Irish softball strikes out cancer, beats Rutgers

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The Notre Dame Softball team held their 3th Annual Strikeout Cancer game Saturday against the Rutgers.

The goal is to raise as much money as possible to help cancer patients.

All proceeds go to the Memorial Children's Hematology Unit.

Head Softball Coach Deanna Gumpf's daughter, Tatum Gumpf, battled cancer and overcame leukemia.

Two other young cancer victims joined Tatum on the field to warm up with the softball team. All three children threw the opening pitch.

"This game means the world to me,” says ND Softball coach Deanna Gumpf. “It's the big pictures. It is not just a softball game. This is about helping people and we want to help those kids who are fighting. We want to help those family's who have the emotional roller coaster, the ups and downs, and just make their days just a little bit better."

The softball team has led the NCAA in money raised from all softball programs in the nation, and they want to keep it that way. They raised $35,000 the first two years and $15,000 already this weekend alone.

The Irish cruised to a 11-2 victory over Rutgers and will host the Scarlet Knights in a doubleheader on Sunday.


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