Notre Dame baseball: Irish could ride momentum to first CWS title

The Notre Dame baseball team punched their ticket to the College World Series on Sunday, and that momentum could lead to their first-ever title.

The run to the College World Series started with some controversy for the Notre Dame baseball team, as they were snubbed from hosting a Regional, even though they had been one of the best teams in the country the whole season. Instead, they had to go to the Statesboro Regional, where they outlasted the likes of Texas Tech, Georgia Southern, and UNC-Greensboro.

Winning that Regional, a tournament that saw the Irish pitching staff allow only seven runs across three games, punched their ticket to the Super Regional, where No. 1 Tennessee was waiting with open arms. The Vols were expected to win the Super Regional over not only the Irish but also the entire College World Series, though they ran into a buzzsaw with this Notre Dame baseball team.

Once again, the pitching came to the party when it matters, as there were a ton of runs in the first two games, games the two teams split. Going into the finale, a winner-take-all on Sunday, Notre Dame baseball got an outstanding effort from reliever Jack Findlay, who went five innings in relief, allowing no runs, and striking out four.

For the Irish, erasing a 3-1 lead against the No. 1 team in the country late in the game was a testament to this squad, and they could just be getting started.

Is Notre Dame baseball a team of destiny?

Notre Dame baseball head coach Link Jarrett is one of the best in the country, and he took advantage of his second consecutive Super Regional appearance this season. He erased the memory of the loss against Mississippi State last year in the Starkville Super Regional, and will now be coaching in his first College World Series,

Notre Dame baseball has not made the CWS in 20 years.

This has been a magical season for Jarrett’s team, and they now have a legitimate chance to win the first title in the history of the school. It has been a long time since they have even gone to a College World Series, and based on what we have seen during this magical run, the party could just be getting started.