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This Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Winter Tosses Softball No-Hitter & Another Big East Title

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After a week off while we made preparations for our visit to South Bend this past weekend, TWINDA returns with news of all the non-football sports getting their groove on during the spring.

All the good stuff comes after the jump.

Tennis: 20-8 (Men's) & 20-7 (Women's)

Men's tennis has played very well since our last post, going 4-1 with wins over a couple ranked teams.

The Irish beat Texas A&M 4-3, and Louisville 5-2 before heading to the Big East championships where they defeated Villanova 5-0 before dropping a match to South Florida 4-3. The team rebounded with a win over St. John's 4-1 in the third place match.

The men will wait to see if they qualified for the NCAA championships.

The women's tennis team has won 6 straight matches since we last checked in and they also brought home some Big East hardware over the weekend.

Notre Dame beat Texas A&M, South Florida, and Louisville by a combined 19-2, and then proceeded to sweep through the Big East championships blanking Rutgers and DePaul before dropping South Florida again in the title match up.

That is the fifth straight Big East title for the women's tennis program so congratulations to them! They will definitely be participating in the NCAA tournament and now await their seeding.

Track and Field

Both the men and women's teams paired up with Indiana and defeated Kentucky and Louisville two weekends ago in the Texas Roadhouse Border battle. Notre Dame won 9 events on the day.

This past weekend Jeremy Rae finished fifth in the 1,500 meter as the top collegian at the Mt. SAC Relays in California.

The Irish team also won 8 events at the Polytan Invitational in Bloomington.

Golf: Men's & Women's

The men's golf team was down in Texas a couple weeks ago and finished 13th in the All-American Collegiate Tournament. The team came back home and promptly won the Battle at Warren on their home course crushing the competition in the process.

"Today's win was a very good one for us," said Irish head coach Jim Kubinski. "It was a true team win, with so many strong contributions. Like our win against Illinois last Sunday, it gives us a boost of confidence and some great momentum. We've talked about needing four scores to play to the level we believe we can and we've had that the last couple times out. It's not only fun to see but it validates the work our guys are putting in."

The Big East championships are up next for the men.

The women have already begun their Big East tournament play and were in 1st place after Sunday's round one.

Baseball: 22-16

The Irish baseball team has been playing solid since we last checked in. They lost to Michigan State and Western Michigan, but were able to take 2 of 3 from Cincinnati two weekends ago. This past weekend Notre Dame swept the 3-game series on the road against Georgetown.

They will host Central Michigan this Wednesday and also host a 3-game series this weekend versus St. John's.

Softball: 26-13

The softball team had their long winning streak snapped two weeks ago at the hands of Rutgers and they also lost 2 out of 3 to Syracuse to follow that up.

Since then, the softball team has ripped off 5 straight wins concluding with a 3-game sweep of DePaul this past weekend.

On Saturday during the Blue Gold Game, sophomore Laura Winter tossed the first-ever no-hitter inside Notre Dame's Melissa Cook Stadium as the Irish beat DePaul 3-0. Winter only gave up one walk in the performance.

Lacrosse: 10-1 (Men's) & 12-2 (Women's)

The slow paced men's lacrosse season rolls on as the Irish have won 2 more games since our last post, with their only defeat in overtime to Penn State coming back on February 26th.

The Irish beat Georgetown on the road 9-7 last weekend, and recently defeated Villanova 10-7 this past Saturday. The team will host Syracuse this weekend before the Big East tournament begins.

The women's lax team keeps rolling on with three more victories.

Notre Dame crushed Connecticut 16-9 and followed that up by sneaking by Vanderbilt 12-11. This past weekend the Irish outlasted Georgetown 7-6 in double overtime.

They will travel to Northwestern in the middle of the week and and host Cincinnati this weekend before conference tournament play begins.

Rowing

The Notre Dame rowing team won 7 races a couple weeks ago at the Virginia Invite.

"I felt we rowed really well on both days of racing," said Irish head coach Martin Stone. "We won seven of our 12 races over the two days and all but one of our losses came at the hands of the top team in the country, Virginia. We really showed good improvement since our last time out against Ohio State, but we also know we have more tough races next weekend against two highly ranked opponents in USC and Stanford, so there is no time to rest on what we did this weekend."

Notre Dame ended up winning three more races out west against Stanford and USC---which is always nice.

They will take to the water once more for the Big East Invitational this Saturday to conclude the regular season.