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Irish Take On ACC Opening Weekend at Duke

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — No. RV/RV Notre Dame will take on its first ACC challenger this weekend as the team travels to face No. RV/RV Duke in Durham. Just the sixth meeting between the two teams, the Irish will look to begin their ACC slate in strong fashion after a successful preseason against ranked competition. 

All three games will be broadcast as part of the partnership with the ACC Network. Saturday’s game will be on ACC Network, while Friday and Sunday will be featured on ACC Network Extra. 


Friday, Feb. 28 – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 29 – 2 p.m.

Sunday, March 1 – 1 p.m.

Location: Duke Softball Stadium (Durham, N.C.)

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Notre Dame went 3-3 at the Mary Nutter Classic, taking down No. 16 Arizona State 7-3, as well as BYU (11-1, five innings) and Seattle (6-4). Alexis Holloway went 1-2 (0.0 ERA, 23.1 innings) with one save, while Payton Tidd went 2-0.

Abby Sweet was named ACC Player of the Week for her performance. The junior outfielder and captain started all six games at center field. Overall, Sweet posted 10 hits, six runs, eight RBI and a home run. Boasting a .850 slugging percentage on the weekend, she notched 17 total bases. Four of Sweet’s 10 hits were doubles, and she stole four bases (on four attempts, notching a perfect stealing percentage). No ACC player has stolen more bases this season than Sweet’s six.

In the outfield through six games, she made several catches to save runs and strand opponents on base, registering five putouts. 


0.24: Alexis Holloway (6-3, two saves) owns a 0.24 ERA over 58.2 innings (12 app.), the best ERA in the ACC overall, and the best in the NCAA among pitchers with more than 19 innings pitched (and sixth-best overall). Holloway’s two saves for the season lead the ACC. Over the Mary Nutter Classic, Holloway posted a 0.00 ERA over 23.1innings (five appearances) with 28 strikeouts.

6: Sophomore pitcher Payton Tidd and freshman outfielder Leea Hanks fired their first career home runs at the Mary Nutter Classic. Tidd’s came during her impressive performance in the 11-1 run-rule victory over BYU, and Hanks’ came against No. 15 Oregon.

7-3: Notre Dame stunned No. 16 Arizona State, winning 7-3 in a neutral matchup at the Mary Nutter Classic. It was Notre Dame’s 93rd win over a Top 25 opponent since 1994.