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Jarrett Announces Incoming Baseball Class

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Following a successful first season at the helm, head coach Link Jarrett is pleased to announce the incoming baseball class for the 2021 season. A mix of graduate transfers, junior college transfers and incoming freshman highlight the 17 new faces that will be joining the Irish this year.

“Our coaching staff is excited about our incoming group of players,” said Link Jarrett. “We feel we have a variety of quality individuals, talented in their own unique skill sets. The addition of the transfers adds instant experience and maturity to our roster. We are also impressed by our talented freshmen and how they are adapting to a new environment. Rich and Chuck did a great job in our recruiting transition. Equally as impressive is how these newcomers represent all that is distinct and special about Notre Dame.”

The incoming class is filled with a strong group of graduate transfers who have played a number of collegiate games and look to make an immediate impact with the Irish. The Irish bring in three Friday starters along with two key bullpen pieces to shape their rotation heading into the 2021 season. The five graduate transfers have played a combined 279 collegiate games, including 217 starts prior to coming to Notre Dame. The incoming freshmen are also a strong group of immediate impact players that will round the Irish into form for the upcoming 2021 season.

Some of the newcomers expected to make an immediate impact include RHP Christian Scafidi from The University of Pennsylvania who was the 2019 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and earned a spot on the first team All-Ivy in his last full season of baseball. C/OF Alex Brait from FGCU was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman team in 2017 and earned first team (2018) and second team (2019) all-conference honors the past two seasons. LHP Joe Sheridan from UCF was named a freshman All-American in 2017 by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Local product LHP/OF Ryan Lynch from Penn High School (teammates with senior Niko Kavadas), took the Kingsmen to the state championship game during his freshman season in 2017. Lynch was named the Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year in 2019-20.  Another local product is a familiar name to the Notre Dame campus. OF/C Brady Gumpf, son of current softball head coach Deanna Gumpf, led St. Joseph High School to the state championship in 2017. Brady’s dad, John, was a Notre Dame baseball assistant coach for three years and was the head coach at St. Joseph High School in South Bend. The incoming freshman class is filled with talent as a number of them earned All-American honors during their high school careers including Matt Bedford, Drew Byers, Brock Murtha, Gumpf, Lynch and Danny Neri.

A full breakdown of the entire 17-man incoming class is located below:

2021 Incoming Class

  • LHP John Michael Bertrand     Graduate Student     6-3/205     Alpharetta, GA (Furman/Blessed Trinity)
  • C/OF Alex Brait     Graduate Student     6-4/210     Viera, FL (FGCU/Viera)
  • LHP James Hulbert     Graduate Student     6-2/220     Harrison, NY (Richmond/Fordham Prep)
  • RHP Christian Scafidi     Graduate Student     6-4/265     Blackwood, NJ (Pennsylvania/Highland Regional)
  • LHP Joe Sheridan     Graduate Student     6-0/180     Oviedo, FL (UCF/Hagerty HS)
  • C/OF Nick Juaire     Junior     5-8/180     Farmington, MN (Iowa Western CC/TCU)
  • RHP Tanner Kohlhepp     Junior     6-3/212     Eau Claire, WI (Iowa Western CC/Tennessee)
  • RHP Matt Bedford     Freshman     6-1/185     Staten Island, NY (St. Peter’s Boys)
  • INF Drew Byers     Freshman     6-1/190     Franklin, TN (Ensworth)
  • OF/RHP Sammy Cooper     Freshman     5-11/185     Lee’s Summit, MO (Lee’s Summit West)
  • RHP Jackson Dennies     Freshman     6-4/225     River Ridge, LA (Archbishop Rummel)
  • OF/C Brady Gumpf     Freshman     6-1/195     South Bend, IN (St. Joseph’s)
  • C Tony Lindwedel     Freshman     5-11/185     St. Louis, MO (St. Louis University HS)
  • LHP/OF Ryan Lynch     Freshman     6-2/210     Granger, IN (Penn)
  • INF Brock Murtha     Freshman     6-0/185     Sayville, NY (Sayville)
  • C Danny Neri     Freshman      6-0/180     Macclenny, FL (Bishop John J. Snyder)
  • OF TJ Williams     Freshman     5-11/175      Germantown, MD (Georgetown Prep)

