Notre Dame 8 - Mississippi State 9
Win: Preston Johnson, MSU
Loss: Tanner Kohlhepp. ND
Notre Dame opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, with Carter Putz at the plate to single home Spencer Myers. Mississippi State hit a home run in the bottom of the inning to tie the the game at one. In the top of the second inning Brooks Coetzee hit a solo home run to give Notre Dame back the lead 2-1.
The Irish extended the lead in the third inning with a single from Jack Brannigan to drive in Ryan Cole. Mississippi State brought home two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Notre Dame took the lead back in the fourth inning when Spencer Myers singled to score Zack Prajzner. Prajzner was back to work again in the fifth inning, hitting a three run home run to extend the Irish lead.
He might not play in the outfield but he made his introduction to the Left Field Lounge!@zprajzner27 sent a three-run shot into the seats in the fifth!— Notre Dame Baseball (@NDBaseball) June 12, 2021
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In the bottom of the fifth, Notre Dame made a series of errors that allowed the Bulldogs to bring home three runs and make it a 7-6 Irish lead. Mississippi State took the lead in the sixth inning with two runs, but Notre Dame tied the game in the seventh when Zack Prajzner doubled to score Jack Brannigan. Mississippi State managed a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning that gave them the lead and put the game away.
The Irish and Bulldogs face off again on Sunday for game two of the Super Regional. Notre Dame has to win or their season will end in Starkville.