March 28, 1999
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the second straight day, the Notre Dame softball team won both games of a doubleheader by defeating visiting Bowling Green, 4-3 in the first game and 2-1 in the second game. The Irish moved to 17-11 overall, while the Falcons fell to 3-12 after the two games Sunday at Ivy Field.
In game one, Bowling Green took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on RBI-singles by Lynsey Ebel and Angie Domschot. The Irish came back in the bottom of the sixth when freshman Angie Grimmer (Crown Point, Ind.) hit a two-out, bases-loaded double down the left field line to score three runs. The Falcons responded in the top of the seventh after Domschot led off the inning with a double and then came around to score on a single by her sister, Jenny Domschot, to tie the score at 3-3. In the bottom of the inning, however, the Irish broke the tie and won the game after senior Amy Laboe (Monroe, Mich.) led off the inning with a double to left-center field and then tagged up and scored on sophomore Lizzy Lemire’s (Irvine, Calif.) sacrifice fly to center field. Notre Dame pitcher Michelle Moschel (Naples, Fla.) picked up the win to move to 2-0 after relieving starter Angela Bessolo (Lakewood, Calif.) in the top of the seventh, while Amy Hamilton (1-4) took the loss after facing only one batter in bottom of the sixth and three in the bottom of the seventh.
Game two saw the Irish jump out to the early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but the Falcons made it close in the top of the third by scoring a run on a RBI-single off the bat of Jenny Domschot. The rest of the game then proved to be a pitching dual between Notre Dame pitchers Moschel and Melanie Alkire (Union City, Calif.), who came on in relief in the top of the fifth inning, and Bowling Green’s right-handed pitcher Hamilton. The Falcons’ best scoring opportunity came in the top of the seventh when Ebel and pinch hitter Renee Rosemeir both singled to open the inning and Alkire intentionally walked Angie Domschot to load the bases with one out. Alkire, however, got pinch hitter Holly Frantz to strikeout swinging and the next batter Jenny Domschot to strikeout looking to end the inning and the game at 2-1 in Notre Dame’s favor.
The Irish play host to Butler, Tuesday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at Ivy Field before heading off to 15th-ranked Illinois-Chicago, Thursday, April 1, for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.