Notre Dame set to open 2022 baseball season with plenty of optimism

SOUTH BEND — The Cinderella shoe fit Notre Dame’s baseball team so well last season that coach Link Jarrett’s Fighting Irish don’t intend to give it back when the 2022 season begins this weekend in DeLand, Florida.

Led by graduated slugger Niko Kavadas, grad-transfer lefthander John Michael Bertrand and sophomore third baseman Jack Brannigan, Notre Dame stunned their Atlantic Coast Conference brethren by winning the regular-season championship by four games after being picked to finish a preseason seventh in the Atlantic Division.

Notre Dame then parlayed that into a postseason NCAA run to the Super Regional in Starkville, Mississippi, where they lost a close best-of-three series to Mississippi State, which won the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, at the end of June .

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