Notre Dame goes for 19th consecutive win against Bowling Green
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, April 14, 2015
No. 17 Notre Dame looks to extend its win streak to 19 when it hosts Bowling Green this evening at Melissa Cook Stadium.
The Irish (32-11, 13-5 ACC) are currently riding an 18-game win streak, the longest for the program since a 19-game streak in 2005.
Statistically, the Irish have been dominant over the course of the win streak, averaging more than nine runs per game, outscoring their opponents 166-27 since the streak began with a 12-0 victory on March 15 against Florida State.
Seven of the 18 victories have been shutout wins for the Irish, and in three other victories they have held their opponent to just one run.
With a victory tomorrow against Bowling Green (13-19, 4-6 MAC), Notre Dame would also build upon another impressive feat, as it looks to protect its perfect 2015 record at Melissa Cook Stadium; the Irish have won all 11 home games this season.
In these 11 home victories, Irish batters have hit for a combined average of .412, and have outscored opponents by an 88-11 margin.
Notre Dame seniors infielder Katey Haus and catcher Cassidy Whidden are each have plated 16 baserunners at home to lead the team; Haus has 42 in all games while Whidden has 35.
Whidden leads the squad with four home runs at Melissa Cook Stadium, while Haus has homered twice in home contests.
As Notre Dame won its last eight home games last season, the Irish would reach 20 straight home wins with a victory today. The last time the Irish lost a home game was April 22, in a 6-2 loss to North Carolina State.
Notre Dame is coming off a three-game weekend sweep of ACC rival Boston College, its fourth straight series sweep and 13th consecutive league win.
This marks the longest, single-season conference win streak for Notre Dame since the 2004 season, when the Irish reeled off 16 straight victories against Big East opponents.
Today’s meeting between the Irish and the Falcons is the first contest between the two squads since 2011, when Notre Dame swept Bowling Green in a two-game series.
Sophomore infielder Aspen Searle leads the Falcons with 22 RBIs on the year while senior pitcher Jamie Kertes has a 7-9 record and a 3.61 earned-run average in 15 starts this season.
First pitch between Notre Dame and Bowling Green is scheduled for 6 p.m at Melissa Cook Stadium.