Notre Dame Athletics | March 19, 2019
CLEMSON, S.C. - The University of Notre Dame baseball team battled back after losing a late lead to defeat No. 12 Clemson 4-2 in 10 innings Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Cameron Junker pitched the best outing of his career on the road against one of the top teams in the ACC. He logged a career-high 7.1 innings pitched and 8 strikeouts while scattering four hits and one run.
After the Tigers (14-5, 4-2 ACC) tied the game in the eighth, the Irish (8-10, 4-2 ACC) battled back in extras with two runs in the top of the 10th. Mitch Megias was tasked with closing out another ACC series and he got the final outs to clinch the win on St. Patrick's Day for the Irish.
How It Happened
Notre Dame struck first in the rubber match of the series in the top of the second. Niko Kavadas turned a 2-1 pitch that was left up in the zone and drove it out of the park in right center. It was his sixth home run of the season and gave the Irish an early 1-0 lead.
Kavadas was at it again in the top half of the sixth. Eric Gilgenbach reached on an error and then stole second to get in scoring position. Kavadas battled and took a 2-2 pitch through the shift into right center for the single and Gilgenbach came around to score.
Cameron Junker was dominant on the mound from the get go Sunday afternoon. He set the Tigers down in order through the first three innings, recording five strikeouts in that span.
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