NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame baseball team continues its nine-game homestand with an ACC clash against the Virginia Cavaliers. The Irish are hosting the Cavaliers at Frank Eck Stadium for the first time since 2015. The three-game series kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. ET and all three games will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
Know the Opponent: Virginia Cavaliers
- Notre Dame will play host to Virginia in the beginning of April to begin a long stretch of home ACC series.
- The Cavaliers will be the first of four ACC opponents to travel to Frank Eck Stadium over the next five weeks.
- Virginia owns an 8-4 advantage in the all-time series and the two teams will meet for the first time since 2017.
- The Cavaliers are 17-12 on the season and 6-6 in the ACC this season. This will be their third ACC road series this season. Virginia dropped its previous two road series against Georgia Tech and NC State.
- This weekend’s series versus the Cavaliers is Military Appreciation Weekend as all veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to this weekend’s games.
- Saturday will be a camo koozie giveaway for the first 250 fans and Sunday’s game will feature kid’s run the bases along with an autograph session following the game.
Kavadas’ Power Surge Continues
- We are closing in on the halfway point in the 2019 campaign and sophomore Niko Kavadas’ power surge does not look to be stopping anytime soon.
- The local product from Granger, Ind. provides the power threat in the Irish lineup along with outfielder Eric Gilgenbach.
- On Sunday at Georgia Tech, Kavadas hit his seventh home run of the season to tie the game when he hit a two-run shot over the right field wall.
- It tied Gilgenbach for the team lead and was part of seven unanswered runs scored by the Irish against the Yellow Jackets.
- Then on Tuesday against Central Michigan, the lefty got a hold of a breaking ball that was left over the plate and he sent it 402 feet over the wall in right field.
- The eight home runs lead the Irish so far in 2019 and Kavadas is tied for fourth in the ACC for most home runs this season.