Thread of the game | Notre Dame at No. 1 Tennessee

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Notre Dame (38-14) vs. No. 1 Tennessee (56-7)


When: June 10

Time: 6:00 PM ET

Where: Lindsey Nelson Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.

Look: ESPN2 | Tom Hart and Kyle Peterson


FAST FACTS

(Came in the weekend)

– Notre Dame is 50-20 (.714) from Frank Eck Stadium under head coach Link Jarrett. In 2022, the Irish are 10-8 in real road games and 11-3 in neutral site games.

– The Irish are 83-29 (.741) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks second in the NCAA over the past three seasons, behind Tennessee.

– Notre Dame is 14th in the NCAA and first in the ACC in attendance percentage with a mark of .980 this season. The Irish have committed 39 errors in 1,394 strikeout opportunities this season.

– The Irish rank seventh nationally and lead the ACC in the team ERA with 3.82. They’ve allowed 197 earned runs in 464.2 innings this season.

– Notre Dame is 10th in the NCAA and first in the ACC with a WHIP of 1.27 this season. They allowed 393 hits and 197 walks in 464.2 innings pitched.

– The Irishman ranks fourth in the NCAA and first in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.0. The Irish pitching team has struck out 569 in 464.2 innings this season.

– Notre Dame is 27-0 this season and 53-2 overall under Jarrett in games where they allow three runs or less.

– The Irish allowed just seven points in three games at the Statesboro Regional. It was the second-lowest number of runs scored in the regional round behind Texas (6).

– Tennessee is 37-3 in home games this season.

– The Volunteers bring one of the best offenses in the nation into the weekend as they lead the NCAA in homers (150), runs (592) and slugging percentage (.607). Tennessee also leads the nation in ERA (2.38), hits allowed per nine innings (6.34) and WHIP (.980).

– The Irish also have one of the best pitching teams in the country heading into the weekend. They rank fourth in strikeouts in nine innings (11.0), seventh in ERA (3.72) and hits allowed in nine innings (7.61) and 10th in WHIP (1.27).

– This will be the second time in program history that the Irish will face the No. 1 seed in the overall Super Regionals. In 2002, Notre Dame traveled to Tallahassee to face the top-ranked Seminoles in the supers. The Irish won Game 1 and Game 3 to advance to the College World Series for the second time in program history.

LIKELY BEGINNERS

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) TIME IPs WRITE-OFFS
our Lady RHP Temple of Austin 4-1 3.46 65.0 86
Tennessee RHP Tidwell Blade 3-1 2.70 20.0 29

WHAT TO WATCH

– The atmosphere and environment are the best in college baseball, which also means this will be the most hostile stadium the Irish have played in so far. If the Vols gain momentum, Notre Dame will have to end it as Tennessee is capable of exploding at any moment.

– The location of the pitch will be crucial for Notre Dame. The Tennessee lineup never ends and the Flights keep coming. The Irish have been up to the task all season, but they will have to step up this weekend if they want to get to Omaha.

–Notre Dame has just 11 points in three games at Statesboro and that won’t come close to cutting it against Tennessee. The Irish will have to find a way to get on base against one of the best pitchers in the country, but then move the runners around the bases. Notre Dame will have to find its attack which has not been present the last two weekends.

– Link Jarrett’s club will also have to keep calm on Friday. As mentioned, the atmosphere will be different and it took Notre Dame a few rounds to adjust to Starkville last year. This experience should help the Irish know what to expect in Knoxville, but the execution is always another story.

– ISD’s John Brice will return home to Knoxville to provide ground boots.

Notre Dame Programming

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
ryan cole LF .323
Jack Brannigan 3B .298
Carter Putz 1B .330
Jack Zyska DH .287
David LaManna VS .359
Zack Prajzner SS .301
Jared Miller 2B .258
Brooks Coetzee III RF .274
Spencer Myers heart rate .232

Tennessee programming

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Seth Stephenson LF .335
Luc Lipcius 1B .312
Jordan Beck RF .291
Drew Gilbert heart rate .373
Trey Lip Comb 3B .363
Jorel Ortega 2B .327
Blake Burk DH .341
Evan Russell heart rate .303
Cortland Lawson SS .267

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Etched Shamrock Stemless Wine Glasses

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