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Whidden Powers Notre Dame To Day One Split At Fast Pitch Classic

Brittany O'Donnell allowed one run over six innings to pick up the first Notre Dame victory of the season

Feb. 9, 2013

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The University of Notre Dame softball team split a pair of games Saturday, dropping a 1-0 decision to Wisconsin before rallying for a 5-1 win over Charlotte at the Fast Pitch Classic inside DL Cooper Stadium.

Cassidy Whidden broke open a four-run fourth inning against the host 49ers (0-2) in game two, drilling a three-run home run to power the Irish attack.  Brittany O'Donnell (1-0) shined for Notre Dame (1-1) in the second contest, tossing six innings of one-run ball.

Laura Winter (0-1) went the distance in game one against Wisconsin (2-1), yielding a single run on six hits and striking out a game-high 10 batters. Lauren Stuhr and Jenna Simon paced the Irish with two hits apiece in the opener.

The Irish return to the field Sunday at 10 a.m. against Wisconsin at the Fast Pitch Classic.

--Game 2--
Charlotte’s first two base runners reached in the bottom of the first inning, as Alex Rogers worked a walk and Natalie Capone legged out a bunt single. O’Donnell struck out Briana Gwaltney and forced Chelsea Ingersoll into a 4-6-3 double play to escape the jam.

Notre Dame loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the fourth inning, picking up its first two singles of the day in the infield. Simon reached on a bunt single before Amy Buntin hit a looping infield single over the head of 49er pitcher Katie Watkins (0-1). Emilee Koerner hit a high pop up to shortstop, but Capone was unable to make a play, allowing Kelsey Thornton to score from third for the first Irish run of the season. Whidden broke the inning open with a three-run blast over the wall in right center field to extend the Notre Dame cushion to 4-0.

Ingersoll nearly left the park in the bottom half of the fourth, ripping an O’Donnell pitch off the wall in right field for a leadoff double. Notre Dame kept the hosts at bay, not allowing another Charlotte batter to reach in the inning to maintain a 4-0 advantage.

Megan Sorlie ripped a double to left center field to open the top of the fifth inning, and Thornton followed with a drag bunt single. Watkins settled in, forcing Simon, Buntin and pinch hitter Casey Africano to fly out consecutively for the frame’s three outs.

A sacrifice fly from Micaela Arzimendi in the top of the sixth inning pushed the Notre Dame lead to 5-0.
Allison Rhodes struck out her first career batter to open the seventh in relief of O’Donnell, getting Rogers swinging on a 3-2 offering. Kaile Lang swung through a full-count pitch of her own to give the Irish southpaw a game-ending strikeout.

--Game 1--
Winter cruised early in the circle, striking out three of the first five batters she faced. Wisconsin’s Michelle Mueller connected on a two-strike offering with one away in the top of the second, sending the ball over the fence in left center field to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead. Winter responded by sitting down Kendall Grimm and Katie Christner on strikes to end the frame.

Stuhr laced a 2-1 pitch from Cassandra Darrah (1-0) up the middle for the first Notre Dame base hit of the season in the bottom of the second inning. After Stuhr stole second base, Darrah retired Kathryn Lux and Winter on consecutive fly outs to hold the Irish runner in scoring position.

Notre Dame threatened once more in the bottom of the third inning, as Simon smacked a single through the left side and Buntin drew a full-count walk. The Badgers escaped the inning after Darrah forcd Katey Haus to pop out to second base.

A sacrifice bunt from Lux moved runners to second and third base with one gone in the bottom of the fourth. Chloe Saganowich worked a 3-2 count to load the bases with two outs, flipping the lineup card and bringing leadoff hitter Thornton to the plate. A nice throw from Mueller at third base beat Thornton by a step at first to strand the Irish runners.

Wisconsin was held scoreless for a third straight inning in the fifth, capped by a beautiful throw from Buntin to Saganowich at second base to put out a stealing Mary Massei to end the frame.

Koerner got the Irish off to a fast start in the bottom of the sixth inning, pulling the first pitch she saw off the right field wall for a leadoff double. A sacrifice bunt from Stuhr moved Koerner to third base. Darrah struck out Lux and forced pinch hitter Sorlie to fly out to halt the Notre Dame momentum.

Winter sat the Badgers down in order in the top half of the sixth inning, striking out pinch hitter Taylor-Paige Stewart to give the Irish a chance in the bottom of the seventh.

With two outs in the home half of the seventh, Simon legged out an infield single. Buntin reached first on a throwing error by Mueller at third base, advancing Simon to third base. Darrah forced a Haus pop out to end the game.

--ND--

 

 

Event Calendar

Delta

February 10
12:00 PM
Weber State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 10
2:30 PM
Long Beach State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
South Dakota
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 11
2:30 PM
San Diego State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 12
12:00 PM
UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif. (Easton Stadium)
February 17
1:30 PM
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 18
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 18
12:30 PM
Minnesota
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 19
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 23
6:30 PM
Texas
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
9:00 PM
Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
3:30 PM
Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
6:00 PM
Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 25
1:00 PM
Oklahoma
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
March 4
12:30 PM
Purdue
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 4
5:00 PM
FIU
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
10:00 AM
Chattanooga
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
12:15 PM
Charlotte
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 11
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 11
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 12
TBA
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
March 14
5:00 PM
Georgia State
Atlanta, Ga. (Heck Softball Complex)
March 15
6:00 PM
Mercer
Macon, Ga. (Sikes Field)
March 17
6:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 18
1:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 19
12:00 PM
Florida State
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
March 22
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 5
5:00 PM
Fort Wayne
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 7
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 8
3:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 11
5:30 PM
Detroit Mercy
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 12
6:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 14
4:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 14
6:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 15
1:00 PM
NC State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 21
6:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 22
3:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 23
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 25
5:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Drysdale Field)
April 29
1:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 29
3:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
12:00 PM
Arkansas
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 3
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 5
6:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 6
3:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
12:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Stadium)
May 19
TBA
NCAA Regionals
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May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 21
TBA
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May 25
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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May 26
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
May 28
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
June 1
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 2
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 3
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 5
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 6
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 7
TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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