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This Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Softball is On Fire

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After a week absence TWINDA is back.

Hockey went home early, and the women's basketball team lost in the NCAA finals, so now we're fully into the spring sports calendar.

Updates on the rest of the Fighting Irish teams coming after the jump.

Tennis: 16-7 (Men's) & 14-7 (Women's)

Men's tennis has been on a 4-game winning streak since our last report.

They beat Ball State, St. Bonaventure, and DePaul at home, and defeated SMU down in Texas this past Saturday.

The Irish stayed in Texas for a match against the Aggies of College Station last night. We'll report the results next week.

The women's tennis team has gone 1-2 since our last TWINDA.

The Irish beat DePaul at home but lost to Northwestern in South Bend and dropped a match to Baylor in Texas on Saturday.

They also faced Texas A&M last night.

Track and Field

The outdoor season is in full swing as Notre Dame has been traveling the country for a variety of different competitions.

At the Mike Poehlein Invitational at Purdue, Notre Dame won nine events.

Among the winners in West Lafayette, Ind., were regulars Kevin Schipper (pole vault), Kaila Barber(100mH) and Aijah Urssery (100m), as well as Amanda Chamblee (javelin), Annie Polcari (pole vault),Kelly Burke (triple jump), Jade Barber (400m), Emily Frydrych (800m) and Kari Johnson (5,000m).

At the Texas Relays in Austin, Maddie Buttinger finished 6th in the heptathlon, Ted Glasnow finished 14th in the decathlon, and Carly Loeffel finished 19th in the heptathlon.

At the Neil Moore Multi's held at Eastern Illinois, Dean Odegard finished 2nd in the decathlon, Carson Barnes finished 11th in the decathlon, and Megan Moore finished 6th in the heptathlon.

This past weekend at the Stanford Invitational, Emily Morris won the shot put and the men's 4x400 team took home gold.

George Atkinson won his preliminary in the 100 meter dash before placing 6th overall in the finals.

Golf: Men's & Women's

The men's golf team has been off for a couple weeks but returns to action this week with the All-American Intercollegiate at The Woodlands Country Club in Texas.

The women's golf team finished 10th out of 18 teams at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic two weekends ago.

The Irish will now rest for two weeks before heading down to Florida for a tournament.

Baseball: 17-13

The Notre Dame baseball has hit a rough patch since we last checked in with them.

They lost to UIC in Chicago, dropped 2 of 3 against South Florida, beat Toledo at home, and were recently swept on the road by Seton Hall.

The Irish travel to East Lansing to play Michigan State today, will host Western Michigan tomorrow, and host Cincinnati for a 3-game series this weekend.

Softball: 19-10

While the baseball team is in a slump, the softball team in South Bend is red hot winning their last 8 games since we last checked in.

Notre Dame beat Western Michigan at home, and Toledo twice at home, in addition to to sweeping a 3-game series at home versus UConn. Last week the softball team hosted Northwestern and won 9-1, while they also traveled to Purdue and took home a close 8-6 victory.

The Irish will travel to Rutgers this week and also host Syracuse for 3 games this weekend.

Lacrosse: 8-1 (Men's) & 9-2 (Women's)

The men's lacrosse team has continued their strong season by winning their last two games since we checked in and their 7th in a row.

Notre Dame defeated St. John's on the road 13-6 and then came home to take care of business against Providence this past Saturday 9-1.

The will travel to Georgetown for a game this upcoming Sunday.

The women's team perfect season came to an end as they've gone 2-2 since we last reported.

They took home a one goal victory at Rutgers, but dropped decisions to Loyola 17-11 on the road, and to Syracuse 16-10 at home.

The women's team has since rebounded and crushed Villanova 18-5 this past Saturday in South Bend.

They will travel for a road game against UConn this weekend.

Rowing

The rowing team has been idle for a couple weeks but returns to the water this week for the Virginia Invite.