San Antonio - The 2018 Alamo Irish Classic, courtesy of the Notre Dame Club of San Antonio, will begin Thursday, February 22 at Wolff Stadium.
This year's Classic will kick off Thursday at 3 PM (CST) with a matchup between the University of Notre Dame and Saint Louis University. The University of the Incarnate Word will square off with Notre Dame in the nightcap, beginning at 7 PM. All four schools will be opening their 2018 campaigns Friday, February 16 (ND @ LSU, Purdue @ Baylor, Saint Louis vs. Old Dominion in Kissimmee, FL and UIW vs. North Dakota State).
Notre Dame enters its 122nd season and eighth under head coach Mik Aoki. Six players from last year's Irish roster were selected in the 2017 MLB Draft, highlighted by right-hander Peter Solomon, who was drafted by eventual World Champion Houston in the 4th round.
The 2018 edition will be led by juniors Matt Vierling (OF/RHP) and Nick Podkul (INF). Vierling (Perfect Game Preseason All-ACC) hit .330 with seven homers and 42 RBI in 58 games last season. Podkul (College Baseball Daily Preseason All-ACC) swiped 10 bases for the Irish in 2017, while batting .285 with 15 doubles and 34 runs scored.
Patrick Hallmark enters his first season as head coach of UIW after serving as pitching coach at Missouri in 2017.
Daily tickets for the 2018 Alamo Irish Classic are priced at $12 for adults and $6 for students. All tickets for the Classic are General Admission. Full game schedule for the 2018 Alamo Irish Classic is below.
2018 Alamo Irish Classic
Thursday, February 22
- 3:00 PM: Notre Dame vs. Saint Louis
- 7:00 PM: Notre Dame vs. Incarnate Word
Friday, February 23
- 12:00 PM: Purdue vs. Saint Louis
- 4:00 PM: Purdue vs. Incarnate Word
Saturday, February 24
- 12:00 PM: Notre Dame vs. Purdue
- 4:00 PM: Saint Louis vs. Incarnate Word
Sunday, February 25
- 11 AM: Championship Game (Wolff Stadium)
- 11 AM: Consolation Game (UIW's Sullivan Field)
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