John Michael Bertrand    Grd.    LHP    L/L    6-3/205    Alpharetta, GA    Furman/Blessed Trinity School


  • 2020 Academic All-Southern Conference Team
  • 2020 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
  • 2019 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll
  • 2018 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll

AS A SENIOR (2020)

  • Made four starts in the shortened season due to COVD-19
  • Finished the season with a 3-1 record and 1.50 ERA. 
  • Bertrand pitched a team-high 24.0 innings, allowing only four runs and five hits on the year while striking out a team-high 23 batters.
  • Picked up the win in the season opener against La Salle after six innings of one run ball, allowing just two hits and he struck out seven
  • Struck out seven batters again in his next start against Eastern Kentucky to earn his second win of the year
  • In his final start, Bertrand tied a career high with eight strikeouts over six innings to pick up the win over Campbell
  • Bertrand tossed six innings in each of his four starts on the year

AS A JUNIOR (2019)

  • Served as the Paladins’ Friday night starter in eight of the nine SoCon series
    made 15 appearances and 13 starts
  • Posted a 4-6 record with a 4.90 ERA
  • Worked 82.2 innings, second highest on the staff
  • Earned his first victory (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) in a 7-4 road victory at USC Upstate
  • Pitched a complete game (9.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) in a 10-3 triumph at UNCG
  • Beat Western Carolina (7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, career high 8 Ks) in a 9-4 triumph in Cullowhee
  • Collected his final victory of the season (8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5K) in a 7-3 triumph at Wofford, setting the table for a series victory over the Terriers
  • Recipient of the squad’s Carter Grote Award for dedication, hustle, and leadership for the second straight year
  • Named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.


  • Registered 16 appearances and seven starts
  • Posted a 5-3 record with a 4.88 ERA 51.2 innings
  • Made his first seven appearances out of the bullpen, earning his first victory (4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) in relief versus Penn (12-4 win)
  • Picked his second win in his next appearance, his first career start (5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) in an 8-3 road triumph over Winthrop
  • Returned to the bullpen and made it three wins in three consecutive appearances (2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 K) in an 8-6 triumph over Harvard
  • Delivered a series-clinching winning start (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) in regular season finale at East Tennessee State (9-4 win)
  • Received Furman’s Carter Grote Award for dedication, hustle, and leadership…named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll


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  • 2016 graduate of Blessed Trinity (3A) Catholic High School
  • Baseball coach was Andy Harlin
  • Went 9-0 with a 1.16 ERA and earned first team all-state honors as a senior after helping lead his squad to a 33-4 record, region championship, state runner-up finish, and No. 40 national ranking by USA Today
  • Team won its first 18 games in 2016 to run program winning streak to 49 games, which included 33 straight wins in 2015 en route to state championship
  • 2015 squad went 33-2 was ranked 36th nationally by Baseball America
  • 33-win campaigns marked a school record
  • posted a 9-0 record with 1.16 ERA and 63 strikeouts his senior year
  • first-team all-region pick in basketball and member of the state Sweet 16 team his junior year.
  • Full name is John Michael Bertrand
  • Son of Jim and Christine and Bertrand
  • Brother JD is a linebacker on the Notre Dame Football team
  • Father rowed collegiately at the University of San Diego
  • Grandfather played football at Missouri
  • Eagle Scout

Alex Brait    Grd.    C/OF    L/R    6-4/210    Viera, FL   FGCU/Viera


  • 2020 Preseason All-ASUN selection
  • 2019 Second Team All-Conference
  • 2018 First Team All-Conference
  • 2018 ASUN Player of the Week (Feb. 19)
  • 2017 ASUN All-Freshman Team

AS A SENIOR (2020)

Preseason All-ASUN selection

  • Became the first player in program history to be named to the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Watch List
  • Threw out a pair of runners from behind the dish, pushing him up to 26 runners caught stealing through his career
  • That effort ranks fourth all-time in the FGCU record book
  • Finished the season with a .993 career fielding percentage, which checks in at eighth all-time in the Eagle records
  • Appeared in all but one game during his senior campaign, starting every contest that he played in
  • Led the team with a total of six multi-hit games
  • Accounted for both the tying and winning runs during the game against Georgetown (March 10)
  • Capped off the year slashing .258/.323/.338 with four doubles and five RBI.  

