Statement Issued: Notre Dame Marks CWS Arrival With Dominant Victory


OMAHA, Neb. – Trash the lucky tag.

Junk the story of the underdog.

That Notre Dame team? It’s good. Damn good.

And he showed it Friday night in his first College World Series appearance in two decades.

Backed by the stellar combo of starter John Michael Bertrand, reliever Alex Rao and ever-ready rookie Jack Findlay, Notre Dame scored first and led in a 7-3 win over 38-time CWS participant Texas. .

“I was able to fastball both sides of the plate, with a cutter in the right-handers,” Bertrand said. “It’s a good composition.”

It was the first time all season the Longhorns (47-21) were held without an extra hit.

“He can really throw both sides of the plate,” Jarrett said of Bertrand. “When a pitcher can do that with a fastball alone, and he has an idea, what it looks like for him, so we’re talking about going both sides of the plate, he’s almost going to run that thing a little bit more away if he thinks that’s the answer.

The Irish will face Oklahoma, who choked out Texas A&M in Friday’s CWS opener, Sunday night at 7 ET (ESPN2). The Sooners were announced late Friday night as the home team for Sunday’s game.

Six days after suffering the loss in Game 2 of the Knoxville Tennessee Super Regional, Bertrand worked through the sixth inning, scattering six hits, allowing three runs and striking out four. Rao and Findlay went 3.2 combined innings of no-hitter relief, with four strikeouts.

A playoff bullpen sensation for the Fighting Irish (41-15), Findlay stoked two and didn’t allow a base runner in 2.1 innings to close out the CWS opener. for Our Lady. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound southpaw from Ledgewood, NJ, has now worked 13 playoff innings for the Irish, having given up just one run; he made four saves and took the win in the deciding game against the Vols that sent Notre Dame to Omaha.

Jared Miller opened the game with a first home run from the opposite field on the roof of the Irish bullpen. Carter Putz doubled the lead with an RBI groundout in the third before Notre Dame put the game out of reach on their fourth-and-fifth inning trips to the plate.

“When you come out of the corners in the boxing match and can land the first punch, it’s a really good feeling,” Jarrett said. “It happened last Friday night (in Tennessee), and it happened a bunch…

“It just gives you the momentum and the mojo.”

Jack Brannigan scored a run in the fourth when he dove into home plate, narrowly avoiding the tag with his right hand – a decision made only after an instant replay challenge from the Irish prompted the call to the field of a withdrawal to cancel.

“The one at home plate, to me, he looked very difficult to knock down,” Texas coach David Pierce said. “I just couldn’t see where they had sufficient or conclusive evidence to change the appeal.”

Zack Prajzner singled in a run to fifth and scored on Spencer Myers’ single; Brannigan also scored on Tristan Stevens’ denial – which came before Stevens had thrown a single pitch in relief from the loss to Horns starter Pete Hansen.

“They deserved to win,” Pierce said. “I thought they were better than us tonight.”

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