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'Dirty' Dettmer dominates Domers as Aggies stay alive in Omaha, 5-1

June 21, 2022
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Game #63: #5 Texas A&M 5, Notre Dame 1
Records: Texas A&M (44-19, 19-11), Notre Dame (41-17, 16-11)
WP: Nathan Dettmer (6-3)
LP: Liam Simon (2-1)
S: Joseph Menefee (2)
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OMAHA, Neb. — As college baseball fans reveled outside in the bars on nearby streets on Friday evening, a despondent pitcher sat alone in his hotel room pondering his self-worth.

Earlier that day, Texas A&M sophomore Nathan Dettmer gave up seven runs in just 1.2 innings of a 13-8 loss to Oklahoma. 

The burden of feeling like he let his team quite literally brought the 6-foot-4, 215-pound young man to his knees.

“When I came out after that game, I just felt so little,” Dettmer said on Tuesday. “I felt like I let everyone down. I’m not going to lie to you … I went into my hotel room and I cried. I didn’t know what to do. I felt lost.

“(Schlossnagle) told me (on Monday) that I was going today. And I was, like, let’s do it, let’s go. I want it. Just to kind redeem myself and to know that he trusted me with the ball … it was amazing.”
- Aggie RHP Nathan Dettmer

“But I have a good friend, (teammate) Micah Dallas. He texted me that one game doesn’t define me as a person. Baseball doesn’t really define me as a person. All my worth is through God. And I just prayed to Him that night. And He just told me that’s not my story.”

Not by a long shot. Dettmer’s story has a stunning twist and happy ending.

On Redemption Tuesday, Dettmer quite literally rose from his knees and brought Notre Dame to theirs.

He pitched seven spectacular scoreless innings to propel the Aggies (44-19) to a 5-1 victory in a Men’s College World Series elimination game.

Dettmer’s performance will live long in Aggie baseball lore. Indeed, he may attain legendary status, especially if A&M continues to defy odds and wins the Men’s College World Series.

A&M advances to a rematch with Oklahoma on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

“Obviously, Nathan was just outstanding in every sense of the word,” A&M coach Jim Schlossnagle said in a postgame press conference. “Coming back on short rest, which is exactly what we needed.”

Dettmer needed it even more.

Only the Aggies among the crowd of 23,618 at Charles Schwab Stadium are likely aware of Dettmer’s travails this season.

In April, he appeared to be emerging as a bona fide ace of the pitching staff. But in May, he developed a painful blister on his right foot that interrupted his progress.

Dettmer failed to pitch through five innings in each of his next seven starts. During that span, his ERA was 10.95 in those seven starts.

Jamie Maury, TexAgs
Dettmer’s outing on Tuesday (7.0 IP) was his longest since April’s Vanderbilt series (7.0 IP). 

He appeared to be in free fall against Oklahoma. Apparently, he landed on a trampoline. He bounced back in a big way.

With his sinker ball dancing like a ballerina, Dettmer did not allow Notre Dame (41-17) a base hit until one was out in the fourth inning. He promptly retired the next two hitters.

He allowed just three hits. He struck out six. He did not walk a batter. He did not allow a runner past second base.

“I would look up at the big screen and see guys completely swing over the sinker,” A&M third baseman Trevor Werner said. “It was starting in the right spot and finishing in the right spot. They obviously didn't have fun with it.

“It's fun to play behind that because you know you're going to get a lot of rollovers like me and Kole (Kaler) did today. And we know when he's on, we're going to get a lot of plays. The whole team's feeling good when Dettmer's going.”

The Aggies were feeling even better after the third inning. They capitalized on a two-run error and a Ryan Targac sacrifice fly to score three times.

In the fifth, Werner blasted a leadoff home run off Notre Dame star reliever Jack Findlay. Jack Moss then doubled and scored on a Dylan Rock single.

