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Game Thread | (G2 & G3) Notre Dame at No. 22 Boston College

May 19, 2023
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Notre Dame (30-21, 15-14) vs. No. 22 Boston College (33-17, 15-14)


When: May 19th

Time: Game Two: 12:30 PM ET | Game Three: 7:00 PM ET 

Where: Game Two: Boston College | Game Three: Fenway Park 

Watch: Game Two: ACC Network Extra | Game Three: ACC Network 


QUICK FACTS

- Notre Dame leads the overall series 38-19. 

- The Irish are 16-9 at Boston College and 7-5 at neutral sites. 

- Notre Dame took game one 5-1 and the teams will play a doubleheader on Friday. 

- Game three will be played at Fenway Park as part of Boston College’s 11th Annual ALS Awareness Game.

- Notre Dame is projected as a No. 3 seed in the Morgantown Regional in D1Baseball’s latest Field of 64 projection. 

PROBABLE STARTERS
Game Two

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame RHP Blake Hely 3-2 4.77 66.0 69
Boston College RHP Chris Flynn 6-2 3.96 63.2 74

Game Three

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame RHP Jackson Dennies 0-2 2.77 39.0 41
Boston College RHP John West 4-3 5.14 49.0 52

OFFENSIVE STATS (Entering the series)

STAT Boston College Notre Dame
Batting Avg. .273 .246
Runs 318 284
Hits 448 400
2B 80 69
3B 4 9
Home Runs 57 58
RBI 289 257
SLG% .430 .407
Walks 254 191
Hit by Pitch 70 85
Strikeouts 402 426
OB% 0.387 0.353

PITCHING STATS (Entering the series) 

STAT Boston College Notre Dame
ERA 5.51 4.41
Hits 470 397
Runs 276 244
ER 261 212
Walks 169 185
Strikeouts 446 412
Opponent Batting Avg. .281 .242

- Friday will be a busy day as Boston College and Notre Dame will meet twice at two locations. Game two will now be at 12:30 PM ET and then the teams will meet at Fenway Park for a primetime matchup on ACC Network, which could have massive postseason implications. 

Notre Dame took game one 5-1 and moved into seventh place in the ACC, which is important as the 7-seed would avoid the Wake Forest pod. If you haven’t followed college baseball, Wake Forest is currently 44-8 and 21-6 in ACC and ranked No. 1 in the country. 

As it relates to Notre Dame’s standing for the NCAA Tourney, the Irish secured at least a .500 record in ACC, but it’s unknown how much Tuesday’s loss to 9-39 Northwestern means in the big picture. A series win seems like it would clinch a spot in the Field of 64, but the NCAA has blatantly hosed the Irish the last two years, so who knows......

- LHP Aidan Tyrell and RHP Radek Birkholz threw a masterful game on Thursday. The two combined to give up eight hits, one run, but more importantly, the Eagles only walked once and struck out eight times. Notre Dame didn’t give Boston College free base runners and will need to do that again on Friday. 

Birkholz has been on fire in his last five appearances going 11.2 IP, one hit, one run and 10 strikeouts. 

- At the plate, Notre Dame got hits and timely hits, but they’ll need to be a little sharper on the basepaths. Casey Kmet was picked off and every base matters given the inconsistent at-bats this year. 

That said, Notre Dame batted .323 (10-for-31), including .308 with runners on and .286 with runners in scoring position. 

Vinny Martinez stayed hot with two hits while TJ Williams and Kmet also recorded two hits. Williams getting hot would be significant as the leadoff spot has been an issue all year. The Irish also recorded five doubles on Thursday night, which is somewhat rare for this group. More of that and Notre Dame could be looking at a weekend sweep. 

Notre Dame Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
TJ Williams CF .243
Zack Prajzner SS .299
Carter Putz 1B .285
Vinny Martinez C .305
Brooks Coetzee RF .253
DM Jefferson DH .264
Brady Gumpf 3B .243
Casey Kmet C .194
Estevan Moreno 2B .205

Boston College Lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Barry Walsh CF .315
Peter Burns C .253
Patrick Roche RF .291
Joe Vetrano 1B .302
Vince Cimini 2B .280
Nick Wang 3B .235
Kyle Wolff DH .258
Sam McNulty SS .298
Cohl Mercado LF .270

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