Following an upset of No. 1 seed Tennessee, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are in the 2022 College World Series, which began Friday, June 17 in Omaha, Neb. The Irish defeated the No. 9 seed Texas Longhorns in the first round and then lost to Oklahoma in the second round on Sunday. They remain alive to win the title because the format is double-elimination.
The eight teams to advance to the CWS are No. 2 seed Stanford, No. 5 Texas A&M, Texas, No. 14 Auburn, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss.
Baseball fans can wager on the Irish at a number of Indiana sports betting apps online or at a retail location. The College World Series runs from June 17 to the 27.
Notre Dame Baseball Update
This is only the third time Notre Dame has competed in the CWS, and the first time in two decades. For a school known mostly for the golden dome of its football helmets, the plucky baseball team has captured attention on campus. Many alumni and current students are making the trip to Omaha to cheer for the Green and Gold.
Freshman left-hander Jack Findlay may be poised to step into the Hero role. The 6-3 southpaw from New Jersey was brought along slowly, making eight starts pre-tourney. In his trip to the mound against the Vols, Findlay allowed just one hit in five innings. He’s got a knee-bending breaking ball, and he’s shown command of a letter-high fastball that’s confused batters in the postseason. Peach fuzz or not: Findlay pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of the opening win over Texas, which has since been eliminated.
Notre Dame is a small favorite on Tuesday against Oklahoma. DraftKings Indiana lists the Irish as -145 favorites. The buyback on Texas A&M is +125. The total is 13, which is the highest total of the CWS so far. The winner of Tuesday’s game will have to defeat Oklahoma twice to reach the CWS Championship Series.
Notre Dame College World Series Odds
The Irish were +500 to win the CWS before it began, according to odds posted by Caesars Indiana. Those odds are longer now that they are one loss away from elimination.
Here are the updated odds at Caesars before Monday’s games.
- Oklahoma +170
- Ole Miss +280
- Arkansas +280
- Notre Dame +1000
- Texas A&M +1200
- Stanford +2000
- Auburn +2500
College World Series 2022
Fans of Notre Dame who are used to the College Football Playoff or NCAA Basketball Tournament may need a primer on the College World Series:
- Eight teams compete in Omaha, Neb. from June 16-27
- Teams had to win Super Regionals to get to the CWS
- CWS is a double-elimination tournament
- Losers of the first two games face off, and winners do the same
- Teams that win their first two games have the best path to victory because the team that advances to play them must win two games to qualify for the CWS Championship Series.
- Pitching usage is paramount in the CWS. Teams will set their rotation to maximize the use of their best 2-3 pitchers.
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