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Game Thread | Notre Dame at Michigan State

April 25, 2023
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Notre Dame (23-15) at Michigan State (24-13)


When: April 25th

Time: 6:00 PM ET 

Where: McLane Stadium | East Lansing, Mich. 

Watch: B1G+


QUICK FACTS

- Notre Dame fell to Michigan State 7-6 in 11 innings on April 11th. 

- The Irish are fresh off a sweep of No. 8 Virginia 

- Tuesday’s game against the Spartans will be the final game before Link Jarrett and Florida State return to Notre Dame for a weekend series. 

PROBABLE STARTERS

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Michigan State RHP Robert Klann 0-0 4.50 2.0 1
Notre Dame RHP David Lally Jr. 0-0 5.40 13.1 11

Watch to Watch 

- Notre Dame has momentum heading into a key stretch this week where they’ll face Michigan State and Florida State. It’s been no secret Shawn Stiffler’s club has been up and down at the plate this spring, but over the weekend, the Irish came alive. Notre Dame recorded 35 hits and 10 home runs over the three-game sweep, including long balls from Estevan Moreno on Friday night. 

The Irish have needed someone to take the DH spot and Vinny Martinez has made his case over the last few weeks and likely solidified it over the weekend. In three games against Virginia, Martinez batted .700 with seven hits, six RBI, three runs, two doubles and one home run.

Notre Dame also has every starter hitting over .200 for the first time this season. Sophomore DM Jefferson has also been on a hot streak as he’s raised his batting average to .278 and hit his first home run over the weekend. 

- On the mound, freshman RHP David Lally Jr. will get his fifth start of the season as he returns to his home state on Tuesday. Lally has started to settle in as he went 3.0 innings giving up five hits, 1 run, one walk and four strikeouts on 63 pitches in last week’s win against Western Michigan. 

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Notre Dame get RHP Justin Moore (0-0, 2.00) and RHP Sammy Cooper (3-1, 5.60) some work as they didn’t throw this weekend. The Irish could also look at stealing an inning or two with LHP Ryan Lynch (0-1, 5.68), Matt Bedford (1-2, 7.20) and Ricky Reeth (1-0, 7.00). 

- As it relates to the NCAA Tournament, Notre Dame moved up 17 spots in the RPI to No. 36 with the sweep of Virginia. Notre Dame is 5-4 against Top 25 RPI teams and 8-7 against Top 50 RPI programs, which are quality marks. D1Baseball believes the Irish would be in the NCAA Tournament if it started today, but Notre Dame is on the bubble with several ACC foes: Boston College, Clemson and Duke

And as previously noted, Stiffler’s teams at VCU have gotten hot at this point in the year. A year ago, VCU won 17 straight games before falling to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament regional play. In 2021, Stiffler led VCU on a 22-game winning streak before falling to Mississippi State in the NCAA Tournament. 

Notre Dame Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
TJ Williams CF .235
Zack Prajzner SS .285
Carter Putz 1B .282
Jack Penney 3B .259
Vinny Martinez DH .272
DM Jefferson LF .278
Estevan Moreno 2B .200
Danny Neri C .227
Brady Gumpf RF .143

Michigan State Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Trent Farquhar 2B .368
Mitch Jebb SS .316
Brack Vradenburg 1B .430
Sam Busch DH .290
Bryan Broecker 3B .321
Jack Frank RF .333
Greg Ziegler CF .273
Casey Mayes LF .271
Sam Thompson C .175

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