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ND Softball: Notre Dame postpones matchup with Rockets because of rain

Michael Bryan | Thursday, March 29, 2007

The only thing that could keep Notre Dame from another home win Wednesday wasn’t its scheduled opponent Toledo – it was the weather.

Inclement weather postponed the non-conference matchup between the Irish (14-12) and the Rockets (4-14) to today. The game will still take place at 6 p.m. at Ivy Field.

Notre Dame enters the contest having won five in a row at home, a streak led by a red-hot pitching staff. Sophomore Brittney Bargar is 3-0 over the streak with an ERA of 0.35 and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings. For her three sparkling complete games, Bargar was named Big East player of the week.

Freshman Heather Johnson, one of Notre Dame’s offensive leaders during the streak, was also named to the Big East honor roll for the week. In the five Irish wins, Johnson batted .538 with five doubles and six RBI. The infielder posted two three-hit games – including three doubles against Seton Hall – to match a Notre Dame record.

The struggling Rockets head into South Bend on a three-game skid. Pitching woes have been the main source of Toledo’s struggles – the Rockets have given up an average 6.8 runs per game.

One of the few bright spots for Toledo this season has been first baseman Leslie Strong. The junior has batted .370 on the season, including four homers and 11 RBI. Aside from Strong, however, the Rockets have also struggled on the offensive end – no other batter is hitting over .250.

The game against Toledo is an out-of-conference break for the Irish, who will return to Big East play this weekend with doubleheaders at home against Pittsburgh and Syracuse. The Rockets begin MAC conference play Saturday against Buffalo.