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Irish Softball to Head to NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Irish will head south to Clearwater, Florida, this February to play in the NFCA Division I Leadoff Classic. The 19th version of the Association’s season-opening tournament will take place Feb. 7-9 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex. The 2020 field will feature Notre Dame and 14 other collegiate programs, 10 of which participated in the 2019 postseason, and the United States Women’s National Team.

Following a five-year hiatus, the Division I Classic makes its return to Clearwater, the site of the final three from 2012-14. The first 15 tournaments were held in Columbus, Ga. from 1996 through 2010. Notre Dame is the only team int he field to have participated in the first Leadoff Classic in 1996. Auburn, Baylor, Illinois, Kentucky, Liberty, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, Missouri State, Minnesota, NC State, Ole Miss, South Alabama, and Texas State will join the Irish in the competitive field.

Notre Dame’s full schedule will include five games against Missouri and Auburn on February 7, Missouri State and Ole Miss on February 8, and South Alabama on February 9.

Game 1
Friday, February 7, 2020
Noon ET
Missouri vs. Notre Dame

Game 2
Friday, February 7, 2020
2:30 p.m. ET
Auburn vs. Notre Dame

Game 3
Saturday, February 8, 2020
3 p.m. ET
Missouri State vs. Notre Dame

Game 4
Saturday, February 8, 2020
5:30 p.m. ET
Notre Dame vs. Ole Miss

Game 5
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Noon ET
Notre Dame vs. South Alabama