AS A JUNIOR (2019) | Game-by-Game Stats

2019 Second Team All-Conference

  • Second Team All-Conference selection after leading the league with 76 hits
  • One of two players that started all 55 games for the Eagles, primarily doing so behind the dish
  • Became the first player in FGCU history to have a perfect single-season stolen base percentage with more than eight attempts (10-10)
  • Tied for 10th on the FGCU single-season list after catching 11 runners stealing base
  • Led the team with 23 multi-hit games and finished nine multi-RBI games 
  • Owned the team’s longest hitting streak (12 games) and at one point had a streak of reaching base safely in 17 consecutive games
  • Scored a single-game high four runs during the win over Bethune-Cookman (Feb. 16)
  • Pushed the tying run across and layer came around as the final run to cap off the largest comeback in school history in the 10-9 victory over Lipscomb (April 6)
  • Scored a team-high 48 runs
  • His season fielding percentage (.998) is the eighth-highest in a single season in FGCU history
  • Finished the season slashing .321/.414/.390 with eight doubles, one triple and four home runs
  • Added 30 RBIs and was credited with 98 total bases.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2018) | Game-By-Game Stats

2018 First Team All-Conference

1x ASUN Player of the Week (Feb. 19, 2018)

  • First Team All-Conference selection after leading the Eagles with a .335 average
  • Appeared in 48 games with 46 starts, appearing in the outfield and behind the plate
  • Slashed .335/.404/.467 in his second season
  • Posted multi-hit games in five of the first six games of the season and multi-RBI games in four of the first seven games
  • Hit a walk-off single in the first game of the year against Eastern Michigan (Feb. 16), the first of three walk-offs to open the season
  • Hit his first home run of the year in the finale against Eastern Michigan (Feb. 18)
  • During the first two weeks of the season, he tied his career-high with three RBI in three games (vs. Eastern Michigan Feb. 16; vs. Eastern Michigan Feb. 17; vs. ETSU Feb. 25)
  • Posted a career-high and tied a single-game FGCU record with four hits at Jackson State (March 31)
  • Later matched his career-high with three RBI on two hits against USC Upstate (April 21)
  • Finished the season with hits in eight of the final nine games, including four multi-hit games
  • Finished the season with 61 hits, five doubles, two triples, five homes runs, and 26 RBI
  • Also caught nine of the 28 runners attempting to steal

AS A FRESHMAN (2017) | Game-by-Game Stats

2017 ASUN All-Freshman Team

  • Appeared in 31 games and made 29 starts behind the plate and at DH
  • Ranked third on the team with a .296 average
  • Recorded his first collegiate hit in a 3-for-3 performance vs. #2 Florida (Mar. 7)
  • Hit his first collegiate home run in a 3-for-4 effort vs. Rutgers (Mar. 19)
  • Turned in four multi-hit efforts in his first seven games and was hitting .407
  • Drove in the winning run on a eighth inning RBI single at Miami (Apr. 12) as FGCU earned its first season series win against the Hurricanes in program history
  • Homered in a losing effort at UNF (Apr. 25)
  • Went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI as FGCU forced a winner-take-all ASUN Championship vs. Jacksonville (May 27)


  • In two full seasons at the varsity level, hit .327 with 26 RBI and 23 runs scored
  • Turned in a .351 clip his senior year
  • According to Perfect Game, is the 9th-ranked catcher and 90th-ranked player in Florida
  • 2016 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American
  • Academic honors include: Honor Roll
  • Son of Matthew and Jackie Brait
  • Has two siblings, Andrew and Anna
  • Favorite athlete is Kevin Pillar
  • Favorite book is Moneyball

