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Game Thread | (G3) Notre Dame at NC State

March 30, 2024
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Notre Dame (14-11, 2-9) at NC State (17-7, 7-4) 


When: March 30

Time: 3:00 PM ET 

Where: Doak Field at Dail Park | Raleigh, N.C.

Watch: ACC Network Extra (ESPN+)


QUICK FACTS

- NC State leads the all-time series 17-13 over Notre Dame

- The Wolfpack hadn’t won a series against Notre Dame in Raleigh since 2018

- Eleven players have hit home runs for the Irish this season

- Notre Dame lost game one 9-4 and game two 7-6


PROBABLE STARTERS

SATURDAY 

SCHOOL NAME RECORD  ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame RHP Rory Fox 1-0 5.50 18.0 16
NC State LHP Dominic Fritton 1-2 8.37 23.2 32

WHAT TO WATCH

Notre Dame needs to do anything and everything it can to avoid a third ACC sweep in four weekends. The Irish offense showed some life in game two as every position recorded a hit outside of the DH spot where Joey Spence and DM Jefferson went 0-for-4 with one walk. It’s a step in the right direction offensively, especially considering Jack Penney recorded two much-needed hits. 

2B Estevan Moreno continued to show growth in his game by going 2-for-5 with 3 RBI and two doubles. The sophomore did strikeout three times, but you’ll take the production out of the 9-hole and Moreno is now batting .308 on the year. 

As a team, Notre Dame struck out 12 times on Friday night, which is still too high. In addition to Moreno, three players struck out twice, which is too high, especially given Notre Dame’s veteran presence. 

Freshman Jack Radel had another good start going 4.0 innings giving up two hits, one run, two walks and striking out two. The bullpen struggled a bit as Bennett Flynn gave up four runs in two innings and then Caden Spivey got tagged for two runs in the final 2.1 innings. 

NC State got its second walk-off win of the night as Luke Nixon’s single to right field allowed the game-winning run to score. The bases were loaded, so the infield was in, but if they weren’t, it looked like a routine double play ball. 

Overall, Notre Dame needs to start finding ways to make game-winning plays, whether at the plate, mound, or field. In game two, Notre Dame went 0-for-2 with the bases loaded, while NC State went 2-for-2. That wins and loses games. 

NOTRE DAME LINEUP

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
TJ Williams CF .415
David Glancey LF .265
Connor Hincks 1B .299
Simon Baumgardt 3B .299
Jack Penney SS .212
Tito Flores  DH .258
Brady Gumpf RF .303
Joey Spence C .394
Estevan Moreno 2B .308

NC STATE LINEUP

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Brandon Butterworth SS .274
Garrett Pennington 1B .365
Alex Makarewicz 3B .350
Jacob Cozart C .337
Josh Hogue RF .333
Eli Serrano III CF .289
Drew Lanphere DH .348
Chase Nixon  LF .296
Luke Nixon 2B .236

OFFENSIVE STATS (Entering the series) 

STAT NOTRE DAME NC STATE
Batting Avg. .283 .303
Runs 191 187
Hits 227 224
2B 46 37
3B 9 3
Home Runs 45 39
RBI 173 178
SLG% .531 .519
Walks 99 135
Hit by Pitch 35 21
Strikeouts 201 137
OB% .382 .419

PITCHING STATS (Entering the series) 

STAT NOTRE DAME NC STATE
ERA 6.53 6.83
Hits 213 192
Runs 152 157
ER 145 141
Walks 95 114
Strikeouts 182 197
Opponent Batting Avg. .275 .269

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