Tennessee baseball slumps against Notre Dame, season ends before Omaha

Tennessee baseball slumps against Notre Dame, season ends before Omaha

The ball bounced toward the infield as coach Tony Vitello made the slow march of the Tennessee baseball dugout to the mound.

Notre Dame’s Jack Brannigan had sent the same fly ball into the left-field porches on an ill-fated Chase Burns pitch. A Tennessee fan revived him on the court as the season drifted away from the Vols.

Tennessee, which won a program-record 57 games, couldn’t get the win it needed to reach the College World Series and carve out a spot as one of the best teams in college baseball history. Instead, he collapsed at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, losing 7-3 to Notre Dame (40-15) on Sunday in the Knoxville Super Regional Final.

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UT was 49-0 in the lead after six innings on Sunday.

Chase Burns was awesome until he wasn’t anymore

Burns was sensational through the first six innings, putting Tennessee (57-9) on the verge of a College World Series berth. Round seven was a different story.

Burns gave Carter Putz a one-out brace. He got a pop out, but Notre Dame catcher David LaManna hit a two-run homer into the Tennessee bullpen to tie the score 3-3. LaManna homered in 139 at bats before the tie exploded.

Brannigan hit a long foul over the left field fence before setting one into the porches for back-to-back homers and a 4-3 lead.

Burns allowed four runs on five hits in 6⅔ innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Eighth-inning error was a dagger for Tennessee

Tennessee trailed by one in the eighth and was positioned to have two outs with a runner. But Trey Lipscomb made a low pitch to the first that Luc Lipcius couldn’t choose, putting out two with one out instead.

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