Irish ‘frustrated’ to not be playing at home for Super Regional

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:40 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Notre Dame Baseball is sleeping in Starkville tonight as they prepare for the Super Regional against Mississippi State, but the team still believes they should be in South Bend.

As the number ten seed, Notre Dame has to be on the road taking on the seventh seeded Mississippi State.

That’s not going to be an easy task.

Dudy Noble Field will be rocking this weekend.

The park holds the the NCAA on-campus attendance record for a college baseball game with more than 15,000 fans.

“You can be frustrated all you want and you’re going to deal with 10,000 people in Starkville that who eat, sleep and breathe this,” head coach Link Jarrett said. “They’re going to be hanging over every spot in the outfield, they’ll be hanging over with grills and yelling and screaming. That’s what it’s about They love their baseball. So do our folks. We should be here. But the hand we’re dealt is you go there.”

Notre Dame had just one weekend at full capacity this season. While they feel like they should be hosting again this weekend, it’s motivating the Irish.

“We’re still frustrated,” first baseman Niko Kavadas said. “We feel like this next weekend should be at home too. That’s something we’re going to play with that will light a fire underneath us. We’re going to go into Mississippi State and find a way to go 2-0.”

The Irish and Mississippi State hit the field Saturday for the first game of the Super Regional.

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