Notre Dame's bats stayed hot and the defense got back on track as the Fighting Irish dominated Mississippi State 9-1 to send the regional into a winner-take-all game three matchup.
The Irish started fast, scoring two runs in the first thanks to a throwing error by the Bulldogs which plated two runs on a single by shortstop Zach Prajzner.
Neither team did much the next two innings, but the Irish broke the game open in the fourth inning. Another Mississippi State error allowed Carter Putz to score, and one batter later catcher David LaManna launched a hanging breaking ball over the wall in left center for a three-run homer that made it a 6-1 game.
That was all that starting pitcher Aidan Tyrell would need. Tyrell went 7 1/3 innings of one run ball while striking out a season high six batters. Tyrell allowed five hits and walked three but he was never truly threatened after the first.
Reliever Alex Rao went 1 2/3 innings to close things out.
LaMann'a three runs batted in led the Irish offense. Prajzner and Jack Brannigan both drove in a pair of runs, with Brannigan's coming in the sixth when he launched his first home run of the series.
Notre Dame and Mississippi State play game three tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. The game will be on ESPN2/ESPNU with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
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