Tight end Cole Kmet helps Notre Dame baseball team finish off No. 9 LSU, 10-5

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Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet was part of a fizzled trick play six weeks ago when the Irish football team topped LSU 21-17 in the Citrus Bowl.

His collegiate baseball debut against the same school Saturday was hardly a gimmick and was much more memorable.

The freshman left-handed pitcher hurled the final four innings of 10-5 Irish upset of former ND coach Paul Mainieri and his ninth-ranked Tigers (1-1) in Baton Rouge, La.

Kmet earned the save, yielding one hit and two walks, while striking out three and not allowing a run. He fanned LSU clean-up hitter Zach Watson to end the game.

“Cole was outstanding," Irish coach Mik Aoki said. "He’s a kid who is just a winner. He goes out there, competes, and I thought he was making pitches when he needed to.

"He fell behind a couple of times but came back. That was a huge pick-me-up from Cole.”

Nick Podkul and Niko Kavadas drove in three runs each for the Irish (1-1). Eric Gigenbach added a two-run homer. The final game of the three-game series is set for Sunday at noon EST.

Seven weeks after finishing his freshman football season, Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet made his college baseball debut Saturday against ninth-ranked LSU. (Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)