May 21, 2018
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The No. 11 University of Notre Dame baseball team is set to make its third appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, opening play at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday against No. 7 Miami. The Irish and the Hurricanes, which are joined in their pool by No. 2 Clemson, will compete at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the pool’s first game.
Irish veteran Scott Tully is scheduled to take the mound against Miami as he seeks to avenge his only loss of the season, which came against the Hurricanes in the ACC opener on March 9.
Notre Dame must win its games against both No. 7 Miami and No. 2 Clemson (on Wednesday) to advance to the semifinals.
WHAT: No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Miami
No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Clemson
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET
Wednesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. ET
WHERE: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
LIVE STREAM: ACC Network Extra (vs. Miami) | ACC Network Extra (vs. Clemson)
RADIO: 103.1 FM (South Bend)/WatchND
ACC Tournament History
Notre Dame clinched a spot in the ACC tournament for the third time in the last four seasons (2015, 2017-18). The Irish will play for the 10th conference tournament championship in program history, first ACC tournament title and first conference title of any kind since 2006.
In 2015, Notre Dame split games against NC State and Virginia, advancing to the semifinals and ultimately falling to Miami, 6-5, to end its conference tournament run. That season marks the only time in ACC history the Irish advanced to the semifinals.
- Over the last 14 games, Alex Kerschner has hit .327 (17-52) with six multi-hit games. Kerschner has hit safely in 11 of his last 14 contests.
- Nick Podkul has gone 19-for-57 (.333) over the last 14 games.
- Since April 1, Matt Vierling has recorded a hit in 21 of 26 games, batting .333 (34-102), with 11 multi-hit performances and 20 RBI over that span.
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.
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.