March 27, 2007
Home At Last:
The Irish had a strong week as they returned home and played their first game at Ivy Field this season, March 22-25. The Irish went 5-0 including four wins in conference play. Brittney Bargar had a strong individual week with a 3-0 record and an ERA of 0.35. Bargar struck out 20 opponents in 20 innings pitched. Fellow right-handed pitcher Kenya Fuemmeler was also strong with a 2-0 record an ERA of 0.58. The Irish started the week with a 6-1 win over IUPUI (March 22). Freshman Heather Johnson had a perfect 3-for-3 afternoon with two doubles to lead the offensive charge. Senior Stephanie Brown also had a steady performance, as she was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. In the second game of the week, Notre Dame ran over conference rival St. John’s 8-0 (March 24). Four different Irish players drove in multiple runs lead by Katie Laing’s two hits and two RBI. The second game of the day and the third game of the week was a 3-0 win over St. John’s. Christine Lux continued her strong afternoon and drove in the game-winner for Notre Dame. On the day, Lux contributed two hits and three RBI. The Irish kept rolling with a pair of wins over Seton Hall (March 25). Bargar was the story of the first game as she won a pitchers duel with nine strikeouts in her 13th complete game of the season. Laing continued her strong week by scoring both runs against the Pirates. The second game over Seton Hall was the `Johnson Show’. Johnson had her second three hit performance of the week, as she was 3-for-3 with three doubles and four RBI in a 9-1 win over Seton Hall. Johnson has now totaled three three-hit games this season. Fuemmeler continued her strong pitching with another complete game and four strikeouts in the run shortened game. Notre Dame is now on a season-high five game winning-streak.
A Few Early Trends:
â€¢ Notre Dame continues to fight to the last out and has won three games in bottom of the seventh/eighth inning.
â€¢ The Irish are 4-1 in one-run games this season.
â€¢ Notre Dame is 11-0 when it takes a lead through the fourth inning and 2-11 when it goes through the fourth inning trailing.
â€¢ The Irish are 8-1 when scoring in the first inning. Overall Notre Dame is 9-1 when it scores first in a game.
â€¢ The Irish have been outscored 20-14 in the fourth innings of games, but have outscored their opponents 11-5 in the seventh inning on.
â€¢ In neutral site games, Notre Dame won seven of the ten games it has been designated as the home team on the scoreboard.
â€¢ The Irish are 1-9 when the teams scores two or less runs in a game.
â€¢ When Notre Dame makes one error in a game the team is 3-7, but when the team makes two errors it is 6-3.
â€¢ The Irish are 0-6 against ranked opponents this season.
Getting it Done In Pairs From The Circle:
After not throwing a shutout all season, Notre Dame’s two starting pitchers of Brittney Bargar and Kenya Fuemmeler each threw a shutout against St. John’s on March 24. The consecutive shutouts thrown by the Irish pitching staff (Bargar and Fuemmeler), was the first time since May 14, 2006 (against Pittsburgh and No. 18 Louisville) in the BIG EAST Championship that this has occurred for Notre Dame softball. The two shutouts against the same team on the same day, was a first time since May 7, 2006 that Notre Dame softball has accomplished the feat. Those two shutouts ironically enough were also against St. John’s.
A Record Tying Performance:
The three doubles by Heather Johnson in the second game against Seton Hall (March 25) puts her among the all-time greats at Notre Dame. The only other Irish player to ever tally three doubles in a game was Sara Hayes against Missouri-Kansas City in 1992.
The five consecutive home wins to start the season is the fourth year in a row and the eighth time in the last 10 years this has happened. The four consecutive conference wins to start the season is also the eighth time in the last 10 that Notre Dame has started conference season in such pristine fashion.
Bargar Named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week:
Sophomore Brittney Bargar was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on March 27 for the first time this season and second time in her career. The Irish pitcher earns the award after she went 3-0 with three complete games, a shutout and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings from the circle in wins over IUPUI (6-1), St. John’s (8-0) and Seton Hall (2-1). Bargar was not the only Irish player to earn BIG EAST honors as teammate Heather Johnson was named to the league’s Honor Roll after hitting .538 (7-for-13) with five doubles and six RBI in Notre Dame’s five wins.
