Two-sport athlete Cole Kmet out indefinitely for Notre Dame baseball team

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Two-sport athlete Cole Kmet will be out indefinitely for Notre Dame’s baseball team, the university confirmed Monday.

Irish Illustrated first reported the news.

The left-handed pitcher’s last appearance came in an 8-7 victory over Wake Forest on March 10. Soreness in his left elbow has kept Kmet out since.

Also a tight end for the Irish, Kmet was an unrestricted participant in ND’s two football practices before the media last week.

“Cole is out for the foreseeable future with elbow soreness,” ND’s director of baseball communications Matt Paras wrote in a statement. “We will continue to evaluate his status as the season progresses.”

The Irish medical staff opted to shut down the 6-foot-6, 255-pounder. However, Notre Dame did not rule out Kmet returning to the mound this season. Kmet emerged as a pivotal piece to ND’s 9-12 baseball squad this season. He registered a 2.89 ERA and 27-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 2/3 innings pitched across eight games.

Kmet plans to remain around the team and attend home games.

Kmet’s limitations have not impacted his play on the football field. He shined in last week’s football practices.

The junior caught at least three touchdowns in Saturday’s session. Quarterback Ian Book targeted Kmet more than anyone in 7-on-7 and scrimmage settings. Kmet caught 15 passes for 162 yards last year.

The Irish football team will hold practice No. 7 of 15 this spring on Tuesday.

ND baseball will host Chicago State on Tuesday before traveling to Georgia Tech this weekend for a three-game series.

Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet puled double duty last spring as a tight end and dependable reliever.