Notre Dame will not advance in the College World Series after losing to Texas A&M
OMAHA, Neb -- A Cinderella story officially comes to an end, as Notre Dame lost to Texas A&M 5-1. It was their second loss so they were eliminated from the College World Series.
A 41-18 season ended at the Charles Schwab Field at the hands of the Aggies.
“Well, if there's a place you want to end it, it's obviously here. How we ended it was tough. That hurts,” said Head Coach Link Jarrett.
Notre Dame dropped two games in a row and in both games, the opposing pitcher was a threat the Irish lineup.
“I thought Dettmer did a fantastic job. These guys can probably give you a little more insight at this moment than myself,” Jarrett said.
“He kept all those pitches moving away from you out of the middle of the plate, fastball, two-seamer in, away from the middle of the plate. Again, like I said, tip your cap. He was sharp tonight,” said Outfielder Brooks Coetzee.
The Irish earned just five hits throughout the game, to go along with their one run that came late in the game, when Coetzee went deep to left field start the bottom of the eighth inning.
Following the homer, the Irish looked like they would make a run, getting two men on base.
“Had some chances. We started to threaten and the double play late hurt. It was tough. It's a tough way to end. But we're here. And if there is a space in this game to end your college season, this is clearly the spot,” Jarrett said.
Now that the season is over, the Irish reflect on how far they’ve come and what future looks moving forward.
“I wish we could run that same group of guys back on the field again and give it another shot. But we've come a long way and it's been a fun ride. I'm sure I'll reflect back on it once I process this. But I wouldn't rather be on the field with anyone else,” said Infielder Jared Miller.
“Future for Notre Dame baseball is bright. We're one of the best teams in the history, our group. And it didn't reflect that today. Not the outcome we were looking for. But the stuff we were able to do, the group of guys we had, everything was special,” Coetzee said.