Irish Softball Announces 2021 Season Slate

NOTRE DAME, Indiana — RV Notre Dame Softball introduced the 2021 slate Tuesday, which will start out February 13. The plan involves 32 conference games, two tournaments, an ACC Pod weekend and a host of dwelling midweek online games prior to the postseason. In whole, the Irish are set to experience 5 teams that are rated or obtaining votes in the first United states of america Right now/NFCA Coaches countrywide poll. 

“This year is about actually working jointly as a crew, range one particular. Quantity two, make the most of the day we have, and range three, when we get the chance, we’re taking it,” head mentor Deanna Gumpf, who enters her 20th year at the helm of the Irish application, shared. 

“We have a excellent main of returners. We have most of our starting lineup again, so we have practical experience,” she included. “We have depth, and we have genuinely good leaders.”

All convention collection will consist of 4 games, generally including a solitary sport Friday, doubleheader Saturday and single game Sunday. Notre Dame enters the season receiving votes in the countrywide poll and ranked 3rd in the ACC by convention coaches, following No. 12 Florida State (ACC No. 1) and No. 15 Virginia Tech (No. 2), and in advance of No. 25 Duke (No. 4) and RV Clemson (No. 6). 

“The plan may search a very small little bit distinctive, but the team that will engage in in these video games is so all set, and so enthusiastic, and they’re likely to be a really enjoyment workforce to view perform.” Gumpf famous. 

The Irish will open their time with a two-working day match at Alabama Condition in the Stinger Vintage from Feb. 13-14. The subsequent weekend, Notre Dame will travel to the Research Triangle as aspect of ACC Pod engage in. The Pod weekend replaces the ACC/Massive Ten Challenge, and the Irish will enjoy a three-sport collection with Syracuse initial at host website North Carolina on Feb. 18-19, then cross the Triangle to engage in No. 25 Duke at its property stadium in a few games (Feb. 20-21). 

The second event for Notre Dame will choose position at Liberty University in the Liberty Traditional Feb. 26-28. On Feb. 26, the Irish will play RV Liberty, and then will consider on the two Bucknell and Liberty on Saturday. Sunday, Notre Dame’s final matchup of the tournament will be from Bucknell. 

Immediately after an open weekend, conference engage in for Notre Dame will begin March 12-14 with a collection at North Carolina. The following weekend brings a vacation to Georgia Tech for a four-match series March 19-21. Then, Notre Dame returns to Melissa Prepare dinner Stadium for the 1st home sequence in extra than a yr and a half, internet hosting NC State March 26-28. 

Notre Dame’s very first midweek match of 2021 will consider put March 31 vs. Central Michigan prior to the Irish travel to No. 12 Florida Point out for an Easter weekend collection April 2-4. 

Yet another midweek is in retailer at Melissa Cook dinner April 7 vs. Western Michigan. The Irish then will host RV Clemson April 9-11, taking on the Tigers for the very first time in software history. April 13, Notre Dame will host Loyola of Chicago in a midweek matchup. 

The program’s annual Strike Out Most cancers weekend will consider put April 16-18, as the Irish host Virginia. Marking the 11th-once-a-year Strike Out Cancer celebration, it is a weekend that serves to increase awareness and resources for regional pediatric most cancers individuals and their households. Strike Out Most cancers commenced supporting leukemia awareness in 2011 in solidarity with Irish head coach Deanna Gumpf and her daughter, Tatum, who was identified with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the summer months of 2010 and has given that won her struggle. 

The ultimate highway sequence of 2021 for Notre Dame will acquire location with a 4-recreation stint at No. 15 Virginia Tech, right before the Irish return residence to Melissa Prepare dinner for Senior Weekend as they experience Boston School Might 7-9. 

The ACC Event commences May well 12 in Louisville, Kentucky, with NCAA Regional participate in starting Might 19. 

The agenda is subject matter to transform, and games could be additional or eradicated. Comply with @NDSoftball on Twitter and pay a visit to und.com/athletics/softball/ for the most up-to-date data.