Notre Dame Athletics | April 25, 2018
A three-run first inning set the table for the University of Notre Dame softball team on Tuesday night, and the Irish were off to the races from there. A five-hit shutout for Alexis Holloway highlighted a 4-0 Notre Dame victory over Bowling Green in the final nonconference game of the 2018 season at Melissa Cook Stadium.
Notre Dame (30-18) closed the 2018 regular season with an 18-10 record against nonconference foes. The Irish also notched their eighth shutout of the year while limiting Bowling Green (25-20) to five hits and no free baserunners on the night.
How It Happened
Notre Dame fired on all cylinders out of the gate, with Alexis Holloway (18-11) setting the tone early with a scoreless top of the first inning against Bowling Green. Holloway erased a one-out single by notching a strikeout looking on a 1-2 offering to end the Falcons surge.
The Irish capitalized on the momentum shift with three runs in the bottom of the first. Abby Sweet was hit by a pitch and Katie Marino walked to spark a two-out rally. Cait Brooks flared an RBI single to right field one batter later that scored Sweet and put Notre Dame up 1-0. Melissa Rochford followed with a single of her own to left field, scoring both Marino and Brooks for the 3-0 Irish advantage.
Holloway refused to waver in the face of two Bowling Green singles in the top of the second inning. A bunt with two outs on the board was handled by Rochford at third and retired the side for the visitors.
Three groundouts to Rochford in the top of the third kept Bowling Green scoreless. A two-out single up the middle broke up the string of solid plays at the hot corner, but Notre Dame maintained its 3-0 lead.