On Tuesday night, the 10-12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball team hosted the Chicago State Cougars. Coming off a tough series loss to Florida State over the weekend, ND needed a confidence-building win. They got it by a score of 6-3.
The most notable aspect of the win was Notre Dame’s effectiveness when it came to base running. The Irish stole 14 bases on the day: the most by any D1 team in a single game since 2017 and the most ever in a single game by any ACC squad.
Also sets a new @ACCBaseball single-game record, breaking the previous mark of 12 set by NC State versus William & Mary on April 17,1990!— ACC Baseball (@ACCBaseball) March 27, 2019
For anyone curious about the D1 record for stolen bases in a single game, it is 22 set by St. John’s against Sienna in 1978.
In this game, the Irish stole a base in every inning except for the first. Eric Gilgenbach and Jared Miller stole three bases each for the Irish. Spencer Myers, Carter Putz, and Ryan Cole each had two while Niko Kavadas and Zack Prajzner each had one.
Up to this point in the season, the Irish have been unremarkable when it comes to stealing bases. Their previous season high was three, which came in a contest against Charleston Southern back on March 1st. Myers leads the team in stolen bases with ten. Chicago State also walked 12 batters on the day, so the Irish had plenty of chances.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame pitchers did not walk a single batter, marking the first time this season they’ve done so.
The Irish next head to Atlanta for a series with Georgia Tech beginning Friday evening.