May 13, 2006
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Providence College softball team was defeated, 4-1, at Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday, May 13 at Ivy Field in South Bend, Ind. With the loss, the Friars, who were making their first appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament since 1996, end their brilliant season with 29-19-1 overall record. Notre Dame (38-19) advances to the semifinals and will face Pittsburgh on Sunday, May 15.
The Friars took the lead in the top half of the first inning when sophomore Sam Pittman (San Diego, Calif.) blasted a solo home run over the left center field fence. For Pittman, who finished with two hits, it marked her first home run of the season and her fourth career long ball. However, the Irish took a 2-1 lead when Mallorie Lenn hit a two-run home run in the bottom half of the first inning. The Irish increased their lead to 3-1 later in the inning when Katie Laing drove in a run with a double to right field.
Notre Dame added another run in the sixth inning to complete the scoring. Friar sophomore Sara Surosky (Elmira, N.Y.), who has been battling injury, took the loss on the pitcher's circle for the Friars. Freshman Jennifer Maccio (Huntington Station, N.Y.) pitched five-plus innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out one batter. For the Fighting Irish, Heather Booth earned the win as she allowed one run on five hits and struck out four batters.