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Game Thread | (G2) Notre Dame at Clemson

April 15, 2023
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Notre Dame (18-13, 8-8) at Clemson (20-15, 4-9) 


When: April 15th

Time: 4:00 PM ET 

Where: Doug Kingsmore Stadium | Clemson, S.C.

Watch: ACC Network Extra 


QUICK FACTS

- Notre Dame leads the overall series 14-13. 

- The Irish are 8-6 at Clemson. 

- Notre Dame took game one 10-4 on Friday night. 

PROBABLE STARTERS

Saturday

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame LHP Jack Findlay 4-1 2.82 38.1 52
Clemson RHP Austin Gordon 0-3 5.62 41.2 40

Sunday

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame LHP Blake Hely 1-1 5.09 35.1 32
Clemson RHP Caden Grice 2-1 3.55 25.1 34

WHAT TO WATCH 

- Notre Dame was cooking at the plate and on the mound in game one as the Irish used a six-run third inning to cruise to victory on Friday night. Right fielder Brooks Coetzee led the charge as he went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI and a double, but also made a massive diving catch in the field to end a Clemson threat. 

Vinny Martinez continued to be productive in the DH spot as he recorded a two-run double in Notre Dame’s big third inning. 

On the mound, it was another big-time performance by RHP Jackson Dennies as he went four innings giving up six hits, two runs, one walk and struck out two on 83 pitches, which was a career-high. Perhaps more importantly, Dennies pitched himself out of a couple of bases loaded jams. 

Notre Dame did use two of its best relievers on Friday night as freshman RHP Caden Spivey earned his first win of his career and LHP Aidan Tyrell recorded his first save of the 2023 campaign. 

- Clemson’s bullpen has been the Tigers downfall for most of the season and seven pitchers were used in game one, which could play a factor later this weekend. 

Notre Dame will need to find a plan for Clemson lead-off Cam Cannarella as he also went 3-for-5 with one RBI on Friday. The freshman centerfielder is batting and incredible .418 on the season, so finding a way to get ground balls will be key to limit him. 

LHP Jack Findlay on the bump is a start as it will be a left-on-left matchup against Cannarella. Pending the start by Findlay, Notre Dame will likely turn to LHP Will Mercer (4.24, 2-0) and RHP Carter Bosch (6.08, 1-1) for relief, which is a slight change as the Irish had been matching Spivey with Findlay in previous weeks. 

OFFENSIVE STATS (Entering the series)

STAT Notre Dame Clemson
Batting Avg. .228 .291
Runs 174 235
Hits 225 340
2B 37 68
3B 4 7
Home Runs 34 30
RBI 159 217
SLG% .378 .438
Walks 118 169
Hit by Pitch 55 32
Strikeouts 276 272
OB% 0.342 0.389

PITCHING STATS (Entering the series) 

STAT Notre Dame Clemson
ERA 4.59 4.58
Hits 238 179
Runs 154 179
ER 134 153
Walks 115 132
Strikeouts 261 329
Opponent Batting Avg. .239 .260

Notre Dame Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Jack Penney 3B .235
Zack Prajzner SS .270
Carter Putz 1B .282
Brooks Coetzee RF .255
Vinny Martinez DH .180
DM Jefferson LF .246
Estevan Moreno 2B .175
Danny Neri C .256
TJ Williams CF .225

Clemson Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Cam Cannarella CF .418
Cooper Ingle RF .299
Will Taylor LF .331
Caden Gice 1B .330
Blake Wright 3B .274
Billy Amrick DH .345
Riley Bertram 2B .217
Benjamin Blackwell SS .308
Jack Crighton RF .133

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