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Live Updates, Score, Game Notes: No. 1 Tennessee vs. Notre Dame Super Regional Final

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– The top-ranked Tennessee Baseball Volunteers are set to take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. ET in Lindsey Nelson Stadium for the Super Regional Final. It's win-or-go-home for both squads, as the Vols knocked off the Irish 12-4 on Saturday to force the rubber match. Notre Dame won the first game 8-6. The third game of the weekend will be broadcast to ESPN. 

After playing yesterday without star center fielder and clean-up hitter Drew Gilbert due to suspension per NCAA rules, the junior spark plug will be back for the Volunteers on Sunday to try and help his team punch their ticket to the College World Series. 

Tennessee head coach Tony Vitello's post-game press conference following the Vols' 12-4 Saturday win over Notre Dame is above. Vitello touches on Gilbert, heading into another must-win game and more.

If the Vols beat Notre Dame, they will advance to Omaha for the second straight season for the first time in program history. 

In Tennessee's biggest game of the season, below is their starting lineup. 


-Drew Gilbert is BACK

-Against a righty, Luc Lipcius moves back up and Jorel Ortega moves back down. 

-Jared Dickey starts at DH over Blake Burke, as Dickey's bat has been more consistent as of late. Expect to see a pinch-run situation at some point in the game.

The Vols are rolling with freshman Chase Burns (8-1, 2.69 ERA) on the mound Sunday with Omaha on the line after Blade Tidwell and Chase Dollander started on Friday and Saturday, respectively. 

Below is the pitching matchup between UT and ND. 

UT Fr. RHP Chase Burns (8-1, 2.69 ERA, 13 GS, 16 App., 60 H, 27 R, 22 ER, 98 K/24 BB, .216 opp. avg., 73.2 IP)


ND Jr. RHP Liam Simon (2-0, 4.67 ERA, 5 GS, 14 App., 18 H, 17 R, 14 ER, 49 K/22 BB, .182 opp. avg., 27 IP)


-Due to Ben Joyce's valuable relief outing on Friday and Chase Dollander's masterful seven-inning start on Saturday, the Vols have multiple arms that can throw innings out of the pen, such as Kirby Connell, Camden Sewell, Drew Beam, Redmond Walsh and more. 

-Notre Dame's top arms have already thrown this weekend, giving Simon the Sunday start. 


The Vols WILL be the home team in the Super Regional final against Notre Dame. 

Tennessee's uniform choice is the Sunday creams for the rubber match. 

The section below will be continuously updated with LIVE updates and the score of Tennessee vs. Notre Dame with Omaha on the line. 


1st Inning: 


-Ryan Cole lines out to RF. 

-Jared Miller strikes out swinging. 

-Carter Putz flies out to LF. 


-Seth Stephenson fouls out to RF. 

-Luc Lipcius homers to right center. 

-Mound meeting for ND's starter Simon after Beck works a 3-0 count.

-Jordan Beck walked with a 4-0 count. 

-Drew Gilbert grounds out to 3B. Beck to second.

-Trey Lipscomb grounds out to SS.

Score: Vols 1, Fighting Irish 0

2nd Inning: 


-Jack Zyska singles to 3B. 

-Zyska steals second then third. 

-David LaManna RBI groundout to SS. Zyska scores. 

-Jack Brannigan strikes out swinging. 

-Zack Prajzner is walked. 

-Prajzner is caught stealing at second. Call under review. 


-Jorel Ortega is walked. 

-Jared Dickey strikes out looking. 

-Evan Russell strikes out looking. 

-Ortega steals second. 

-Cortland Lawson is walked. 

**ND pitching change to Sr. RHP Alex Rao (3-1, 4.07 ERA)**

-Seth Stephenson RBI single to LF. Ortega scores and Lawson moves to second.

-Luc Lipcius fouls out to RF.  

Score: Vols 2, Fighting Irish 1

3rd Inning:


-Brooks Coetzee III reaches first on a throwing error by Burns. 

