Feb. 27, 1998
Notre Dame Pounds 25 Hits in Win Over Canisius, 11th Ranked South Carolina
COLUMBUS, Ga.-Notre Dame's softball team pounded out 25 hits and scored 20 runs and held Canisius and 11th ranked South Carolina to two unearned runs and five hits combined in 15-0 and 5-2 wins at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, in Columbus, Ga. With the wins, the Irish improve to 3-4 on the year and will play Auburn and 10th ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday before bracket play begins on Sunday. Freshman Jennifer Sharron picked up her first career win against Canisius while Angela Bessolo allowed just one hit in five innings pitched against South Carolina for the win. Kelly Nichols tied for the NCAA recod for career saves of 19 after picking up her first save of the season against the Gamecocks.
In the five-inning win over Canisius, the Irish erupted for seven runs in the first inning thanks to four Golden Griffin and three errors. Notre Dame added four runs in the second and two each in the third and fourth inings. Freshman Lizzy Lemire went 3-3 with three RBI's, two runs and two triples to tie a Notre Dame single season record for triples. The 15 runs were the second most runs scored ever bya Notre Dame team.
Against 11-th ranked South Carolina, Notre Dame used a seven single third-inning to jump out to 4-0 lead. Kelly Rowe, Giampaolo and Lisa Tully led off with singles to load the bases to set up Melanie Alkire who smacked a two-run single to center field to drive home Rowe and Giampaolo. Sarah Mathison would single to score Tully and DanielleKlayman would single to score Mathison for the 4-0 lead. Two walks, two Irish errors and a wild pitch put two runs on the board for the Gamecocks, without a hit. The Irish got one of the runs back in the sixth when Giampaolo and Dawn Cunningham combined to steal second and home base for a 5-2 lead. Bessolo left after five innings in which she allowed just one hit and no earned runs. Kelly Nichols relieved Bessolo in the bottom of the sixth.