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College World Series: Notre Dame (41-15) vs. Oklahoma (43-22)


When: June 19

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Where: Field Charles Schwab | Omaha, Neb.

Look: ESPN2


FAST FACTS

(Came in the weekend)

– Notre Dame is 52-21 (.712) from Frank Eck Stadium under head coach Link Jarrett. In 2022, the Irish are 12-9 in real road games and 11-3 in neutral site games.

– The Irish are 85-30 (.739) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks second in the NCAA over the past three seasons, behind Tennessee.

– Notre Dame is 13th in the NCAA and first in the ACC in attendance percentage with a mark of .980 this season. The Irish have committed 41 errors in 1,475 strikeout opportunities this season.

– The Irish are ranked 12th nationally and are first in the ACC in the team ERA with 3.95. They’ve allowed 216 earned runs in 491.2 innings this season.

– The Irish are sixth in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 7.67 hits allowed per nine innings. They have allowed 419 hits in 491.2 innings pitched this season.

– Notre Dame allowed three runs or fewer for the 28th time this season in the 7-3 win over No. 1 Tennessee on June 12. They are 28-0 this season and 54-2 overall under Jarrett in games where they allow three runs or less.

– The Irish set a program record for most homers in a single season with 75 en route to the College World Series. The previous record of 73 was broken in the final game of the Knoxville Super Regional on June 12.

– Notre Dame is the only school in the country to have a team in the College World Series, both in the March Madness tournaments and in a New Year’s Six Bowl game.

– Oklahoma is making its 19th MCWS appearance, but 2022 marks the first since 2010.

LIKELY BEGINNERS

SCHOOL NAME RECORD (APPEARANCES) TIME IPs WRITE-OFFS
our Lady RHP Temple of Austin 9-3 3.57 68.0 87
Oklahoma RHP Cade Horton 4-2 5.58 40.1 40

WHAT TO WATCH

– Notre Dame is hot, but the Sooners might be one of the hottest teams in college baseball over the past two months. Oklahoma was 18-12 on April 12, then the Sooners closed strong with a 24-10 record, including winning the Big 12 tournament.

– The Sooners aren’t going to blow your mind on paper as they entered the weekend with a .297 batting average and an average of 7.7 runs, 10.0 hits, 70 home runs and 3.4 hits additional safes per game. On the mound, Oklahoma holds a 5.41 ERA, 585 strikeouts, 228 walks and allows opponents to beat .275.

– Oklahoma isn’t Texas or Tennessee, but they have dangerous firepower in the lineup. Redshirt sophomore Blake Robertson ranks No. 2 in the nation in walks per game (1.02) and No. 12 in doubles (22). Peyton Graham, another redshirt sophomore and top draft prospect, leads the Sooners in home runs (20) and RBI (71).

– The Sooners dropped 13 points to Texas A&M on Friday, including a grand slam from Jackson Nicklaus.

– Maybe the game in the game will be on the basic paths. Notre Dame has shown its ability to be aggressive on the bases, as the Sooners enter the nation’s No. 10 game in stolen bases. Notre Dame wide receiver David LaManna has been sharp this season when it comes to managing runners and he’ll have to manage bases on Sunday night.

– Notre Dame will have to continue to play their style of ball and not change for Oklahoma – or whoever. It clearly works, but the bigger the moment, the more players tend to feel the need to do more. The Irish are experienced so that may not be a factor, but it is something to watch out for.

– RHP Austin Temple has had its ups and downs in his last outing as he went to 3.0 IP while allowing three hits and two runs on 64 throws against Tennessee. It was an outlier as Temple gave up three walks and only one strikeout. If Temple has his slider and curveball, Oklahoma will find life very difficult at home plate. Temple has recorded eight or more strikeouts five times this season.

– RHP Cade Horton has allowed five runs in his last three starts (17.2 IP), which isn’t bad considering they’ve come against Texas, Florida and Virginia Tech. In his last outing against Virginia Tech, Horton went 6.0 RI while allowing two hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and eight strikeouts. Horton’s fastball is around 96-98 mph.

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Notre Dame programming

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
ryan cole LF .305
Jared Miller 2B .278
Carter Putz 1B .333
Jack Zyska DH .306
David La Manna VS .352
Jack Brannigan 3B .300
Brooks Coetzee III RF .266
Zack Prajzner SS .293
Spencer Myers heart rate .228

Oklahoma lineup

NAME POSITION BATTING AVERAGE
John Spikerman RF .333
Peyton Graham SS .333
Blake Robertson 1B .309
Tanner Tredaway heart rate .375
Jimmy Crooks VS .310
Wallace Clark 3B .273
Jackson Nicklaus 2B .289
Sebastien Orduno DH .225
Kendall Pettis LF .274

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