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Softball to Face Connecticut

Irish meet Huskies in BIG EAST Championships.

April 27, 1998

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's softball team will face Connecticut in its first game of the BIG EAST softball championship on Saturday, May 2, at 12:00 p.m., at Notre Dame's Ivy Field, the site of the 1998 BIG EAST softball championship. The pairings for the four-team BIG EAST championship were announced on Monday with Notre Dame, Boston College, Rutgers and Connecticut making up the four-team field, double-elimination tournament. Defending champion Boston College will play Rutgers at 10:00 a.m. in the first game of the championship on Saturday, May 2, at 10:00, while Notre Dame and Connecticut square off. The winners will meet at 2:00 p.m. with the losers to play at 4:00 p.m. The championship concludes on Sunday, May 3, with games at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and a possible seventh game at 2:00 p.m.

The Irish and Eagles each won their respective divisional titles to qualify. Notre Dame finished with a 13-3 record in the BIG EAST South Division while Boston College went 13-3-1 in the North Division. Rutgers finished second in the South Division with a 10-5 record while Connecticut was second in the North Division with an 8-7 record, earning a spot in the field over Villanova, who finished 8-6 in the BIG EAST and in third place in the BIG EAST South Division.

The Irish swept a doubleheader against the Huskies 4-0 and 7-2 earlier in the season and are 7-4 all-time against Connecticut, including 4-0 at Ivy Field. Three of the Huskies' wins over the Irish have come in the BIG EAST championships with two wins in the 1996 championship and one in 1997 as Connecticut eliminated Notre Dame from its first two appearances at the BIG EAST championship. The Irish will take a 30-4 all-time Ivy Field BIG EAST record into the championship, including a 9-0 record in 1998.

Notre Dame wrapped up its third straight BIG EAST South Division title with a three-game sweep of Villanova this past weekend, extending its winning streak to 15 games, the longest since a school record 19-game winning streak in 1996. The Irish, who will face Indiana State on Tuesday, April 28, were led last week by junior Amy Laboe (Monroe, Mich./St. Mary) and freshmen Melanie Alkire (Union City, Calif./James Logan) and Jennifer Sharron (Agoura Hills, Calif./Thousand Oaks), who each earned weekly BIG EAST honors for their performances.

Laboe became the third straight Notre Dame player to be named player of the week, joining Lisa Tully and Jenn Giampaolo. The rightfielder led the Irish as she hit 10-15 (.667) this week with three doubles and three runs scored. Laboe entered the week with 14 RBI in 45 games this year and nearly matched that with 11 last week in five games. Laboe came up with several clutch hits to help the Irish sweep the Villanova series, including two, two-out, two-run singles. She raised her batting average 37 point last week to .333, second best on the team.

Alkire hit .333 last week with three doubles, a run scored and six RBI, second on the team to Laboe's 11. She also went 2-0 on the mound with wins over Toledo and Villanova. Alkire, who is hitting .327 with a 7-1 record on the mound, entered in the fourth inning of the second game against Villanova with the score knotted at 3-3. She allowed just three hits and a seventh-inning unearned run to help Notre Dame clinch the BIG EAST South Division title with a 7-4 win.

Sharron was a perfect 3-0 last week in her three starts, including two wins against Villanova to help the Irish clinch their third straight BIG EAST South Division title. She led the staff with 12 innings pitched. Opposing batters hit just .167 against her as she gave up just one earned run for a 0.58 ERA. Sharron held Villanova, the top hitting team in the BIG EAST heading into the weekend, to a .138 batting average (4-29) against her. She leads the team with a 15-6 record and finished as the leader in the BIG EAST with a 0.90 ERA in conference games. Sharron is 8-0 in her last eight starts with five complete games, three shutouts and a 0.60 ERA.

1998 BIG EAST Softball Championship
Ivy Field, Notre Dame, Ind.

Saturday, May 2
Game 1:  Boston College vs. Rutgers 10:00 a.m.
Game 2:  Notre Dame vs. Connecticut 12:00 p.m.
Game 3:  Games 1 and 2 Winners      2:00 p.m.
Game 4:  Games 1 and 2 Losers       4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 3 Game 5: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner 10:00 a.m. Game 6: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner 12:00 p.m. Game 7: necessary if Game 5 Winner wins Game 6 2:00 p.m.


 

Event Calendar

Delta

February 10
12:00 PM
Weber State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 10
2:30 PM
Long Beach State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
South Dakota
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 11
2:30 PM
San Diego State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 12
12:00 PM
UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif. (Easton Stadium)
February 17
1:30 PM
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 18
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 18
12:30 PM
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 19
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 23
6:30 PM
Texas
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
9:00 PM
Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
3:30 PM
Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
6:00 PM
Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 25
1:00 PM
Oklahoma
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
March 4
12:30 PM
Purdue
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 4
5:00 PM
FIU
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
10:00 AM
Chattanooga
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
12:15 PM
Charlotte
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 11
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 11
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 12
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 14
5:00 PM
Georgia State
Atlanta, Ga. (Heck Softball Complex)
March 15
6:00 PM
Mercer
Macon, Ga. (Sikes Field)
March 17
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 18
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 19
12:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 5
5:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 7
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 8
3:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 12
6:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 14
4:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 14
6:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 15
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 21
6:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 22
3:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 25
5:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Drysdale Field)
April 29
1:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 29
3:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
12:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 3
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 5
6:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 6
3:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 19
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 21
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 25
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 26
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 28
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
June 1
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 2
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 3
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 5
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 6
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 7
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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