Notre Dame scored four late runs against No. 5 Michigan while falling to the Wolverines, 9-4.
Notre Dame scored four late runs against No. 5 Michigan while falling to the Wolverines, 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.



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

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