Softball Sweeps Toledo

12 straight wins for Irish.

April 23, 1998

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Notre Dame's softball team used 12 hits in the first game and a season-high 16 hits in the second game to put up seven runs in each game for a 7-2 and 7-1 sweep at Toledo. The Irish extended their winning streak to 12 games and improved to 29-18 while the Rockets fall to 8-36. Danielle Klayman and Amy Laboe each had five hits while Lisa Tully scored four runs to lead the Irish. Freshmen pitchers Jennifer Sharron and Melanie Alkire each picked wins while Angela Bessolo and Kelly Nichols each recorded saves.

Notre Dame returns to action when Villanova travels to Ivy Field for a three-game BIG EAST series. The Irish and Wildcats stand in first and second in the BIG EAST South Division with the winner of the series capturing the divisional title. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 12:00 p.m., with Sunday's single game scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start.

Notre Dame jumped out in front 2-0 in the first game with a run in each of the first two innings before Toledo cut the lead to 2-1 after three innings. The Irish then used a four-run fourth inning to break the game open. Laboe stroked a bases-loaded double to score two runs for the key hit in the game. The Irish took advantage of six Rocket errors in game one.

Sharron improved to 13-6 as she pitched four innings, holding Toledo to one run on three hits while striking out three. Bessolo pitched the final three innings to record her second save of the season. She also allowed one run on three hits.

Toledo took a 1-0 in the second game before Notre Dame tied the score at 1-1 in the third. The Irish used another four-run fourth inning to break the game open. Laboe and Alkire both doubled as Notre Dame sent all nine batters to the plate in the fourth.

Alkire upped her record to 6-1 with the win. She went four innings, allowing the Rockets one run on four hits. Nichols blanked Toledo for the final three innings on four hits to record her NCAA career record 23rd save and fifth of the season.

Game One Notre Dame 110 410 0 7-12-0 Toledo 001 000 1 2-6-6 Jennifer Sharron (WP 13-6), Angela Bessolo (5, Save-2) and Kris McCleary and Korrie Allen (5). Amy Lukowski (LP 6-19), Tracy Riepenhoff (2), Wendy Adams (4). 2B- Amy Laboe (ND), Melanie Alkire (ND). 3B- Leslie Preston (UT).

Game Two Notre Dame 001 400 2 7-16-0 Toledo 100 000 0 1-8-1 Melanie Alkire (WP 6-1), Kelly Nichols (5, Save-5) and Kris McCleary and Korrie Allen (5). Tracy Riepenhoff (LP 0-3), Amy Lukowski (4), Alicia Davison (6). 2B- Amy Laboe (ND), Melanie Alkire (ND), Lizzy Lemire (ND), Danielle Klayman (ND), Andrea Dominquez (UT).


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