Notre Dame's Jack Brannigan reacts after getting the final out Sunday at Clemson (Aaron Fitt)


Fitt: Pluck Of The Irish


CLEMSON, S.C. — The time has come to acknowledge a simple truth: this Notre Dame baseball team is a serious contender.

Maybe you were impressed by the Fighting Irish’s 11-2 start and road sweep of North Carolina last year but you wondered if their arms would have held up over the course of a full 2020 season. I harbored that doubt myself. Maybe you thought Notre Dame’s season-opening road series win at Wake Forest last week was nice, but you wondered if the Demon Deacons were really that good to begin with, especially given the loss of projected weekend starter[…]


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