Notre Dame Baseball: Irish dominating top-25 opposition

The Notre Dame Baseball team is one of the best in the country, and they have been dominating the best teams in the country all season long.

Going into the 2021 college baseball season, the Notre Dame baseball team was not ranked within the top-25. However, since the season kicked off a month ago, the Irish have been dominating everyone in their path, and currently sit within the top-15 teams in the country.

It has been an outstanding season so far for Notre Dame baseball, and as we inch our way through April, they are the only ACC team to not lose a conference series all season long. The Irish have taken care of business against lower opponents, and when it comes to battling it out against the best in the country, they have proven that they belong in the conversation of being an elite team.

Looking back, they have won five straight road conference series as well, the most they have won in the last 20 years. It has been a total team effort and one that could lead to this being a special season for Notre Dame baseball, who currently sits as the No. 12 team in the country according to Baseball America.

Notre Dame Baseball dominating top-25 opponents

When it comes to taking on top-25 opponents, the Irish have proven to be a tough out, as they currently sit with a 6-2 record after their beatdown of the Pittsburgh Panthers on April 5. In that game, the Irish blasted four home runs, including Carter Putz’s and Zach Prajzner’s second of the season.

For the season, Ryan Cole leads the team with a .378 batting average, while Putz is right behind him at .333. In fact, Putz is tied in batting average with Niko Kavadas and Jared Miller, as the Irish have four guys hitting over .300 this season.

Kadavas is having a monster season, blasting 11 home runs and driving in 28, and is one away from his 12 home run mark from last season. That was the first time a Notre Dame baseball player had hit 12 home runs in a season since Trey Mancini, a mark Kadavas is certain to demolish that record this season.

On the mound, John Bertrand has dominated as the team’s No. 1 starter, going 3-0 in his six starts, and posting an earned run average a tick above 3.00. As a team, the Irish have struck out nearly a batter per inning, are holding opponents to a .228 batting average, and have done enough to keep this explosive offense in nearly every game this season.