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Game Thread | (G3) Notre Dame at No. 13 North Carolina

April 14, 2024
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Notre Dame (15-17, 2-15) at No. 13 North Carolina (28-7, 13-4)


When: April 14th

Time: 1:00 PM ET 

Where: Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium

Watch: ACC Network Extra 


QUICK FACTS

- Notre Dame leads the all-time series 13-11

- The Irish are 4-4 when playing in Chapel Hill

- North Carolina took game one 13-0 (7 innings) and game two 7-2. 


PROBABLE STARTERS

SUNDAY

SCHOOL NAME RECORD  ERA IP STRIKEOUTS
Notre Dame RHP Rory Fox 1-0 5.60 27.1 23
North Carolina RHP Aidan Haugh 1-0 3.80 21.1 30

WHAT TO WATCH

It’s been another weekend of frustration and bad baseball for Notre Dame. The Irish are a loss away from being swept in 5 of 6 ACC series on the year, which is hard to fathom at this level. Notre Dame’s issues are in every aspect of the game and at this point in the year, it’s quite frankly hard to find positives. 

Sure, it’s college baseball. Teams will have pitching be off for a game or a weekend or the bats won’t be alive. The issue with Notre Dame is they don’t pick each other up. They aren’t able to score when the pitching is off and they don’t pitch well when the bats struggle. 

Notre Dame did bat .265 as a team on Saturday and that’s an improvement over Friday night’s .125 batting average. The Irish had high hopes Jack Penney, David Glancy and Tito Flores would provide stability at the plate entering the year. This weekend, the three have combined to go 3-for-19 at the plate. That’s not going to get it done.

RHP Rory Fox will get the starting nod on Sunday and he’s coming off his worst start in an Irish uniform, but it wasn’t all his fault. Last Sunday, Clemson scored nine runs with Fox on the mound, but only three were earned runs. Fox did give up a season-high eight hits in 4.1 innings, so it’s likely he’s been itching to get back on the bump as he did strikeout a career-high six batters against Clemson. 

To avoid a fifth sweep, Notre Dame needs at least one side of the ball to show up on Sunday. If not, Notre Dame will return to South Bend with the danger of the staff losing the team in mid-April. 

NOTRE DAME LINEUP

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
TJ Williams CF .358
David Glancy LF .288
Jack Penney SS .221
Simon Baumgardt 3B .281
Connor Hincks SS .290
Tito Flores RF .258
Brady Gumpf DH .262
Joey Spence  C .300
Estevan Moreno 2B .326

NORTH CAROLINA LINEUP

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
Anthony Donofrio RF .322
Vance Honeycutt CF .281
Casey Cook LF .373
Parks Harber 1B .355
Alberto Osuna DH .349
Luke Stevenson C .299
Alex Madera 2B .300
Johnny Castagnozzi 3B .250
Colby Wilkerson SS .301

OFFENSIVE STATS (Entering the weekend)

STAT NORTH CAROLINA NOTRE DAME
Batting Avg. ..310 .271
Runs 291 231
Hits 354 283
2B 59 51
3B 9 10
Home Runs 56 50
RBI 268 207
SLG% .525 .492
Walks 194 126
Hit by Pitch 26 44
Strikeouts 257 264
OB% .417 .369

PITCHING STATS (Entering the series) 

STAT NORTH CAROLINA NOTRE DAME
ERA 4.42 6.31
Hits 287 283
Runs 171 201
ER 141 184
Walks 137 125
Strikeouts 285 230
Opponent Batting Avg. ..257 .277

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