30 p.m.) on Wednesday.