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    March 8, 1998

    Notre Dame Softball Blanks Western Illinois, 7-0

    Alkire hits three-run double

    FRESNO, Calif. Notre Dames softball team wrapped up the Fresno State Softball Classic with a 7-0 win over Western Illinois to improve to 5-10 on the season on Sunday. Freshman Melanie Alkires three-run double highlighted a six-run fifth inning for the Irish. Freshman Jennifer Sharron picked up her second shutout of the season to improve to 2-3 as she went the distance, allowing the Westerwinds just four hits.

    Western Illinois threatened to score with two singles in the first inning before Sarah Mathison and Kelly Rowe turned a double play to end the inning. The Westerwinds put runners on second and third in the second inning but couldnt score. Western Illinois left a runner on base in the third and a pair in the fourth before Sharron faced the minimum over the last three innings.

    The Irish used six hits, two walks and an error in their six-run fifth inning. Lisa Tully scored the first run on an error with the bases loaded. Alkires double scored Danielle Klayman, Jenn Giampaolo and Kelly Nichols. Alkire later scored when Sarah Mathison walked with the bases loaded. Amy Laboe singled to score Dawn Cunningham for the final run of the inning. Alkire made it 7-0 in the sixth inning when she singled to score Klayman who had singled and stolen second base.

    The win was the first for the Irish at the Fresno State Softball Classic after a 1-0, eight-inning loss to 14th-ranked South Carolina, a 7-1 loss to 20th-ranked Oregon State and a 8-3 loss to fourth-ranked Oklahoma State. The win over Western Illinois snapped a six-game losing streak dating back to last weekend with losses to Oklahoma State, Florida and Arizona State, matching the worst losing streak in Irish history. The Irish return to action with a single game at UCLA on Tuesday before heading to Honolulu for the Bank of Hawaii Invitational.

    Western Illinois    000 000 0   0  4 1
    Notre Dame          000 061 x   7 12 2

    Jennifer Sharron and Kris McCleary. Vonya Olachnovitch, Holly Killion (5) and Kendra DeRosa. WP-Sharron, 2-3. LP-Olachnovitch 0-3. 2B-Melanie Alkire (ND).

    Box Score

    1998 Notre Dame Softball
    Western Illinois vs Notre Dame
    Mar 08, 1998 at Fresno, Calif. (Bulldog Diamond)
    Western Illinois 0 (1-8)
    Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB   Avg
    Wedni Krejca rf...........  3  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Dani Hofmann 2b...........  2  0  2  0    0  0  3  5   0
    Cara Johnson 3b...........  3  0  2  0    0  1  1  2   0
    Chrissie Beebe ss.........  3  0  0  0    0  1  1  5   2
    Kendra DeRosa c...........  1  0  0  0    2  0  3  0   0
     JoAnna Miner pr........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Alicia Kelly lf...........  3  0  0  0    0  0  1  0   0
    Melissa Hazelwood cf......  3  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Mindy Johns 1b............  3  0  0  0    0  0  9  0   0
    Lyndsay Cousert dh........  2  0  0  0    0  1  0  0   4
     Holly Killion p........... 1  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Vonya Olachnovitch p......  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Totals.................... 24  0  4  0    2  3 18 12   6
    
    Notre Dame 7 (5-10)
    Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A LOB   Avg
    Jenn Giampaolo cf.........  4  1  2  0    0  0  3  0   0
    Danielle Klayman lf.......  4  2  1  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Melanie Alkire ss.........  4  1  3  4    0  0  1  2   0
     Korrie Allen pr........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Kristina McCleary c.......  3  0  1  0    0  0  4  3   0
     Dawn Cunningham pr........ 0  1  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Lizzy Lemire rf...........  4  0  2  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Sarah Mathison 2b.........  2  0  0  1    2  0  3  3   3
    Amy Laboe dh..............  3  0  3  1    0  0  0  0   0
    Lisa Tully 3b.............  2  1  0  0    0  0  4  1   2
     Sarah Kirkman ph.......... 1  0  0  0    0  1  0  0   0
    Kelly Rowe 1b.............  1  0  0  0    0  1  3  1   0
     Kelly Nichols 1b.......... 1  1  0  0    1  1  3  0   3
    Jennifer Sharron p........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0   0
    Totals.................... 29  7 12  6    3  3 21 10   8
    
    Score by innings:                   R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Western Illinois      000 000 0  -  0  4  1
    Notre Dame            000 061    -  7 12  2
    -------------------------------------------
    E - C. Beebe, Lizzy Lemire(1), J. Sharron(1).
    DP - Westerwinds 1, Irish 1. LOB - Westerwinds 6, Irish 8.
    2B - M. Alkire(3).
    SB - K. DeRosa, Alicia Kelly, D. Klayman(2), Lisa Tully(1). CS - D. Hofmann.
    SH - K. McCleary(1).
    
