Michigan State – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Official Athletics Site
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team hits the road for one of its final midweek matchups of the season. The Irish are scheduled to face Michigan State for the second time this season on Tuesday at Comerica Park. Tuesday’s game is scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. ET start at the home of the Detroit Tigers. The Irish head into the competition on a five-game winning streak after every game of their five-game home tie last week.
|Match:||#12 Notre Dame (26-8) vs. Michigan State (16-21)|
|When:||Tuesday April 26 | 6:35 p.m. ET|
|Likely beginners:||RHP Liam Simon (1-0, 6.43 ERA) vs. RHP Harrison Cook (0-4, 8.91 ERA)|
|Or:||Detroit, Michigan | Comerica Park|
|Live score:||MSU Live Stats|
|.755||The Irish are 71-23 (.755) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, behind Tennessee and Arkansas.|
|.984||Notre Dame is fourth in the NCAA in fielding percentage with a mark of .984 this season. The Irish have committed 21 errors in 923 strikeout opportunities this season.|
|1||The Irish swept #5 Florida State on the road April 1-3 (2-0 (12), 5-4, 9-7). It was the first time the Irish had swept a Top 5 team on the road in program history.|
|1.23||Notre Dame is eighth in the NCAA and leads the ACC with a 1.23 WHIP this season. They allowed 240 hits and 137 walks in 307.2 innings pitched.|
|3.57||The Irish rank 13th nationally and are second in the ACC in the team ERA with 3.57. They’ve allowed 122 earned runs in 307.2 innings this season.|
|7.02||The Irish are fifth in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 7.02 hits allowed per nine innings. They have allowed 240 hits in 307.2 innings pitched this season.|
|8||The Irish scored eight unanswered points in the 8-4 win over No. 17 NC State on March 11. State.|
|10.8||The Irish rank 13th in the NCAA and fifth in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.8. The Irish pitching team has struck out 368 in 307.2 innings this season.|
|12||The Irish are 12-0 in midweek games during Link Jarrett’s tenure. They are 7-0 this season with a road win over Elon and home wins over Valparaiso (2x), Northern Illinois, Butler, Michigan and Purdue Fort Wayne.|
|12.0||John Michael Bertrand (7.2 IP), Ryan McLinskey (1.2 IP), Aidan Tyrell (1.0) and Alex Rao (1.2 IP) combined to shut out #5 Florida State in 12.0 innings during of Ireland’s 2-0 win on April 1. It was the first time in program history that the Seminoles had been shut out in an extra inning game.|
|12||John Michael Bertrand set a career high with 12 strikeouts against No. 5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for an Irish pitcher since Cameron Brown struck out 12 against Florida State on March 23, 2019.|
|18||The Irish struck out 18 in the 2-0 win over No. 5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for the Irish pitching staff since May 16, 2008, when they struck out 18 against South Florida.|
|20||The Irish allowed three points or less for the 20th time this season in the 21-3 win over Wake Forest on April 23. They are 20-0 this season and 46-2 overall under Jarrett in games where they allow three runs or less.|
|42||The Irish scored 42 points in their sweeping series of Wake Forest from April 22-24. He set the program record for most runs in an ACC series since joining the conference in 2014. It was the most runs in a three-game conference series since 1993, when the Irish scored 48 runs in a Dayton sweep while members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference.|
|61||Outfielder Spencer Myers has 61 interceptions in his Irish career and ranks seventh all-time in program history for career interceptions. He trails Dan Bautch by seven for sixth place in program history.|
Clash between Irish and Spartans at Motor City
- The Irish head north to Motor City as they prepare for their second of three matchups with Michigan State this season.
- Tuesday’s matchup will take place at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. This will be the third professional stadium where the Irish will play this season. They played at Flour Field (Greenville Drive) and US Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings) earlier this year.
- The first game of the season between the Spartans and the Irish took place at US Bank Stadium as part of the Cambria College Classic.
- The Irish came away with a 2-1 victory after Jack Brannigan hit the home run in the seventh inning.
- This will be the fifth time the Irish have faced a B1G side this season and they are 4-0 in those matches. The most recent victory against a B1G team came on April 12 in a 14-5 home win over Michigan.
