June 26, 2018
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Tuesday that four Irish baseball players have been named to its All-Academic Team.
Seniors Jake Johnson and Alex Kerschner and juniors Eric Gilgenbach and Matt Vierling each earned academic honors from the conference.
Johnson, a finance major, wrapped his senior season with a .292 average and 22 RBI. Johnson was named a Senior CLASS Award candidate, receiving recognition for community involvement, classroom accomplishments, character and competition.
Kerschner graduated with a degree in science-business and plans on attending medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. A walk-on to the Irish baseball team, Kerschner batted .284 with a career-high 15 extra-base hits and 24 RBI as a senior.
Gilgenbach, who is studying finance, batted .270 with a team-best 45 RBI and a team-high-tying 10 home runs in 2018.
Vierling was selected 137th overall in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft, going to the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round. Vierling, who is studying management consulting at Notre Dame, hit .310 with a team-high-tying 10 homers and 43 RBI last season.
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.