Simon's 8 Ks lead Notre Dame into ACC semifinals

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Liam Simon tied a career high with eight strikeouts while allowing just two hits in five innings and No. 3 seed Notre Dame beat fifth-seeded Virginia 3-0 on Friday in the ACC Tournament.

Notre Dame (35-13) had already secured a spot in the semifinals after beating Florida State in pool play on Thursday. Virginia (38-17) awaits NCAA selections on Monday.

Zack Prajzner opened the scoring with an RBI single, scoring David LaManna, in the second inning. Jack Penney doubled off the wall in the fourth to plate Jack Brannigan for a 2-0 lead.

Prajzner added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to again score LaManna, who was 2 for 3.

Notre Dame improved to 18-0 this season when allowing two or fewer runs.

Virginia had the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth after two singles and a walk, but Sammy Cooper got the final out of the inning. Aidan Tyrell struck out two in the ninth for his first save.


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