Notre Dame upsets Tennessee to qualify for College World Series

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The wait is over. After a 20-year absence from college baseball’s flagship event, Notre Dame returned to the College World Series after a 7-3 victory over No. 1-ranked Tennessee. The Irish won games one and three of the Super Regional series in Knoxville, Tennessee to qualify for Omaha for the first time since 2002.

The Fighting Irish trailed for most of the day after Tennessee jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning with a solo home run by Luc Lipcius. The Volunteers added single runs in the second and fifth innings after the point guard’s RBI Seth Stephenson.

Tennessee right-handed Drive away the burns kept the Irish attack at bay for most of the day, but the receiver David La Manna sent an 0-1 pitch to the short right field wall with a runner on board in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the game at 3-3. It was only the catcher’s second home run of the season.

The next batter, third baseman Jack Branniganfollowed with his 12th long ball of the season to give the Fighting Irish their first lead since winning Friday night’s opener.

first baseman Carter Putz extended the lead to 6-3 with a two-out doubled opposing field to right field in the top of the eighth inning against the left-handed reliever Kirby Connell. Designated hitter Jack Zyska then pushed another home run with a two-out single to make it 7-3.

Burns allowed four Irish runs in 6.2 innings to drop for only the second time this season.

Notre Dame needed three pitchers to knock out the nation’s No. 1 seed. Hall Liam Simon walked three times and allowed two earned runs in just 1.2 innings. Alex Rao followed by 2.1 innings, allowing only one run.

Freshman All-American Jack Findlay held the Vols at bay in his second appearance of the weekend. The southpaw shifted and worked the corners of the plate to strike out five and allowed no runs in 5.0 innings for his sixth victory of the season.

Notre Dame’s last two College World Series teams have both hit the road to win two of the nation’s No. 1 team’s three games to win the Super Regionals. The 2002 team won two of three games against Florida State in Tallahassee the last time a Fighting Irish team qualified for Omaha.

Déjà vu

There were many parallels between this year’s Irish CWS team and the last one to qualify for the CWS in 2002:

– Both were the No. 2 seeds in their NCAA regional championships.

– Both were sent to the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament Overall for Super Regionals

— Both had a two-run home run by their No. 3 hitters in the first inning of Game 1 of the series. Brian Stavisky did it in 2002 and Carter Putz did it Friday night for this year’s squad.

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– Both teams also won Game 1 of the series, then saw the opposition use an eight-run inning en route to a loss in Game 2, then both won the deciding Game 3 to claim the wins of series.

– A freshman pitcher also featured prominently in the deciding third game for both teams. right-handed Chris Niesel won with an eight-inning start in 2002, while Findlay dominated in 5.0 scoreless relief innings Sunday afternoon.

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Notre Dame List 2022
Schedule Notre-Dame 2022

Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Offense
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Defense

Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2024

Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense

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