Irish Down No. 9 Texas In CWS Opener, 7-3

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OMAHA, Neb. – The Fighting Irish turned in an entire efficiency on Friday night time to win their opening sport within the College World Series with a 7-3 win over No. 9 Texas at Charles Schwab Field. The Irish will play Oklahoma at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 19 on ESPN2.

It was enjoyable for you and the followers and the nation that watched to look at our group as a result of I really feel like after we’re taking part in nicely, that’s what we do,” mentioned head coach Link Jarrett. “And I’m very proud of them to come into this atmosphere and perform for the first time that well-rounded of a game against clearly a phenomenal program/team, talented. I couldn’t be happier with the guys.”

Jared Miller and Carter Putz bookended the sport with dwelling runs, as Miller went yard within the high of the primary and Putz put an exclamation mark on the sport with a blast within the ninth.

We know after we exit and we play good baseball that we are able to play with anybody within the nation,” mentioned Jared Miller. “You know you’re going against very good teams every time you step out there. We know we need to play our kind of game and be confident about that.”

David LaManna, Jack Brannigan and Zack Prajzner joined Miller in choosing up a number of base hits whereas Spencer Myers and Putz every drove in two runs within the victory.

The Irish pitching workers was magnificent towards a loaded Longhorns offense, which didn’t document an extra-base hit for the primary time all season.

John Michael Bertrand set the tone with a 5.1 innings efficiency, limiting Texas to 3 earned runs on six hits, together with 4 strikeouts, on 96 pitches. The senior improved to 10-3 on the yr and have become the primary Irish pitcher to attain double-digit wins since Adam Norton (10-5) in 2013.

“It doesn’t really matter to us if we’re underdogs or projected to win,” mentioned John Michael Bertrand. “The message is to go 1-0. By any means go 1-0. I’m not sure if that really matters to us. It’s more how we play and just being ready to play some baseball.”

Alex Rao and Jack Findlay mixed for 3.2 innings in reduction, not permitting successful and putting out 4.


Jared Miller shot some early pleasure into the Irish fanbase by way of an opposite-field dwelling run into the suitable subject bullpen within the high of the primary. Miller’s fifth dwelling run of the season was launched 356 ft, into the wind, to offer the Irish the 1-0 lead. 

In the highest of the third, the Irish struck once more. Cole led off and reached first by way of a hit-by-pitch then instantly stole second. It was the primary profitable stolen base towards Texas pitcher Pete Hansen this season. Next, Miller singled via the left aspect to make it runners on first and third with no outs. 

Putz delivered his team-best forty seventh RBI on the season after lacing a ball to the third baseman who obtained the drive out at second, because the Irish pushed their result in 2-0. 

Facing a primary and third scenario with no outs, Bertrand recorded an enormous strikeout towards the Texas leadoff hitter Douglas Hodo III. The subsequent Longhorns batter, Eric Kennedy, put down a bunt as Bertrand executed a formidable throw all the way down to second base to document the second out – a play which in the end saved a run as the subsequent Texas batter, Ivan Melendez, singled to left-center. Bertrand then struck out Stehly to protect the lead at 2-1. 

The ​Notre Dame offense as soon as once more discovered itself in a good place with first and third and one out within the high of the fourth. Myers laid a bunt down the primary base aspect as Texas pitcher Pete Hansen went dwelling with the throw; nonetheless, Brannigan beat the catcher’s tag by inches for the 3-1 lead. The Irish later had the bases juiced with two outs as Putz roped a drive but it surely was proper on the second baseman for the ultimate out. 

Bertrand responded with a shutdown inning within the backside of the fourth, retiring the aspect on seven pitches. 

With a 3-2 depend and one out within the high of the fifth and runners on first and second, Irish Head Coach Link Jarrett known as an ideal hit-and-run, as Prajzner singled up the center, scoring LaManna for the 4-1 benefit. The single additionally ended Hansen’s night time on the mound. 

Texas reduction pitcher Stevens got here in and recorded a balk earlier than his first pitch, as Notre Dame prolonged the result in 5-1. Up subsequent, Myers drove in his second run of the night time, connecting on a liner to proper subject, making it 6-1. 

The Longhorns did plate a run in each the underside of the fifth and sixth to chop the Irish result in 6-3.

Jack Brannigan flashed some leather-based within the seventh, snaring back-to-back darts on the new nook. Findlay then entered the sport with a runner on first, and Melendez ready on deck, and recorded an enormous strikeout to finish the inning

After a scoreless eighth the Irish tacked on an insurance coverage run off a 394-foot blast to right-center subject to offer Notre Dame a 7-3 lead.

Findlay then slammed the door within the backside of the ninth, retiring the aspect to be able to give Notre Dame the 7-3 victory.


  • Notre Dame now leads the all-time sequence vs Texas, 4-3
  • Notre Dame improves to 53-21 underneath Coach Jarrett in video games away from Frank Eck Stadium, with a 12-3 mark in impartial website video games
  • Irish enhance to 7-3 towards top-10 ranked groups this season, as Texas was ranked No. 9 heading into tonight
  • 14-0 when main after the primary inning this season
  • 17-1 when scoring within the first inning
  • 34-4 when scoring first
  • In 12.2 innings within the NCAA Tournament, reduction pitcher Jack Findlay has solely given up one earned run. Findlay pitched 2.1 innings tonight and notched two strikeouts, permitting no hits. He earned his fourth save of the season/postseason
  • Miller homered in his first at-bat within the Knoxville Super Regional and homered in his first at-bat once more towards Texas within the College World Series. Miller’s homer was his fifth on the season
  • For the twenty ninth time this season the Irish held its opponent to 3 runs or much less. They are 29-0 this season in these cases and 55-2 general underneath Jarrett.
  • John Michael Bertrand turns into the primary Irish pitcher (10-3) to attain double-digit wins in a season since Adam Norton (10-5) in 2013
  • Putz linked on his eighth dwelling run on the yr with a solo blast within the ninth. He additionally recorded two RBI’s on the night time, which brings his whole to a group finest 48 
  •  Tonight marked this system’s third CWS look and the primary since 2002


With the win, Notre Dame will face Oklahoma within the winner’s bracket at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 19 on ESPN2 for an opportunity to maneuver one win away from the championship sequence.

— ND —

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