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Irish Play Host To Louisville This Weekend, Strike Out Cancer Game Set For Sunday

April 14, 2011

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame softball team welcomes Louisville to Melissa Cook Stadium this weekend (April 16-17) for a three-game BIG EAST Conference series. Additionally, the series coincides with the program's Strike Out Cancer weekend, as the Irish will show their support of head coach Deanna Gumpf's five-year old daughter, Tatum, who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Tatum was diagnosed with A.L.L. last summer and is currently undergoing treatment.

Sunday's game against Louisville will include a number of fan-friendly activities, including Notre Dame softball giveaways, autograph session, home run derby and a silent auction. Details for these events are available at UND.com.

Proceeds from the event will help raise funds and awareness for pediatric leukemia, benefitting the South Bend Memorial Children's Hospital pediatric oncology clinic.

Complete coverage for each of the three games - live video, audio, stats and blog - will be available at UND.com.

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No. 24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(29-7 overall / 5-0 BIG EAST)
[und.com • bigeast.org]

Louisville Cardinals
(31-11 overall / 9-2 BIG EAST)
[uoflsports.com • bigeast.org]

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Melissa Cook Stadium • Notre Dame, Ind.
Saturday, April 16 • Noon (ET) / 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 • Noon

Series: Louisville leads, 10-8 (6-5 BIG EAST)
Series streak: Louisville, W1
First meeting: 2.16.02 - Louisville, 4-3
Last meeting: 5.14.10 - Louisville, 5-2

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One-Hitters ...
• Notre Dame rides a 12-game winning streak into the weekend, including a perfect 5-0 mark against BIG EAST foes ... the streak is the longest of the season (Notre Dame opened the 2011 campaign with a 9-0 mark, the best start in program history) ... the series with Louisville will cap off a six-game homestand for the Irish.
• Dating back to 2009, the Irish have won 29 of their last 30 home games at Melissa Cook Stadium.
• In the friendly confines of Melissa Cook Stadium, the defending BIG EAST regular season champions have won 14 straight league contests ... the last home loss came on the back end of a 2009 doubleheader with Louisville (May 3) ... Notre Dame is 24-7 (.774) all-time in BIG EAST games at Melissa Cook Stadium ... now in its 16th season as a member of the conference, Notre Dame is 248-46 (.848) in regular season league play since joining the conference in 1996.
• Last Time Out (April 13): Notre Dame made quick work of visiting Loyola-Chicago with an 8-0 non-conference win in six innings ... Loyola-Chicago (15-16) had Notre Dame's number in the last two matchups, defeating (then) No. 24 Notre Dame in just five innings with an 8-0 shutout in 2010 ... Notre Dame needed eight innings to post a 4-3 win over the Ramblers in 2008 prior to a 2-2 draw in the latter game of that season's doubleheader ... Wednesday was a different story ... Notre Dame batted through the lineup and registered six hits in the opening inning and even left the bases loaded ... with 13 hits on the day, Notre Dame reached double-digits in that category for the eighth time in the last 12 contests ... the Ramblers had more errors (4) than hits (3) on the day.
• Last Meeting With Louisville (May 14, 2010): Four runs by Louisville in the first inning of the 2010 BIG EAST Conference Softball Tournament semifinal matchup between the Cardinals and No. 24 Notre Dame made all the difference in the nationally televised showdown at Ulmer Stadium ... despite out-scoring the Cardinals, 2-1, after the opening stanza, the second-seeded Irish fell to third-seeded Louisville, 5-2 ... each of Notre Dame's last three losses in the BIG EAST Tournament have been at the hands of the Cardinals (2007, 2008 and 2010).
Heather Johnson enters the weekend in the midst of an 18-game hitting streak, behind only Sadie Pitzenberger (26) and Dani Miller (21) on the all-time chart.
• After receiving votes in each of the previous week's polls since the season began, Notre Dame came in at No. 24 in the most recent USA Softball / ESPN Top 25 poll.

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Event Calendar

Delta

February 11
W, 2-1
South Dakota
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
RECAP

Live Stats
February 11
W, 5-2
San Diego State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
RECAP

Live Stats
February 12
L, 8-0 (5)
UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif. (Easton Stadium)
RECAP

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February 17
L, 4-1
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 18
W, 6-4
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 18
L, 3-2 (8)
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 19
L, 9-2
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
RECAP
February 23
6:30 PM
Texas
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
9:00 PM
Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
3:30 PM
Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
6:00 PM
Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 25
1:00 PM
Oklahoma
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
March 4
12:30 PM
Purdue
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 4
5:00 PM
FIU
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
10:00 AM
Chattanooga
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
12:15 PM
Charlotte
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 11
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 11
3:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 12
12:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 14
5:00 PM
Georgia State
Atlanta, Ga. (Heck Softball Complex)
March 15
6:00 PM
Mercer
Macon, Ga. (Sikes Field)
March 17
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 18
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 19
12:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)

ACC Network Extra
March 22
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 1
12:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 2
2:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ESPNU
April 3
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Ulmer Stadium)

ESPNU
April 5
5:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 7
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 8
3:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 9
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 11
5:30 PM
Detroit Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 12
6:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 14
4:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 14
6:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 15
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 22
1:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 22
3:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 25
5:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Drysdale Field)
April 29
1:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 29
3:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
April 30
12:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 3
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 5
6:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 6
3:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 7
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 19
TBA
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May 21
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May 26
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May 27
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May 28
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June 1
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