James Hulbert    Grd.    LHP    L/L    6-2/220    Harrison, NY    Richmond/Fordham Prep


  • Did not appear in a game, and earned a redshirt season


  • Had a career outing vs. UMass going 3.1 innings and striking out five batters 
  • Made 10 appearances out of the bullpen and logged five-consecutive scoreless appearances (3/3-3/27)
  • In 18.1 innings of work, he allowed just nine hits, four runs and struck out 19


  • Made 13 appearances out of the bullpen during his rookie season
  • Tossed a career-long three innings vs. Michigan State (3/18)
  • Registered two strikeouts at No. 24 Maryland (4/4)


  • Ranked Top-1000 nationally and #6 LHP in NY by Perfect Game
  • Named to 2015 Underclass Honorable Mention by Perfect Game
  • 2015 16U & 17U WWBA Perfect Game All-Tournament Team
  • Named 2015 Offensive Player of the Year
  • Named 2014 Pitcher of the Year
  • Earned  Academic First Honors in 2015
  • “General Excellence” award in 2015
  • Captain of the Baseball Team Selected to the Mayor’s Cup Archdiocese of New York First Team
  • Parents are Meredith and Peter
  • Has two siblings, Jake and Jane
  • Volunteer at POTS in the Bronx Volunteer Tutor at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Port Chester, NY

Career Bests
Innings Pitched: 3.2, at No. 4 Georgia (2/15/20)
Strikeouts: 5, vs. UMass (3/24/18)

Christian Scafidi    Grd.    RHP    R/R    6-4/265    Blackwood, NJ    Pennsylvania/Highland Regional


  • 2019 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year
  • 2019 First Team All-Ivy League
  • 2019 Team Captain
  • 2019 Ivy League Pitcher of the Week (April 13)
  • 2019 Big 5 Pitcher of the Week (April 7, April 13, April 27)
  • 2020 Ivy League Pitcher of the Week (3/7)
  • 2020 Academic All-Ivy

AS A SENIOR (2020) 

  • Posted a 2-0 record after two starts on the mound in a season shortened by the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week after a complete game with 11 strikeouts, zero walks, and just one unearned run allowed against FIU (3/7)
  • Finished the season with an unblemished 0.00 ERA after 15 innings pitched
  • Led the Quakers with 15 strikeouts
  • One of two Ivy League pitchers to throw a complete game in 2020
  • Academic All-Ivy

AS A JUNIOR (2019) 

  • Ivy League Pitcher of the Year
  • Unanimous First-Team All-Ivy Selection (SP)
  • Made 10 appearances with nine starts as a key member of Penn’s weekend rotation
  • One of four team captains
  • Finished the season 6-1 with a career-low 2.62 ERA after a career-high 68.2 innings pitched
  • Struck out 59 batters—fifth-most in the Ivy League—while allowing just 18 walks
  • Pitched seven or more innings in six of his ten appearances, including each of his last five appearances
  • Second in the Ivy League with 45 strikeouts in conference play
  • Posted the lowest ERA (2.16) among starting pitchers in Ivy League play
  • Named Ivy League and Big 5 Pitcher of the Week after 8.1 shutout innings with 11 strikeouts against Princeton (April 13)
  • Tossed a complete game with one run allowed on five hits with eight strikeouts in Penn’s series opener against Cornell (April 27), earning him a Big 5 Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Also named Big 5 Pitcher of the Week after tossing eight shutout innings with seven strikeouts against Dartmouth (April 7).


