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    FIGHTING IRISH Notre Dame wrapped up the Lowcountry Invite by winning four of five games.
    FIGHTING IRISH
    Notre Dame wrapped up the Lowcountry Invite by winning four of five games.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    March 15, 2008

    Final Stats

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - A ten-run third inning gave the University of Notre Dame softball team a 10-2 win in five innings over host Charleston Southern on Saturday to wrap up the Lowcountry Collegiate Softball Invitational at the Charleston Southern Softball Field.

    The Buccaneers (11-21) took a brief 2-0 lead in the top of the third before the Irish (14-9) pounded out nine hits to post the double-figure total. Sadie Pitzenberger scored twice in the inning while knocking a triple and one single, with classmate Katie Fleury pouring on a pair of hits herself. In fact, the Irish registered five consecutive hits at one point during the frame.

    Pitcher Brittney Barger (11-5) held the Buccaneer bats to only one earned run on four hits while fanning six batters.

    Bargar started the three-game day for the Irish with a 5-0 shutout win over Campbell (20-8). She struck out four Camels and scattered five hits in 7.0 innings of action. On the flipside, Notre Dame stuck Lauren Stephan (9-6) for 10 hits, all of which were one-baggers. Linda Kohan, Sarah Smith, and Ashley Ellis each had two hits apiece in that contest. Kohan and Ellis both scored two runs, and Smith had two RBI for game-high honors.

    The Irish defense held strong for Bargar by leaving two Camels on base in both the first and third innings while in scoring position. Campbell left a total of seven ducks on the pond in the game.

    Notre Dame stumbled against Towson (11-11) by a 6-2 count in its second game of the day. Trailing 1-0 through four frames, Towson posted a six-spot in the top of the fifth that was headlined by Nina Navarro's base-clearing double. The Tigers' rally was aided by a pair of Irish errors in the stanza.

     

     

    Both Pitzenberger and Smith had two hits with Fleury adding an RBI and her third double of the season.

    Jody Valdivia (3-4) went the distance for the Irish and struck out eight Tigers despite leaving without the win.

    Notre Dame travels to Western Michigan for a March 18 doubleheader against the Broncos. First pitch leaves the circle at 3:30 p.m. (ET).

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