NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame baseball team embarks on their seven-game spring break road trip this weekend as conference play begins. The Irish open ACC play in Winston-Salem with a three game series against Wake Forest. The series kicks off Friday night at David F. Couch Ballpark at 6 p.m. ET and all three games will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN.
|Notre Dame (4-7) vs. Wake Forest (8-6)|
|When:|| Friday, March 8 | 6:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 9 | 4:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 10 | 1:00 p.m. ET
|Where:||Winston-Salem, N.C. | David F. Couch Ballpark|
|Watch:|| ACC Network Extra – Friday
ACC Network Extra – Saturday
ACC Network Extra – Sunday
Know the Opponent: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Wake Forest will be the league opener for the Irish as they kick off their spring break trip with a three-game set in Winston-Salem.
- The Irish came out on top last season when the two teams faced off at Frank Eck Stadium to open ACC home play.
- Notre Dame won the first two games of the series before dropping the finale to the Demon Deacons.
- The Irish clinched the series after a 7-6 extra inning win on Saturday courtesy of a walk-off walk from Daniel Jung.
Kmet’s Career Day Against Ball State
- Sophomore lefty Cole Kmet got the nod to start Notre Dame’s final game of the Swig & Swine Classic against Ball State.
- The sophomore left hander had a career best performance against the Cardinals, going 7.1 innings with 11 strike outs and not surrendering a walk.
- The 11 strike outs were the most by an Irish pitcher since Will Hudgins struck out 12 against Pittsburgh on March 23, 2012.
- The start was Kmet’s second appearance of the weekend after picking up the save against Charleston Southern on Friday.
- Following the weekend, Kmet was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week.
Junker & Vail Shutout Buccaneers
- Coming off a loss against Ball State in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader at the Swig and Swine Classic, the Irish turned to Cameron Junker to get back on track against Charleston Southern.
- The Irish gave Junker a lead before ever stepping on the mound and that would be all the junior right hander would need against the Buccaneers.
- Junker logged a career-high six innings, struck out six and did not give up a run while scattering four hits and two walks.
- The Cincinnati, Ohio native got out of a jam in the third inning when the Buccaneers had the bases loaded and nobody out. Junker forced a lineout double play and then a fielder choice to get out of the jam without allowing a run.
- In the seventh inning, Tommy Vail came in and shut the door over the final three innings.
- The sophomore left hander recorded his first save of the season after allowing just one hit and recording five strikeouts in three innings of work.
Sheehan Continues to Shine at Swig & Swine Classic
- After a career-best performance at the Alamo Irish Classic, Tommy Sheehan continued the upward trend against Charleston Southern.
- The sophomore left hander set another career high in innings, going eight strong against the Buccaneers and allowed just one walk for the second straight start.
- After a shaky second inning, Sheehan retired 17 consecutive batters from the end of the second inning until the middle of the eighth.
- The Brielle, N.J. native has pitched 15 innings over his last two starts and has walked just two batters over that span.
Gilgenbach Carries Irish in Saturday Doubleheader
- Notre Dame played two games at two different venues at the Swig & Swine Classic on Saturday and Eric Gilgenbach provided the offense all day long.
- The senior captain was the bright spot in the lineup against Ball State, hitting two towering home runs over the fence in left field into the Wando River at Shipyard Park.
- Later in the day against Charleston Southern, Gilgenbach broke open the game in the ninth inning with a bases-clearing double down the left field line.
- Gilgenbach finished the day 4-for-9 from the plate with two home runs, two doubles and nine RBI.
- The Rochester Hills, Mich. native leads the Irish in HR’s (4) and RBI (14) through the first three weeks of the season.