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Notre Dame Drops Valentine's Day Heartbreaker To No. 1 Washington
Junior Katie Fleury had Notre Dam'es only hit Sunday against No. 1 Washington.
 
Junior Katie Fleury had Notre Dam'es only hit Sunday against No. 1 Washington.

Feb. 14, 2010

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Notre Dame stayed stride-for-stride with No. 1 Washington and held the defending national champions scoreless for all but one inning Sunday at the Tempe Sports Complex. And that one inning happened to be a five-run output by the Huskies as Notre Dame was blanked, 5-0, at the Tempe Sports Complex.

Reigning National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie (3-0) tossed a complete-game one-hitter aided by a solo home run in the fifth. She struck out 13 Irish (1-4) batters without a walk and was joined in the home run department by Jenn Salling. Lawrie and Salling hit back-to-back jacks in the fifth, with Salling's coming in the form of a grand slam to break open a scoreless game and put Washington ahead, 4-0.

The defeat was Notre Dame's third to a Pacific-10 Conference team in as many days as the Irish finished with a 1-4 record at Arizona State's season-opening Kajikawa Classic. It was also the third loss for Notre Dame in four tries all-time against a top-ranked opponent.

Washington (5-0) totaled five hits, led by Kimi Pohlman who finished with a pair. The Huskies were stifled at times by the Irish defense, which hustled around the field to strand eight Washington runners.

Lawrie retired the Irish side in the first with Notre Dame responded by stranding a pair of Huskies on base as Jody Valdivia (1-2) record a strikeout and induced a pair of Washington pop-ups.

Katie Fleury halted Lawrie's no-hitter in the top of the fourth with a one-out single through the right side of the infield. Fleury was caught stealing two pitches later and Heather Johnson became Lawrie's eighth strikeout victim to end the inning.

Salling flew out to left to start the bottom of the fourth although the next three Huskies got on base courtesy of two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Valdivia kept her cool by fanning Shawna Wright and Hooch Fagaly, leaving the scoreboard blank to escape the inning.

Amy Buntin was Notre Dame's second base runner of the game, reaching first on a dropped third strike in the top of the fifth. Kristina Wright slammed the next pitch to deep left-center but the two-out rocket could not carry enough to clear the fence and ended the inning.

Alyson McWherter was issued a lead-off walk in the bottom of the fifth to get the Huskies' top of the lineup back around to the plate. Pohlman doubled to left-center as McWherter was held on third. Bailey Stenson knocked a fielder's choice back to Valdivia and Salling made the Irish pay with a grand slam. Lawrie completed the back-to-back effort with a solo shot to center.

Valdivia was replaced by Brittany O'Donnell in the sixth after giving up five earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings. O'Donnell struck out the first Husky batter she faced and kept Washington scoreless in her 1.0 inning of relief effort.

Notre Dame will now travel to the Southern Miss Mizuno Classic (Feb. 20-21) in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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February 12
W, 2-1 (8)
Utah
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
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February 12
L, 10-7
Kentucky
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 13
W, 4-2 (8)
BYU
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 13
L, 8-7
California
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 14
11:00 AM
Georgia State
Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)
February 19
4:00 PM
Utah Valley
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 19
8:30 PM
Washington
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 20
1:00 PM
Cal Poly
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 20
6:00 PM
UCLA
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 21
12:00 PM
George Washington
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 26
1:15 PM
East Carolina
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 26
3:30 PM
UCF
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 27
1:15 PM
North Florida
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 27
3:30 PM
Bryant University
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 28
10:00 AM
Penn State
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
1:15 PM
Stony Brook
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 5
6:00 PM
Florida Gulf Coast
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 6
10:00 AM
Stony Brook
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 6
12:15 PM
Ball State
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 9
5:00 PM
Florida International
Miami, Fla. (Felsberg Field at FIU Stadium)
March 9
7:00 PM
Florida International
Miami, Fla. (Felsberg Field at FIU Stadium)
March 12
1:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 12
3:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 13
12:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 17
5:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 22
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 23
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 25
2:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 25
4:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 30
5:00 PM
IPFW
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 2
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 2
3:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 3
12:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 5
5:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 7
5:00 PM
DePaul
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
3:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 10
12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 16
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 16
2:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 17
1:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 20
6:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 24
3:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 24
5:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 25
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 27
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
1:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
3:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 1
12:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
3:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 8
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship Quarterfinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship Semifinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 14
TBA
ACC Championship Final
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
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May 21
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus Sites
May 22
TBA
NCAA 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
May 29
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus Sites
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)
June 8
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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