By the Numbers: Tennessee’s Super Regional Opponent – Notre Dame Baseball

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Tennessee and Notre Dame are set to meet up in the Knoxville Super Regional this weekend with a trip to the College World Series on the line.

The Vols entered this spot by defending home field in the Knoxville Regional. Tennessee swept their trio of weekend opponents, defeating Alabama State 10-0 on Friday, Campbell 12-7 on Saturday, and Georgia Tech 9-6 on Sunday. The final two wins didn’t come easy for Tennessee as the Vols had to battle from a four-run deficit in both games. However, behind the arms of Tennessee’s strong relief pitching, the Vols were able to hold out long enough for the dynamite offense to pull through late in each contest.

Notre Dame, on the other hand, will be gearing up for their second straight series on the road after winning the Statesboro (GA.) Regional last weekend. The Fighting Irish began the weekend with a 3-2 victory over Texas Tech on Friday, which was followed by a 6-4 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday. Finally, the Irish closed down the sweep on the road with a 2-1 win over Texas Tech to officially send Notre Dame to the next round.

Tennessee and Notre Dame will now square off in a three-game series in Knoxville with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Omaha. The first game will be this upcoming Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET, followed by a contest on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ET. If a third game is necessary, it will be played on Sunday at a time that is to be determined in the future. This series will play out as a best-of-three series.

Below are the season statistics from both Tennessee and Notre Dame on the diamond. The ranking next to each category is that team’s current standing in all Division I baseball. For example, Tennessee is No. 11 in all of college baseball in batting average, while Notre Dame is sitting at No. 51. The statistics and rankings are courtesy of NCAA Stats and D1 Baseball.

Blake Burke

Tennessee 1B Blake Burke. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

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Batting Statistics

Batting Average

Tennessee – No. 11

  • .311 batting average, 678 hits, 2,182 at-bats

Notre Dame – No. 51

  • .295 batting average, 545 hits, 1,838 at-bats

Hits

Tennessee – No. 8

  • 678 hits, 2,182 at-bats

Notre Dame – No. 107

  • 545 hits, 1,838 at-bats

Doubles

Tennessee – No. 2

  • 150 doubles

Notre Dame – Tied at No. 119

  • 103 doubles

Triples

Tennessee – Tied at No. 10

  • 23 triples

Notre Dame – Tied at No. 114

  • 12 triples

Home Runs

Tennessee – No. 1

  • 150 home runs

Notre Dame – Tied at No. 78

  • 68 home runs

On Base Percentage

Tennessee – No. 4

  • .421 OB%

Notre Dame – No. 122

  • .378 OB%
Blade Tidwell

Tennessee pitcher Blade Tidwell. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

Pitching Statistics

WHIP (Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched)

Tennessee – No. 1

  • .98 WHIP (Only team in college baseball with a sub-1 WHIP)

Notre Dame – No. 10

  • 1.27 WHIP

ERA

Tennessee – No. 1

  • 2.38 ERA, 567.2 IP, 150 earned runs allowed

Notre Dame – No. 7

  • 3.82 ERA, 464.2 IP, 197 earned runs allowed

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Tennessee – No. 10

  • 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings

Notre Dame – No. 4

  • 11 strikeouts per nine innings

Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio

Tennessee – No. 2

  • 4.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio

Notre Dame – No. 14

  • .2.89 strikeout-to-walk ratio
Jorel Ortega

Tennessee 2B Jorel Ortega against Campbell. Photo by RTI/Ric Butler.

Fielding Statistics

Fielding Percentage

Tennessee – No. 13

  • .980 fielding percentage, 45 errors

Notre Dame – No. 14

  • .980 fielding percentage, 39 errors

Notre Dame Stat Leaders

Batting Average

  1. Tony Lindwedel – .667
  2. Brady Gumpf/Nick DeMarco – .375
  3. David LaManna – .359

Home Runs

  1. Brooks Coetzee III/Jack Zyska – 11
  2. Jack Brannigan – 10
  3. Ryan Cole – 9

ERA

  1. John Michael Bertrand – 2.27
  2. Austin Temple – 3.46

Tennessee Stat Leaders

Batting Average

  1. Jared Dickey – .383
  2. Drew Gilbert – .373
  3. Trey Lipscomb – .363
  4. Blake Burke – .341

Home Runs

  1. Trey Lipscomb – 21
  2. Jorel Ortega – 17
  3. Jordan Beck/Luc Lipcius – 16

ERA

  1. Chase Dollander – 2.38
  2. Chase Burns – 2.69
  3. Drew Beam – 2.72
Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.