Notre Dame just didn’t look like Notre Dame at a loss to Texas A&M

OMAHA, Neb. – And now?

Once the Notre Dame baseball team saw the end of its season, and ended up pretty quietly late Tuesday afternoon in a College World Series elimination game they lost to number 5 seeded Texas A&M, is the only question about this team, this program, that is worth asking.

It’s not about why the Irish bats stayed so quiet on Tuesday (five shots) or the wobbly defense (two mistakes) or how the throw again didn’t work or why the Irish looked for a second. Consecutive CWS game like nothing we’ve come to know, expect and expect. It didn’t look like two days ago against Oklahoma, it didn’t look like Tuesday against Texas A&M.

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You could go through a long list of reasons – trying too hard to make something happen, never getting into a rhythm, playing with teams that are getting hot and simply better at the right time – and no answer would really be enough.

The season is over.

June 21, 2022;  Omaha, NE, USA;  Irish second base Notre Dame Fighting Jared Miller (16) hits a single against Texas A&M Aggies during the seventh inning at Charles Schwab Field.  Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Irish veterans Brooks Coetzee and Jared Miller tried to offer their answers as to why she stumbled along the stretch this season. They did their best to put their words behind it, but explanations after this one, after the last one, are never easy.

“This is just a tough question,” Miller said. “I don’t know. I think we were ready to play. I think we gave them everything we had. It just wasn’t in the cards today.”

“We emptied the tank,” said Coetzee, who represented Notre Dame’s only run with an eighth inning home run that gave Irish fans in the stands a quick conviction that a comeback might be in the cards.

June 21, 2022;  Omaha, NE, USA;  Notre Dame Fighting Irish right defender Brooks Coetzee (42) celebrates a home run with center-back Spencer Myers (2) against Texas A&M Aggies in the eighth inning at Charles Schwab Field.  Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

When shortstop Zach Prajzner came out to close the curtain on a 41-17 season that saw Notre Dame win regional and super-regional titles, all the Irish could do was stand on the railing of the third base bench and watch as the Aggies celebrated. the possibility of extending their season another day. The Irish thought it must be them out there in Charles Schwab Field. They came here not happy to be here for the first time in 20 seasons. They came here to dance, pack dogs, and raise a banner for the national championship next week.

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