Notre Dame baseball ended their season early, falling to Louisville in their second Pool A NCAA Baseball Championship game.
Despite a strong hitting day for Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish saw their season end as they fell to the ACC regular season champions, Louisville, 10-3. Behind Brendan McKay’s phenominal pitching, Notre Dame wasn’t able to find home plate nearly as much as they wanted.
Matt Vierling went 3-4, with two RBIs, a double, and a run. Eric Gilgenbach, Eric Feliz, and Daniel Jung all finished with two hits a piece. Nick Podkul was 2-5 with a run and Jake Johnson scored for the Irish.
With the hits, though, Notre Dame was still unable to find answers for Louisville. The No. 4 ranked Cardinals were heavy favorites coming into the matchup, and with the Irish’s seemingly endless first day of the tournament, Louisville gained an even bigger advantage.
In a season Notre Dame would like to forget, heading out on a bad loss only made it worse. If they were able to rally through at least one ACC Championship game, the story of their 2017 campaign would be much different. But, they’ll take the 0-2 postseason record and head into the offseason looking to rebuild.
Now, Notre Dame baseball fans can turn their attention to summer ball, the recruiting trail, and former Irish playing in the MLB. With plenty of action this summer, fans will have all the Notre Dame baseball they need to make it until next season.
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