As the Notre Dame baseball season rolls along, the rollercoaster continues for the Irish
We’re back with another update on Notre Dame Baseball. If you missed our first update, which covered everything from the start of the season, you can find it here.
The Irish took a road trip to Raleigh, NC a couple weeks ago for a three-game series against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, who were ranked sixth in the country according to the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Notre Dame opened the series with a huge upset win. They hit five home runs that evening and won by a final score of 12-8.
The following day, the teams played a double-header. This was the result of the series finale being moved up due to weather concerns. The Irish gave up a total of 25 runs in those games and surrendered the series to the Wolfpack.
Before heading back to South Bend, the team made a stop in Indianapolis for a neutral-site game against the tenth-ranked Indiana Hoosiers.
The vibrant red and green uniforms worn in this game made fans long for their next interaction with Kris Kringle. Unfortunately, the only present the Irish received on that day was a big ol’ goose egg as Indiana went on to win 3-0.
After a less-than-enjoyable road trip, Notre Dame returned to South Bend for a much needed eleven-game home stand.
Their first series back home was against Virginia Tech. Cole Kmet, a tight end on the Notre Dame football team, took the mound in the series opener for his first career start. Prior to that, he mainly worked as the team’s closer.
Things didn’t go great for Kmet that day as the Irish went on to lose 9-1. But, hey, he still had the Blue-Gold Game (the football team’s spring game) to look forward to the very next day.
I’ll go ahead and blame that first loss to Virginia Tech on fatigue from traveling. If Notre Dame was located in California or Colorado, I could blame it on the fact that the game was played on 4/20, but I digress.
The Irish bounced back the following day in thrilling fashion. After relinquishing a three-run lead in the ninth inning and then giving up two runs in the top of the twelfth, they rallied to score three runs and win with a walk-off hit.
The series finale was another close game, but Notre Dame was able to edge out the Hokies by a final score of 6-5. This gave the Irish a much needed series win in conference play.
Notre Dame will take the field again on Tuesday for a game against Valparaiso. Following that, they will play three-game series against Boston College and Pittsburgh with a game against Western Michigan sandwiched between those conference games.