  • Appeared in 11 games while making 10 starts on the mound, finishing the year with a 3-4 record (best among starters)
  • Ranked second on the team in both strikeouts (52) and innings pitched (61.2)
  • Racked up a 4.52 ERA, surrendering 67 total hits and 31 earned runs
  • Tossed a career-high seven frames three times, including a complete game against Fairleigh Dickinson (3/17)
  • Struck out a career-best eight batters during a four-inning start at Harvard (4/8)


  • Made ten appearances, all in relief
  • Finished the year 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA
  • Struck out 17 in 13.0 innings pitched
  • Recorded at least one strikeout in nine of his ten appearances
  • Made his collegiate debut at North Florida (3/5), striking out one in an inning of work
  • Posted a season-high four strikeouts in two innings out of the bullpen against Valparaiso (3/8)


  • Lettered four years in baseball and basketball
  • Two year baseball captain
  • Played in 2015 New Jersey Top 100 Underclassmen Games as one of the top-20 pitchers in New Jersey
  • Named to Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-Northeast Team
  • Led Highland Baseball to Group Three Championship game
  • Named First Team All-Conference
  • Named to All-South Jersey Team
  • Tri-Cape Carpenter Cup Team
  • Honorable Mention for Athlete of the Year in South Jersey
  • Scored over 1,000 points and recorded over 1,000 rebounds in basketball
  • Led the state of New Jersey in rebounds, averaging 17.5 rebounds per game, while also scoring 19.5 points per game
  • Four-year captain and named First Team All-Conference two years
  • Led Highland to Tri-County Royal Division Championship for first time in 15 years
  • Named 2016 Top Scholar-Athlete in South Jersey by Albert J. Carino Boys Basketball Club
  • Member of National Honor Society
  • 2016 South Jersey Coaches Association Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Recipient of the Widener University Leadership Award 
  • Son of Diane and Anthony Scafidi

Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 9.0 (2x), last at FIU (3/6/20)
Strikeouts: 11 (2x), last at FIU (3/6/20)
Complete Games: 3, (Last – at FIU 3/6/20)

Joe Sheridan    Grd.    LHP    L/L    6-0/180    Oviedo, FL    UCF/Hagerty HS


  • 2018 Preseason All-Conference
  • 2017 Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger)
  • 2017 Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshman All-America Second Team


  • Made four starts during the shortened season
  • Finished the year with a 2-0 record over 19.0 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts and a .225 opponent batting average
  • Made his first start in almost two years on Feb. 16 against Siena, going 4.0 innings and allowed just one run while striking out five
  • Picked up his first win of the season in the 12-2 victory on the road against Auburn after tossing 5.0 innings of one-run ball and struck out five
  • Closed the season out with his second win over Butler after six innings of work with five strikeouts and just one run allowed.

AS A JUNIOR (2019)

  • Missed the 2019 season due to injury


12 GP, 11 GS, 3-3, 3.36 ERA, 56.1 IP, 49 K, 46 H, 28 R, 21 ER, 37 BB, .219 BA

  • Named Preseason All-Conference in The American
  • Was sixth in The American in hits allowed per nine innings at 7.35
  • Notched the 10th lowest ERA in the conference
  • Recorded the fifth lowest opponent batting average
  • Posted a trio of quality starts, finishing the year with a 3.46 ERA and a .221 opponent batting average as a starter
  • Had the second most starts on the team
  • Came out of the bullpen once against Wagner to throw 1 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run
  • Threw a career-high eight innings against ECU (3/24) with four punchouts and one earned run against on seven hits
  • Matched career-high nine strikeouts in two games against Savannah State (2/24) and Miami (3/14)
  • Did not allow an earned run for the first 18 1/3 innings of the year
  • Gave up just two hits over five innings with four strikeouts at No. 1 Florida (3/7) to pick up the win
  • Diagnosed with a torn labrum at the end of the 2018 season


  • Appeared in 17 games and made 12 starts
  • Named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger
  • Earned Perfect Game/Rawlings Freshman All-America Second Team honors
  • Struck out 64 batters in 72 innings pitched
  • Started season in the bullpen before working into the rotation in March
  • Posted six quality starts
  • Put up a 3.25 ERA and held opponents to a .268 batting average
  • Tied for the conference lead with 10 wins, along with Robby Howell
  • Pitched five innings with one earned run, and four strikeouts in a win vs. Florida (3/1)
  • Threw six innings and five strikeouts in shutout win vs. Dartmouth (3/26)
  • Tallied 7.2 innings, six strikeouts, and held the opponents scoreless in a win at ECU (4/15)
  • Had a season-high nine strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched in a win vs. Memphis (4/30)
  • Powered Knights to the AAC regular-season title with seven inning, six hit, one earned run performance against USF in the final day of the regular season


