Notre Dame Baseball ready to get back in action following final exams break

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 11:34 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - After a nine- day break due to final exams, Notre Dame Baseball will finally be back on the diamond Thursday as they begin their final ACC road trip of the year against Virginia Tech.

A lot has happened in the last nine days without the Irish even throwing a pitch in a game.

Notre Dame clinched the ACC Atlantic Division for the first time since joining the conference and secured the number one seed in the ACC Tournament.

Not too bad for the team that was picked to finished 13th in the ACC.

Head Coach Link Jarrett says the team is excited to get back out there.

“We navigate it as best we can,” Jarrett said. “The neatest part of this is to think of locking up an ACC overall title and seeding and division and all of that. It obviously puts you in a good frame of mind when you get to practice. When you get to practice tonight on the road for the first time, the guys are excited about that. We get to kind of get in early and practice and get to the hotel so this is a little bit of a refresher for the guys today to be able to charter in there after the exams. It’s just very helpful.”

Jarrett says the usual game one starter Will Mercer is feeling a little sore so John Michael Bertrand will be starting Thursday instead.

He believes that also will give the Irish more flexibility with Bertrand when it’s time for the ACC Tournament.

Notre Dame and Virginia Tech get underway Thursday at 6:00 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

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