Texas baseball set to battle Notre Dame in CWS opener

David Pierce, Texas Baseball
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There will be a matchup of some blue bloods around the college football landscape in Omaha, NE, in the College World Series between No. 9 Texas baseball and the unseeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Texas gets this unlikely matchup with Notre Dame in the College World Series following each team’s triumph in super regionals last weekend.

Head coach David Pierce and the Longhorns beat the No. 8 East Carolina Pirates in the first-ever Greenville Super Regional at Clark Field at Clark Leclaire Stadium in three games over the weekend. Texas was down one game to none early in the Greenville Super Regional before taking over in the final two games.

Texas finished off the Greenville Super Regional by dominating the Pirates on June 12 by the final score of 11-1.

Pierce and the Longhorns finally got that big game from the pitching staff they were looking for at a key point of the postseason. Texas saw Tristan Stevens return to take the mound as a starter, and he surely delivered a clutch performance on June 12. He gave up only one earned run in six innings of work on the mound to get the win over ECU to cap this super regional.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame heads into this College World Series against the Longhorns after pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the college baseball postseason thus far. Notre Dame pulled off the massive upset of the top-seeded Tennessee Volunteers in the Knoxville Super Regional last weekend.

Notre Dame beat Tennessee in the third and final game of the Knoxville Super Regional last weekend by the final score of 7-3.

Moreover, this is the second straight appearance in the College World Series for the Longhorns. Texas now has an NCAA record 38 appearances in the College World Series in the history of this baseball program.

And this is the third appearance in Notre Dame baseball history in the College World Series. It is also the first appearance in Omaha for the Fighting Irish since 2002.

This meeting between Texas and Notre Dame in the College World Series is set to take place on June 17, with the first pitch time set for 6 p.m. CT. This game will be televised in front of a national audience on June 17 on ESPN.

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Texas will carry a record of 47-20 (14-10 Big 12) into the College World Series following their win over ECU in the Greenville Super Regional. Notre Dame carries a record of 40-15 (16-11 ACC) into Omaha following their upset win over Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional.