March 13, 2000

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Junior Melanie Alkire and freshman Andria Bledsoe have been named BIG EAST softball players of the week after helping their extend their winning streak to nine games with a pair of wins last weekend. The Irish began their spring break trip with 11-3 and 3-0 wins at San Diego State on Sun., March 12.

Alkire was named player of the week after hitting three-for-seven at the plate with six RBI, a doubles and a grand slam in the two wins. She improved to 3-0 on the mound after picking up the win in the second game in relief. Bledsoe was selected as rookie of the week after also batting three-for-seven with two RBI and a run scored.

Notre Dame travels to Loyola Marymount on Tuesday before participating in the Kia Classic March 15-17, in Fullerton, Calif.