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Win streak ends with loss to EMU

Lorenzo Reyes | Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Notre Dame’s 10-game win streak was snapped at Ivy Field Tuesday in an out-of-conference 2-1 loss to Eastern Michigan. A doubleheader was scheduled, but after the first contest, both coaches met and decided that they would postpone the second match.

Eastern Michigan senior Aimee Woodrum allowed only one run and three hits in a complete-game gem, improving her record to 5-5.

The Irish pitching, however, also showcased some talent on the field with excellent performances from sophomore Brittney Bargar and senior Kenya Fuemmeler.

Bargar allowed only one hit and a walk in four innings pitched and chalked up four strikeouts. In relief, Fuemmeler was credited with the loss on three innings pitched, allowing three hits and two runs.

Early in the second inning, Bargar faced some resistance with a leadoff single. After a sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice, Eastern Michigan threatened to take an early lead, until Bargar struck out the last batter to end the chance.

In the bottom of the second, the Irish notched their first single when freshman Heather Jackson ripped a shot to center field. But nothing came of the hit, as the side was quickly retired.

Notre Dame led off the third with a single from sophomore Erin Glasco. Once again, the Irish could not capitalize and went to the top of the fourth in a scoreless duel.

After the pitching change was made in the fifth, Eastern Michigan senior Lauren Clark brought in the first run of the game with an RBI single up the middle. Later on in the sixth, the Eagles added an insurance run for the 2-0 lead. Freshman Jenny Scherer brought in the second run of the game with a sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, senior Stephanie Brown continued her nine-game hit streak with her first home run of the season over the right-field wall to cut the lead to 2-1. It was the last threat the Irish offense could muster.

Notre Dame also announced that it has rescheduled its contest against Valparaiso to April 19 at 5 p.m.

Notre Dame will travel to Chicago to face No. 16/19 DePaul Thursday in a doubleheader. The second game is a make-up from earlier this season and it will be a face-off between the last two undefeated teams in the Big East.