Redmond Walsh reflects on Tennessee career

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Notre Dame (40-16) defeated No. 1 Tennessee (57-9), 7-3, in the NCAA Tournament Knoxville Super Regional series finale Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Fighting Irish won the series, 2-1, and have advanced to the College World Series. The College World Series will take place June 16-27 at Charles Schwab Field Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.

Following the game, graduate student pitcher Redmond Walsh discussed his career at Tennessee.

Walsh mentioned Tennessee head coach Tony Vitello “always has your back and it’s been that way from day one.”

“Me and Luc (Lipcius) were, I think, the last two kids to commit in our class and probably shouldn’t have even played here,” Walsh said. “That guy over there (Vitello) for some reason gave us a shot and we’ve just been able to be in big-time opportunities and kind of turn the program around. Just from that, I can’t thank him enough, the coaching staff enough, my teammates.

“I mean the years go by and the teams get closer and closer the better you are, and this year, man it’s going to be the hardest one to leave. Those guys are unbelievable. Everyone on that team is, pitching-wise, more talented than me, so it’s going to be fun to watch them pitch for many years to come. It was an unbelievable season and it’s a tough one to end, but it’s just one of those things where I’m excited to see where those guys go next year and what’s next for all of them.”