For the second straight weekend, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball went on the road and won a series against a conference opponent. This weekend, it was the Clemson Tigers, and just as they did a week ago Notre Dame lost game 1 before coming back and winning the final two games to win the series.
Game 1: Notre Dame 7 (2-2, 2-2) - Clemson 13 (5-2, 1-0)
Win: Davis Sharpe, CLEM (2-0)
Loss: Tommy Sheehan, ND (0-1)
Unlike last weekend, Notre Dame didn’t score early. It was Clemson that got on the board first in the third inning when Bryce Teodosio hit a two run home run. Notre Dame tied the game in the fifth inning though, scoring on a bases loaded walk and sacrifice fly. Clemson got right back in front in the bottom half of the inning though, scoring 7 runs with the help of 2 home runs.
In the top of the sixth inning, with one run already home, Jared Miller hit a three run home run to cut it to a 9-6 Clemson lead. Clemson scored four more in the seventh inning while Notre Dame added another run in the eighth, but that is all they would get and it wasn’t enough to close the gap.
TOP 6 | We have an oppo- from Miller Time!!!— Notre Dame Baseball (@NDBaseball) March 5, 2021
Jared Miller goes the other way for a 3️⃣-run blast!!!
CU 9, ND 6
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Game 2: Notre Dame 3 (3-2, 3-2) - Clemson 1 (5-3, 1-1)
Win: John Michael Bertrand, ND (1-0)
Loss: Ty Olenchuk, CLEM (1-1)
Save: Will Mercer, ND (1)
In game 2 Notre Dame did manage to once again gain the early lead. This time, Niko Kavadas hit his third home run of the young season, a two run home run in the first inning. Clemson scored one run in the fourth inning, but Notre Dame got it back in the fifth. Jack Brannigan led off the inning with a single before advancing to second on a sacrifice. He then came around to score on a double by Carter Putz. Neither team scored over the final four innings and Notre Dame held on for the 3-1 win.
The story of this game was definitely the Notre Dame pitching. John Michael Bertrand started the game for Notre Dame and threw 7 innings, allowing just one run and only five baserunners. He also struck out 8. Will Mercer came on in relief and threw two scoreless innings, allowing only two runners to reach base.
Strong pitching, some incredible defensive plays and timely hitting evened the series for the Irish against Clemson!— Notre Dame Baseball (@NDBaseball) March 7, 2021
Check out all the highlights from the 3-1 win below! ⤵️
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Game 3: Notre Dame 3 (4-2, 4-2) - Clemson 2 (5-4, 1-2)
Win: Liam Simon, ND (2-0)
Loss: Mack Anglin, CLEM (0-1)
Save Jack Brannigan, ND (1)
Clemson scored first in the rubber game of the series, loading the bases in the second inning with nobody out. Notre Dame got a double play for two quick outs, but allowed a run to score. They managed to get out of the inning with only the one run though. The early part of the game was marred by frustration for the Notre Dame offense, as they left the bases loaded twice without scoring a run.
They did manage to get on the board in the fifth though, when Jared Miller led off the inning with a single. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch and stole third before scoring on a single by David LaManna. In the sixth inning, Carter Putz came to bat with two runners on base. He doubled off the wall to score both Zack Prajzner and Spencer Myers.
Clemson scored again in the bottom half of the sixth to make it a 3-2 Notre Dame lead, but once again the Irish pitching staff was up to the challenge as they shut down the Tigers for the rest of the game. Joe Sheridan came in for the Irish in the second inning and threw three scoreless innings. Liam Simon threw four innings out of the bullpen and allowed just one run. With runners on the corners in the ninth inning, Jack Brannigan came in from third base to pitch. He got the only batter he faced to pop up to end the game.
Notre Dame remains on the road for the third straight series to start the season next weekend. They travel to Charlottesville, VA for three games against the #16 ranked Virginia Cavaliers Friday March 12-Sunday March 14.