Notre Dame Shocks Top Ranked Vols 8-6 in Game One of Super Regional
Notre Dame pushed No. 1 national seed Tennessee within a game of elimination from the NCAA baseball tournament Friday night. East Carolina and Oklahoma moved within one of reaching the College World Series.
The Irish pulled the biggest upset of the tournament so far, getting out to a big lead early and holding off the Volunteers 8-6 in Game 1 of their best-of-three super regional in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Notre Dame was the No. 2 regional seed in Statesboro, Georgia, last week and scored a total of just 11 runs while sweeping three games to advance.
The Irish were up 8-1 in front of the orange-clad full house at Lindsey Nelson Stadium after Jack Brannigan’s three-run homer in the fourth inning. Notre Dame hit a season-high four homers, and Jordan Beck’s homer in the ninth was all freshman Jack Findlay allowed the last two innings.
The Irish will throw their ace, John Michael Bertrand, on Saturday and the Volunteers will be without All-SEC outfielder and .365 hitter Drew Gilbert, who must sit out after being ejected in the fifth inning.
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Tennessee All-SEC outfielder Drew Gilbert and pitching coach Frank Anderson were ejected in the fifth inning against Notre Dame, both for arguing a strike call with plate umpire Kellen Levy.
Gilbert stood with his mouth agape after Levy tossed him for turning around and colorfully disagreeing with the call. Anderson came out of the dugout to protest.
NCAA rules call for Gilbert, who came in batting a team-best .373, and Anderson to be suspended for Game 2.