SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is back in action as they hit the road for another ACC series. The Irish return to North Carolina as they are scheduled to face Duke this week in a three-game series that begins Thursday. The series opener has been moved to 4 p.m. ET from Jack Coombs Field on campus. The Irish are fresh off their 14-5 midweek win over Michigan and are on a nine-game winning streak heading into the series.
|Preview of the weekend|
|Match:||No. 4 Notre Dame (21-5, 8-4 ACC) vs. Duke (13-20, 3-12 ACC)|
|When:||Thursday April 14 | 4 p.m. ET
Friday April 15 | 6 p.m. ET
Saturday April 16 | 1 p.m. ET
|Likely beginners:||LHP Will Mercer (0-0, 2.00 ERA) vs. LHP Jonathan Santucci (0-1, 6.23 ERA)
LHP John Michael Bertrand (5-0, 1.53 ERA) v RHP Marcus Johnson 1-6, 4.50 ERA)
RHP Austin Temple (3-0, 2.76 ERA) vs. TBA
|Or:||Durham, North Carolina | Champ Jack Combes|
|.762||The Irish are 32-10 (.762) on the road under head coach Link Jarrett.|
|.767||The Irish are 66-20 (.767) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, behind Tennessee and Arkansas.|
|.808||The Irish are 21-5 (.808) to start the 2022 season. It’s the best start to the season since 2004, when the Irish started the year 23-3 (.885).|
|.988||Notre Dame is second in the NCAA in fielding percentage with a mark of .988 this season. The Irish have made 12 errors in 709 strikeout opportunities this season.|
|1||The Irish swept #5 Florida State on the road April 1-3 (2-0 (12), 5-4, 9-7). It was the first time the Irish had swept a Top 5 team on the road in program history.|
|1.16||Notre Dame is sixth in the NCAA and leads the ACC with a 1.16 WHIP this season. They allowed 172 hits and 103 walks in 236.1 innings pitched.|
|3.08||The Irish rank sixth nationally and lead the ACC in the team ERA with 3.08. They’ve allowed 81 earned runs in 236.1 innings this season.|
|6.55||The Irish are third in the NCAA and lead the ACC with 6.55 hits allowed per nine innings. They allowed 172 hits in 236.1 innings pitched this season.|
|8||The Irish scored eight unanswered points in the 8-4 win over No. 17 NC State on March 11. State.|
|11.1||The Irish rank eighth in the NCAA and third in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.1. The Irish pitching team has struck out 292 in 236.1 innings this season.|
|12.0||John Michael Bertrand (7.2 IP), Ryan McLinskey (1.2 IP), Aidan Tyrell (1.0) and Alex Rao (1.2 IP) combined to shut out #5 Florida State in 12.0 innings during of Ireland’s 2-0 win on April 1. It was the first time in program history that the Seminoles had been shut out in an extra inning game.|
|12||John Michael Bertrand set a career high with 12 strikeouts against No. 5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for an Irish pitcher since Cameron Brown struck out 12 against Florida State on March 23, 2019.|
|16||Notre Dame is 16-2-1 all-time in the regular-season playoffs under Jarrett. The Irish are 9-1 in the ACC series on the road and 14-2-1 in the ACC series the past two seasons.|
|16||The Irish allowed three or fewer runs for the 16th time this season in a 9-3 win over Clemson to sweep the series on April 10. They are 16-0 this season and 42-2 overall under Jarrett in games where they allow three runs or less.|
|18||The Irish struck out 18 in the 2-0 win over No. 5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for the Irish pitching staff since May 16, 2008, when they struck out 18 against South Florida.|
|58||Outfielder Spencer Myers has 58 interceptions in his Irish career and ranks eighth all-time in program history for most career interceptions. He trails AJ Pollock by two for seventh place in program history.|
Irish Head South to Battle Duke
- Notre Dame hits the road for its penultimate ACC road series of the regular season as it takes on Duke this weekend in Durham.
