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    April 5, 1998

    Notre Dame Softball Splits Doubleheader At Boston College

    CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Notre Dame's softball concluded its final BIG EAST road trip with a doubleheader split at defending BIG EAST champion Boston College on Sunday. The Eagles won the first game 3-2 in nine innings before the Irish scored the game's only run in the top of the seventh for a 1-0 win in the second game. Notre Dame improves to 18-17, 4-3 in the BIG EAST.

    In the first game, the Irish took a 2-1 lead after the second inning and held the lead until the seventh when Boston College's Jennifer Perrotta led off the seventh with a solo homer to tie the score at two. After a scoreless eighth inning, the Eagles used a single, two sacrifice bunts and a single to score the winning run.

    Kelly Nichols had given the Irish a 2-1 lead in the second with a two-run double to score Sarah Mathison and Kris McCleary. Freshman Jennifer Sharron took the loss for the Irish as she pitched all nine innings, allowing just three runs, two earned. Boston College's 1997 BIG EAST rookie of the year Mary Dietz pitched the final three innings to pick up the win.

    In game two, both teams were scoreless through six innings until Tara King led off the top of the seventh with a double, went to third on a sacrifice and scored on an RBI single by McCleary. Freshman pitcher Melanie Alkire pitched six and two-third innings and scattered four hits before Nichols relieved her in the seventh with runners on first and second with two outs.

    Nichols recorded her fourth save of the season and NCAA record 22nd of her career with one pitch to record the final out of the game. Alkire improved to 3-1 on the season with the win, her first win in BIG EAST games. Dietz took the loss for the Eagles, who dropped their first BIG EAST game of the year.

    The Irish return to action on Wednesday, April 8, with a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader at Ivy Field against Purdue. Notre Dame opens its home BIG EAST schedule on Thursday, April 9, with a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader against Seton Hall.

       
    Game One
    Notre Dame       020 000 000   2-7-4
    Boston College   100 000 101   3-8-3

    Jennifer Sharron (LP 7-6) and Kris McCleary. Chris Vicari, Mary Dietz (7, WP 8-2) and Jennifer Perrotta.
    2B- Sarah Mathison (ND), Kelly Nichols (ND).
    HR- Jennifer Perrotta (BC).

    Game Two
    Notre Dame       000 000 1   1-5-1
    Boston College   000 000 0   0-4-2

    Melanie Alkire (WP 3-1), Kelly Nichols (7) and Kris McCleary. Mary Dietz (LP 8-3) and Summer Jarratt.
    2B- Lisa Tully (ND), Tara King (ND).

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