Dettmer’s 7 shutout innings send Texas A&M ahead of Irish at CWS


OMAHA, Neb. (TSWT) — Nathan Dettmer threw three hits in seven shutout innings, and Texas A&M capitalized on Notre Dame’s mistakes to beat the Fighting Irish 5-1 in a College World Series playoff game on Tuesday.

The No. 5 national seed Aggies (44-19) will face Oklahoma in the Bracket 1 Finals. They must beat the Sooners on Wednesday and again Thursday to reach the CWS Finals this weekend.

“At this time last year, we didn’t even have a coaching staff,” first-year coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “A third of this team wasn’t even a Texas A&M Aggie yet. We were still recruiting on the transfer portal. You look a year later and you’re playing in the last four of college baseball.

The Irish (41-17) finished the season with their most wins since 2006 and their first Omaha appearance since 2002.

“Well, if there’s a place you want to end it, obviously it’s here,” Notre Dame coach Link Jarrett said. “The way we finished was tough. It hurts. It wasn’t indicative of how our team plays.

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Dettmer (6-3) was working on three days off after allowing seven runs and getting retired in the second inning of Texas A&M’s 13-8 loss to Oklahoma on Friday.

“I’m not going to lie to you. After Friday I felt really bad, like I let my team down,” Dettmer said. “But to come back and have the coach give me the ball just two games later, all that confidence went through me and knowing that they trust me… all I had to do was believe in myself. This is what happened and was successful today.

He rebounded with his best performance of the season. He swung Notre Dame batters over his lead and caused 10 takedowns on the ground.

“They obviously didn’t have fun with it,” Aggies third baseman Trevor Werner said. “It’s fun to play behind that because you know you’re going to get a lot of knockdowns. We know when he’s there we’ll get a lot of plays. The whole team feels good when Dettmer leaves.

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The Irish reached base on an error and hit the batter, but didn’t get their first hit until David LaManna scored a one-out single in the fourth.

Dettmer, who struck out six and didn’t walk, had his longest outing since going seven innings against Vanderbilt on April 28. He threw 99 pitches, 68 for strikes.

“His shots had depth,” Notre Dame’s Brooks Coetzee said. “He had the lead on. He had the fastball race going. The change was underway. Nothing was going right and he was throwing everyone differently. He did not fall into trends.

The Aggies converted two walks, a disallowance, two singles and a three-run pitching error in the third, the first two against starter Liam Simon (2-1).

Werner homered to the top of the fifth against Jack Findlay and Dylan Rock then had an RBI single, ending his 0-for-14 spell and making it 5-0.

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Findlay, the Irishman’s star freshman left-hander, had allowed just one earned run in 14 1/3 innings in the NCAA Tournament before giving up both in the fifth.

Brad Rudis took over from Dettmer starting in the eighth inning, and Coetzee drove Rudis’ second pitch over 400 feet over the left field fence for his 12th homer.

After Rudis walked the next batter, the Aggies brought in left-hander Joseph Menefee, who allowed a hit in two innings for his second save.

“We came here to win it all,” Notre Dame’s Jared Miller said. “This whole platform was special. We recognize that we have been through difficult teams. Maybe the outside didn’t really give us a chance. But we wanted to win everything. So it’s tough right now. »

The match was the CWS’ ninth, and all were decided by four runs or more. It was a first in the event’s 75-year history.


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