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  1. Mother Nature Was Kind

    May 2, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT

    Despite the ominous clouds that lingered over Melissa Cook Stadium, Notre Dame’s Strikeout Cancer jerseys shined bright. The jerseys and patches of orange that could be seen all over the stadium and fans in attendance served as a nice reminder that the Irish were playing for more than a game. They were playing for Tatum…

  2. Mistake-Free Softball

    Apr 16, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT

    Whether it is baseball or softball, a very small margin of error is allowed in order to ensure victory. A simple mistake on a routine play could be the difference between winning and losing. On Saturday, Notre Dame softball played the Florida State Seminoles in their first Atlantic Coast Conference home game and it was…

  3. Inside the Dugout

    Apr 1, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

    On Wednesday afternoon, Notre Dame softball faced off against Eastern Michigan University. Because of the weather delays that took place this past weekend, the team had a ten day hiatus since their last game. This lack of in-game play showed in the early innings when the Eagles put up a two-run lead in the top of the third inning off of the…

  4. Notre Dame Softball’s “Fab Five”

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    The Notre Dame Softball team competed at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic over the weekend. They won all five of their games in impressive fashion. Their overall record is now 15-3. To say the #21 ranked team in the country is off to a good start would be an understatement. Friday was my first chance…

  5. A Very Feisty Bunch

    Feb 4, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

    Mike Franz, the official 2013-14 men’s basketball beat writer for the In The Paint blog, is currently a sophomore at the Holy Cross College. Over the course of the year Mike will bring you insight from within the student section, interviews with Fighting Irish players and stories about Irish athletic squads . You can follow Mike (and the rest…

  6. Here Come The Wounded Warriors

    Sep 30, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Usually the Sunday after a Notre Dame Football loss is filled with remorse, anger and depending on the type of loss, severe sorrow. If you were at Melissa Cook Stadium Sunday afternoon, you surely felt none of these things. The Notre Dame softball team took a break from their “fall ball” schedule to host an…

  7. Big Bats, Bigger Results

    Sep 23, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Today was “Indiana Day” at Melissa Cook Stadium, as the Notre Dame Softball team took on in-state rivals, Butler and Purdue. The Irish soundly defeated the Bulldogs 9-1 in the first game and, in a tough test, edged out a victory over the Boilers 3-2 in the second game. One thing remained constant for the…

  8. Sullivan’s Impressive Debut for the Irish

    Sep 16, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Softball kicked off their 2013 “fall ball” season this afternoon against Illinois State University. Free substitutions and different runner situations to start off each inning are some of the different rules for these “fall ball” games. In this nineinning exhibition game, Notre Dame fell to the Redbirds 21-14. However, the big story of…

  9. Winter heats up the Spring, Wins National Player of Week

    Apr 28, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    There are 291 softball teams who compete in the NCAA at the Division 1 level, with each team fielding roughly 18 players per roster. After some calculator-assisted arithmetic, one can see that there are about 5,240 girls playing D-1 softball—an incredible number.  This week, Laura Winter of the Notre Dame Softball team received some more-than-incredible…

  10. Softball Strikeout Cancer Weekend

    Apr 17, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Wind, hail and temperatures hovering around freezing were not enough to keep fans out of the stands at the Melissa Cook Softball Stadium this past Saturday. These conditions may have deterred some fans on any other weekend, but not this time. No, this weekend the Irish Softball team celebrated their 3rd annual Strikeout Cancer Weekend,…

  11. March Madness: Busy Weekend for the Fighting Irish

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

    Thirteen Fighting Irish athletic teams took to the court, field, diamond, track, ice, pool and piste, in what was most definitely one of the busiest weekends of the year for Notre Dame athletics. On campus, the track & field programs competed in day two of the Alex Wilson Invitational, men’s lacrosse made its 2013 home…

  12. Covering the Bases: Emilee Koerner

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

    Sophomore outfielder Emilee Koerner was recently named the BIG EAST Player of the Week after a stellar showing in Greenville, S.C The Tustin, Calif. native batted .786 (11-14) on the weekend and drove in nine runs in just four games. She also hit two home runs and added a triple as the Irish were 4-0…