Liking the Home Cooking:
Six different Irish players are batting over .300 after the first five games at the friendly confines of Ivy Field. The six in order goes as follows: Heather Johnson (.538), Christine Lux (.444), Katie Laing (.429), Gessica Hufnagle (.364), Stephanie Brown (.333) and Linda Kohan (.333). As a team Notre Dame is batting .349 in home games this year while limiting opponents to a .139 batting average.
A Key To The Streak:
A key to Notre Dame winning its last five games is increased patience at the plate and the ability to consistently put the ball in play. In the last five games, Notre Dame has drawn 16 walks while only striking out a total of five times.
On Tap This Week:
Notre Dame continues the home stand with five more games. The Irish are set to take on Toledo (March 28-6 p.m.) before a pair of weekend doubleheaders against conference rivals Pittsburgh (March 31) and Syracuse (April 1). Both weekend games are slated to start at noon.
Either Way She’s Okay:
Senior Stephanie Brown is hitting .455 (5-for-11) against left -handed pitchers this season and is batting .404 (23-for-57) against righties.
That A Way To Lead Off:
Stephanie Brown has led off an inning 37 times this season and has reached base 18 of those times (.486).
A Clutch Performer:
All eight of sophomore Erin Glasco’s RBI totals this season have come with two outs.
Moving Them Along:
Freshman Heather Johnson has advanced runners a team-best 27 times this season.
And Driving Them In:
Heather Johnson also leads the team with a .440 batting average with two outs (11-for-25) and has a team-high 11 two-out RBI.
The Kohan Factor:
Second baseman Linda Kohan has really dictated the outcome of the Irish season. In Notre Dame wins, Kohan is hitting .382 (13-for-34) with all 13 of her RBI, while in Irish losses the sophomore is only hitting .133 (4-for-30).
Queens of the Valley:
Notre Dame’s win over Eastern Kentucky, March 11, was the teams second against the Ohio Valley Conference this season. Earlier in the season, the Irish defeated Tennessee Tech in the Tiger Invitational.
Conference Leaders (Overall):
After the fifth week of action, senior Stephanie Brown leads the conference in on-base percentage (.487) and batting average (.412). She is also tied for third in runs scored (20) and fifth in stolen bases (7).
Heather Johnson leads the conference in doubles with nine and is tied for fourth in the league in runs batted in (18).
Brittney Bargar leads the conference in complete games (13) and is tied for the lead in wins (9). She is second in games started (16), innings pitched (106) and strikeouts (109).
Conference Leaders (BIG EAST):
Katie Laing is ninth in the conference in league games only, with her .455 batting average.
Linda Kohan leads the league with three walks and is fourth with four runs scored. Gessica Hufnagle is also fourth with her four runs scored.
Heather Johnson is tied with Laing for the league leader with four doubles each.
Brittney Bargar and Kenya Fuemmeler are tied for the conference lead with two wins, two complete games and two shutouts each.
Bargar has a league-best 17 strikeouts in league games and has limited the conference to a .071 batting average against her.
The Rockets (4-15) won a pair of games over the weekend at the Miami Invitational hosted by the Miami (Ohio). UT won its first two games of the tournament before falling in the last three. Their last loss was particularly painful as the Rockets had an 8-2 lead heading to the seventh inning only to see Michigan State score seven run in the bottom of the inning to escape with a 9-8 victory. Junior Leslie Stong has been the team’s best hitter with a .370 batting average to go along with a team-best 20 hits, four home runs and 11 RBI. Sophomore Sierra Pereira has been the best pitcher on the team with her 2-4 record and 4.88 ERA. Senior Stephanie Moore is the staff’s most durable pitcher, having started 10 games with five complete game efforts. Moore has had control problems though, with 26 walks and 11 wild pitches in 49.2 innings this season.
Series vs. Toledo:
The Irish have a perfect 8-0 record against the Rockets including last year’s 5-0 win at Ivy Field. Overall in the eight games, Notre Dame has outscored Toledo 62-4. The two teams have met at Ivy Field a total of five times. This will only be the third time the two teams have met in a non-doubleheader.
