April 16, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Doubleheaders at Villanova (April 18) and Rutgers (April 19) will mark the end of a seven-game road trip this weekend for the Notre Dame softball team. The Irish (27-13 overall, 9-3 BIG EAST Conference) have won nine of their last 10 games - with the lone loss coming in an extra-inning bout versus No. 22 DePaul - and 19 of the last 22 contests. Notre Dame is third in the BIG EAST standings behind Louisville (37-5, 12-2) and DePaul (27-9, 11-2), while Villanova (18-15, 4-11) and Rutgers (15-24, 3-11) both sit near the bottom of the 13-team pack.
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish
27-13 overall / 9-3 BIG EAST
18-15 overall / 4-11 BIG EAST
Villanova Softball Field Villanova, Pa.
Saturday, April 18 12:00 p.m. (ET) / 2:00 p.m.
Live stats: UND.com
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
15-24 overall / 3-11 BIG EAST
Rutgers Softball Complex Piscataway, N.J.
Sunday, April 19 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m.
Live stats: UND.com
Patience at the plate pays its dividends, and Notre Dame has certainly shown its patience this season ... through the first 15 games of the season the Irish hit just six home runs ... currently, the team total stands at 48 ... the mark is already third-best in a single season (49 in 2003 and 54 in 2002) ... the Irish have sent at least two home runs out of the park in 14 games while ranking ninth nationally with 1.21 home runs/game ... the team has posted streaks of 11- and seven-straight games with a home run ... two games have seen four home runs leave the park ... 20 of those home runs have been belted against BIG EAST teams, the best of any conference program ... Louisville is second with 15.
Christine Lux has been a key contributor to the flurry of Irish home runs this season ... Lux set a single-season record with 15 home runs in 2008 and has 13 home runs in 2009 ... after not hitting a home run until the 15th game of the season, she now ranks eighth nationally with 0.34 home runs/game ... furthermore, her 42 RBI are good for a 1.05 RBI/game average which is 22nd-best in the country (she had 42 RBI in 2008) ... Lux has 31 career home runs which puts her in a three-way tie for second all-time ... Jarrah Myers is the program leader with 36 round-trippers.
While her bat has earned quite a bit of attention, Lux's glove has helped her post some noteworthy stats as well ... her 1,105 putouts ranks fourth all-time as she recently passed Irish assistant coach Kris Ganeff (1,040) on the charts ... the first baseman has just one error this season - and seven throughout her career - for the program's top fielding percentage of .944.
Linda Kohan has 90 career walks which ranks second all-time ... she recently passed Andrea Loman (87) but will have to keep the bat on her shoulder to pass first-place Meagan Ruthrauff (112).
Only three Notre Dame teams have finished a season with a batting average of .300 or better ... Notre Dame is hitting .301 this season, the 25th-best clip in the nation ... the team's 5.61 runs/game is also 25th ... entering the week, the team's .521 slugging pct. was 11th nationally ... the single-season team record in that category is .457 (set in 2001) ... Notre Dame's .556 slugging pct. in BIG EAST play ranks first in the league ... the Irish are reaching base at a rate of .377 this season, with the program-best mark of .373 coming in 2001 ... once again, the patience at the plate has led to more quality at-bats which is apparent with the team's 148 strikeouts ... while it's not the prettiest stat, it looks like a beauty queen when placed next to last year's strikeout total of 290.
With all the happenings at the dish, Brittney Bargar has stabilized her status as one of the most dominating pitchers in Irish history this season ... her 159 appearances ranks second all-time (Heather Booth is first with 167) ... Bargar is third on the charts with 84 wins, and her 92 complete games ranks first ... she is second in innings pitched with 885.2 behind Booth (901.1) ... her 755 strikeouts rank fourth.
Dani Miller has played in 30 games this season and has recorded a hit in all but five of those contests ... in fact, she currently boasts a team-best 16-game hit streak that is also the longest in program history ... next in line is two-time All-American Andrea Loman, who recorded a hit in 15 consecutive games in 2005.