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ND SOFTBALL: Team looks to remain hot, extend win streak

Thomas Barr | Thursday, April 7, 2005

Notre Dame (21-8) hopes to remain undefeated at home when it faces Ball State (10-23) today.The Irish have been hot as of late with a 10-game winning streak that is now into its third week. During this time, they have outscored opponents 53-7 and have recorded an impressive .337 batting average. After playing two doubleheaders in two days, the Irish were given yesterday off.This will be the first meeting between these two teams this season. The Cardinals ended a four-game losing streak yesterday with an extra inning win at home in Muncie, Ind. Ball State defeated Indiana State in nine innings, 6-5.Pitchers Heather Booth (11-4) and Steffany Steinglem (9-4) are likely to split the game for the Irish. Booth comes in with 1.22 ERA while Steinglem is averaging 10.25 strikeouts per seven innings.The forecast calls for rain late tonight through early afternoon. The game is scheduled for 5 PM at Ivy field weather permitting.The Irish have dealt with bad weather on many occasions this season, having at least ten games postponed or cancelled thus far this year, including segments of tournaments.