Due to some poor field condition in Storrs, Conn. last weekend the Panthers (14-17, 2-1 BIG EAST) were forced to change venues and dates and take on Connecticut on Monday, March 26 on the Providence campus. Pitt fell to the Huskies 5-2 on a sixth inning home run. The Panthers opened their weekend by sweeping Providence. Senior shortstop Sheena Hellon is the team’s leadoff batter and best hitter. Hellon leads the team in batting average (.309), hits (30), doubles (6), home runs (3), stolen bases (19), total bases (45) and is tied for the RBI lead (12). Her stolen base total of 19 also leads the league. Four different Pitt players have thrown from the circle this year with freshman Kayla Zinger boasting team-bests in ERA (2.75), wins (5), complete games (6) and innings pitched (79). As a team, Pittsburgh has shown great speed with 52 stolen bases.
Series vs. Pittsburgh:
Notre Dame puts its 17-game winning streak against Pittsburgh on the line with this match-up. The last time these two teams locked up was in the second round of the 2006 BIG EAST Championship, with the Irish coming away with a 5-0 victory. This is the second earliest ever series between the two teams, topped only by the games in 2002, which took place on March 30th.
The Orange (10-20, 3-1 BIG EAST) also were forced to play a pair of conference games on the Providence campus on March 26 against Connecticut due to poor field conditions in Storrs, Conn. The Orange used a late seventh inning rally to top UConn. The offense this season is being led by freshman Ev Anderson. Anderson leads the team in runs (20) and batting average (.403) and is tied with sophomore Heather Kim for the team lead in hits (31). Sophomore Tonye McCorkle has been a catalyst with 20 runs scored, 15 walks and 12 stolen bases. The pitching staff due to some preseason injuries has been pieced together. Junior Chanel Roehner and freshman Brittany Gardner each have five wins. Gardner has been durable with 110.2 innings thrown and 12 complete games, but also wild (83 walks).
Series vs. Syracuse:
The Irish lead the all-time series between the two schools 12-2, but split their two games with the Orange last year (1-2 & 7-5). At home against Syracuse, Notre Dame is 5-1 with the lone loss coming in 2002.
Home Opening Day:
Since the start of the program in 1989 and after this year’s game against IUPUI, the Irish are 22-11 on the home opening day of the season. In those 33 games, Notre Dame has outscored its opponents 123-59. The home opening day of March 22 was tied for the third earliest ever-opening date for Irish softball (behind 1992 and 2004).
The Places Notre Dame Softball Has Gone:
After five road trips, the Notre Dame softball team has already logged 10,612.5 miles on planes and buses this season to destinations.
A Tough Weekend:
The Irish had a difficult weekend against some of the toughest teams in collegiate softball at the annual Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. from March 15-17. Notre Dame finished with a 1-4 record. The bright spot on the week was freshman Christine Lux, who picking up the first three hits of her collegiate career including her first RBI. Among her three hits two were doubles. Notre Dame started the week falling to No. 2/4 Arizona State 3-0. Sophomore Brittney Bargar pitched well for the Irish only allowing three runs (two earned) to one of the most potent offenses in collegiate softball. The next game for the Irish was against a red hot Fresno State club, Notre Dame used a steady offense led by senior Gessica Hufnagle’s two hits and two RBI’s to defeat FSU 4-2. The following game against No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette was another battle in which Notre Dame came up on the short end, 4-2. Bargar pitched a great game setting a new career-high with 12 strikeouts against a team that had an overall team batting average of .290 with 36 home runs. The Irish took on another ranked team No. 8/8 Texas on the final day of the tournament (March 17). Once again the Irish hung with a tough opponent, but fell to the Longhorns 3-0. The Irish completed the tournament with a night game against Pacific (March 17). Notre Dame, playing its fourth game in a just over a day, were downed by the Tigers 8-0 in five innings. Sophomore Beth Northway and senior Carissa Jaquish picked up the two Irish hits in the loss.
The Long Beach Invitational:
The Irish split their two games in the Long Beach Invitational on March 11. Notre Dame started its day with a 10-2 victory over Eastern Kentucky. Stephanie Brown went three-for-five with two runs scored and two RBI. Beth Northway, Stephanie Mola and Sarah Smith all had two hit games against the Colonels. Kenya Fuemmeler had one of the better pitching performances of her career going the distance with one earned run allowed and eight strikeouts. In its second game of the tournament against No. 12 UCLA, Notre Dame lost 9-3. The Irish briefly held a 2-1 lead in the second inning, but just couldn’t overcome the ranked opponent. Mola had another hit and an RBI in the second game.
