Notre Dame baseball: Hearne holds Pitt bats in check in 1-0 win

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Behind a dominant performance on the mound from sophomore Michael Hearne and a clutch RBI single from Ryan Bull, Notre Dame continued its strong late-season push with a 1-0 victory Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium.

The Irish (21-31, 8-21 ACC) have now won four of five at the Eck this year and clinched their third ACC series of the season including the second in a row.

They have also won three games in a row for the first time this season and earned shutout wins in back-to-back games for the first time since 2006.

Hearne (5-6) was dominant from the start as he hurled three perfect innings before giving up a single to lead off the fourth. He finished the day with five 1-2-3 innings and didn't allow more than one hit in an inning.

For the game, Hearne allowed three hits, struck out three and walked none, while not allowing a runner past first.

Offensively, Kyle Fiala led the Irish with three hits. Bull had a pair of singles, including one in the seventh that drove in Robert Youngdahl with the game's lone run.

Notre Dame will attempt to claim its first sweep when the teams close out the series Saturday at 1:05 p.m.