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Notre Dame Welcomes Virginia Tech for Three-Game Set

April 19, 2018

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By Megan Golden

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame baseball team opens an 11-game homestand Friday with the start of a three-game series versus Virginia Tech at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish and the Hokies open play at 6:05 p.m. ET on Friday.

Notre Dame will turn to freshman southpaw Cole Kmet on Friday, when the dual-sport athlete will make his first career start. Kmet’s start on the mound pushes graduate student Scott Tully’s next start to Saturday. Righthander Zack Martin, who worked 4.0 innings of one-hit baseball versus No. 8 Indiana, will start Sunday’s series finale.

WHAT: Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame
WHEN: Friday, April 20 at 6:05 p.m. ET
            Saturday, April 21 at 2:05 p.m. ET
            Sunday, April 22 at 1:05 p.m. ET
WHERE: Frank Eck Stadium
LIVE STREAM: ACC Network Extra
RADIO: 103.1 FM (South Bend)/WatchND

Series History: Virginia Tech

Notre Dame leads the Hokies 12-8 in the all-time series, including a 5-3 record at home. The Irish have walked away with a win in six of the last eight meetings.

The last time the two teams met the Irish swept Virginia Tech, outscoring the Hokies 27-8 in the three-game series (3/24-26/16).

Dual Sport Success: Football & Baseball

Kmet becomes the first football/baseball dual-sport athlete to start on the mound for the Irish since Eric Maust’s last start on May 22, 2010, in a 13-3 loss to Louisville. As a freshman, Maust served as the team’s Sunday starter and finished 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA over 15 appearances (three starts).

Kmet and Maust are the only football/baseball dual-sport athletes to start on the mound since Jeff Samardzija, who made his last start on June 2, 2006, when he worked 8.0 innings and allowed four runs in a no-decision against the College of Charleston. Samardzija finished his freshman season with a 5-3 record and a 2.95 ERA through 20 appearances (six starts) as the team’s Saturday starter.

The last time a football/baseball dual-sport athlete started and earned the win was when Maust defeated Villanova, 4-1, on May 16, 2010.

Notes

The Last Meeting
Notre Dame5
Virginia Tech2
March 26, 2016
Blacksburg, Va. (English Field)
Irish Complete Sweep Of Virginia Tech With 5-2 Victory Saturday
The University of Notre Dame baseball team is officially on a winning streak after disposing of Virginia Tech, 5-2, Saturday afternoon to complete the three-game road Atlantic Coast Conference sweep of the Hokies.

  • Notre Dame is 5-6 at Frank Eck Stadium in 2018.
  • Jake Johnson owns a 10-game on-base streak during which he is batting .389 (14-36) with eight walks, four runs scored and five RBI.
  • Eric Gilgenbach has collected five multi-hit games in the month of April (11 games). During that span, the outfielder is batting .378 (14-for-37).

For a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish baseball program, follow @NDBaseball on Twitter and @NotreDameBaseball on Instagram. For tickets to an Irish baseball game, click here.

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Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame baseball and women's soccer programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary's College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.


 

 

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