Jarrett’s Irish are already showing resilience, more ratings


There was no charter jet; only one bus.

So, as Notre Dame kicked off its season-opening slate last weekend, the Irish baseball team logged several hours in wintry conditions along I-80 en route to the airport in Midway.

Slow traffic. Flight delays. Then finally arrive at their team hotel in Deland, Florida, until the wee hours of Friday morning, and watch a trio of games.

It turned out that the Fighting Irish, who opened Baseball America’s No. 4 season, would start the third game of their weekend about 54 hours after arriving at their hotel – from 3 a.m. Friday until Sunday’s first pitch at 9 a.m.

“I’ll start at the top, we didn’t get to our hotel rooms until about 2:45 a.m. on Friday, and it takes a while to get that many people settled in,” ND’s third-year coach said, Link Jarrett. said Irish Sports Daily. “It’s about the most grueling travel situation you can imagine.

“The tenacity of these guys to bounce back from a 14 hour travel experience the night before to play like we played on Friday was remarkable. These kids, they’re special, exceptional kids, their transition from school to training, to getting out of here and being ready to go, and I give a lot of credit to Rich (Wallace) and Chuck (Ristano) for their work. on our reconnaissance reports. They do such a good job.

With a 2-1 start to the campaign, the only blemish being a loss to Delaware on Sunday morning before heading to South Bend, Indiana, the Fighting Irish are now set to battle through four games this weekend in Greenville, SC, against Marist and Monmouth. All contests will take place at Fluor Field, the replica of mini-Fenway Park that is home to the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

Logistics again had the Irish take a few bus rides; they again headed to Chicago to leave, then flew to Charlotte, North Carolina, before taking the bus to Greenville.

“They’re good teams, Monmouth has a few pitchers who will be high draft picks,” Jarrett said. “I saw exactly what I thought we would see last weekend and now we have to grow from that.

“Learning the bullpen for us is going to be key over the next two weeks (before Atlantic Coast Conference games start). I want to see us play a similar style, and I’m happy with our team’s athleticism, overall cleanliness and the pace of our games, it was really exactly what you wanted. Now, top to bottom, we need to be a little more consistent. And we still need that left bat to provide us with some kind of production, somewhere in the middle third, 5-6-7, of our lineup.


Game 1, Friday, 4 p.m.: ND LHP Aidan Tyrell (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Marist TBD

Game 2, Saturday, 2 p.m.: ND LHP John Michael Bertrand (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Monmouth RHP Dan Klepchick (0-0, 0.00)

Game 3, Saturday, 6 p.m.: ND TBD vs. Monmouth RHP Reed Interdonato (0-0, 4.50)

Game 4, Sunday, 12 p.m.: ND RHP Austin Temple (0-0, 3.60) vs. Marist, TBD


Since last fall, and even before that, Jarrett & Co. began looking at the future roadmap of success for the Irish pitching team and prioritized increasing the number of strikeouts, even if Notre Dame played masterful defense a year ago and came back almost entirely. intact.

Using nine pitchers in last weekend’s opening line, the Irish amassed 40 strikeouts (while their own offense hit just 17).

That was, as the debut went, almost precisely what Jarrett had in mind — especially since Notre Dame still has several key arms to debut this season.

“Think about the time we spent on that element, the extended lane of the off-court and what works for each guy, whose fastball is playing, how and where our receivers have settled, when to block is so important,” Jarrett said. “This metric of the ability to hit people on the mound is one of the most consistent metrics for elite teams and teams finding their way to Omaha (and the College World Series).

“The timing of those punches, sometimes with baserunners and key points in the game. Phenomenal start. Offensively, I felt like we struggled, and we didn’t rack up some of the punches that I sometimes felt like I did a bit last year. It’s very exciting. We have to drive the ball a little more into the gaps on our under two strikes, trying to reach that extra 33% strike mark.


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