  • As a Senior for the Huskies he was named 1st team All-Conference, Seminole County Player of the Year and Central Florida Player of the Year
  • All-time leader for the Huskies in wins, starts and innings pitched
  • Season leader in batting avg and hits
  • As a Junior for the Huskies he was named 1st team All-Conference and 1st team All-Area
  • As a Sophomore for the Huskies he was named 1st team All-Conference
  • As a Freshman for the Huskies he was a Breakthrough Player of the Year Honorable Mention

Nick Juaire    Jr.    C/OF    B/R    5-8/180    Farmington, MN/Iowa Western JC (TCU)

AS A SOPHOMORE (2020 – Iowa Western JC)

  • Played in 24 games during the shortened season
  • Tallied 29 hits for a .453 batting average, one home run and 21 RBI
  • Recorded a season high five RBI on March 11 against Des Moines Area CC
  • Season-high four hits came on Feb. 17 against Seward County CC
  • Had nine multi-hit games during the season


  • Did not see any game action in his first season on campus.


  • Was a four-year letterwinner at Lakeville North High School
  • Earned all-state honors as a junior and senior
  • Was the 2018 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year
  • Hit .500 with six home runs and 28 RBIs as a senior
  • Parents are Mark and Maureen
  • Has two siblings, Michaela and Teddy.

Tanner Kohlhepp     Jr.    RHP    L/R    6-3/212    Eau Claire, WI/Iowa Western JC (Tennessee)

AS A SOPHOMORE (2020 – Iowa Western JC)

  • Made five starts during the shortened season
  • Posted a 4-0 record with a 4.98 ERA
  • Tallied 30 strikeouts over 21.2 innings pitched
  • Season-high eight strikeouts came on Feb. 16 in the win over Garden City CC

AS A FRESHMAN (2019 – Tennessee)

  • Saw his first collegiate action as a Volunteer in a win over Northern Kentucky on February 19


  • Ranked as the sixth overall prospect and No. 1 shortstop in Wisconsin in the 2018 Class by Perfect Game
  • Tabbed the No. 44 shortstop in the nation by PG
  • Two-sport athlete, playing baseball and basketball
  • Helped Eau Claire to conference championship in both baseball and basketball as a sophomore
  • Tabbed first Team All-Conference in baseball as a junior and senior
  • 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American (Central – All Region 1st Team)
  • 2017 PG Underclass 3rd Team
  • 2016 PG Underclass Honorable Mention
  • Graduated Eau Claire Memorial with high honors
  • National Honor Society member
  • Full name is Tanner John Kohlhepp
  • Son of Stephanie and Trevor Kohlhepp
  • Graduated Eau Claire Memorial with high honors
  • National Honor Society member
  • Enjoys biking and playing golf
  • Recipient of the Thomas & Linda Hodgkiss Athletic Endowment

Matt Bedford    Fr.    RHP    R/R    6-1/185    Staten Island, NY/St. Peter’s Boys HS

  • 2020 Northeast All Region Second Team Perfect Game Preseason All-American
  • 2019 Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
  • Perfect Game All-Tournament Team accolades: 
    • 2019 WWBA Northeast Qualifier
    • 2019 WWBA 2020 Grads or 17U National Championship
    • 2018 WWBA Northeast Qualifier
    • 2017 PG Super25 14U Northeast Super Qualifier
    • 2016 13U PG Series Classic
  • Participated in the 2018 Sunshine Northeast Showcase
  • Son to Alfred and Lissa Bedford
  • Intends to major in economics

