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Softball team travels to South Bend

March 25, 2011

Huskies softballThe NIU softball team returns from its preseason tournaments when the Huskies travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame at 5 p.m. today.

“Notre Dame is a great team, a top 30 team,” NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said of her team’s performance last weekend. “It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s a great opportunity for us.”

The Huskies (10-11) head into the contest with the Fighting Irish winners of seven of their last 10. During that stretch, NIU has scored in double digits four times, including a season high 19 runs at the start of this stretch and is batting .353.

Leading the way is freshman Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln).

Tofft, who is riding an 11 game hitting streak, leads the Huskies in several offensive categories including batting average (.431), hits (28) and RBIs (20). During her current streak, she is batting .543 with 19 hits and 18 RBI.

Amanda Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) and Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) have also provided a boost offensively of late. Sanchez went 5-for-16, including a three-run homer in the win over Idaho State, and has driven in five runs. Sheppard batted .400 in five of NIU’s six games last week with two RBIs and four runs scored.

Fans can follow all the action of this afternoon’s contest live via Gametracker at