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Notre Dame Softball focused on keeping intensity in good place ahead of regionals

Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 6:31 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - It’s finally starting to feel like summer out there which means it’s time for the NCAA Women’s College World Series to get underway for the Irish.

Notre Dame Softball is heading into their 22nd-straight regional appearance this weekend.

“It’s just managing the emotions,” head coach Deanna Gumpf said. “We’ve done it all different ways. We’ve given it our best shot and we’re hoping that we bring our best softball this coming weekend. If we do that, we’ve got a great shot at winning it. "

Deanna Gumpf’s squad will start with Miami of Ohio on Friday afternoon.

The last time these two teams faced off was five years ago to the day in the NCAA Regionals.

The Irish came away with the 5-0 victory.

The postseason comes with an added level of intensity but the Irish want to stay true to who they are.

“I say the intensity right now, everyone’s in a good place,” right fielder Emma Clark said. “Really positive vibes in the locker room and on the practice field and that stuff. We’re just really excited to get out there and get after it.”

For us, it’s just more softball games and we just gotta go out and just worry about ourselves,” pitcher Alexis Holloway said. “Just try and play our game and just relax and just roll like we have the rest of the season.”

Notre Dame’s post season gets underway Friday at 2:30. The game will be on ESPN 3

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