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Game Thread | Valpo at Notre Dame

March 21, 2023
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Notre Dame (9-8, 2-4) at Valparaiso (7-6) 


When: March 20th

Time: 4:00 PM ET 

Where: Frank Eck Stadium | South Bend, Ind.

Watch: ACC Network Extra


QUICK FACTS

- Notre Dame leads the all-time series 85-21. 

- The Irish are 58-10 at home against Valpo. 

- Notre Dame will enter Tuesday’s game with a 13-game winning streak against Valpo.

- The Irish took both games in 2022 (12-1 and 5-1). 

PROBABLE STARTERS

 

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Valparaiso RHP Nathan Chasey  0-0 2.45 14.2 16
Notre Dame RHP David Lally Jr. 0-0 9.00 5.0 4

 

WHAT TO WATCH 

- After spending the first month of the season on the road, Notre Dame will finally play its first home game 17 games into the year. The Irish aren’t good enough to just show up and Shawn Stiffler’s team certainly needs to look at Tuesday as a chance to gain confidence heading into another big ACC series this weekend as No. 6 Louisville (17-2, 2-1) comes to South Bend. 

- Notre Dame freshman David Lally Jr. will get the start on Tuesday and it will be an opportunity for him to get some quality work. The Michigan native has made four appearances on the year and has been up and down as you’d expect from a true freshman. Mid-week games are crucial for players like Lally as he’ll be able to get important experience and a chance to build confidence if he’s needed in a weekend series - and Notre Dame needs a couple more arms to step up out of the pen. 

It’s also a chance for the bullpen to get some quality work behind Lally. Carter Bosch, Justin Moore, Sammy Cooper, Radek Birkholz, Matt Bedford and Rory Fox all could use an inning or two before the weekend. 

- Offensively, it’s about getting guys on base. Notre Dame has struggled to consistently get on base and then move runners around. Now, they have certainly improved from the first weekend, but the Irish enter the week dead last in runs scored in the ACC (89), doubles (21), home runs (13), RBIs (181), SLG% (.326) and OB% (.334). 

A week ago, Notre Dame used a 17-4 win at Georgia Tech as momentum to win two mid-week games against St. Joseph’s and the Irish need to do the same this week coming off the 4-1 win over No. 2 Wake Forest. 

Notre Dame Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Brooks Coetzee RF .269
Zack Prajzner SS .274
Danny Neri C .286
Carter Putz 1B .274
Jack Penney 3B .158
Jack Zyska DH .080
Casey Kmet LF /125
Estevan Moreno 2B /167
TJ Williams CF .164

Valpo Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Kaleb Hannahs 3B .265
Nolan Tucker 2B .383
Kyle Schmack LF .309
Brady Renfro 1B .279
Jake Skrine DH .288
Ryan Maka RF .265
Alex Thurston SS .217
Kade Reinertson C .250
Alex Ryan CF .286

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