Notre Dame needed a strong showing in the ACC Tournament to break out of the NCAA Tournament bubble. Instead, the Irish suffered losses in Pittsburgh and Wake Forest, and that was it for them in Durham. Two days after D1Baseball projected them as the last team inshe now the second team is out. Before they fell to the Demon Deacons, they were the first team out.
The Irish have no one to blame but themselves for this. Starting with a loss to a spoiled Northwestern team at Wrigley Field, the Irish lost five of their last six before roster Monday. If you sputter to the finish line before the tournament, you’re not doing yourself a favor with the selection committee. Nothing the Irish did earlier in the season will matter much if they don’t have momentum, and they don’t.
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The Irish will need a lot of luck to break through in the field. To say the least, leaving your season to chance stinks. Alas, here they are.
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