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Notre Dame Upsets No. 1 Tennessee to Advance to College World Series

The Fighting Irish advanced to the College World Series for the third time in school history and the first time in 20 years.

Notre Dame Baseball College World Series
Photo: Notre Dame Athletics

Notre Dame upset No. 1 Tennessee 7-3 on Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, to advance to the College World Series.

Trailing 3-1 in the fifth inning, David LaManna hit a two-run home run for the Fighting Irish to tie it 3-3 in the seventh. Jack Brannigan followed LaManna with a homer of his own to push Notre Dame ahead 4-3.

The Fighting Irish extended their lead to 7-3 in the eighth and held the Volunteers scoreless the rest of the game. Notre Dame won 8-6 in Game 1 then fell 12-4 in Game 2 to set up a winner-take-all Game 3 on Sunday in the Knoxville Super Regional.

It is the third time in school history and the first time since 2002 that Notre Dame will play in the College World Series. The Irish placed fourth in 1957 and fifth in 2002.

Notre Dame will play No. 9 Texas in the first round of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. The Longhorns dropped their first game, 13-7, against No. 10 East Carolina then rebounded with wins of 9-8 and 11-1 to make their 38th College World Series appearance. Texas boasts six national championships, tied with LSU and second to USC’s 12 for most all-time.

The final dates and times for the College World Series will be announced after 6 PM CT on Monday.

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