After a tough 2014 season, the Irish are in the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2006.
Cavan Biggio and Kyle Fiala combined to go 4-for-8 with four RBI to lead the Irish to victory.
Notre Dame rallied late to win game one, 10-5, before taking game two, 3-1.
Notre Dame and UNC are set to meet for the first time as ACC foes.
The series win is the first over a top-10 team since a 2002 Super Regional victory at No. 1 Florida State that sent the Irish to the College World Series.
The Irish wrapped up their first NCAA Regional since 2006 with games against Illinois and Wright State May 31, 2015.
The Irish opened NCAA Champaign Regional play in fine fashion Friday, May 29, 2015 with a 13-7 win over Wright State.
@NDBaseball clinched the series at Oklahoma with a 5-1 win over the Sooners Feb. 13, 2015 in Norman. Thanks to John Williamson for the photos.
@NDBaseball opened the 2015 season in style with a 7-6 win over SIU-Edwardsville Feb. 13, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. Thanks to John Williamson for the photos.
The Irish clinched the Irish Alamo Invitational with an 11-1 win over Incarnate Word Feb. 22, 2015.
AT NOTRE DAME (2012-PRESENT): Three-year monogram winner … team co-captain in 2015 … coming back from a left shoulder injury that ended 2014 season in late April … had worked way into starting lineup before injury with pesky play at the plate and steady defense in centerfield … real leader on team … high-energy player … athletic … has ability to hit leadoff … has enough speed to be successful on base paths … sported a 3.197 GPA heading into the 2015 spring semester.
HONORS & AWARDS: BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2012) … ACC Academic Honor Roll (2014).
SENIOR SEASON (2015): Named a co-captain with graduate student Forrest Johnson … his older brother, Will Hudgins, was a co-captain in 2012.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Had a productive year at the plate and in the outfield before a left shoulder injury ended his season after 39 games … made 25 starts in the outfield and one at designated hitter … batted .288 with 32 hits, six doubles, two triples, eight walks, five stolen bases, nine hit by pitch, three sacrifice bunts, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored … had a team-best .383 on-base percentage and was third on the squad with a .378 slugging percentage … was perfect in the field, as he didn’t commit an error in 69 opportunities … totaled five multi-hit games … only struck out 13 times in 111 at-bats … recorded first hit of the season after coming on as a pinch hitter vs. Incarnate Word (Feb. 22) … successfully swiped first bag in game two of the series against No. 6 NC State (March 8) … had a pair of sacrifice bunts, a hit by pitch and an RBI versus Valparaiso (March 26) … was 2-for-3 with a run scored versus Wake Forest (March 30) … went 3-for-5 at No. 1 Florida State (April 4) with two runs scored and a stolen base … had a ten-game hitting streak towards the end of the season … had three hits in five plate appearances at No. 11 Miami (April 20) with a double and a run scored … finished 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a run scored in final appearance of the season vs. Western Michigan … named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … earned a monogram.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Played in 50 games, starting 31 ... hit .218 with 29 hits, nine RBI, five doubles, one triple, one home run, 10 walks, two stolen bases, five hit by pitch, nine sacrifice bunts and 16 runs scored ... was perfect in the field in 78 chances ... had seven multi-hit games including a pair of three-hit contests ... tallied five two-out RBI ... produced two multi-RBI games ... hit .268 with 19 hits, eight RBI, three doubles, one homer, two walks, one stolen base, two hit by pitch, four sac bunts and nine runs scored in BIG EAST play ... had a slugging percentage of .352 in league games, up from .293 overall, and an on-base percentage of .307, up from .297 overall ... went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and a run scored at Tulane (Feb. 24) ... tallied three hits and an RBI in BIG EAST opener against Seton Hall (March 22) ... the next day produced a pair of hits and a sacrifice bunt against the Pirates (March 23) ... had best game of the year against Connecticut (April 26), as he went 3-for-5 with a homer, double, two RBI and three runs scored ... produced two hits including a double, walk and a run scored against USF (May 4) ... the next day, had a hit, walk, RBI and two runs scored against the Bulls (May 5) ... notched two hits and scored a pair of runs at Western Michigan (May 14) ... closed out year with four hits in final five games … earned a monogram.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Saw action in 47 games and started 37, including 29 in left field and eight in centerfield ... batted .261 (36-for-138) with 20 runs scored, four doubles, three triples and 20 RBI ... added nine walks, six hit by pitch, one sacrifice fly, five sacrifice bunts and three stolen bases (in eight attempts) ... recorded 46 total bases, posted a .333 slugging percentage and .331 on-base percentage ... posted a .976 fielding percentage ... committed two errors on 85 fielding chances with one assist and 82 putouts ... saw action in 22 BIG EAST games and started 18 of them ... batted .246 (16-for-65) with seven runs scored, three doubles, two triples and 11 RBI ... recorded 23 total bases, posted a .354 slugging percentage and .286 on-base percentage ... hit .274 (20-for-73) with 13 runs scored, one double, one triple, nine RBI, eight walks, three hit by pitch, four sacrifice bunts and one stolen base (in three attempts) in non-conference games ... batted .385 (5-for-13) with one run scored, three RBI, one walk, one sacrifice bunt and no stolen bases (in one attempt) in the BIG EAST tournament ... batted .317 (13-for-41) against left-handed pitching ... batted .278 (20-for-72) with runners on base ... went 4-for-4 (1.000) with the bases loaded ... reached base 19 times out of a possible 41 (.463) when leading off an inning ... batted .325 (13-for-40) with runners in scoring position ... successful on eight of 11 RBI opportunities with a runner on third base and less than two outs ... advanced 38 base runners on 82 attempts, good for a percentage of .463 ... registered 10 multi-hit games, including a three-hit outing at Georgetown (April 21) ... collected four multi-RBI games, including three at Georgetown (April 21) ... registered at least one hit in each of the first six games of his career ... recorded back-to-back multi-hit games against Western Michigan (April 11) and Cincinnati (April 13) ... posted three straight multi-hit games against Georgetown (April 20, 21) and Central Michigan (April 25) ... batted .287 (27-for-94) over final 27 games of the season to raise batting average 56 points to .265 ... went 3-for-5 with a run scored, double and three RBI in the victory over Georgetown (April 21) ... drove in runs in each of the first three Irish games in the BIG EAST tournament … named a BIG EAST Academic All-Star … earned a monogram.
PREP & PERSONAL: 2011 Rebich Outstanding Male Athlete Scholarship Award at Douglas S. Freeman H.S. in Richmond, Virginia ... U.S. Marine Scholar-Athlete Award ... named all-district and all-academic outfielder ... selected to the Central Region Team ... chosen as the Douglas S. Freeman Most Valuable Player ... named all-district and all-academic at wide receiver ... selected to the Central Region Team in football ... chosen as the Douglas S. Freeman Most Valuable Football Player ... earned a varsity letter in basketball and awarded 110% Award ... named all-district and all-academic outfielder in 2010 ... selected to the Central Region Team ... chosen as the Richmond Times All-Metro ... received Rebel Award for Outstanding Junior Player ... named all-district and all-academic quarterback in football ... earned a letter in basketball ... full name is Edward McCall Hudgins ... son of Jeff and Jennifer Hudgins ... has two brothers, Will and Jay ... brother, Will, played baseball for the Irish (2009-12), served as a co-captain in 2012 and was a 22nd-round pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB draft ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business and is majoring in management consulting.