Notre Dame ready for first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference
Notre Dame ends season with 43-15 record
Notre Dame will play Marshall at 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Notre Dame and Virginia Tech kick-off Lexington Regional play Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPN3
Notre Dame will appear in 11th title game in 18 seasons in the conference
Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.
The Irish made their 15th straight appearance at the NCAA Championship in 2013.
Notre Dame lost to Green Bay 4 runs to 5 on March 28th at Melissa Cook Stadium.
Images of the Irish during the run to another NCAA tournament.
The Irish Softball team took on Louisville in the Big East title game at Melissa Cook Stadium on May 12th.
Notre Dame claimed a 9-1 win in five innings of Northwestern.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2013 All-BIG EAST Second Team
2013 Senior CLASS Award Candidate
2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List
2012 NFCA All-America Second Team
2012 NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team
2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team
AS A SENIOR (2013): One of two team captains during senior year ... named to the all-BIG EAST second team ... tabbed to the preseason USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List ... selected as a Senior CLASS Award candidate ... finished career ranked 11th in home runs (21), 14th in RBI (120), 17th in slugging percentage (.494) and 19th in batting average (.324) in the Notre Dame record book ... batted .311 with four doubles, four home runs, 36 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 29 runs scored in final season with the Irish ... hit at a .361 clip (21-for-61) with runners in scoring position ... led all Notre Dame players with 13 total sacrifice hits ... ranked third on the Irish with 13 two-out RBI during the season ... reached base in 22 consecutive games, spanning from March 13 against Cal State Fullerton to April 23 against Connecticut ... recorded only one error in 392 chances at catcher, the best fielding percentage per total chances of any player in the BIG EAST Conference ... .373 average, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored all ranked third on the Notre Dame team in BIG EAST play ... blasted a key two-run home run against eventual NCAA champion No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 17) ... laced a double and drove in two runs against Liberty (Feb. 23) ... logged two RBI and scored a run at East Carolina (Feb. 24) ... 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI against LIU (March 3) ... drove in three total runs in two games against Iona (March 15-16) ... 2-for-2 with a home run and a career-high five RBI in first game of a doubleheader at Seton Hall (March 23) ... added two more base hits and scored twice in the nightcap against the Pirates (March 23) ... perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in second game of a doubleheader at Georgetown (April 3) ... drove in a pair of runs at Northwestern (April 9) ... registered two hits, including a home run, with three RBI and two runs in the second game against Connecticut (April 23) ... raked two singles in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship against Seton Hall (May 9).
AS A JUNIOR (2012): Enjoyed a breakout season for Notre Dame, becoming the program's 21st All-America selection ... led the Irish in batting average (.360), hits (62), RBI (60) and runs scored (45) ... appeared in all 56 games, with 55 starts ... NFCA all-region first team selection ... second team all-BIG EAST choice ... drove in three runs in her only start of the season in right field against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 18) ... stroked a pair of doubles and scored two runs in a win at No. 24 North Carolina (Feb. 25) ... drilled first home run of the year to help the Irish complete the sweep against North Carolina (Feb. 26) ... perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a season-high five RBI in an 8-1 rout of Oregon State (March 10) ... drove in three of Notre Dame's five runs in a 5-3 win over Western Michigan (March 27) ... went a combined 4-for-6 with four RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Toledo (March 28) ... rapped three base hits and added three stolen bases in a home win over Connecticut (April 1) ... posted three RBI and scored two runs in a 6-3 win over Valparaiso (April 18) ... fell a triple short of the cycle, adding four RBI in a victory at Providence (April 28) ... equaled season-high with a tournament-record five runs driven in in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship against St. John's (May 11).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011): Regarded as an extremely versatile athlete with the ability to play a number of positions ... saw time at catcher, outfield and as the designated player during the season ... played in 46 games and earned 42 starting nods ... belted a two-run, game-tying homer again North Carolina (March 4) to put Notre Dame in a position to pick up the win over the Tar Heels at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic ... started the season with an 11-game hitting streak ... hit .316 on the season with 23 runs, 37 hits, 16 RBI, three doubles, two triples and three home runs ... reached base at a .369 rate with a .453 slugging pct. ... drove in multiple runs against Delaware (Feb. 19) and Syracuse (April 10) ... the latter came on a two-run home run in the first of two games on the Orange's home turf ... scored twice in the season finale at Michigan (May 21) .
AS A FRESHMAN (2010): Hit .264 with a .396 slugging pct. during her first season with the Irish ... two of her 14 hits were god for four bases ... had a fielding pct. of 1.000 ... replaced an injured Dani Miller in right field to see her first collegiate action in the season-opener versus Creighton (Feb. 12) ... drove in a run with a single during her first plate appearance ... doubled against Oregon (Feb. 12) ... went 2-for-3 versus Auburn (Feb. 13) to extend her three-game streak with an RBI ... after playing five games in the outfield, saw action at catcher against Southern Miss (Feb. 20) ... first home run came in her only at-bat against George Washington (Feb. 27) ... she then homered a day later against Virginia (Feb. 27), a two-RBI shot that was one of five Irish home runs against the Cavaliers ... stole first base of the season against East Tennessee State (March 6) ... one sacrifice versus UNLV (March 13) ... scored at DePaul (April 22) ... scored twice during the three-game series at St. John's (May 8-9) ... singled and scored against Louisville (May 14) with a pair of putouts in right field during the BIG EAST Tournament ... started three games at the NCAA Tournament and had two hits in the second contest with Michigan (May 3).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Prepped for Brentwood (Tenn.) and as a sophomore led her team to a No. 12 ranking in USA Today ... four-time all-conference and all-district performer while claiming a trio of league titles with Brentwood ... three-time regional champion ... team captain in 2009 ... first team all-state in 2009 ... District 11AAA All-Tournament Team and MVP ... finished senior season with .564 batting average, 62 hits, 15 home runs, 16 doubles, 11 triples, 59 RBI, .597 on-base percentage and 15 walks ... holds school's single-season home run (15) ... district MVP in 2008 ... tagged as a first team all-state player in 2008 by the Middle Tennessee State Coaches Association ... played club ball for New Jersey Intensity Gold and finished seventh at the ASA 18 Nationals in 2009 ... had the opportunity to work behind the plate for 2008 USA National Softball Player of the Year Angela Tincher ... attended the same high school as former Irish volleyball All-American Lauren Brewster ... John Maher Scholar Athlete ... active within high school's National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society ... daughter of Karen and Scott Buntin ... first member of her family to attend Notre Dame ... enjoys waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing and snow skiing ... has two siblings, Amanda and John ... Amanda played softball at Belmont ... graduated with a degree in psychology and pre-professional studies from the College of Arts and Letters.
Buntin's Career Statistics