It’s win or go home in the College World Series for Notre Dame. The Irish play an elimination game Tuesday afternoon (2 p.m. ET, ESPN) against Texas A&M.
Tuesday is both teams’ third game of the College World Series. Each is 1-1 and lost to Oklahoma. Notre Dame fell to the Sooners 6-2 on Sunday, two days after beating Texas in its opener. The Aggies lost to Oklahoma on Friday and rebounded by ousting Texas from the eight-team field with a Sunday victory.
Notre Dame will be the home team Tuesday. Neither side announced a starting pitcher before game day.
The winner moves on to a Wednesday game against Oklahoma and needs to beat the Sooners twice to reach the best-of-three College World Series final, which starts June 25. Oklahoma won its first two games and will head to the final if it wins Wednesday.
Texas A&M was the No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Aggies went 3-0 in the regional they hosted and needed just two games to win their super regional series against No. 12 seed Louisville. Notre Dame was not nationally seeded, but took out a pair of top-16 seeds to clinch a spot in the College World Series. It won the Statesboro Regional hosted by No. 16 Georgia Southern and beat No. 1 Tennessee in a super regional.
The Irish never led in their Sunday loss to Oklahoma. They trailed 5-0 after five innings and struck out 14 times.
This is the fifth all-time meeting between Notre Dame and Texas A&M. The series is tied 2-2, with the most recent matchup a 5-4 Irish win in 2006.
Notre Dame vs. Texas A&M in the 2022 College World Series
When: Tuesday, June 21 at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Charles Schwab Field, Omaha, Neb.
Team records: Notre Dame 41-16, 16-11 ACC; Texas A&M 43-19, 19-11 SEC
Head coaches: Link Jarrett (third season at Notre Dame, 86-31); Jim Schlossnagle (first season at Texas A&M, 43-19)
• This year is Notre Dame’s third trip to the College World Series and first since 2002. Texas A&M has reached it seven times. Neither has won a national title.