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Irish Head South For Four Games At Southern Miss Mizuno Classic
Alexa Maldonado tripled for Notre Dame during the Kajikawa Classic, the first for the Irish on the season.
 
Alexa Maldonado tripled for Notre Dame during the Kajikawa Classic, the first for the Irish on the season.

Feb. 19, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., Feb. 20-21 to take part in the Southern Miss Mizuno Classic. The Irish went 1-4 at last week's Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State, with the lone win coming in the season-opener against Creighton.

"We found out a lot about ourselves in Arizona, and we're looking to fine-tune several parts of our game in preparation to face a solid field at Southern Miss," Irish head coach Deanna Gumpf said.

Live stats for each game will be available at UND.com. For up-to-the-minute scores and highlights, fans can sign up for IRISH ALERT text-messaging services at UND.com.

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Mizuno Classic (Feb. 20-21)
Host: University of Southern Mississippi
Site: Southern Miss Softball Softball Complex

Live stats: und.com
Text alerts: und.com
Notre Dame Athletics Twitter: @und_com

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(1-4 overall / 0-0 BIG EAST)
[und.com • bigeast.org]

Saturday, Feb. 20 • 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Louisiana Tech Techsters

(2-0 overall / 0-0 Western Athletic)
[latechsports.com • wacsports.com]
Series: Louisiana Tech, 1-0
Series streak: Louisiana Tech, W1
First / last meeting: March 3, 1995 - Louisiana Tech, 4-2

Saturday, Feb. 20 • 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Southern Miss Golden Eagles

(5-0 overall / 0-0 Conference-USA)
[southernmiss.com • conferenceusa.com]
Series: Notre Dame, 1-0
Series streak: Notre Dame, W1
First / last meeting: Feb. 22, 2002 - Notre Dame, 6-0

Sunday, Feb. 21 • 10:00 a.m. (ET)
Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks

(1-5 overall / 0-0 Southland)
[sfajacks.com • southland.org]
Series: Tied, 1-1
Series streak: Stephen F. Austin, W1
First meeting: March 8, 1997 - Notre Dame, 11-2
Last meeting: March 5, 2006 - Stephen F. Austin, 2-1

Sunday, Feb. 21 • 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Alcorn State Braves


(1-1 overall / 0-0 Southwestern Athletic)
[alcornsports.com • swac.org]
Series: First meeting

 

 

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One-Hitters ...
• Notre Dame is now in its 22nd season of varsity competition with an all-time record of 845-403-3 ... the program boasts 14 NCAA Championship appearances (11 consecutive) and six BIG EAST Conference Tournament titles, the latest coming in 2009.
• With an 11-3 win over Creighton (Feb. 12), head coach Deanna Gumpf is now 4-5 in season-openers at Notre Dame, while the Irish are 9-13 overall in their first game of a new campaign ... the 11 runs marked the most ever in a season-opener for the Irish.
• Notre Dame is 0-4 against top-ranked teams after a Feb. 14 defeat to No. 1 Washington (also lost to No. 1 Arizona in 2002 and twice to No. 1 Alabama in 2009).
• Notre Dame is 73-66 in the month of February, and 66-51 on neutral turf ... under Gumpf, Notre Dame is 109-81 at neutral sites.
• The Irish are a combined 2-2 all-time against this week's Mizuno Classic field.

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See the Ball, Hit the Ball ...
Amy Buntin (.417) and Katie Fleury (.353) were steady for the Irish at the dish throughout the Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 12-14) ... Buntin had five hits - including one double - and three RBI to open her collegiate career ... one of Fleury's six hits were good for two bases as she led the Irish with three hits and three runs against Creighton (Feb. 12) ... Christine Lux, Dani Miller and Heather Johnson each recorded home runs for Notre Dame over the four-game stretch ... Lux's three-run jack against Creighton brought her career total to 34, two shy of the program's all-time record ... 10 of the 14 Irish players with an official at-bat recorded at least one hit at the tournament.

A Valiant Valdivia ...
Senior pitcher Jody Valdivia led the way in the season-opening victory over Creighton (Feb. 12) with a complete-game 10-strikeout performance against the Bluejays in the abbreviated six-inning contest, extending her winning streak from the circle to 18 straight games dating back to March 2009 ... Valdivia brushed off a shaky after giving up a two-run homer in the first inning, proceeding to retire 14 of the next 15 batters over the next few frames as the Bluejays managed one more run on two hits in the top of the sixth ... with the 10-strikeout performance Valdivia eclipsed the 300-strikeout plateau, becoming the ninth Irish pitcher to do so in a career ... it was the fifth game of her career with double-digit strikeouts ... Valdivia shouldered the loss one day later against Auburn (Feb. 13) to end the streak ... Valdivia appeared in four games at the Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 12-14), pitching 20.0 innings with 26 strikeouts.

Conference Company ...
Three of Notre Dame's losses at the Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 12-14) were at the hands of Pacific-10 teams (Oregon, Oregon State and Washington).

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February 12
2:00 PM
Utah
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 12
7:00 PM
Kentucky
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 13
1:30 PM
BYU
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 13
4:00 PM
California
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 14
11:00 AM
Georgia State
Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)
February 19
4:00 PM
Utah Valley
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 19
8:30 PM
Washington
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 20
1:00 PM
Cal Poly
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 20
6:00 PM
UCLA
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 21
12:00 PM
George Washington
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 26
1:15 PM
East Carolina
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 26
3:30 PM
UCF
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 27
1:15 PM
North Florida
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 27
3:30 PM
Bryant University
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 28
10:00 AM
Penn State
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
1:15 PM
Stony Brook
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 5
6:00 PM
Florida Gulf Coast
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 6
10:00 AM
Stony Brook
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 6
12:15 PM
Ball State
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 9
5:00 PM
Florida International
Miami, Fla. (Felsberg Field at FIU Stadium)
March 9
7:00 PM
Florida International
Miami, Fla. (Felsberg Field at FIU Stadium)
March 12
1:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 12
3:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 13
12:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 17
5:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 22
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 23
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 25
2:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 25
4:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 30
5:00 PM
IPFW
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 2
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 2
3:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 3
12:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 5
5:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 7
5:00 PM
DePaul
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
3:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 10
12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 16
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 16
2:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 17
1:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 20
6:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 24
3:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 24
5:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 25
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 27
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
1:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
3:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 1
12:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
3:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 8
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship Quarterfinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship Semifinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 14
TBA
ACC Championship Final
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 20
TBA
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TBA
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May 27
TBA
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May 28
TBA
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May 29
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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June 2
TBA
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June 3
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June 7
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June 8
TBA
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