Drew Byers    Fr.    INF    R/R    6-1/190    Franklin, TN/Ensworth

  • Led team to state semifinals for the first time in school history in 2019
  • 2018 TBR Super Sophomore Team
  • 2018, 2019, 2020 Perfect Game Preseason All American
  • Played club for the East Cobb Yankees and Royals/Mets Scout Team
  • Perfect Game All-Tournament Team accolades: 
    • 2017 PBR Southeast Tournament Champions
    • 2017 18U MLB / Perfect Game Ways To Play Tournament Champions
    • 2018 18U Perfect Game Summer Showdown Tournament Champions
    • 2017 15U National Championship 
    • 2018 18U National Championship 
    • 2018 18U World Championship 
  • Lettered four years in baseball and one in football at Ensworth
  • Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life and Huddle in high school
  • Played in the 2014 Little League World Series for South Nashville Little League
  • Son to Scott and Lyndsey Byers
  • Dad played baseball at Georgia Tech and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 1996 MLB Draft
  • Uncle played baseball at Kennesaw State, great uncle ran track at Alabama and great grandfather played football at Wisconsin
  • Intends to major in finance

Sammy Cooper    Fr.    OF/RHP    R/R    5-11/185    Lee’s Summit, MO/Lee’s Summit West

  • 2020 Central Region Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason All-American 
  • 2019 High Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
  • 2018 Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
  • Played club for the Kansas City Royals Scout Team
  • 2018 Perfect Game World Series & WWBA All-Tournament Teams
  • 2018, 2019 Second Team All-State
  • 2017-19 Academic All-State
  • Lettered in baseball four times at Lee’s Summit West HS
  • 2020 Lee’s Summit West Top Male Athlete
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Son to Todd and Michele Cooper
  • Has an older sister, Sophia
  • Intending to major in management consulting

Jackson Dennies    Fr.    RHP    R/R    6-4/225    River Ridge, LA/Archbishop Rummel

  • Led Archbishop Rummel to the state championship in 2019
  • 2019 NOLA All-Metro Team and New Orleans Prep All-District Team
  • Named baseball team captain for the shortened senior season in 2020
  • Played club for the Louisiana Knights and were named Future Stars Series National Champions in 2019
  • 2017 Honorable Mention New Orleans Advocate All-Metro Team
  • Earned four varsity letters in baseball and two in football
  • Five year member of student council and was senior class president
  • Also a member of the National Honors Society, the Ambassador Team, Campus Ministry, and the Big Brother Program
  • Earned President Award in 2020 and graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Son to Neal and Sherri Dennies
  • Mom played softball at Nichols State
  • Has an older sister, Laurel
  • Intends to major in finance

Brady Gumpf    Fr.    OF/C    R/R    6-1/195    South Bend, IN/St. Joseph HS

  • 2019 Honorable Mention All-State and First Team All-Conference
  • 2018 Honorable Mention All-State and Second Team All-Conference
  • 2017 Indiana State Champions 
  • 2018 & 2019 Sectional Champions and Regional Runner-Up
  • Lettered in baseball four times at Saint Joseph High School
  • Played club for Canes Midwest and Team Indiana
  • 2020 Perfect Game Preseason Central Region Honorable Mention
  • 2019 Perfect Game High Honorable Mention Preseason Underclass All American
  • 2018 Perfect Game High Honorable Mention Preseason Underclass All American
  • 2019 & 2018 WWBA 2020 Grads All-Tournament Team (Canes Midwest)
  • 2017 WWBA Sophomore World Championships All-Tournament Team (Canes White 2020)
  • 2017 WWBA 2020 Grads All-Tournament Team (Evoshield Canes Midwest)
  • Co-president of Aidan’s Masterpiece
  • Son to John and Deanna Gumpf
  • Deanna has been the Notre Dame Softball head coach since 2002
  • Dad was drafted out of high school for baseball and went back to play football at Riverside Community College
  • Dad also was a Notre Dame Baseball assistant coach for three seasons
  • Has one sister, Tatum
  • Intends to major in business

Tony Lindwedel    Fr.    C    R/R    5-11/185    St. Louis, MO/St. Louis University HS

