OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nathan Dettmer hit the ball with three shots in seven innings shutouts and Texas A&M took advantage of Notre Dame’s mistakes to beat the Fighting Irish 5-1 in a College World Series knockout match on Tuesday.
Home No. 5 Aggies (44-19) will play Oklahoma in the Bracket 1 final. They must beat the Sooners on Wednesday and again on Thursday to reach the CWS finals this weekend.
“This time last year we did not even have a coaching staff,” said freshman Jim Schlossnagle. “One third of this team was not yet a Texas A&M Aggie. We were still recruiting outside the transport gate. “You look up a year later and play in the final four of college baseball.”
The Irish (41-17) finished the season with the most wins since 2006 and their first appearance in Omaha since 2002.
“Well, if there’s one place you want to finish, it’s obviously here,” said Notre Dame coach Paris Jarrett. “It was difficult how we ended up. This hurts. “This was not indicative of how our team is playing.”
Dettmer (6-3) worked for three days off after leaving seven straight and retiring in the second inning of the Texas A&M 13-8 loss to Oklahoma on Friday.
“I’m not going to lie to you. “After Friday, I felt awful, like I was disappointing my team,” Dettmer said. “But to go back and get the coach to give me the ball just two games later, all that confidence went through me and I knew they trusted me; all I had to do was believe in myself. That fact must be taken into account. “
He went up with the best performance of the season. He made the blows of Our Lady of Paris hover over the top of his sinking and caused 10 pitches.
“Obviously they did not have fun with it,” said Aggies third-team player Trevor Werner. “It’s fun to play behind it because you know you will have a lot of upsets. We know that when he plays, we will have a lot of games. “The whole team feels good when Detmer goes.”
The Irish reached the base after an error and hit, but did not get their first shot until David LaManna stood out with an out in the fourth.
Dettmer, who hit six and did not walk any, had his longest run since having seven appearances against Vanderbilt on April 28. He threw 99 pitches, 68 for hits.
“His courts were deep,” said Notre Dame’s Brooks Coetzee. “He put the weight down. He had a fastball run. The change had progressed. Nothing was going straight, and he was telling everyone differently. He did not fall into trends “.
The Aggies converted two rounds, a block, two singles and a throwing error in three consecutive runs in the third, the first two out of start Liam Simon (2-1).
Werner took the lead in the fifth against Jack Findlay and Dylan Rock later had a single RBI, finishing his 0-for-14 spell and making it 5-0.
Findlay, the leading left-handed Irish freshman, had only allowed one straight streak in his 14 1/3 innings in the NCAA tournament before dropping both in the fifth.
Brad Rudis took over Dettmer starting the eighth inning and Coetzee drove Rudis’s second court over 400 feet over the left field fence for his 12th Homer.
After Rudis walked on the next shot, Aggie brought in left-back Joseph Menefi, who allowed a two-hit shot for his second save.
“We came here to win the whole,” said Jared Miller of Our Lady of Paris. “This whole platform was special. We recognize that we went through some tough teams. Maybe the outside world did not give us a chance. But we wanted to win the whole thing. So it’s difficult right now. “
The game was the ninth in the CWS and all were judged by four or more runs. This was the first in the 75-year history of the event.
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