The Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball team faced the Mississippi State Bulldogs in game three of the Super Regional, with the winner advancing to the College World Series. Unfortunately Notre Dame fell behind early and they just couldn’t complete the comeback, falling short in a season ending loss.
Notre Dame 7 - Mississippi State 11
Win: Landon Sims, MSU
Loss: Will Mercer, ND
Notre Dame got ahead early in the first inning when Ryan Cole hit a home run with one out in the first inning. Mississippi State was able to string together a few hits in the bottom of the inning though to tie the game. The second inning was where things fell apart, and five walks, four pitchers, and six runs later Mississippi State had a 7-1 lead.
David LaManna led off the third inning with a double before being driven in by Spencer Myers, but the Bulldogs got the run back in the bottom half of the inning. The Bulldogs scored two more in the fourth but in the fifth Notre Dame started their comeback attempt. Spencer Myers led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on an error. Ryan Cole singled to drive in Myers and Jared Miller followed that up with a walk. Carter Putz then doubled to score both Cole and Miller cutting the deficit to 10-5. That only lasted until the bottom of the inning though, when State added one more.
Ryan Cole led off the seventh inning for Notre Dame and Niko Kavadas followed that up with an absolute tape measure home run that left Dudy Noble Field completely. Unfortunately that was all Notre Dame would get and the Mississippi State bullpen was able to keep the Irish off the board for the rest of the game and the Irish comeback attempt fell short.
It was a tough end for an incredible season for Notre Dame. They were the better team for most of the weekend and unfortunately were done in by just a few bad innings. It doesn’t take away the incredible season for the Irish though, who exceeded all expectations in winning the ACC regular season and advancing to the Super Regionals for the first time since 2002. This one will sting for a bit but Notre Dame has the talent to be right back next year.