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Softball: Irish reschedule game against Valparaiso

Jay Fitzpatrick | Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Notre Dame will have to wait until Thursday for its game against Valparaiso. But the Irish won’t have to wait for accolades from this past week.

Inclement weather Tuesday forced the postponement of Notre Dame’s (31-13, 13-1 Big East) game with the Crusaders (18-25, 5-11 Mid-Continent) to Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (CDT), which will kick off a five-game road trip that includes games against conference rivals Louisville and South Florida – third and second behind the Irish in the Big East, respectively.

“This postponement won’t have any affect on our momentum or anything,” Irish pitcher Brittney Bargar said.

Bargar and her battery mate, catcher Mallorie Lenn, were named to the Big East Honor Roll for their performances last week.

Bargar won three games for the Irish, posting a 1.05 ERA that helped push Notre Dame into the top spot of the conference standings. Lenn led the offense in Notre Dame’s six games, hitting .474 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.

“It’s exciting that both of us were honored this week,” Bargar said. “It’s pretty cool that it was the pitcher and catcher.”

Notre Dame outscored its opponents 39-12 and posted two shutouts while winning five out of six games, including all four of its Big East contests. The Irish moved to the top of the Big East standings, passing South Florida, whose record dropped to 11-1 after the Bulls fell to Syracuse 1-0 Sunday.

The postponement should have little effect on the Irish, who merely shifted gears quickly for their doubleheader today against Purdue at Ivy Field beginning at 4 p.m.

Notre Dame holds a 10-7 all-time series lead over Purdue (27-27, 5-10 Big Ten), and the Irish won the last game in 2005, 4-1.

“We just have to prepare for Purdue just like every other game,” Bargar said.