  13. Softball Squad Opens Season in Charlotte

    Feb 8, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Notre Dame softball team will start the 2013 campaign in weather that is a little more pleasant than snowy South Bend.  The Irish are headed to Charlotte, N.C. and will take part in the Fast Pitch Classic on February 9th and 10th. The Irish will be facing the Badgers of Wisconsin and the 49ers…

  14. 2012 in Review: June

    Dec 30, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Though most seasons were finished by the time June came around, it was nevertheless a busy month for the Fighting Irish. Student-athletes took part in summer session classes, with many enrolled in a course called “Career Development Through Community Engagement,” where they spent time giving back to those in the Michiana area. Back on campus,…

  15. 2012 in Review: May

    Dec 30, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    With the academic year winding down, May was a month for recognizing students’ achievements over the past four years. As is tradition when the team is still in the NCAA tournament, the men’s lacrosse program held its own graduation ceremony on the road. This year, twelve seniors graduated at the Our Lady of Good Counsel…

  16. 2012 in Review: April

    Dec 29, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    In April, the women’s basketball team kicked off the month with an exciting 83-75 overtime win against fellow #1 seed Connecticut in the national semifinal in Denver. A late rebound and putback from Natalie Novosel, a block from Skylar Diggins (yes, a block from the 5’9″ Irish point guard) and a pair of key three-pointers…

  17. Step Your (Trick Shot) Game Up

    Oct 31, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Last week, hockey’s Anders Lee, Kevin Nugent, Austin Wuthrich, Kevin Lind and Stephen Johns issued a bit of a challenge to Tyler Stockton and the rest of the Trick Shot Monday crew. As you can see, it was all in good fun, as the guys wished the football team good luck in Oklahoma at the…

  18. A Table, Some Tennis, and a Handful of Athletes

    Oct 2, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Notre Dame sent a record number of athletes to the 2012 Summer Olympics. None of those athletes were there for table tennis; however, that all may change in the near future. Monday evening marked the First Annual Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Table Tennis Tournament. (That’s a mouthful.) Athletes from the football, hockey, men’s and women’s…

  19. Google+ Hangout: A Conversation With Jack Swarbrick (2.0)

    Sep 26, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    In July, University Vice President/Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick participated in a Google+ Hangout, discussing the state of Fighting Irish Athletics with representatives from several Notre Dame online fan communities. Tonight at 7:00 pm ET, Swarbrick joins Fighting Irish Digital Media for a second Hangout. Due to an unfortunate technical glitch, the host computer disconnected…

  20. Best Weekend Ever?

    Sep 16, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    While I’m no sports historian, I think it’s safe to assume that Sept. 14-16, 2012, has to be one of the most successful weekends in the history of the Fighting Irish. From cross-country to soccer to football, it feels like Notre Dame has not stopped winning since Friday afternoon. Here’s a recap of the highlights:…

  21. What It Means To Be Irish

    Aug 14, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Here’s a little late afternoon inspiration courtesy of @NDSoftball, the official Twitter page of the Irish softball team. The sign hangs at Melissa Cook Stadium, the team’s home field since 2008. This is what we think it means ‘To Be #Irish.’… — Notre Dame Softball (@NDsoftball) August 14, 2012 Yesterday, the Irish announced plans…

  22. Welcome To The Club

    May 22, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    The alumni “club” that is… Congratulations goes out to Notre Dame softball seniors (from left) Alexa Maldonado, Kasey O’Connor, Kristina Wright and Dani Miller, who graduated this morning in a ceremony at Club Naimoli in the Purcell Pavilion. The four newest graduates in the class of 2012 missed Sunday’s commencement ceremonies while their team was…

  23. Irish Strike Out Cancer (and Syracuse)

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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    It was all Orange this afternoon at Melissa Cook Stadium. And that’s not to say Syracuse got a big victory. In fact, it was Notre Dame that emerged with a 4-3 win in the first game of a BIG EAST conference doubleheader. Orange was the color of the afternoon because Syracuse was decked out in…

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