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Game Thread | Notre Dame at Rice

February 16, 2024
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Notre Dame (0-0) at Rice (0-0)


When: February 16th

Time: 7:30 PM ET 

Where: Reckling Park | Houston, Texas

Watch: ESPN+


QUICK FACTS

- Notre Dame is 1-1 all-time against Rice

- The Irish won 5-3 in an elimination game in the 2022 College World Series before losing 9-0 in 2009

- Rice has lost the last five season openers 

- Notre Dame will have 19 new faces on the roster this season, which includes 10 freshmen and nine graduate transfers 

- Irish head coach Shawn Stiffler enters the 2024 campaign with an all-time record of 370-222 

PROBABLE STARTERS
FRIDAY

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame RHP Caden Spivey - - - -
Rice RHP Parker Smith - - - -

SATURDAY

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame RHP Jackson Dennies - - - -
Rice LHP JD McCracken - - - -

SUNDAY

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame RHP Matt Bedford - - - -
Rice TBD - - - -

NOTRE DAME LINEUP

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
DM Jefferson DH -
David Glancey LF -
Jack Penney SS -
Tito Flores RF -
Josh Hahn 1B -
Simon Baumgardt 3B -
Connor Hincks 2B -
Tony Lindwedel C -
TJ Williams CF -

RICE LINEUP

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Kyte McDonald CB -
Jack Riedel 1B -
Treyton Rank RF -
Nathan Becker DH -
Pierce Gallo 2B -
Manny Garza C -
Brendan Cumming LF -
Ben Yoyo SS -
Max Johnson 2B -

- Not a lot to say here as it’s opening day. There is a quiet confidence surrounding the season, so this weekend will be a solid test. Now, it’s to LSU or Mississippi State to open the year as Rice went 21-37 a year ago, but the Owls at home will be a formidable opponent. 

- Rice will start junior RHP Parker Smith on Friday. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder finished 2023 with a record of 2-3, 3.26 ERA and 80 strikeouts. He was invited to attend the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team training camp over the summer, so Parker will be a tough challenge for the Irish. 

- Sophomore RHP Caden Spivey will get the starting nod for the Irish after a big freshman season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder appeared in 15 games and finished with an ERA of 4.11 in 35.0 innings and struck out 25. Spivey did hang at the top of the ACC in ERA for most of the season as the Boston College game ran up the ERA in the last week of the season. 

- Catcher will be interesting as Stiffler mentioned it was an ongoing battle and up to three players are still in the race. 

- Overall, Notre Dame has a chance to come out firing this weekend and make a statement. The bullpen is much deeper than a year ago and expect the hitting to make a drastic improvement as players are now used to what this staff wants. 

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