KNOXVILLE, TN — Luke Lipsius hit a home run in the fifth of eight runs, and top seed Tennessee earned a 12-4 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday to stay alive in the Knoxville Super Regional.
Tennessee (57-8) and Notre Dame (39-15) will play a third game Sunday with a berth in the College World Series on the line. The Fighting Irish defeated Tennessee 8-6 on Friday. Tennessee is looking for its second straight appearance and sixth in the CWS overall. The Vols never won the event, finishing second in 1951. Notre Dame appeared twice at the CWS – 1957 and 2002.
Tennessee was holding onto a 1-0 lead – on an RBI double for Trey Lipscomb in the first half – heading for the top of fifth. Lipsius smashed Notre Dame’s John Bertrand (9-3) on the field 1-1 to lead it. Courtland Lawson doubled and moved up to third with a Seth Stevenson song. One time later, Jordan Peick hit a three-stroke shot to make it 5-0. After Lipscomb’s appearance, Evan Russell returned to left field. Jackson pardoned Denise Bertrand and Jared Dickey walked before giving a song to Christian Moore. Lepsius made it 9-0 with a three-round shot.
Jorel Ortega had double the RBI in three rounds seventh for the Volunteers scoring.
Jack Ziska hit Homer from two runs at the bottom of the eighth for Notre Dame. The Irish suffered seven hits – two for extra bases – after four homers were injured in their first-round victory.
Chase Dolander only allowed two runs in five strokes in seven rounds to raise his record to 10-0 on the season. hit five.
Tennessee played without quarterback Drew Gilbert. Gilbert was suspended for a match after being sent off for protesting a strike attack in the fifth inning on Friday. Bowling coach Frank Anderson, who was thrown for jogging onto the field, also missed the match.