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Game Thread | Michigan State at Notre Dame

April 11, 2023

Michigan State (18-10) at Notre Dame (17-12) 

When: April 11th

Time: 6:00 PM ET 

Where: Frank Eck Stadium | South Bend, Ind.

Watch: ACC Network Extra


- Michigan State leads the all-time series 81-59. 

- The Irish are 35-38 at home against the Spartans. 

- Notre Dame took two of three games from Michigan State in 2022. 

- Shawn Stiffler is 5-0 in midweek games this season. 

- The two teams will also square off on April 25th in East Lansing. 


Michigan State RHP Adam Berghorst 1-0 4.50 18.0 21
Notre Dame RHP Blake Hely 1-1 4.60 31.1 29


- Notre Dame looks to continue momentum following the Easter weekend series win over Pitt as Shawn Stiffler will start RHP Blake Hely for Tuesday’s non-conference clash with Michigan State. The Spartans will arrive in South Bend after taking a weekend series against Ohio State. 

There is a little bit of pressure on Notre Dame as it relates to postseason play following the up-and-down start to the season. The good news is Notre Dame has started to find some consistency at the plate and now Stiffler’s club will need to take that to the next level over the next month. 

- Sophomore DM Jefferson appears to have locked down the starting job in left field and had a solid weekend at the plate. The DH spot is still an interesting one as Vinny Martinez seems to be the favorite as he has hit four home runs on the year, but he’s batting just .189. Notre Dame has done a nice job of getting Nick Juaire to pinch hit at timely spots, which is an excellent role for the switch hitter. Juaire isn’t going to hit for power or extra bases, but he’ll get on base and move runners in high-pressure situations. 

Jack Penney has also started to come around at the plate as he’s moved his batting average up to .226. Now, Notre Dame needs its leadoff batter on base more, but Penney has done some nice things in recent weeks and leads the team in home runs with seven. 

- As for Michigan State, the Irish will need to slow down Brock Vradenburg and Trent Farquhar. Vradenburg enters Tuesday batting .430 with seven home runs and 34 RBI while Farquhar has recorded 12 doubles, 18 RBI and is batting .393. 

The Spartans pitching seems to be the weak link here as they have a team ERA of 5.66, including a team-best ERA of 3.90 from Andrew Carson. Adam Berghorst will start for Michigan State and he’s given up 18 hits and nine runs in 18.0 innings. 

- Notre Dame’s game plan for Tuesday will be similar to ACC play. They’ll have a chance for big innings given Michigan State’s pitching situation and if the pen can keep the runs down, the Irish should be in good shape. Aiden Tyrell and Will Mercer could potentially be fresh for innings as they threw on Thursday and Friday.


STAT Michigan State Notre Dame
Batting Avg. .306 .230
Runs 193 168
Hits 281 218
2B 48 37
3B 14 4
Home Runs 25 32
RBI 174 153
SLG% .471 .379
Walks 117 113
Hit by Pitch 43 52
Strikeouts 203 266
OB% 0.406 0.343


STAT Michigan State Notre Dame
ERA 5.66 4.54
Hits 231 147
Runs 154 224
ER 144 127
Walks 114 110
Strikeouts 217 256
Opponent Batting Avg. .264 .235

Notre Dame Lineup

Jack Penney 3B .226
Zack Prajzner SS .268
Carter Putz 1B .303
Brooks Coetzee RF .237
Vinny Martinez DH .189
DM Jefferson LF .264
Estevan Moreno 2B .178
Danny Neri C .264
TJ Williams CF .198

Michigan State Lineup

Trent Farquhar 2B .390
Mitch Jebb SS .296
Brock Vradenburg 1B .412
Sam Busch DH .333
Bryan Broecker 3B .325
Jack Frank RF .284
Greg Ziegler CF .222
Casey Mayes LF .264
Sam Thompson C .214

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