Tennessee routs Notre Dame 12-4 to force deciding third game

Jun 11, 2022, 3:04 AM | Updated: 3:09 pm
Tennessee's Seth Stephenson rounds third base as he scores on a double by Jorel Ortega in the seven...

Tennessee's Seth Stephenson rounds third base as he scores on a double by Jorel Ortega in the seventh inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game against Notre Dame Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)

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              Notre Dame pitcher Jackson Dennies throws against Tennessee in the fifth inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Tennessee first baseman Luc Lipcius rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Notre Dame in the fifth inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Tennessee's Luc Lipcius (40) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Notre Dame in the fifth inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Notre Dame pitcher Jackson Dennies throws against Tennessee in the fifth inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Notre Dame pitcher Radek Birkholz throws against Tennessee in the fifth inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Tennessee pitcher Chase Dollander throws against Notre Dame in the fifth inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Smokey, the Tennessee mascot, runs on top of the dugout after Tennessee beat Notre Dame 12-4 in an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. The teams are tied in the series 1-1. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Notre Dame outfielder Jack Zyska rounds the bases after hitting a home run against Tennessee in the eighth inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Tennessee pitcher Mark McLaughlin throws against Notre Dame in the eighth inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)
            
              Tennessee's Seth Stephenson rounds third base as he scores on a double by Jorel Ortega in the seventh inning during an NCAA college baseball super regional game against Notre Dame Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Randy Sartin)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Luc Lipcius hit two home runs in an eight-run fifth inning and No. 1 overall seed Tennessee rolled to 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 on Sunday with a berth in the College World Series on the line. The Fighting Irish beat Tennessee 8-6 on Friday. Tennessee is looking for its second straight and sixth CWS appearance overall. The Vols have never won the event, finishing second in 1951. Notre Dame has made two CWS appearances — 1957 and 2002.

Tennessee was clinging to a 1-0 lead — on Trey Lipscomb’s RBI double in the first inning — heading into the top of the fifth. Lipcius homered off Notre Dame starter John Bertrand (9-3) on a 1-1 pitch to lead off. Cortland Lawson doubled and moved to third on a single by Seth Stephenson. One out later, Jordan Beck hit a three-run shot to make it 5-0. After Lipscomb popped out, Evan Russell homered to left field. Jackson Dennies relieved Bertrand and walked Jared Dickey before yielding a single to Christian Moore. Lipcius made it 9-0 with a three-run shot.

Jorel Ortega had a RBI double in a three-run seventh to cap the scoring for the Volunteers.

Jack Zyska hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth for Notre Dame. The Irish were held to seven hits — two for extra bases — after hitting four homers in their first-round win.

Chase Dollander allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings to up his record to 10-0 on the season. He struck out five.

Tennesse played without its clean-up-hitting center fielder Drew Gilbert. Gilbert was suspended for a game after being ejected for arguing a strike call in the fifth inning on Friday. Pitching coach Frank Anderson, who was tossed for running on to the field, also missed the game.

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