    Western Illinois       IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF   ERA  NP
    Vonya Olachnovitch..  4.1   7   6   5   2   1  19 22         -
    Holly Killion.......  1.2   5   1   1   1   2  10 11         -
    
    Notre Dame             IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF   ERA  NP
    Jennifer Sharron....  7.0   4   0   0   2   3  24 27         -
    Win - J. Sharron 2-3.  Loss - Olachnovitch 0-3.  Save - None.
    PB - K. DeRosa.
    HBP - by J. Sharron (D. Hofmann).
    Umpires -
    Start: 10:03 am   Time: 1:54   Attendance: 200
    

    Play-by-play

    1998 Notre Dame Softball
    Western Illinois vs Notre Dame
    Mar 08, 1998 at Fresno, Calif. (Bulldog Diamond)
    
    Score by innings:                   R  H  E
    -------------------------------------------
    Western Illinois      000 000 0  -  0  4  1
    Notre Dame            000 061    -  7 12  2
    -------------------------------------------
    Western Illinois inning 1
      W. Krejca out at first 1b to 2b.  D. Hofmann singled to right field.  Cara
      Johnson singled to left field; D. Hofmann advanced to second.  C. Beebe
      grounded into double play 2b to 1b; Cara Johnson out on the play.  0 runs, 2
      hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
    Notre Dame inning 1
      J. Giampaolo grounded out to 2b.  D. Klayman grounded out to 2b.  M. Alkire
      grounded out to ss.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
    Western Illinois inning 2
      K. DeRosa walked.  Alicia Kelly reached on a fielder's choice; K. DeRosa
      advanced to second.  M. Hazelwood fouled out to c.  Mindy Johns fouled out
      to 3b.  Alicia Kelly stole second; K. DeRosa stole third.  L. Cousert
      grounded out to 2b.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
    Notre Dame inning 2
      K. McCleary popped up to 3b.  Lizzy Lemire grounded out to 2b.  S. Mathison
      walked.  Amy Laboe singled to right field; S. Mathison advanced to second.
      Lisa Tully grounded out to 2b.  0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
    Western Illinois inning 3
      W. Krejca grounded out to 2b.  D. Hofmann hit by pitch.  Cara Johnson
      singled to left field; D. Hofmann advanced to second.  Cara Johnson advanced
      to second; D. Hofmann out at third c to 3b, caught stealing.  C. Beebe
      struck out looking.  0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
    Notre Dame inning 3
      Kelly Rowe struck out looking.  J. Giampaolo singled to center field.  D.
      Klayman lined into double play ss to 1b; J. Giampaolo out on the play.  0
      runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
    Western Illinois inning 4
      K. DeRosa walked.  J. Miner pinch ran for K. DeRosa.  Alicia Kelly reached
      on an error by p; J. Miner advanced to second.  M. Hazelwood flied out to
      cf.  Mindy Johns reached on an error by rf; Alicia Kelly advanced to second;
      J. Miner advanced to third.  J. Miner picked off, out at home c to ss.  L.
      Cousert struck out swinging.  0 runs, 0 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.
    Notre Dame inning 4
      K. DeRosa to c for J. Miner.  M. Alkire singled to shortstop.  Korrie Allen
      pinch ran for M. Alkire.  K. McCleary out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt;
      Korrie Allen advanced to second.  Lizzy Lemire grounded out to 3b.  S.
      Mathison grounded out to 2b.  0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
    Western Illinois inning 5
      M. Alkire to ss for Korrie Allen.  K. Nichols to 1b for Kelly Rowe.  W.
      Krejca flied out to cf.  D. Hofmann singled to right field.  D. Hofmann
      picked off, out at second c to 2b.  Cara Johnson struck out swinging.  0
      runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
    Notre Dame inning 5
      Amy Laboe singled to left field.  Lisa Tully reached on a fielder's choice;
      Amy Laboe out at second ss to 2b.  Lisa Tully stole second.  K. Nichols
      walked.  J. Giampaolo singled to shortstop; K. Nichols advanced to second;
      Lisa Tully advanced to third.  D. Klayman reached on an error by ss; J.
      Giampaolo advanced to second; K. Nichols advanced to third; Lisa Tully
      scored.  M. Alkire doubled to right center, 3 RBI; D. Klayman scored,
      unearned; J. Giampaolo scored; K. Nichols scored.  K. McCleary singled to
      center field; M. Alkire advanced to third.  H. Killion to p for L. Cousert.
      / for Olachnovitch.  Cunningham pinch ran for K. McCleary.  Lizzy Lemire
      singled to shortstop; Cunningham advanced to second.  S. Mathison walked,
      RBI; Lizzy Lemire advanced to second; Cunningham advanced to third; M.
      Alkire scored.  Amy Laboe singled to center field, RBI; S. Mathison advanced
      to second; Lizzy Lemire advanced to third; Cunningham scored.  S. Kirkman
      pinch hit for Lisa Tully.  S. Kirkman struck out swinging.  K. Nichols
      struck out looking.  6 runs, 6 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.
    Western Illinois inning 6
      K. McCleary to c for Cunningham.  Lisa Tully to 3b for S. Kirkman.  C. Beebe
      grounded out to ss.  K. DeRosa flied out to cf.  Alicia Kelly lined out to
      3b.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
    Notre Dame inning 6
      J. Giampaolo grounded out to ss.  D. Klayman singled to center field.  D.
      Klayman stole second.  M. Alkire singled, RBI; D. Klayman scored.  K.
      McCleary flied out to lf.  M. Alkire advanced to second on a passed ball.
      Lizzy Lemire singled to center field; M. Alkire advanced to third.  S.
      Mathison reached on a fielder's choice; Lizzy Lemire out at second ss to 2b.
       1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
    Western Illinois inning 7
      M. Hazelwood popped up to 3b.  Mindy Johns grounded out to ss.  H. Killion
      grounded out to 3b.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
    
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