March 30, 2018
By Megan Golden
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame baseball team hits the road for a three-game set at No. 19 Duke over Easter weekend. The Irish (11-13, 4-5) and the Blue Devils (21-5, 6-3) will open the weekend series with a 6 p.m. ET first pitch on Friday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
WHAT: Notre Dame at No. 19 Duke
WHEN: March 30 at 6 p.m. ET
March 31 at 1 p.m. ET
April 1 at noon ET
WHERE: Durham Bulls Athletic Park
LIVE STREAM: ACC Network Extra
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Series History: Duke
Notre Dame trails the all-time series, 6-9, and owns a 4-6 record at Duke. In the teams’ last matchup, the Irish topped the Blue Devils, 3-2, taking the three-game series at Frank Eck Stadium from April 28-29, 2017.
Notre Dame will play its first series in Durham, N.C., since March 14-15, 2014, when the Irish were swept in a three-game series.
Heating Up: Matt Vierling
Irish outfielder Matt Vierling has hit safely in 15 of 17 games in the month of March, batting .323 (21-65) with one double, one triple, three homers and 16 RBI during that span. Vierling owns six multi-hit games in March.
- Notre Dame will continue working with the same rotation: LHP Scott Tully, LHP Tommy Sheehan and RHP Cameron Junker. Duke will throw LHP Adam Laskey, LHP Mitch Stallings and RHP Ryan Day.
- The Irish own a 4-5 record in true road games this season.
- Alex Kerschner has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games.
- Cole Daily, Nick Podkul and Matt Vierling each have six multi-hit games in March.
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.