Saturday, April 1, 2023

Irish Stun No. 1 Vol. Pirates win by ending 1st CWS drought

Notre Dame beat No. 1 national seed Tennessee in a game of elimination from the NCAA Baseball Tournament on Friday night. Texas A&M, East Carolina and Oklahoma went within one run to reach the College World Series.

The Irish made their biggest upset of the tournament to date, quickly taking the lead and defeating the Volunteers 8-6 in Game 1 of their best-of-three Super Regionals in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Troy Clanche’s base-loaded single in the ninth inning gave No. 5 Texas A&M a 5-4 walk-off win over Louisville. 8 East Carolina began their game against Texas in the eighth inning of a five-run victory 13-7.

Oklahoma, in Super for the first time since 2013, defeated No. 4 Virginia Tech 5-4 for its eighth win in nine games.

2 regional seeded Notre Dame in Statesboro, Georgia, last week scored a total of 11 runs, sweeping three games to advance.

The Irish were ahead 8–1 in front of the orange-clad Full House at Lindsey Nelson Stadium after a three-run homer from Jack Brannigan in the fourth inning. Notre Dame hit a season-high four homers, and Jordan Beck’s homer in the ninth all-new Jack Findlay allowed the last two innings.

1 national seed has won the championship under the current tournament format, and that was in 1999. Walls coach Tony Vitello said he was confident his players could handle the pressure of Saturday’s elimination game.

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