Junior outfielder Brittany Glynn, in her first chance to hit this season, drilled a run-scoring single against Eastern Kentucky, March 11.
A Few More Notables:
â€¢ The 10 runs the Irish scored against Eastern Kentucky, March 11, was the first time the team has broken into double digits this season.
â€¢ Stephanie Mola’s RBI against EKU was her first of the season.
â€¢ Stephanie Brown’s triple against Eastern Kentucky was the first by an Irish player this year.
Notre Dame had a successful tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. despite battling the elements and changes in the schedule. The Irish showed early offense in scoring three run in the first inning in a 4-1 win over Virginia (March 25). Erin Glasco came up with the big hit as she hit a double off the top of the wall to drive-in the game-winning runs. The Irish continued the trend of early offense in the second game of the day, March 2, against host school Jacksonville. Notre Dame scored four runs in the first and three more runs in the second inning on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Dolphins. Senior Kenya Fuemmeler threw a no-hitter for the first four innings for the Irish. The next day, rain altered the schedule forcing Notre Dame into a single game against the Cavaliers. The Irish fell behind 3-0 before rallying for a six spot in the fifth inning. The big blow of the game would be Glasco’s game-winning three-run home run. Notre Dame would win by the final margin of 6-3. The final day of the tournament was a challenging one against No. 9 Michigan. The Irish hung with the Wolverines for most of the game, but just couldn’t get the offense going in taking a tough 1-0 defeat to Michigan and finishing the tournament a respectable 3-1.
SEC/ACC Not So Bad:
With two wins over Virginia in the Crispers/JU Invitational (March 2-4), Notre Dame improved its record to 4-1 against schools from the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conference’s this season.
Coming Through When It Counts:
Erin Glasco has proven her worth in clutch situations, as she has already tallied three game-winning RBI hits, of her 12 hits this season.
Linda Kohan had a strong JU tournament, March 2-4, for Notre Dame. The sophomore went 5-for-12 (.417) with four RBI, two runs scored and four doubles.
Duo Honored By The BIG EAST:
For the second time this season, Notre Dame had a pair of players honored by the conference office on its weekly honor roll on March 6. Sophomore Brittney Bargar won two games in the Crispers/JU Invitational with an earned-run average of 0.75, while Linda Kohan tallied four doubles and four RBI and a .417 batting average in the four games.
The Palm Springs Tournament:
Notre Dame had a tough start to the Palm Springs Tournament, Feb. 23-25, taking on a pair of ranked opponents in the ultra competitive field. The Irish were competitive in both early games against No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 17 California but ultimately lost both games by the scores of 7-3 and 7-5, respectively. Notre Dame now on a four-game skid, rallied with two-outs in the seventh inning to tie their next game against UNLV on the two RBI single from sophomore Linda Kohan. Junior Katie Laing would make it a 4-3 Irish winner, as she punched a ball through the left side to drive in senior Carissa Jaquish in extra-innings. Despite a strong pitching performance from senior Kenya Fuemmeler, a complete game four-hitter, the Irish fell to Cal State Fullerton, 2-0, in their next game. Notre Dame would take its final game of the tournament, 3-1, over Ole Miss. Kohan would again provide the late-inning heroics with her two RBI single up the middle in the fifth.
Brown On The Right Track:
Senior Stephanie Brown had an outstanding tournament in Palm Springs, going 11-for-18 with five runs scored. Brown had multi-hit performances in four of the five games, while chipping in three stolen bases.
Gessica Hufnagle, who often splits time at catcher, showed off the wheels against Ole Miss (Feb. 25) as she stole a pair of bases in a game for the first time in her career.
Bargar Continues To Lead:
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Brittney Bargar picked up a pair of wins over the weekend of Feb. 23-25. Bargar won against UNLV and Ole Miss in Palm Springs Tournament.