- Duke leads the all-time series between the two teams 14-8 and has a 9-4 advantage in games played at Durham.
- Last season, the Irish won two of Duke’s three games at Frank Eck Stadium in the first home series of the season.
- The home opener came in the 13th inning tied at 4-4 before Ryan Cole hit his first career home run to give the Irish a 6-4 victory.
- In Game 2 of the series, Cole hit a home run inside the park to help the Irish clinch the series with a 6-2 win.
- John Michael Bertrand kicked off his first full game for the Irish in the series-clinching victory. He struck out six and allowed just two runs.
- Niko Kavadas had a solid streak at the plate against the Blue Devils, as he hit two home runs and earned a team-record 6 RBI in the series.
- Duke enters the series with a 13-20 overall record and a 3-12 record in ACC play. They are coming off a week 0-4 after being swept in a road series against Wake Forest and losing the midweek game to Campbell at home.
- The Irish are in the midst of their second long winning streak of the season. They’ve won their last nine games before the series and are coming off a home sweep of Clemson and a midweek win over Michigan.
- Notre Dame continues to hold its own in a number of national categories this season. They currently rank in the Top 10 in fielding percentage (2nd – .988), hits allowed per nine innings (3rd – 6.55), WHIP (6th – 1.16), ERA (6th – 3.08) and strikeouts per nine innings (7th – 11.1).
Myers Slam hauls the Irishman over Michigan, 14-5
- Notre Dame ended the five-game homestand in style with a 14-5 win over rival Michigan on April 10.
- The win extended Ireland’s winning streak to nine games and they improved to 5-0 in midweek games this season.
- The Irish scored five points in the second and haven’t looked back to improve to 7-1 at home this year.
- Spencer Myers hit his first career grand slam in the second to give the Irish an early lead they wouldn’t give up. He finished with a career-high four RBIs to lead the team.
- Zack Prajzner and Brooks Coetzee III both added three RBIs each at home plate in the win.
- The offensive explosion was the ninth time this season the Irish had scored 10 or more points in a game.
- On the mound, sophomore Jackson Dennies earned his first career win after 1.2 innings of relief.
Among the best in the nation
- Since the start of the 2020 season, the Irish have been one of the most consistent teams over the past three seasons.
- Notre Dame is 66-20, good for a .767 winning percentage in that span.
- This ranks third overall in the NCAA, behind only Tennessee and Arkansas.
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- Among ACC teams, the Irish have the best winning percentage over the past three seasons.
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Dominance of the CCA
- Since Link Jarrett’s arrival in South Bend, the Irish have been conference class for the past two seasons.
- Notre Dame is 36-14 (.720) in ACC games since 2020, the best record of any school in the conference.
- The Irish are 14-2-1 in the ACC series over that span and seven of 14 series wins have been swept.
- The seven ACC sweeps match the total the Irish have racked up in the six years leading up to Jarrett since joining the conference in 2014.
- Going into 2022, the Irish are 3-1 in the ACC series with all three series wins via sweep. They swept the Wolfpack in an abbreviated two-game road series, swept the fifth-place Seminoles in Tallahassee and are coming off a home sweep against Clemson.
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- The Irish are known to be tough on the road under head coach Link Jarrett.
- Notre Dame is a combined 32-10 on the road and has won 11 of 12 regular-season road series since Jarrett came to South Bend in 2020.
- The Irish swept No. 5 Florida State on the road this season for their first road series against a Top 5 team in program history.
- The Irish also earned their first series victory in Tallahassee in program history with the sweep.
- Under Jarrett’s tenure, the Irish have won nine ACC road series, while also winning non-conference road series against UAB and Presbyterian in the 2020 season.
- Earlier this season, the Irish won their eighth consecutive ACC road series to set a program record for most consecutive conference road series wins.
- It broke the previous record set by 1991-93 teams that won seven consecutive conference series in the Mid-Western Collegiate Conference.