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ND Softball: Undefeated team aims to further consistency

Katie Heit | Friday, February 25, 2011

After starting their season with a 5-0 record in the UCF Invitational, the Irish are eager to see what else they can accomplish at the College of Charleston Invitational.

“I would say consistency is the biggest thing we’re trying to improve,” senior infielder and team captain Heather Johnson said.

So far it would appear that this seasoned Irish team is accomplishing just that. This weekend they will face Iowa State, Marist and Liberty, as well as host College of Charleston. The team is fairly unfamiliar with its opponents this weekend, who haven’t been on the schedule in the time that this team has been together.

Senior catcher Alexia Clay said she isn’t concerned with unfamiliar situations.

“I really feel like this year we have a lot of potential and a lot of seasoned players so we’re pretty deep in our lineup,” Clay said.

One of those players, junior outfielder Alexa Maldonado, was recently named Big East player of the week after a fabulous showing at the UCF Invitational, where she had six hits and drove in six runs. Additionally, freshman pitcher Laura Winter was recognized on the conference’s weekly honor roll. She started her collegiate career with a win and a save last weekend.

The Irish will also look for sophomore pitcher Brittany O’Donnell and senior pitcher Shannon Kelly to dominate in the bullpen this weekend after their strong showings in the UCF Invitational.

With this amount of strength in the starting lineup, it’s easy to see why both Clay and Johnson believe this is the best team they’ve been a part of in their collegiate careers.

The Irish hope to extend their winning streak Saturday at 2 p.m. against the College of Charleston.