A Recap of the Tiger Invitational:
Notre Dame opened its 2007 season at the Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn from Feb. 16-18. Notre Dame started the tournament with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over host school Auburn. Sophomore Erin Glasco came through with a single down the right-field line to drive in freshman Ashley Ellis from third for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Irish then fell to UAB 8-0 in a five inning run-shortened game. Another memorable Irish victory would follow, as once again Notre Dame came from behind in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Heather Johnson would be that game’s hero with a two-run home run that propelled Notre Dame to a 6-5 victory over Tennessee Tech. Notre Dame softball would complete its weekend by dropping its final two games to Tulsa (4-2) and Virginia Tech (2-0). Johnson for her great play would be awarded a spot on the Tiger Invitational All-Tournament team after hitting .500 (8-for-16) in the five games.
Nice Start by the Rookie:
Heather Johnson made an immediate impact in her first week in the Irish lineup. Not only did the Los Alamitos, Calif. native start all five games at third base, she also had the most hits of any player in the Tiger Invitational Tournament, with eight, on her way to hitting .500 with a home run and four RBI. Johnson tallied multi-hit performances in three of the five games.
A Solid First Week:
Brittney Bargar also had a solid first week for Notre Dame in the circle. She won both of Notre Dame’s games while pitching three complete games. For week, Bargar was 2-1 with 24 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched. The sophomore also showed impeccable control with only two walks (one intentional) on the week.
A Pair Honored on BIG EAST Honor Roll:
Notre Dame had a pair of players on honored on the BIG EAST honor roll following the first two weekends of action around the conference, Feb. 19 in sophomore pitcher Brittney Bargar and freshman third baseman Heather Johnson.
Keeping up with the Irish:
Notre Dame’s softball family and friend can keep up with the Irish one of six ways this season. First, the Notre Dame hotline (1-574-631-3000) will be updated as soon as possible following each game. Two, a game recap will be posted on Notre Dame website (www.und.com) following each contest. Three, a text alert will be send out to those fans that wish to sign-up for the Irish text alerts on the Notre Dame website. Four, live audio broadcasts will be available for Irish home games. Fifth, Notre Dame will run GameTracker for selected road games (depending on the host institution) and all homes games at Ivy Field through its athletic website. And sixth, Notre Dame softball will have a weekly notes package that will be put out by Wednesdays of most weeks.
Notre Dame in early season tournaments:
Notre Dame began what is now the collegiate softball tradition of early-season tournament action in 1990 when it took part in a Chicago, Ill. tournament. Since that trip, Notre Dame has visited 32 different areas of the country and participated in several elite tournaments. Notre Dame’s all-time record in early-season tournament action is 190-141 (.574) and its most frequent sites visited have been South Florida (seven times), Columbus, Ga. (six times) and Cal State Fullerton (five times). This season, Notre Dame will visit Auburn, Ala. (first time), Palm Springs, Calif. (third time), Jacksonville, Fla. (first time), Long Beach, Calif. (first time) and Cal State Fullerton once again.
Preseason Choice for Third in the BIG EAST:
The Irish were selected to finish third in the BIG EAST Conference for the 2007 season, in a vote by the leagues coaches. The Irish received a first-place vote and totaled 104 points to finish behind front-runner Louisville and South Florida. Notre Dame along with Louisville and USF were all selected for the 2006 NCAA Softball Championships.
Notre Dame will feature three captains this season for only the third time. The Irish captains will be seniors Stephanie Brown and Kenya Fuemmeler and junior Katie Laing. The only other Notre Dame teams to have a trio of captains are the 2003 squad (Alexis Madrid, Andria Bledsoe and Andrea Loman) and the 2002 team (Kas Hoag, Jenny Kriech and Jarrah Myers).
Notre Dame will bring back its entire coaching staff from the 2006 season in head coach Deanna Gumpf, assistant coaches Kris Ganeff and Lizzy Lemire and volunteer assistant coach Dawn Austin.
Gumpf In Her Sixth Season:
Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf is in her sixth season at the helm of the Notre Dame softball program. The Irish coach is 233-102 in her coaching career and has taken the Irish to five consecutive NCAA postseason berths.
Gumpf won her 200th career game in Notre Dame’s 14-4 victory over Pittsburgh on April 9 of the 2006 season.