That 5-0 lead was more than enough. Still, the Aggies’ victory did not come without some stress and tension.

Notre Dame nine-hitter Brooks Coetzee homered off reliever Brad Rudis to start the eighth. The next two hitters reached via hit-by-pitch and a walk.

Jamie Maury, TexAgs
With the win, the Aggies advance to the program’s first-ever MCWS semifinal. 

That prompted Schlossnagle to call on reliever Joseph Menefee. He subsequently got a strikeout and induced a double play. Menefee walked the lead-off batter in the ninth, but picked him off at first with a diving tag in a run down.

Menefee got through the rest of the inning unscathed to set up the rematch with Oklahoma.

However, the victory likely will be remembered most for Dettmer’s day of redemption

“(Schlossnagle) told me (on Monday) that I was going today,” Dettmer said. “And I was, like, ‘Let’s do it, let’s go. I want it.’

“Just to kind redeem myself and to know that he trusted me with the ball … it was amazing.”

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'Dirty' Dettmer dominates Domers as Aggies stay alive in Omaha, 5-1

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Jackson84
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Glorious Gig'em
jigsaw87
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Bronco6G
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Quote:

Dettmer quite literally rose from his knees and brought Notre Dame to theirs.


Nice article OB
Cotton79
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Bronco6G said:

Quote:

Dettmer quite literally rose from his knees and brought Notre Dame to theirs.


Nice article OB
Agreed. Olin's articles are kinda like George Orwell's novel Animal Farm:

"All animals are equal but some are more equal than others."

So, too, with Olin's articles: all of 'em are equal, but some of 'em?... they're just more equal. Like this one.

Gig'em Aggies!
Gig'em, Nathan Dettmer!
Beat the HELL Outta OU!!



Wrecking crew21
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Charlie 31
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el_guapo
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"...rose to his knees and brought Notre Dame to theirs"
Niiiiice
SeattleAg05
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So happy for the team!
SECTAMU#1
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"But I have a good friend, (teammate) Micah Dallas. He texted me that one game doesn't define me as a person. Baseball doesn't really define me as a person. All my worth is through God. And I just prayed to Him that night. And He just told me that's not my story."

AMEN
TheChameleon
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Stellar stuff. This team's story continues for another day... The ride isn't over yet. What else can you say about Dettmer? Absolutely amazing performance and what a bounce back from his last start. A lot of resilience and toughness and a truly memorable outing... He had everything working. Obviously the sinker but I thought the huge difference maker was his changeup in this one... Best change he's had all year and he threw it probably the most he has in a start this season. Great action, kept it down, had the arm speed... Paired with the sinker, it was such a great combination. The slider was really good also... It was just all there. Awesome job and it was fun to watch. Rudis maybe didn't quite have his usual command but really nice work by Menefee coming in and closing it out... Double play and then the pickoff in the 9th were both huge.

Offense was solid and we took advantage of some Notre Dame mistakes... Ten hits and this lineup continues to be really consistent. Great day for Werner, homer was super impressive, a rocket... He has fantastic plate coverage and power. Saw some good things from Rock, think he's getting close to breaking out... Bost swung it well, just another day of grinding out AB's and wearing the opposing pitchers down.

To make it to this point is an incredible achievement but another crack at it today... OU has been clicking but so are we... It'll be a battle but it's just so fun at this point to have kept this thing going. This is an awesome group and no matter how it turns out from here there's a ton to be proud of. Should be electric at Charles Schwab today.
Tailgate88
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So happy for this team. Great job Nathan, and great article OB.
P.U.T.U
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I think every pitcher has a bad streak and gets down on themselves, it becomes a mental issue. But you get that strike out, a scoreless inning, and then it starts coming back. All you can do is deal with the next pitch. I remember having bad games but don't remember much about them. But I do remember the big games after and will for the rest of my life.

Like this team even more that they are open talking about God, easy to see why the media likes them so much more than a team like Tennessee
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