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Former Michiana high school baseball stars look to make an impact in first season for Notre Dame

Jarrett says both Lynch and Gumpf have the physical talent to succeed, and now they just need to work on being consistent to see the field.
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 6:31 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - When Link Jarrett was hired as the head baseball coach at Notre Dame in 2019, he said he wanted to make sure the top baseball recruits in Michiana that were Notre Dame fits, would come to Notre Dame.

In 2021, Jarrett has two freshmen from local high schools looking to make an impact.

Former Michiana high school stand outs - Penn’s Ryan Lynch and St. Joe’s Brady Gumpf - could possibly make their college debuts this weekend.

The two shined on local high school diamonds, and have now been in Jarrett’s program for a full fall of work.

Jarrett says both Lynch and Gumpf have the physical talent to succeed, and now they just need to work on being consistent to see the field.

Lynch and Brady, they are young and they are learning what this is like at this level - the day in and day out competitiveness and playing against guys who are older,” Jarrett said. “There’s a learning curve there. Those guys both come out every day, completely engaged with what we are doing. Each of them, in their own right, has progress they need to make. They are capable of competing at this level but with the group around them and the age of some of these guys, they are learning how challenging it is to step in and compete at the upper levels of college baseball. If your program is where it should be, that’s where it should be for all of the freshmen.”

Lynch and Gumpf could make their college debuts in the LSU Tournament game in Baton Rouge.

The Irish do have a minor change in the schedule. Notre Dame will now open the season on Friday at 1 PM ET against Air Force. The game will not be streamed.

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