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Game Thread | (G3) Notre Dame at No. 4 Wake Forest

March 19, 2023

Notre Dame (8-8, 1-4) at No. 4 Wake Forest (18-2, 4-1) 

When: March 19th

Time: 1:00 PM ET 

Where: David F. Couch Ballpark | Winston-Salem, N.C.

Watch: ACC Network Extra


- Wake Forest leads the all-time series 18-14. 

- Notre Dame is 5-11 at Wake Forest. 

- The Irish swept Wake Forest last season and it included a 21-3 win in game two. 

- Notre Dame went 2-0 against Saint Joseph’s this week as the two teams met in Holly Springs, N.C.



Notre Dame LHP Jack Findlay 2-0 2.65 17.0 25
Wake Forest LHP Josh Hartle 4-0 1.52 23.2 40



- Notre Dame entered Saturday’s doubleheader with confidence and the Irish fought to the end, but fell 4-1. RHP Jackson Dennies and LHP Aidan Tyrell pitched well as they gave up just three runs through seven innings to one of the nation’s top offenses. 

The Irish offense was held in check by Rhett Lowder, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year, as the righty punched out seven and gave up three hits and one run through seven innings. Freshman Estevan Moreno continues to show growth at the plate as he recorded an RBI single in the third. 

- In game two, Wake Forest blitzed the Irish from the start and didn’t look back. The Demon Deacons took at 7-0 lead after three and cruised to a 12-3 win. Notre Dame’s defense was charged for four errors, but it could have been a few more. The sound play of a year ago is simply not there in the field game to game and it’s cost the Irish. It also seemed as if some frustration crept into the team as Zach Prajzner committed errors on back-to-back plays. For context, Prajzner is one of the best fielding shortstops in the country as he committed 35 errors in 176 career games entering the weekend. 

- Offensively, Notre Dame couldn’t hit LHP Sean Sullivan, who entered the game with a 1.82 ERA and 39 strikeouts, which was second in the ACC. Sullivan struck out 11 batters in six innings and the Irish never threatened to make a move on the lead. Tony Lindwedel hit a bomb in the ninth as a pinch hitter, but that was about as bright as the game got from the plate for the Irish. 

- Sunday doesn’t get easier for Notre Dame as Wake Forest will roll out LHP Josh Hartle who entered the weekend as the ACC leader in strikeouts. Taking one game is important for this team as they look to grow under the new staff and it starts with scoring runs. 

- Freshman RHP Caden Spivey made his college debut against Georgia Tech last weekend and has pitched twice since. All three appearances have been impressive and Spivey was able to settle down the Irish in game two. Spivey entered with the bases loaded and no outs in the third and did damage control. He finished the day giving up two hits, one run (earned) and two strikeouts in three innings of work. 

Spivey has set himself up to earn more innings moving forward. 

OFFENSIVE STATS (Entering the series)

STAT Notre Dame Wake Forest 
Batting Avg. .214 .313
Runs 82 195
Hits 98 195
2B 17 40
3B 3 1
Home Runs 12 38
RBI 74 173
SLG% .343 .563
Walks 62 143
Hit by Pitch 35 25
Strikeouts 123 130
OB% .349 .454

PITCHING STATS (Entering the series) 

STAT Notre Dame Wake Forest 
ERA 5.32 2.45
Hits 109 107
Runs 82 62
ER 71 43
Walks 56 46
Strikeouts 118 235
Opponent Batting Avg. .239 .185

Notre Dame Lineup

TJ Williams CF .175
Zack Prajzner SS .293
Brooks Coetzee RF .250
Carter Putz 1B .271
Jack Penney 3B .170
Jack Zyska LF .045
Danny Neri C .289
Estevan Moreno 2B .176
DM Jefferson DH .174

Wake Forest Lineup

Tommy Hawke CF .462
Pierce Bennett RF .301
Nick Kurtz 1B .375
Brock Wilken 3B .347
Adam Cecere LF .362
Justin Johnson 2B .323
Danny Corona DH .271
Gio Cueto C .233
Marek Houston SS .189

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