Solid pitching, clutch hitting and timely defense help Notre Dame start the series off with a win.
Notre Dame is 9-0 in midweek games in 2016.
Notre Dame hit two homers and senior LHP Michael Hearne threw six shutout innings to help lead the Irish to victory.
Sophomore Jake Shepski hit a clutch, two-run homer in the ninth inning to send the game to extras.
Notre Dame trimmed margin to 7-5 before FSU scored five runs in eighth inning.
The Irish lost the final game of a three-game ACC series at the Seminoles April 24, 2016.
The Irish shut out the Hoosiers at Victory Field in Indianapolis, Indiana April 26, 2016.
The Irish opened a 3-game series in Tallahassee, Florida April 22, 2016. ND fell to FSU, 12-6.
The Irish & Seminoles played game two of a three-game series April 23, 2016. ND lost a heartbreaker in 12 innings, 7-6.
The Irish opened their 2016 home season in style with a 10-3 win over Toledo March 16, 2016.
HONORS & AWARDS: Two-Time Monogram Winner … Johnny Bench Award Watch List (2014) … No. 1 Defensive Catcher – Northwoods League (2014).
DRAFT INFO: Drafted in the 40th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Turned in outstanding sophomore season behind the dish in earning a spot on the Johnny Bench Award Watch List … finished tied for second in the ACC in runners picked off (6) and tied for fourth in opponents caught stealing (17) … had a split of .279/.402/.373 with 13 doubles, two homers, 36 RBI, 35 walks nine hit by pitch and 35 runs … hit .297 (22-74) against lefties and .311 (32-103) with runners on base … totaled 15 two-out RBI (2nd – ND) and had a team-high 16 RBI in 20 chances with a runner on third and less than two outs … opened second year with a bang, connecting on the game-winning, two-run home run against SIU-Edwardsville (Feb. 13) in the seventh inning after entering midway through the game ... notched two hits, a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored at Oklahoma (Feb. 14) ... recorded a pair of hits and a walk in series finale against the Sooners (Feb. 15) ... hit .455 with a slugging percentage of .818 and an on-base percentage of .538 in first weekend ... opened Irish Alamo Invitational with two hits, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk against Incarnate Word (Feb. 19) ... totaled a hit and a hit by pitch and scored two runs versus Villanova (Feb. 20) ... produced a hit, walk, stolen base and run scored against Northwestern (Feb. 21) ... tallied a two-RBI single versus Incarnate Word (Feb. 22) ... hit second homer of career in addition to another hit, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored at Georgia Tech (March 7) ... totaled two hits, two walks and two runs scored at Savannah State (March 11) ... recorded a hit, RBI, two walks and a run scored at Clemson (March 14) ... came back with a hit, hit by pitch and sac bunt in the series finale with the Tigers (March 15) ... solid effort in home opener included two hits, a team-high three RBI and a run scored ... totaled a double, walk and run scored in 18-inning game against No. 8 Louisville (March 21) ... had monster game against Western Michigan ... tied career highs in hits (4) and doubles (2) and set new career standard in runs scored (3) ... also had an RBI ... went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored in game two of a doubleheader against No. 12 Virginia (March 28) ... had a 1-for-3 day with an RBI, a walk and run scored versus Eastern Michigan (March 31) ... had a hit, run and hit by pitch at Pitt (April 4) ... monster game versus Valparaiso (April 8) included a 3-for-4 effort, two doubles, an RBI and a run scored ... came through in big way in series sweep of No. 7 Florida State (April 10-12) ... had a key, two-RBI single with two strikes and two outs in the seven inning to extend Notre Dame lead to 5-2 ... also had two walks in the game ... a day later, cracked a two-RBI double with two strikes and two outs in the seventh inning to extend Notre Dame’s lead to 4-1 ... added two more hits in the game ... closed out the series with a double and a walk ... had two walks against Toledo (April 15) ... went 2-for-2 with two RBI, a double and a walk against NC State (April 17) ... had a hit, an RBI, two walks and a hit by pitch in game two against the Wolfpack (April 18) ... racked up a hit, a run scored, a walk and a sac bunt in series finale against NC State (April 18) ... went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored versus Chicago State (April 22) ... had a walk, hit by pitch and run scored at Wake Forest (April 24) ... tallied two walks and a run scored in the series finale against the Demon Deacons (April 26) ... recorded a hit, hit by pitch, RBI and run scored versus Michigan State (April 28) ... went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a run scored versus Northwestern State (May 2) ... notched a hit and two RBI in game of a doubleheader against No. 20 North Carolina (May 9) ... tallied a hit, RBI and hit by pitch in game two against the Tar Heels (May 9) ... closed out series (May 10) with an RBI, walk and run scored ... turned in big series at Boston College (May 14-15) ... went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored in series opener before finishing off series with a two hits, an RBI and walk in second game and a hit, RBI and run scored in series finale ... tallied two walks, a sac bunt and a run scored against No. 24 Virginia at the ACC Tournament (May 22) ... went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI, hit by pitch and two runs scored in NCAA Champaign Regional victory over Wright State (May 29) … participated in the Rosenthal Leadership Academy … earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014): Played in 31 games, making 24 starts in freshman season with the Irish … split time at catcher with senior Forrest Johnson … batted .264 with 23 hits, four doubles, six walks, two sacrifice bunts, six RBI and three runs scored … had five multi-hit games … hit .273 (3-for-11) against lefties, .263 (20-for-76) against righties, .265 (10-for-38) with runners on base and .265 (13-for-49) with the bases empty … recorded 128 putouts and 30 assists without committing an error for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage … threw out six base runners (on 13 attempts) trying to steal a base … earned first hit of career in game two at No. 24 Florida Atlantic (Feb 15) … went 2-for-4 with two doubles at Appalachian State (March 11) … claimed a pair of hits against Valparaiso (March 26) … had big game against No. 1 Florida State (April 4) with two hits, a double, two RBI and a run scored … recorded a pair of hits at Toledo (April 16) … went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI at Chicago State (April 8) … earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL: Graduated from Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois in the spring of 2013 ... drafted in the 40th round (pick 1,193) by the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft ... ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 3 catcher in Illinois and the No. 16 prospect overall in the state for the high school class of 2013 ... earned all-conference, all-area and all-state honors as a senior after batting .381 with eight homers, eight doubles and a .711 slugging percentage ... named second team all-Central Region by Rawlings after helping lead Barrington to the Mid-Suburban League West Division championship during final year ... selected all-conference, all-area and Perfect Game honorable mention Underclass All-American as a junior ... played with the Barrington Post 158 team and helped squad win the 10th district American Legion championship ... full name is Ryan Thomas Lidge ... born in Arlington Heights, Illinois to Chris and Peggy Lidge ... has an older brother, Mike, an older sister, Maggie, and a twin brother, Dylan ... cousin, Brad Lidge, played baseball at Notre Dame from 1995-98 and played in Major League Baseball for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals from 2002-12, winning a World Series with the Phillies in 2008 ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and is majoring in film, television and theatre.