Michael Scholl | May 2, 2018
Two runs in the eighth inning gave the Notre Dame baseball team a 5-4, come-from-behind victory over Boston College on Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The win clinched a key ACC series for the Irish as the regular season enters the home stretch.
Niko Kavadas and Eric Gilgenbach each had an RBI in Notre Dame’s two-run eighth. That was enough for Cole Kmet to finish the Eagles off in the ninth to earn his second victory of the weekend, the first two career victories for the rookie southpaw.
Gilgenbach was 2-for-4 for the Irish, the only Notre Dame player with multiple hits in the game, while contributing three RBI. In addition to knocking in the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice in the eighth, Gilgenbach crushed a two-run homer in the fourth. Gilgenbach also made an impressive catch in the top of the ninth, snaring a flyball as he crashed into the right field wall. Kavadas capped an outstanding weekend by going 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and run scored. Nick Podkul had the remaining RBI for the Irish while going 1-for-4 with a double and scoring himself.
Tommy Vail kept the Irish in it making his first career start. The freshman worked three innings, allowing three earned runs to go along with six strikeouts. Andrew Belcik and Kmet were both outstanding in relief. Belcik threw 3.1 innings, allowing one earned run with three strikeouts. Kmet worked the final 2.2 innings without allowing a hit.
The victory moves the Irish to 10-14 in ACC play as they prepare to host Pitt next weekend. That keeps the Irish ahead of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College in the loss column, and just one loss behind Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Miami, as teams look to ensure a top-12 finish in the league to qualify for the ACC Championship.