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

March 25, 2023

No. 6 Louisville (18-3, 2-2) at Notre Dame (11-8, 3-4) 

When: March 26th

Time: 11:00 AM ET and 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game 

Where: Frank Eck Stadium | South Bend, Ind. 

Watch: ACC Network Extra 


- Louisville leads the all-time series 36-10. 

- Notre Dame is 3-15 at home against the Cardinals. 

- The Irish took game one 4-3 on Friday afternoon. 



Notre Dame LHP Jack Findlay 3-0 1.99 22.2 35
Louisville LHP Greg Farone 1-1 3.98 20.1 30


Notre Dame - - - - -
Louisville RHP Carson Liggett 4-0 1.75 25.2 27


- Notre Dame took game one on Friday by not beating themselves and consistently putting the ball in play. Zack Prajzner, Jack Zyska, Carter Putz and TJ Williams all recorded two hits, while freshman Estevan Moreno hit the game-winning home run in the 6th inning. 

- On the mound, Jack Dennies got the Irish rolling going 3.2 innings and giving up three hits and two runs while striking out four. Freshman Caden Spivey continued his emergence as he went 2.0 innings while Aidan Tyrell finished off the game pitching the final 3.1 innings giving up zero runs and just two hits. 

- Where can Notre Dame get better? The Irish still need to be a bit more sound with two outs on defense. Louisville got rolling a couple times with two down and simply getting off the field when given the chance is the next baby step for Notre Dame. 

- Shawn Stiffler needs to figure out the lead-off spot as it’s been a revolving door to this point. Jack Penney went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Friday and that can’t happen when facing Top 10 programs. Penney has struggled at the plate batting .172 on the year, but his glove is irreplaceable at third base. Stiffler has moved him around the lineup trying to help him, but Penney has to figure out how to get out of his slump. 

Right now, DM Jefferson and TJ Williams would be interesting options at lead-off. Jefferson is batting .214 and Williams is at .191, but both need to be on the bases. It’s a tough call as there isn’t an obvious option, but 19 games in, it makes sense to try to get the fastest guys in that spot given the offensive inconsistency. 

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

Zack Prajzner SS .286
Jack Zyska LF .152
Carter Putz 1B .294
Brooks Coetzee RF .237
Danny Neri C .260
Estevan Moreno 2B .164
DM Jefferson DH .214
TJ Williams CF .191
Jack Penney 3B .172

Louisville Lineup

Christian Knapczyk SS .307
Jack Payton C .422
Patrick Forbes LF .326
Ryan McCoy 1B .306
JT Benson LF .396
Eddie King Jr. CF .328
Gavin Kilen 2B .333
Logan Beard 3B .262
Tucker Biven DH 1.000

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