Notre Dame Softball Sweeps Seton Hall
Sharron and Alkire throw shutouts.Box Score/Play-by-Play Game 1
Box Score/Play-by-Play Game 2
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's softball team opened its home BIG EAST schedule with a 7-0 and 8-0 doubleheader sweep of BIG EAST South Division opponent Seton Hall on Saturday at Ivy Field. Freshmen pitchers Jennifer Sharron and Melanie Alkire threw complete-game one-hit shutouts for the Irish who pounded out 21 hits, including four doubles and four triples. Freshman Lizzy Lemire sparked the Irish offensively in the first game as she hit 3-3 with a triple and four RBI. Freshman Danielle Klayman went 3-3 in the second game with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI.
The two wins moved Notre Dame into a tie with Villanova for first in the South Division. Seton Hall and Notre Dame were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 9, and a single game on Saturday, but rain on Wednesday shortened the three-game series into a Saturday doubleheader. Notre Dame improves to 19-18, 6-3 in the BIG EAST while Seton Hall falls to 12-16-1, 0-11 in the conference.
Sharron faced just three batters over the seven-inning minimum in the first game as she allowed just one hit and struck out six Pirates to improve to 8-6. Marlena Kotynski singled in the fourth inning for Seton Hall's only hit. Pirate freshman Jenn Berghoff took the loss to fall to 6-8 as she allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits in six innings pitch.
Jenn Giampaolo started Notre Dame off in the first as she walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Alkire. Giampaolo drove in the second run with a triple to score Klayman for a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Dawn Cunningham and Lisa Tully made it 3-0 in the fourth inning. Lemire helped the Irish break open the game in the fifth inning with a two-run triple for a 5-0 Irish lead. She then closed out the scoring with a two-RBI single in the sixth inning.
In game two, Alkire came within three outs of a no-hitter, allowing only Shye Nakabayashi an infield single in the top of the sixth. She finished with a one-hitter with two walks and two strike outs and faced three-batters over the six-inning minimum. Pirate freshman Misty Jenkins-Beaver went the distance to fall to 5-8, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits.
Giampaolo sparked the Irish once again in the second game with a triple to lead off the first, followed by an RBI single by Alkire. Klayman later made it 2-0 in the first with a single to send home Amy Laboe, who had walked to reach base. Seton Hall threatened to cut the lead in half in the third inning when Jenkins-Beaver walked, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a groundball but was stranded at third.
Notre Dame built a 5-0 lead in the fourth as the Irish took advantage of two Seton Hall errors to score three runs on three hits. Klayman tripled home Lemire in the fifth and scored an error for a 7-0 lead after five innings. After Nakabayashi broke up Alkire's no-hit bid in the top of the sixth, Lemire ended the game by the eight-run rule with a sacrifice fly to score Laboe in the bottom of the sixth.
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Jenn Berghoff (LP 6-8) and Amy Efchak.
Jennifer Sharron (WP 8-6) and Kris McCleary.
2B- Jenn Giampaolo (ND), Dawn Cunningham (ND), Lisa Tully (ND).
3B- Giampaolo, Lizzy Lemire (ND).
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Misty Jenkins-Beaver (LP 5-8) and Amy Efchak.
Melanie Alkire (WP 3-1) and Kris McCleary, Korrie Allen (5).
2B- Amy Laboe (ND). 3B- Giampaolo, Danielle Klayman (ND).