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ND Softball: DePaul to test squad in Big East

Michael Bryan | Thursday, April 12, 2007

Notre Dame will look to stay undefeated in Big East play today, facing off in a doubleheader against No. 19 DePaul. The Irish (24-7) are currently tied for first in the conference with the Blue Demons (24-7) with identical 8-0 conference records. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. in Chicago, weather permitting.Notre Dame will have to work hard to score runs against DePaul pitchers Tracy Adix and Becca Heteniak. The senior Adix has dominated so far this season, posting a 10-1 record with a 0.57 ERA. Heteniak, a freshman, has an ERA of 1.13 and 10 wins on the season.The Blue Demons are led offensively by junior Sandy Vojik, who has seven homers and 17 RBIs on the year. Junior Marcy Wilus leads the team with 18 RBIs, and Kate Sheaks has 23 runs scored and a .344 batting average on the season.Although the Irish had their 10-game winning streak snapped at home Tuesday against Eastern Michigan, the Notre Dame players enter Thursday’s matchup with confidence in their play of late.Senior Stephanie Brown earned her first ever Big East player of the week honors for her performance in the last four games. Brown boasted a .722 batting average (13-for-18) with two doubles, a triple, four RBIs and five runs scored. Brown was also named Louisville Slugger/NFCA player of the week last Wednesday. Brown is currently atop the Big East standings in batting average (.477) and on-base percentage (.531). Her frequent trips around the bases have given the power hitters in the lineup a chance to gain RBIs – she leads the Big East in runs scored with 24. With her strong pitching during the streak, sophomore Brittney Bargar earned an honorable mention in the Big East after going 3-0 with two complete games, a shutout and 21 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. Irish senior Kenya Fuemmeler will also take the mound, riding on a series of strong performances herself. She has a 7-5 record with a 2.60 ERA, seven complete games and 57 strikeouts.