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Fighting Irish Halted By Fifth-Ranked Michigan, 9-4

March 19, 2011

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FULLERTON, Calif. - Separated by less than 200 miles in the Midwest, Notre Dame and No. 5 Michigan faced off on the West Coast for the first time Saturday in the 18-game series history. The Wolverines used a four-run third inning to post their 10th straight victory over the Irish with a 9-4 win at Anderson Family Field. Notre Dame finished the Judi Garman Classic with a 2-4 record, as three of the four defeats came to top 20 teams.

Notre Dame heads home with a 16-6 record and hits the field Wednesday (March 23) for a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan. The opening game at Melissa Cook Stadium will begin at 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Notre Dame got out of the first with a 5-3 double play started by a swift scoop at third by Heather Johnson.

Johnson singled to left in the home half of the first.

Michigan (29-1) left two on in the second after singles by Caitlin Blanchard and Marley Powers.

Dorian Shaw smashed a 2-2 pitch to left as the Wolverines took a 2-0 lead with one out in the third.

Ashley Lane drove in Amanda Chidester later in the frame with a one-out double to right. Blanchard followed with an RBI-single to push the Michigan lead to 4-0, the eighth hit of the game for the Wolverines. Michigan scored its four runs on six hits in the inning.

Michigan added a pair in the fourth, an inning that saw centerfielder Alexa Maldonado commit her first fielding error on the season. In fact, it was Maldonado's first error in 132 chances, a streak that began two weeks into her 2009 freshman campaign.

The Irish had to wait until the fifth inning for their second hit, a double by Alexia Clay down the leftfield line.

Michigan put together two runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth.

Lauren Stuhr added a single for Notre Dame in the bottom of the sixth. Stuhr went to second on a wild pitch and collected another bag on Katie Fleury's one-out infield single.

Miller brought both runners home with a grounder which was booted by shortstop Amy Knapp.

Hitting a spurt in the seventh, Clay and Brianna Jorgensborg each singled in the final frame. Jackie Bowe drew a walk to load the bases and Stuhr's long single brought in a pair of runs.

After posting eight straight wins to begin the season, Laura Winter (8-2) suffered her loss in as many appearances. Winter fanned a pair but scattered nine hits and four earned runs in 3.0 innings.

Valdivia finished the game for Notre Dame and tossed 4.0 innings of seven-hit ball.

The win went to Stephanie Speierman (13-0), who stayed undefeated with a 6.0 inning six-hit effort. She allowed four runs with six strikeouts.

Seven players had multi-hit efforts for Michigan, paced by three knocks by both Chidester and Lane.

Notre Dame totaled eight hits, paced by two apiece from Clay and Stuhr.

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February 19
L, 9-2
#11/10 Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 23
L, 4-3
#RV Texas
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
L, 8-0 (5)
#20/22 Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
RECAP
February 24
L, 3-1
#21/19 Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
W, 10-7
#11/12 Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
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W, 5-4
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12:30 PM
Purdue
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
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5:00 PM
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10:00 AM
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March 5
12:15 PM
Charlotte
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 11
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
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3:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 12
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 14
5:00 PM
Georgia State
Atlanta, Ga. (Heck Softball Complex)
March 15
6:00 PM
Mercer
Macon, Ga. (Sikes Field)
March 17
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 18
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 19
12:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 22
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
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12:00 PM
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Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
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2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

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April 3
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

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April 5
5:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 7
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 8
3:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 9
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 11
5:30 PM
Detroit Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 12
6:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 14
4:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 14
6:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 15
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 22
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 22
3:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 25
5:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Drysdale Field)
April 29
1:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 29
3:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 30
12:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 3
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 5
6:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 6
3:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 7
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 11
TBA
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