At the start of the season, Gumpf career’s record of 219-90 (.708) was a single percentage better than former Irish head coach Liz Miller 377-156 (.707). She is also ahead of the first ever softball coach at Notre Dame, Brian Boulac 135-90-2 (.597).
A Generous Donation:
Notre Dame softball’s bid for a new facility took a huge step forward this offseason thanks to the generous donation by Linda and Paul Demo. The Demo’s pledged three million dollars for the building of the Melissa Cook Stadium. Cook, a former Irish softball player, was one of four people that were killed in March 2002 when a massive section of scaffolding fell from the John Hancock Center onto her car in downtown Chicago. The families of those who died and were injured reached a settlement in early 2006 with the skyscrapers owners and other companies named in the lawsuit. The Demo’s, the mother and stepfather of Melissa Cook, devoted much of their portion of the settlement to Notre Dame for the upcoming $4.8 million facility. The stadium will be built on the southeast corner of the Notre Dame campus near Eck Baseball Stadium and will hold 1,500 Irish softball fans.
On the Small Screen:
Notre Dame will make one scheduled appearance on the small screen this season as its first game of a the doubleheader against South Florida, April 22 at noon, will be shown by CSTV.
Notre Dame’s softball team, over the winter announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent to enroll at the University and play softball for head coach Deanna Gumpf in 2007-08.
Katie Fleury (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) is a power hitting shortstop who will provide excellent speed and versatility to the Notre Dame lineup. During her prep career, she has led Archbishop Mitty to Western Catholic League (WCAL) championships every season with a combined record of 73-19.
Shannon Kelly (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Hollywood Christian) is expected to be a power hitter and lethal producer in the class. As a junior, Kelly had a tremendous spring as she hit .647 with seven home runs, 40 runs scored and 78 runs batted in at the plate.
Brianna Jorgensborg (Thousand Oaks, Calif./La Reina), an outfielder, set three school records last season at La Reina with a batting average of .571, 49 RBIs and a sizzling on-base percentage of .652. She also had a slugging percentage of 1.114 to go along with 30 runs scored, eight home runs, and eight doubles.
Erin Marrone (Alexandria, Va./Bishop O’Connell) comes from a long lineage of former Notre Dame students as both her grandfathers (Paul Marrone and Frank Tighe) as well as her parents (Nicolas Marrone and Stephanie [Tighe] Marrone), along with five aunts and uncles graduated from the university. The Virginia native is a middle infielder who hit .469 with 46 hits in 98 at bats as a junior.
Sadie Pitzenberger (Tomball, Texas/Tomball) also is a very versatile player that was voted best catcher in 2004 and best shortstop in ’05 by her teammates. She has helped lead her Tomball High School team to three consecutive conference, regional and national rankings (11th-`04, 6th-`05, and 9th-’06). As a senior, the three-time team MVP has been voted the team captain. Pitzenberger has seen her batting average rise in each of her first three years with a high mark of .462 last season.
Jody Valdivia (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) is an accomplished pitcher that played club softball with current Irish freshman Heather Johnson on the California Cruisers. The hurler pitched the Cruisers to a third-place national finish in 2006. The future freshman was named the Century League Pitcher of the Year as she led the entire Orange County area in strikeouts last season with 302. She has also been voted team MVP for Canyon High School in each of her last two campaigns.
Milestones on the Horizon:
â€¢ Senior Stephanie Brown, after the sixth week of the 2007 season, is fifth (145) in runs scored at Notre Dame. Brown is also tied for eighth on the all-time hits list with 238, only one behind Lizzy Lemire (1998-01) for seventh. Further, Brown is eighth on the all-time home runs list (18) only three behind Mallorie Lenn for seventh. Brown is also among the all-time leaders in walks (65-sixth) and stolen bases (49-fifth).
â€¢ Junior Katie Laing is ninth with her 39 career doubles only one behind Andria Bledsoe (2000-03) for eighth.
â€¢ Senior Gessica Hufnagle is tied for fourth in fielding percentage .982.
Notre Dame wraps up its 11-game homestand with a game against Valparaiso (April 4 at 5 p.m.), before heading to Chicago for a mid-week conference doubleheader with No. 18 DePaul (April 5 at 3 p.m. (CT)). Notre Dame will then have an off weekend from games for the Easter Holiday.