March 17, 2000
FULLERTON, Calif. – Great defense and freshman Andrea Loman’s (Riverside, Calif.) record-tying two home runs led Notre Dame past Texas 4-2 in softball action Friday at the 2000 Kia Classic at Cal State Fullerton. With the win, the Irish (16-5) finished with a 2-1 record in pool play, while the Longhorns fell to 12-17-1 overall and 0-3 in pool play.
The Irish scored two runs in the second inning on Loman’s lead-off home run and then tallied another when junior Danielle Klayman (San Diego, Calif.) singled to center field, stole second and then scored on a fielding error by Longhorn centerfielder Autumn Eastes. Loman struck again an inning later, blasting her second home run over the left field fence and scoring classmate Andria Bledsoe (Higley, Ariz.) who had walked. With the two home runs, Loman became the fifth player in Irish history to hit two in one game.
Texas finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when shortstop Jodi Reeves hit a two-run home run just inside the right field foul pole to make the score 4-2. The Longhorns then got a lead-off single by Audrey Hendricks in the bottom of the seventh before the Irish got out number one on a lunging catch by leftfielder Lizzy Lemire (Irvine, Calif.). Notre Dame starting pitcher Michelle Moschel (Naples, Fla.) walked the next batter to put runners at first and second, before striking out the number nine batter for the second out. Another walk loaded the bases before Irish pitcher Jennifer Sharron (Agoura Hills, Calif.) replaced Moschel on the mound and got Kathleen Richter to pop up to catcher Jarrah Myers (Carbondale, Kan.) to preserve the win and earn her first save of the year.
Moschel recorded her fifth win of the season tallying 10 strikeouts to move to 5-3, while Sharron’s save was the first of her career.
Notre Dame will face the third place team out of pool D, which includes top-ranked Washington, Fresno State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Iowa, on Saturday at 9 a.m.