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March 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Notre Dame has amassed a 1,159-507-3 (.695) all-time record, 30 combined conference championships (19 regular season, 11 tournament) and 21 NCAA Regional appearances, which has included 18 straight berths into the NCAA Championship tournament.

• Notre Dame officially opened the 2017 season at Melissa Cook Stadium with an 11-3 win in five innings over Michigan State on March 22. The Irish played their first 25 games of the season at either road or neutral sites, winning three games over the initial RPI top 25 (No. 15 Oklahoma on Feb. 25, No. 17 Georgia on Feb. 24 and No. 23 Michigan on Feb. 18).

• Senior outfielder/captain Karley Wester surpassed three-time All-American Emilee Koerner (’15) for the all-time Notre Dame softball runs record, scoring for the 197th time in her career during the top of the seventh inning against Mercer on March 15. Wester is tied with two-time All-American Megan Ciolli (’05) for the Notre Dame program hits lead after notching career hit number 284 against Michigan State.

• Freshman catcher Madison Heide enjoyed a productive offensive debut in her first regular season game at Melissa Cook Stadium against Michigan State. Heide crushed a two-run home run and the game-winning RBI single, all in the fifth inning, in her first two career home plate appearances.

• Freshman infielder Katie Marino added a solid home debut of her own against Michigan State, reaching in three of four plate appearances while driving in two runs to spur on the Notre Dame offensive attack. Marino added three stellar defensive plays in the field at second base to rob the Spartans of offensive momentum.



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