March 15, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - There will be little time for rest and relaxation this Spring Break for the Notre Dame softball team as the Irish continue their eight-game West Coast trip at the Judi Garman Classic (March 16-19) in Fullerton, Calif.
The upcoming six games at the event hosted by Cal State Fullerton will feature matchups versus four top 25 programs.
Coming off a recent doubleheader sweep at Cal Poly and a 3-2 showing at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic two weeks ago in Orlando, Fla., Notre Dame is receiving votes in the latest NFCA and USA Softball top 25 polls.
Judi Garman Classic
March 16-19 Fullerton, Calif.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(14-2 overall, 0-0 BIG EAST)
No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners
(22-5 overall, 0-0 Big 12)
Wednesday, March 16 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Series: Oklahoma leads, 4-3
Series streak: Notre Dame, W1
First meeting: March 12, 1992 - Notre Dame, 1-0 (8)
Last meeting: March 9, 2008 - Notre Dame, 4-3
Cal State Fullerton Titans
(7-11 overall, 0-0 Big West)
Wednesday, March 16 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Series: Cal State Fullerton leads, 6-3
Series streak: Notre Dame, W1
First meeting: March 13, 1995 - Notre Dame, 1-0
Last meeting: March 9, 2008 - Notre Dame, 1-0
No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
(20-3 overall, 2-1 Sun Belt)
Thursday, March 17 5:30 p.m. (PT)
Series: Louisiana-Lafayette leads, 4-3
Series streak: Louisiana-Lafayette, W2
First meeting: March 28, 1992 - Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-1
Last meeting: March 16, 2007 - Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-2
New Mexico Lobos
(10-9 overall, 0-0 Mountain West)
Friday, March 18 9:00 a.m. (PT)
Series: Tied, 1-1
Series streak: New Mexico, W1
First meeting: March 14, 1997 - Notre Dame, 3-2 (8)
Last meeting: March 16, 2002 - New Mexico, 5-4
No. 4 Washington Huskies
(19-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)
Friday, March 18 1:00 p.m. (PT)
Series: Washington leads, 2-1
Series streak: Washington, W1
First meeting: March 2, 1996 - Washington, 7-1
Last meeting: February 14, 2010 - Washington, 5-0
No. 5 Michigan Wolverines
(25-1 overall, 0-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, March 19 9:00 a.m. (PT)
Series: Michigan leads, 13-4
Series streak: Michigan, W9
First meeting: March 30, 1994 - Notre Dame, 2-1
Last meeting: May 23, 2010 - Michigan, 12-2
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Quite a formidable challenge awaits Notre Dame at the Judi Garman Classic ... for the second time in program history, the Irish will face four top 25 in a single tournament ... in 1994, the Irish faced No. 21 Illinois-Chicago, No. 2 UCLA, No. 24 Robert Morris and No. 9 Penn State at the USF Tournament in Tampa, Fla.
The Irish are riding a five-game winning streak into the Judi Garman Classic after posting a record nine straight wins to open the 2011 season.
Among BIG EAST Conference teams, Notre Dame leads the league with an overall 1.36 ERA ... in 108.0 innings, the Irish have allowed 26 runs - 21 earned - with 109 strikeouts ... freshman pitcher Laura Winter leads Irish hurlers with a 0.39 ERA which has resulted in a 6-0 record from the circle.
Amy Buntin leads all league players with a .474 batting average as Alexa Maldonado ranks fourth with a clip of .417 ... Dani Miller (.400) is ninth ... no other team has three players hitting .400 or better.