- Michigan State leads the all-time series 80-58 but the Irish have won four of the last five games against the Spartans.
- The Spartans enter the midweek game 16-21 overall and are 3-9 in conference.
- They are coming off a streak loss on the road as they have lost two of three games to Northwestern, an opponent the Irish are set to face in May.
- The Irish are coming off a 5-0 homestand and hold their third winning streak this season of five games or more.
Full Irish return to Sweep Wake Forest
- The Irish overcame a six-point deficit in the fifth and a four-point deficit in the seventh to exit Wake Forest 13-12 on April 24 to sweep the series.
- The Irish never led the whole game until the bottom of the ninth when Carter Putz picked the middle and Brooks Coetzee III scored the winner of the second.
- The run capped the fourth ACC sweep of the season for the Irish, the most in a single season since joining the conference in 2014.
- It’s the most conference sweeps in a single season since 2006, when the Irish swept five series in the BIG EAST.
- The Irish totaled 42 runs in the series against Wake Forest, setting the program record for most runs in an ACC series. The previous record was 36 last season against North Carolina.
- It was the most points in a three-game conference series since 1993, when the Irish scored 48 points in a sweep of Dayton as members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.
- Jack Zyska had the best game of his career in the win as he was one of the main catalysts for the comeback.
- He hit two homers in the game for the first time in his career and tied a career high with four RBIs.
- His second home run of the game was a three-run shot in the seventh that tied the game at 12-12, the first time the game was tied since the first inning.
- Eight of nine starters had hits in the game, all nine starters reached base and six had multi-hit games in the comeback victory.
- Zack Prajzner tied a career high with three points for the second straight game and Brooks Coetzee III also tied a career high with three points.
Irish schedule record in a decisive series win over Wake Forest
- The Irish set a program record by earning another ACC series in the 21-3 win over Wake Forest.
- The 21 runs were the most in program history in an ACC game since joining the conference in 2014. The previous record was 19 last season against North Carolina.
- It was the most points in a conference game since 2008, when the Irish scored 25 against Georgetown in the BIG EAST.
- The Irish scored in seven of eight innings at the plate in the victory and scored multiple runs in five of those innings.
- The Irish hit four home runs in the afternoon, the most home runs in a game since hitting four in the 8-1 win over Clemson on April 9.
- David LaManna hit his first home run of the season and Brady Gumpf scored his first career home run in the win. Zack Prajzner and Jack Brannigan also hit home runs in the game.
- 11 different players recorded a hit in the win and six players had multi-hit plays.
- Carter Putz tied a career high with four hits and LaManna set a career high with four RBIs. Prajzner tied a career high with three points.
- It was the third game in a row and the 20th time this season that the Irish had limited their opponents to three points or less.
- The victory clinched the fourth ACC series this season for the Irish and the 17th overall victory under head coach Link Jarrett.
- The Irish are 17-3-1 all-time in the series over the past two-plus seasons under Jarrett.
Irish Blow By Demon Deacons in Series Opener Victory
- The Irish fought off the conditions in the series-opening 8-3 win over Wake Forest.
- They survived a 1:10 rain delay and came out of a goal-laden block when play resumed after the delay.
- In the final two innings at home, the Irish scored four runs to put the game away.
- John Michael Bertrand had another solid outing on the mound for the Irish. He went 6.0 innings and allowed only one earned run.
- It was the eighth start this season where he pitched 6.0 or more innings and the seventh start this year he allowed an earned run or less.
- Jack Zyska tied a career high with three hits, a team high, and David LaManna added two runs and two hits.
- It was the third game in a row and the 19th time this season that the Irish had limited their opponents to three points or less.
Among the best in the nation
- Since the start of the 2020 season, the Irish have been one of the most consistent teams over the past three seasons.
- Notre Dame is 71-23, good for a .755 winning percentage in that span.
- This ranks third overall in the NCAA, behind only Tennessee and Arkansas.
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|UC Santa Barbara||81-30||.730|
- Among ACC teams, the Irish have the best winning percentage over the past three seasons.
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