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Irish Earn Day One Split At Aquafina Invitational
Junior Ashley Ellis scored the game-winning run for the Irish against North Florida on Friday.
 
Junior Ashley Ellis scored the game-winning run for the Irish against North Florida on Friday.

Feb. 22, 2008

Final Stats

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A morning loss to Gardner-Webb was followed by a shutout win over North Florida as the University of Notre Dame softball team split a pair of non-conference games on Friday to open the Aquafina Invitational at Katie Pressly Stadium.

Gardner-Webb slid by the Irish with a 3-2 win, but Notre Dame bounced back with a 1-0 victory against North Florida. The split moved Notre Dame's overall record to 3-3 on the season.

To start the day, Gardner-Webb's Melody Harrell took the second pitch of the game to left-center to give the Runnin' Bulldogs (5-3) an early 1-0 lead. Harrell and Kelly Linsley each knocked two hits off Irish starting pitcher Jody Valdivia (0-2) on the day. Valdivia pitched 3.2 innings and fanned seven batters while letting three earned runs cross the plate.

In the bottom second a Heather Johnson leadoff single got through the legs of GW's shortstop and rolled to the fence, allowing her to reach second. Pinch runner Erin Marrone advanced a base one play later when Christine Lux laid down a sacrifice bunt. But Marrone was stranded as pitcher Taryn Beck (2-1) retired the next pair of Irish batters.

Angie Walls hit a two-RBI single to shallow left in the top of the third to make it a 3-0 contest in favor of the Bulldogs.

With two outs in the fourth, Harrell shot a triple off the centerfield wall which prompted the relief effort of Brittney Bargar, who fanned Jessi Williams to close the inning. Bargar would go on to toss the final 3.1 innings, scattering two hits without permitting a run.

The Irish scored two runs in the sixth inning after punching in four hits. A one-out rally began with consecutive singles from Sadie Pitzenberger and Katie Fleury. Johnson singled to score Fleury after Pitzenberger was forced out one play prior on Katie Laing's fielder's choice. Laing would come around and score when Lux dropped a single into left.

 

 

Both Pitzenberger and Fleury had two hits apiece to pace Notre Dame. GW's Mandy Ward led all batters with a 3-for-4 day at the plate.

North Florida (7-5) gave the Irish a run for their money by loading the bases in the bottom of the third. With one out, Bargar induced a pair of grounders to retire the side - aided by Laing's sliding stop in the hole for the third out - as the game would stay scoreless through four complete frames.

In the top of the fifth, Ashley Ellis was hit by a pitch and moved to second when Pitzenberger looped a two-out single down the leftfield line. Fleury stepped up and dropped a single in almost the identical spot as Ellis mounted her horse and scored from second, never hesitating along the way.

Bargar walked UNF's Lauren Pulling to start the bottom of the seventh. Then what began as a passed ball resulted in Pitzenberger gunning Pulling down trying to snatch second. After Caroline Torre grounded out, Marrone made a web-gem worthy catch in right-center to lock the win for the Irish.

Barger threw 7.0 innings of shutout ball and struckout seven Lady Ospreys. She issued only a pair of walks.

Laing led Notre Dame with two hits, and Lux added a double.

A 12:15 p.m. (ET) meeting with No. 7 Florida awaits Notre Dame on Saturday.

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2:00 PM
Utah
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Kentucky
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February 13
1:30 PM
BYU
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February 13
4:00 PM
California
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February 14
11:00 AM
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4:00 PM
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8:30 PM
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6:00 PM
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February 21
12:00 PM
George Washington
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1:15 PM
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3:30 PM
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1:15 PM
North Florida
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February 27
3:30 PM
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February 28
10:00 AM
Penn State
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March 5
1:15 PM
Stony Brook
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 5
6:00 PM
Florida Gulf Coast
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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)
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7:00 PM
Florida International
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March 12
1:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
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3:00 PM
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12:00 PM
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5:00 PM
Bowling Green
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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
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March 25
4:00 PM
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March 26
12:00 PM
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March 30
5:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
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1:00 PM
Florida State
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April 2
3:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 3
12:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 5
5:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 7
5:00 PM
DePaul
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April 9
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
3:00 PM
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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
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