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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Baseball, Softball Sweep

The Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, softball, baseball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, track & field, and men’s golf.

It was a great week for Irish sports with bats and bases.
It was a great week for Irish sports with bats and bases.

Without further ado, we give you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups and look ahead at what's on the schedule this week.


No. 1 men's lacrosse (9-1, 3-0) brought down no. 19 Marquette last Wednesday in an 8-7 overtime brawl. Matt Kavanagh had 4 goals for the Irish, including the game winner 30 seconds into OT. Check out our full game recap here.

Notre Dame next faces no. 13 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, on Saturday at noon ET (ESPNU).


No. 7 women's lacrosse (11-4, 4-3) earned an important comeback win over no. 13 Duke in overtime on Saturday. Rachel Sexton led the Irish with 3 goals, including the game winner almost two minutes into OT. The team recovered from an early 6-2 deficit and then from a 9-7 deficit with just over two minutes left in regulation, ultimately snagging a 10-9 win from the Blue Devils.

Next up for the team is a visit to Columbus, OH, to face Ohio State on Saturday afternoon.


No. 24 softball (32-6, 9-3) went 4-0, downing Butler at home, 5-0, then sweeping Virginia Tech on the road, 3-0, 7-5, and 5-3.

Highlights from the win over Butler:

The Irish host Western Michigan this Tuesday evening. Wednesday, Valparaiso comes to town. ND has a road series against North Carolina that begins on Sunday (a double-header—3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU, and 5:30 p.m. ET), with the final on Monday (7:00 p.m. ET, ESPNU).


No. 41 baseball (21-12, 9-7) had a great week, sweeping their opponents, 5-0, at home. Last Tuesday, they bested Chicago State, 6-3; they beat Valparaiso, 3-1, on Wednesday. They swept Boston College in their weekend series, 4-1, 4-1, and 11-9. Not bad.

Highlights from the game 1 win over BC:

From game 2 vs. BC:

And from game 3 vs. BC:

The Irish take a trip to Michigan State on Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, they host Central Michigan (6:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). Then ND heads to Tallahassee, FL, to face FSU. The teams play on Friday (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3), on Saturday (6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3), and again on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN3).


Men's tennis (14-12, 6-6) downed North Carolina State with a 6-1 win over the weekend. This Thursday through Sunday, Notre Dame competes for the ACC Championship in Cary, NC.

No. 51 women's tennis (12-12, 5-9) went 2-1 this past week and split their ACC matches. They bested no. 30 Virginia Tech, 4-3, then fell to no. 13 Virginia, 5-2, before sweeping Norfolk State, 7-0. The Irish next compete for the ACC Championship in Cary, NC, this Wednesday through Sunday.


Irish track & field put up a strong showing at the ACC Big Ten Challenge on Saturday. ND earned top finishes in the men's discus throw and the women's 100mH, 5000m, 400m, and 200m. They had an additional 10 top-5 finishes in other events.

The Irish next head to Charlottesville, VA, for the Virginia Challenge this Friday and Saturday.


Women's golf had a disappointing outing at the ACC Championship in Greensboro, NC, this past weekend after posting such a strong season. After a rough start, they finished 10th overall in a field of 12. Talia Campbell had the highest individual finish for the Irish, coming in 9th overall. Next up are the NCAA regionals, played in early May.

Men's golf concluded their regular season on Saturday when they hosted the Battle at the Warren. ND earned a first-place finish against Detroit and Canisius and Ben Albin had the top individual score of the event. Irish players also finished second and tied for third overall. The Irish travel to New London, NC, for the ACC Championship this Friday through Sunday.


The no. 18 Irish rowing posted some strong times at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Sacramento, CA, this past weekend in a crowded field of six other ranked teams. For the numbers on the team's individual races, see the results here and here. The Irish compete for the Dale England Cup in Bloomington, IN, on Friday and Saturday to wrap up the regular season.


We'll bring you updates again next week on the whole range of Notre Dame sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.