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Game Thread | (G1) Akron at Notre Dame

May 12, 2023
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Akron (18-30) at Notre Dame (26-19)


When: May 12th

Time: 7:00 PM ET 

Where: Frank Eck Stadium | South Bend, Ind.

Watch: ACC Network Extra 


QUICK FACTS

- Notre Dame leads the overall series 2-0. 

- Akron and Notre Dame have only met at neutral sites (Jacksonville and Macon). 

- Notre Dame is projected as a No. 3 seed in the latest Field of 64 projections by D1Baseball. 

PROBABLE STARTERS

Friday

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Akron LHP Sammy Tortorella 4-3 5.35 70.2 64
Notre Dame LHP Aidan Tyrell 7-2 3.17 54.0 44

Saturday

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Akron LHP Brett Dietrich 1-4 8.85 39.2 39
Notre Dame RHP Blake Hely 3-2 4.57 61.0 60

Sunday

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Akron RHP Joe Roth 1-6 4.98 65.0 37
Notre Dame - - - - -

OFFENSIVE STATS (Entering the series)

STAT Akron Notre Dame
Batting Avg. .243 .248
Runs 271 265
Hits 390 369
2B 73 65
3B 14 6
Home Runs 44 56
RBI 237 240
SLG% .389 .412
Walks 218 173
Hit by Pitch 52 75
Strikeouts 450 407
OB% .351 .353

PITCHING STATS (Entering the series) 

STAT Akron Notre Dame
ERA 7.63 4.56
Hits 496 362
Runs 417 229
ER 346 200
Walks 219 170
Strikeouts 300 368
Opponent Batting Avg. .298 .242

- Notre Dame enters the weekend as a No. 3 seed in the Lexington regional in D1Baseball’s latest Field of 64 projections. What does that mean for this weekend’s series? Don’t lose it. A sweep would be great and even taking the series 2-1 wouldn’t have a negative impact on Notre Dame’s postseason goals, but the Irish can’t afford to lose the series. 

The good news is Akron is bad. In a year where Notre Dame’s offense has struggled, the Zips have struggled more at the plate as Akron enters the weekend with a team batting average of .248 and have struck out 450 times in 48 games. 

Shawn Stiffler’s group shouldn’t take this series lightly, but it’s a chance to gain momentum heading into the final week of the regular season as the Irish will have a few distractions next week. On Tuesday, Notre Dame will travel to Wrigley Field to take on a poor Northwestern (8-35) team before heading to Boston College for a massive series, which includes playing game two at Fenway Park. 

- On the mound, Notre Dame should have a chance to let its starters get solid work as the Zips aren’t a threat offensively - at least they shouldn’t be. The Irish didn’t play a midweek game, so it will be interesting to see if Stiffler wants his starters to push it or if he wants to let his bullpen get some extra work if things are in hand. 

RHP Jackson Dennies made his return last weekend, but threw under 30 pitches and didn’t make it out of the second inning due to a likely pitch count. Stiffler mentioned they were going to be super cautious with Dennies and that’s a reflection of it. That said, it will be interesting to see how much work he gets this weekend with the series with Boston College looming.

Notre Dame Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
TJ Williams CF .240
Zack Prajzner SS .291
Carter Putz 1B .296
Jack Penney 3B .253
Vinny Martinez DH .297
Brooks Coetzee RF .273
Brady Gumpf LF .250
Danny Neri C .226
Estevan Moreno 2B .209

Akron Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Ian Pennington CF .253
Jack Firestone RF .241
Jack Poist DH .295
Nick Arrivo 3B .287
Sam Seeker LF .260
Max Bowman 1B .239
Breydan Cavey 2B .294
Andrew Horvath C .174
Kaito Hara SS .251

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