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Game Thread | (G1) No. 6 Louisville at Notre Dame

March 24, 2023
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No. 6 Louisville (18-2, 2-1) at Notre Dame (10-8, 2-4) 


When: March 24th

Time: 3:00 PM ET 

Where: Frank Eck Stadium | South Bend, Ind. 

Watch: ACC Network 


QUICK FACTS

- Louisville leads the all-time series 36-9. 

- Notre Dame is 2-15 at home against the Cardinals. 

- The Irish were swept at Louisville in 2022 in the last series. 

PROBABLE STARTERS

Friday 

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame RHP Jackson Dennies 0-2 4.40 14.1 13
Louisville RHP Ryan Hawks 4-0 3.00 30.0 35

Saturday 

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame LHP Jack Findlay 3-0 1.99 22.2 35
Louisville LHP Greg Farone 1-1 3.98 20.1 30

 

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame - - - - -
Louisville RHP Carson Liggett 4-0 1.75 25.2 27

WHAT TO WATCH 

- If you thought things would get easier for Notre Dame after a road trip to now No. 2 ranked Wake Forest, you would be wrong as No. 6 Louisville comes to South Bend for a three-game series. The good news is Louisville’s offense isn’t quite as potent as Wake Forest, but it’s still very good as the Cardinals sit at No. 2 in batting average in the ACC as seven batters sit over .300 and two over .400. 

Louisville starting rotation has combined for a 9-1 record and 92 strikeouts on the year. 

- The good news for Notre Dame is the bats have started to come around as five players are now over .250 and the Irish have started to get timely hits over the last two weeks. Jack Zyska desperately needed to get on track and he hit a home run during Tuesday’s win over Valpo. 

Brooks Coetzee is batting .250 and his average can come up a bit, but he’s still being productive as he leads the nation in hit-by-pitches at 18 in 18 games. 

- Perhaps the biggest move on paper heading into this weekend is Shawn Stiffler moving forward with sophomore LHP Jack Findlay as a starter. Findlay started his first game of the year on Sunday as the Irish beat Wake Forest 3-1. The New Jersey native went 5.2 innings and gave up just two hits, no runs and struck out 10. 

It’d be hard to duplicate this weekend, but Findlay is Notre Dame’s best pitcher and getting off to a good start is crucial for a team looking for offense. Findlay did throw 93 pitches last weekend, so it’ll be interesting how his arm handle the added workload. Entering the weekend, Findlay sits at No. 5 in the ACC in strikeouts with 35. 

OFFENSIVE STATS (Entering the series)

STAT Louisville Notre Dame
Batting Avg. .321 .210
Runs 170 97
Hits 215 123
2B 44 22
3B 9 3
Home Runs 23 15
RBI 155 88
SLG% .517 .334
Walks 98 73
Hit by Pitch 38 41
Strikeouts 141 168
OB% .431 .337

PITCHING STATS (Entering the series) 

STAT Louisville Notre Dame
ERA 3.44 4.97
Hits 140 143
Runs 75 103
ER 68 85
Walks 84 66
Strikeouts 211 155
Opponent Batting Avg. .215 .243

Notre Dame Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Jack Penney 3B .183
Zack Prajzner SS .277
Jack Zyska LF .107
Carter Putz 1B .277
Brooks Coetzee RF .250
Danny Neri C .261
Estevan Moreno 2B .155
DM Jefferson DH .185
TJ Williams CF .172

Louisville Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Christian Knapczyk SS .300
Jack Payton C .443
Ryan McCoy 1B .324
Patrick Forbes DH .349
JT Benson LF .422
Isaac Humphrey RF .268
Eddie King Jr. CF .339
Gavin Kilen 2B .318
Logan Beard 3B .262

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