Feb. 21, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Notre Dame picked up its third straight non-conference softball win Sunday behind Jody Valdivia's 3-0 shutout against Stephen F. Austin at the Mizuno Classic. The Irish (4-4) swept the competition at the tournament hosted by Southern Miss and now look forward to next week's Virginia Invitational (Feb. 26-28) in Charlottesville, Va.
Notre Dame's second scheduled game at the Southern Miss Softball Complex against Alcorn State was called off due to inclement weather in the Hattiesburg area.
The lead extended to 3-0 starting with Alexia Clay's triple one frame later, one of six Irish hits on the day. Clay would score on a Ladyjack wild pitch.
Kayla Gutowski paced Stephen F. Austin (3-6) with a pair of hits, the second being a single through the left side of the infield with no outs in the bottom of the seventh to load the bases. A poised Valdivia found a way to get Karissa Jones to foul out to Lux at first, and struck out both Amber Price and Monika Covington to end the game.
Valdivia (3-2) gave up five hits - three in the seventh inning - with six strikeouts and one walk. Monika Covington (0-4) stayed winless after giving up three earned runs on six hits, but kept the Irish on their toes with 10 strikeouts.