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    April 8, 1998

    Notre Dame Softball Drops Doubleheader To Purdue

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    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's softball team was shut out of a home doubleheader for the first time in six years as Purdue blanked the Irish 2-0 and 4-0 at Ivy Field on Wednesday. Notre Dame was a combined 2-25 with runners on base and 0-16 with runners in scoring position. The Irish managed just seven hits in 14 innings to fall below .500 once again with a 17-18 record. Purdue improved to 21-18.

    Freshman Jennifer Sharron went the distance in the first game as she held the Boilermakers to just one earned run and four hits. Her record fell to 7-6 while her ERA also dropped to 2.86.

    Purdue scored the game's only runs on a bases-loaded double in the fourth inning. The Irish wasted a double in the fifth inning and had runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth but could not get on the board.

    Purdue scored the only runs it would need with three in the top of the first inning of the second game off starter Angela Bessolo. The junior was knocked out of the game after recording just two outs and allowing three runs on four hits. Kelly Nichols pitched the final six and one-third innings and held Purdue to one run on four hits.

    Amy Laboe, Sara Mathison and Danielle Klayman each had singles for the Irish in the second game. Klayman went 3-6 on the day.

    Notre Dame, with a 4-3 BIG EAST record, opens its 1998 BIG EAST home schedule with a doubleheader against BIG EAST South Division foe Seton Hall on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

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