Notre Dame softball: Irish go 1-1 in tourney

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Notre Dame settled for a split in its first two contests of the season at the Auburn Plainsman Invitational Saturday in Auburn, Ala.

Cassidy Whidden went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Irish to a 9-1 win against Tennessee Tech in the opener. Katey Haus and Laura Winter each added a pair of RBIs.

In the nightcap, North Dakota State starter Krista Menke handcuffed the Irish lineup in a 4-1 Bison victory. Menke scattered six hits and walked three with a pair of strikeouts.

Megan Sorlie had two hits for Notre Dame (1-1).

NOTRE DAME 9, TENNESSEE TECH 1

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ND430002— 9 8 1

Taylor Ketchum (L, 0-2), Hannah Weaver (1); Allie Rhodes (W, 1-0), Rachel Nasland (5).

2B: Madi Taylor (TT), Chris Gibbs (TT), Micaela Arizmendi (ND).

3B: Emilee Koerner (ND), Karley Wester (ND), Katey Haus (ND).

HR: Cassidy Whidden (ND).

N. DAKOTA STATE 4, NOTRE DAME 1

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Laura Winter (L, 0-1); Krista Menke (W, 2-1).

2B: Maritza Lopez-Portillo (NDST).

HR: Amanda Grable (NDST).

Records: Notre Dame 1-1.