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Softball Ventures To Utah For Red Desert Classic

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame softball team will play in the state of Utah for the first time in program history as the Fighting Irish participate in the Red Desert Classic this weekend. The Irish are set for five games against No. 24 Baylor (twice), Utah Valley, CSU Bakersfield and Southern Utah at The Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah.

Live stats for all five games can be found via the Notre Dame softball schedule page on

Red Desert Classic | The Canyons Complex | St. George, UT
Friday, March 1 Notre Dame vs. Utah Valley 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT Live Stats
Notre Dame vs. No. 24 Baylor 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. MT Live Stats
Saturday, March 2 Notre Dame vs. CSU Bakersfield 2 p.m. ET/Noon MT Live Stats
Notre Dame vs. Southern Utah 4:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. MT Live Stats
Sunday, March 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 24 Baylor Noon ET/10 a.m. MT Live Stats

2019 Notes & Numbers

  • 8 The Irish have played eight games this season against teams ranked in the top 25 or receiving votes, with a four games against top-10 opponents 
  • 3rd Ali Wester’s 231 career hits rank third in the nation among active players, trailing only Florida’s Amanda Lorenz and Oklahoma’s Sydney Romero (250 each). In addition, Wester’s 184 career games played ranks among the top 40 in the nation.
  • 30 Alexis Holloway is one of just 30 pitchers in the nation with multiple saves on the year.
  • 5 Ali Wester ranks fifth in the ACC with 19 hits this season.
  • 2 Morgan Ryan’s 1.56 walks per seven innings rate is second in the ACC.
  • 1st Notre Dame is playing softball in the state of Utah for the first time this weekend. The Irish have previously played Utah (6-0), Utah State (1-0), Utah Valley (1-0), Southern Utah (1-0) and BYU (3-0), with all of those games played at a neutral site. 
  • 12 Notre Dame has played 12 games against teams from Utah, with an undefeated record against foes from the Beehive State.
  • 28 Games Notre Dame will play before its home opener on March 20. The Irish will have played 16 of those first 28 games in the state of Florida.