May 30, 2017
By Michael Scholl
Notre Dame baseball player Nick Podkul was named the All-ACC Tournament second baseman after the ACC Baseball Championship concluded in Louisville last weekend.
In a pair of games against tournament champion Florida State and regular-season champion Louisville, Podkul went 6-for-10 with two home runs, a double and three RBI while posting a 1.000 fielding percentage.
In a 12 inning loss to eventual champion Florida State in the opening game, Podkul homered twice. He tied the game, 1-1, in the sixth with a solo shot. He homered again in the eighth, cutting the FSU lead to 3-2 before the Irish came back to tie it.
In the season finale against No. 4 Louisville, Pokdul was 2-for-5 with a run scored.
It capped a season in which Podkul started all 58 games, predominantly at second base. He finished third on the team with a .285 average while reaching base at a .381 clip and slugging .439. The sophomore knocked in 20 runs while hitting 15 doubles, two
He was joined on the All-Tournament team by Florida State's Jackson Lueck (MVP), Drew Mendoza, Dylan Busby and Tyler Holton; North Carolina's Brian Miller, Tyler Lynn and Ashton McGee and Duke's Chris Proctor. Podkul was the only player from a team that did not advance out of pool play to make the All-Tournament squad.
He is the second Notre Dame player to earn All-ACC Tournament honors in the program's two trips to the ACC Baseball Championship. In 2015, Kyle Fiala was the All-Tournament third baseman.
Michael Scholl joined Fighting Irish Media in August 2016, coordinating communications for the baseball program and assisting with the football team at his alma mater. The South Bend native earned a degree in political science from the College of Arts & Letters in 2009 before going on to work in athletics communications at Providence College,