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    FIGHTING IRISH Notre Dame hits the road again this weekend, heading to Florida for the second time since the season started.
    FIGHTING IRISH
    Notre Dame hits the road again this weekend, heading to Florida for the second time since the season started.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    March 3, 2011

    Game NotesGet Acrobat Reader | Diamond 9 Events Citrus Classic - Tournament Central

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The second of three trips to Florida on the season is in store for Notre Dame this weekend as the Irish sluggers carry a flawless 9-0 record into the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic. The first-year event, which features a number of the nation's premier programs, will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

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    Diamond 9 Citrus Classic • March 4-6
    Disney Wide World of Sports • Kissimmee, Fla.

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    (9-0 overall, 0-0 BIG EAST)
    [und.com • bigeast.org]

    Longwood Lancers
    (8-0 overall)
    [longwoodlancers.com]
    Friday, March 4 • 10:00 a.m. (ET)
    Series: First meeting

    No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide
    (16-0 overall, 0-0 Southeastern)
    [rolltide.com • secsports.com]
    Friday, March 4 • 12:30 p.m. (ET)
    Series: Alabama leads, 4-0
    Series streak: Alabama, W4
    First meeting: February 23, 2006 - Alabama, 7-4
    Last meeting: February 14, 2009 - Alabama, 10-0 (5)

    Maryland Terrapins
    (6-4 overall, 0-0 Atlantic Coast)
    [umterps.com • theacc.com]
    Saturday, March 5 • 3:00 p.m. (ET)
    Series: Notre Dame leads, 3-0
    Series streak: Notre Dame, W3
    First meeting: February 28, 1999 - Notre Dame, 6-0
    Last meeting: March 13, 2004 - Notre Dame, 6-2

    North Carolina Tar Heels
    (9-5 overall, 0-0 Atlantic Coast)
    [tarheelblue.com • theacc.com]
    Friday, March 5 • 11:30 a.m. (ET)
    TV: ESPN3
    Series: Notre Dame leads, 6-2
    Series streak: Notre Dame, W3
    First meeting: March 12, 1991 - Notre Dame, 3-1
    Last meeting: March 7, 2004 - Notre Dame, 2-0

    Fordham Rams
    (7-7 overall, 1-0 Atlantic 10)
    [fordhamsports.com • atlantic10.com]
    Sunday, March 6 • 9:00 a.m. (ET)
    Series: First meeting

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    Live stats: UND.com
    IRISH ALERT text messaging service: UND.com
    Twitter: @NDsoftball / @NDcoachGumpf / @und_com

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    One-Hitters ...
    • Notre Dame is in its 23rd season of varsity competition with an all-time record of 900-411-3 (.686) ... the program boasts 15 NCAA Championship appearances (12 consecutive) and six BIG EAST Conference tournament titles, the latest coming in 2009.
    • The Irish are off to the best start in program history after opening 2011 with a 9-0 mark ... previously, the 2001 team rattled off eight straight wins to start the season en route to earning a program-record 54 victories.
    • Notre Dame won four games at the College of Charleston's Cougar Classic (Feb. 26-27) and its win over Liberty was the 900th in program history ... the Irish hit .316 as a team in the four-game invite while out-scoring the opposition, 19-5 ... Alexa Maldonado hit .545 with six hits and six runs to pace the offensive unit while earning a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
    • The Irish pitching staff posted a 0.54 ERA in 26.0 innings while going 4-0 at the Cougar Classic ... Jody Valdivia, Laura Winter, Jackie Bowe and Brittany O'Donnell each recorded a win with Valdivia also posting a save.
    • Notre Dame allowed just two hits against both College of Charleston and Iowa State while earning a pair of shutouts.
    • Marist and Liberty scratched across one earned run each in a combined 12.0 innings.
    • Notre Dame struck out 36 batters on the weekend, including two games with 10+ punchouts.

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