Gilgenbacher lifts the Irish over #9 LSU with two huge homers
BATON ROUGE, La. – Notre Dame Baseball closes out a 3-game-series against top –ranked LSU with a huge road victory.
Notre Dame came out swinging, literally and figuratively, going yard over the Tigers twice, and tallying an impressive 11-3 series clinching victory over a top-ranked NCAA College World Series runner-up
Eric Gilgenbacher came out with two at bats with a three-run homer to center in the 4th inning as well as a ninth inning dagger of a grand slam that went so far it even broke a panel on the Alex Box Stadium scoreboard.
Irish head coach Mik Aoki used a total of seven pitchers in his rotation, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits.
LSU scored first in the 3rd inning before Gilgenbacher's big time three-run homer. After the Irish took a 3-1 lead LSU responded in the 6th, threatening to pull back, but Mik Aoki's bullpen had other plans, holding the Tigers to one run.
The Fighting Irish came out fighting in the top of the 6th, acquiring stolen bases, taking advantage of wild pitches and of course racking up the RBI's to make it 6-2.
After a strong 6th inning from the Irish the Tigers looked to respond in the bottom of the 7th, with a Beau Jordan home run off the first pitch from Irish pitcher Jack Sheehan. Shortly thereafter Andrew Belcik was brought in for Jack Sheehan after consecutive flyouts and walks. Belcik ended the inning keeping the lead comfortable at 6-3 for the Irish going into the 9th.
The 9th inning was the tip of the iceberg for the Irish, who proved to be too much for the Tigers. Gilgenbacher went yard once again with a huge grand slam down the left field line, which eventually broke a piece of the scoreboard at Alex Box Stadium. Even after the dagger of a homer, the Irish tallied an insurance run to seal the deal 11-3.
With the win over the Tigers the Irish have evened the all-time series at 5-5, going 5-3 at The Box, also becoming one of 12 teams with a .500 record against the Tigers.
Senior Jake Johnson is also being commended for his 100th career hit and an impressive 14 game hitting streak which dates back to the 2017 season.
The Irish will be in San Antonio on Thursday where they will host the annual Irish Alamo Classic, starting with a doubleheader against Saint Louis at 4 p.m. eastern time.