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Season's Historic Start Rolls On For Irish Softball
Kasey O'Connor and the Irish are winners of nine straight games to start the 2011 season.
 
Kasey O'Connor and the Irish are winners of nine straight games to start the 2011 season.

Feb. 27, 2011

Game 1: Box Score | Box Score Get Acrobat Reader
Game 2: Box Score | Box Score Get Acrobat Reader

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Ten years ago, the Notre Dame softball team started the 2001 campaign with eight straight wins. One decade the later, the Irish bettered that school-record streak with nine straight wins after earning a pair of wins Sunday at the College of Charleston's Cougar Classic.

Notre Dame began the day at Patriots Point with a five-inning, 10-1 victory over Marist. The team then went to work for a 6-4 win over Liberty for the program's 900th win in 23 seasons.

A perfect 4-0 record at the Cougar Classic was made largely possible by a pitching corps which posted a 0.54 ERA in 26.0 innings. Jody Valdivia, Laura Winter, Jackie Bowe and Brittany O'Donnell each recorded a win with Valdivia also posting a save.

The Irish hit .316 as a team in the four-game invite while out-scoring the opposition, 19-5. Alexa Maldonado hit .545 with six hits and six runs to pace the offensive unit.

Notre Dame will next be in action March 4-6 at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.

-Game 1-

Maldonado led off the game with a double and moved to third on one of two Marist (0-5) errors in the contest. She trotted home on Heather Johnson's infield groundout.

Seven hits produced seven runs in the second inning to put the game out of reach. Amy Buntin cranked a second straight inning-leading double, Alexia Clay was walked and Brianna Jorgensborg doubled to left-center to score Buntin. With a 2-0 lead, Kasey O'Connor singled to right to plate Clay. Two runners were on base when Maldonado's second home run of the season cleared the rightfield fence for Notre Dame's sixth run of the frame, all of which came with no outs.

Danielle Klotz bashed a solo home run for Marist in the second, the only run allowed by O'Donnell (2-0) in 4.0 innings. O'Donnell struck out four in the two-hit starting role before giving way to Shannon Kelly. Kelly faced four batters and allowed one hit in 1.0 frame.

Notre Dame left three runners on base in a scoreless third inning.

Hayley Shelton (0-2) lasted 1.2 innings for Marist and was tagged for seven hits and seven earned runs.

The Irish totaled 13 hits, including four in a two-run fifth inning to enact the mercy rule.

-Game 2-

It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.

Liberty (2-2) and Notre Dame combined for seven errors and only four of the combined 10 runs were earned.

Liberty committed four errors behind Katrina Johnson (1-1), who went 6.0 innings and was knocked around for seven hits and six runs, half of which were earned.

Combining for the win were Bowe (1-0) and Valdivia, who stepped in for the final 2.2 innings to secure the save. Bowe punched out eight Flames and Valdivia turned away five.

Two Flames were on base in the top of the first when Bowe struck out the next three. Four Liberty batters struck out twice in the contest.

Maldonado got aggressive in the bottom half of the opener by beating out an infield grounder. A stolen base later, she put herself in position to score on another infield grounder by Johnson while sliding around the catcher's tag for a banger at the dish.

The Irish scoring progressed with two more in the second and three in the third.

Buntin singled in the second and moved ahead on Jorgensborg's sacrifice bunt. Laura Winter was hit by a pitch and O'Connor's single bumped Buntin home while Winter scored on an ensuing throwing error.

Maldonado scored to start the third on a Katie Fleury single to put Notre Dame ahead, 4-0. Fleury accounted for an unearned run on a fielder's choice by Johnson, as did pinch-runner Monica Torres.

Liberty notched a sacrifice fly to score its only run in the fourth, and each of its three runs in the fifth came with one out.

Maldonado led all players with two runs, and seven different Irish players recorded one hit.

Maldonado was also credited with three stolen bases.

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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
1:30 PM
BYU
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 13
4:00 PM
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
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TBA
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Campus Sites
May 22
TBA
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Campus Sites
May 26
TBA
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May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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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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