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Niko Kavadas honored to set Notre Dame single-season home run record

The kid who grew up an Irish fan, now has his name at the top of the record books.
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 6:29 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The Notre Dame baseball team hit 15 home runs in their three games in the South Bend regional.

The Domer leading the charge at the dish all weekend long was Penn High School graduate Niko Kavadas.

Kavadas had been struggling ahead of the weekend so Irish manager Link Jarrett moved him back in the lineup, and that lit a fire under Kavadas.

“[Kavadas] studies what he is doing,” Jarrett said. “He’s very intense and studies his own game and swing. He works hard. I think it was just pitch selection and recognition more than anything else. He just figured it out and got comfortable again.”

The slugger hit five home runs in three games. His home run against Central Michigan on Sunday in the Regional final gave Kavadas his 21st blast of the season, which breaks the program record for home runs in a season set by Frank Jacobs in 1991.

The kid who grew up an Irish fan, now has his name at the top of the record books.

“It’s pretty cool,” Kavadas said. “I think it means a lot. I think it means a lot more to my Mom and Dad than it does to me but hopefully it is something I will look back on in 20 years and smile about. Personally, I am just worried about what is continuing to happen between the lines and finding a way to help this team make it to Omaha.”

Kavadas was named the Most Outstanding Player of the South Bend Regional for hitting those five home runs with a .600 batting average and 13 RBI.

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