The only difference is that we'll get off to a terrible start in 2018 against elite opposition, whereas in 2017 we had a terrible start against lowly opposition. Remember Lafayette? They beat ND 10-2 in the opener for both teams. They then lost an incredible 42 of their next 44 games, before a late-season surge lifted them all the way to an 8-44 finish.
It's painfully obvious Aoiki will be back for his eighth season, and that ND baseball will continue to go nowhere.