-Coetzee III over slides the bag stealing second and is tagged out by Lawson. Call under review. Call upheld.

-Spencer Myers flies out to CF. Great speed from Drew Gilbert to make the catch for the second out of the frame. 

-Ryan Cole pops up to SS. 


-Jordan Beck is HBP.

-Drew Gilbert pops up to 3B. 

-Trey Lipscomb strikes out swinging. 

-Beck is caught stealing second. 

Score: Vols 2, Fighting Irish 1

4th Inning: 


-Jared Miller singles up the middle, advances on the throw, rounds third and is out 8-3-7-5. Crazy play. Poor decision by Miller to head to third when the ball ended up in left-field. 

-Carter Putz flies out to LF.

-Jack Zyska strikes out. Impressive end to the inning from Burns to retire Putz and Zyska.


-Jorel Ortega strikes out swinging. 

-Jared Dickey grounds out to 1B unassisted. 

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-Evan Russell grounds out to SS. 

Score: Vols 2, Fighting Irish 1

5th Inning: 


-David LaManna grounds out to 2B. 

-Jack Brannigan grounds out to SS. 

-Zack Prajzner strikes out looking. 


-Cortland Lawson singles to LF. 

-Seth Stephenson smokes an RBI double down the LF line to score Lawson. 

**Fr. LHP Jack Findlay (5-2, 2.23 ERA) coming on to pitch for ND**

-Luc Lipcius strikes out swinging. 

-Jordan Beck is walked. 

-Drew Gilbert pops up to SS. 

-Trey Lipscomb grounds out to 3B. 

Score: Vols 3, Fighting Irish 1

6th Inning: 


-Brooks Coetzee III flies out to CF. 

-Spencer Myers flies out to LF. 

-Ryan Cole grounds out to SS.


-Jorel Ortega strikes out swinging. 

-Jared Dickey singles to CF. 

-Evan Russell grounds into a 4-6-3 double play. Ethan Payne had pinch-run for Jared Dickey. 

Score: Vols 3, Fighting Irish 1

7th Inning: 


-Jared Miller strikes out looking. 

-Ground-rule double for Carter Putz. 

-Jack Zyska pops up to 3B. 

-David LaManna slices a two-run shot to opposite field to tie the game.

-Jack Brannigan homers to left field to give Notre Dame the lead. 

**Camden Sewell on to pitch for Burns**

-Zack Prajzner grounds out. 


-Cortland Lawson strikes out looking. 

-Seth Stephenson grounds out to 3B. 

-Luc Lipcius pops up to SS. 

Score: Vols 3, Fighting Irish 4

8th Inning: 


-Brooks Coetzee III HBP. Call under review. Call upheld.

-Spencer Myers out on a sac bunt to 3B. Coetzee III moves to second to give ND a runner ISP with one out.

-Ryan Cole reaches on a throwing error by Lipscomb. 

**Kirby Connell now on to pitch for Sewell**

-Jared Miller grounds out to p. Runners move to second and third. 

-Two-run Carter Putz double.

-Jack Zyska RBI single to score Putz. Zyska caught in a pickle between first and second and is out. 


-Jordan Beck strikes out. 

-Drew Gilbert reaches on a fielding error by p. Bunt. 

-Gilbert caught stealing at second. 

-Trey Lipscomb flies out to CF to the 2B.

Score: Vols 3, Fighting Irish 7

9th Inning: 


-David LaManna flies out to CF.

-Brannigan grounds out to 3B. 

-Prajzner doubles down the LF line. 

-Brooks Coetzee III strikes out. 


-Jorel Ortega grounds out to 3B.

**Christian Moore pinch-hitting for Ethan Payne**

-Moore is walked. 

-Evan Russell grounds into a double play. 

Score Vols 3, Fighting Irish 7

FINAL: Tennessee 3, Notre Dame 7

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