  • 2020 Central Region Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason All-American
  • 2019 Honorable Mention Perfect Game Preseason Underclassmen All American
  • 2018 WWBA Underclass World Championship All-Tournament Team
  • Played club for the St. Louis Gamers
  • Lettered in baseball four times at St. Louis University HS
  • Two-year starter at catcher, led the team in triples in 2019
  • 2018, 2019 Academic All-State
  • Earned Academic 1st honors all four years
  • Member of the National Honor Society, High School Presidential Ambassador, and Admissions Ambassador
  • Son to Phil and Antoinette Lindwedel
  • Mom played soccer at STLCC Meramec and was a National Champion
  • Has an older brother, Sam and younger sister, Anna
  • Intends to major in business 

Ryan Lynch    Fr.    LHP/OF    R/L    6-2/200    Granger, IN/Penn HS

  • 2019-20 Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year
  • Defeated rival Saint Joseph HS to win the conference championship his junior year
  • Tossed a no-hitter his freshman year and help lead Penn to the state championship game
  • No. 1 LHP in Indiana (Perfect Game)
  • No. 188 overall rank nationally (Perfect Game)
  • 2020 Perfect Game Preseason First Team Central Region All-American 
  • 2019 Perfect Game First Team Preseason Underclass All-American
  • 2018 Perfect Game Second Team Preseason Underclass All-American
  • 3x All-Tournament Team Canes Midwest/Indiana Outlaws (2019, 2018, 2016 WWBA 2020 Grads)
  • Son to Greg and Diana Lynch
  • Greg played baseball at Wisconsin
  • Has an older sister, Kristina and a younger brother, Brandon
  • Kristina currently plays soccer at Florida State
  • Cousin Ryan was drafted in the first round of the 2019 MLS Super Draft by the Portland Timbers
  • Intends to major in business management 

Brock Murtha    Fr.    INF    R/R    6-0/185    Sayville, NY/Sayville

  • 2019 Team Captain 
  • 2019 First Team All-Long Island, All-State, All-County and All-League
  • Led Long Island in home runs with 10 during junior season 
  • Helped Sayville capture its first ever Suffolk County and Long Island Championship in 2019
  • Threw a no-hitter to win the 2019 Long Island Championship
  • 2018 Second Team All-Long Island, All-State, All-County and All-League
  • Lettered in baseball five times, football three times and basketball once at Sayville HS
  • 2019 football WR/DB First Team All- Long Island, All-State, All-County, All-Conference
  • Football team captain in 2019 and set Long Island single season receiving TD record (20)
  • Son to Chris and Lisa Murtha
  • Has a younger brother, Macklin
  • Intends to major in finance

Danny Neri    Fr.    C    L/R    6-0/180    Macclenny, FL/ Bishop John J. Snyder

  • 2018 and 2019 Under Armour/Perfect Game Preseason All-American
  • 2019 All-Coast First Team
  • 2019 Perfect Game Junior National Showcase
  • 2019 Defensive MVP
  • 2020 High school district player of the year 
  • Participated in the 2019-20 Perfect Game National Showcase
  • 2017 and 2018 All-Coast Honorable Mention
  • Played club for the Florida Dodgers Scout Team (2016-19) and 5 Star National (2019-20)
  • Lettered in baseball and golf for four years each
  • Son to Chris and Shelly Neri
  • Dad played soccer at Florida Southern College
  • Has an older brother, Jackson and younger sister, River
  • Intends to major in anthropology

TJ Williams    Fr.    OF    R/L     5-11/175     Germantown, MD/Georgetown Prep

  • Won the IAC Championship baseball series his junior year
  • Participated in the IAC Championship all three years (senior season was canceled due to COVID-19)
  • 2x All-Met honors (2018, 2019)
  • Lettered four years in baseball and played freshman football at Germantown Prep
  • Worked with Best Buddies, Challenge Baseball, A Wider Circle, SADD and Love in Action
  • Son to Tom and Laura
  • Tom swam at the University of Rhode Island
  • Has an older sister, Sammy and two younger sisters, Lucy and Alexandra
  • Intends to major in finance