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Irish Take No. 1 Oklahoma To Brink In Extra Inning Thriller

Kelsey Thortnon scored the tying Notre Dame run in the bottom of the sixth inning against Oklahoma

Feb. 17, 2013

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of Notre Dame softball team gave No. 1 ranked Oklahoma all it could handle Sunday, ultimately succumbing to the nation's top team 7-5 in nine innings at the Campbell/Cartier Classic.

The Irish snapped the Sooners (10-0) streak of 35 plus scoreless innings entering the game, and the nearly 29 straight scoreless frames streak of left-handed starter Michelle Gascoigne.

Notre Dame (4-5) took the advantage over the nation's number one team in the top of the sixth inning, as Laura Winter (1-4) retired the side, including two strikeouts. The Irish capitalized in the bottom of the inning, as pinch hitter Kathryn Lux opened the Notre Dame half with a blistering single up the middle. A Lauren Stuhr groundout moved Lux to second base. A single by Emilee Koerner and a fielder's choice off the bat of Kelsey Thornton loaded the bases with one out. Katey Haus delivered a rocket single up the middle to score pinch runner Monica Torres and pull the Irish within one at 2-1. Winter grooved an 0-1 double down the left field line, and an error by left fielder Brittany Williams allowed Thornton and Haus to score to vault Notre Dame in front 3-2.

The Sooners answered in the top of the seventh, as Laura Chamberlain led off with a double down the left field line, advancing to third on a Georgia Casey groundout to shortstop. Jessica Shults sent an 0-1 Winter offering out to center, and Chamberlain slid under the tag on a beautiful throw from Megan Sorlie to tie the game at 3-all.

Winter sat the Sooners down in order in the top of the eighth. Shelby Pendley struck out looking, Williams popped up to shortstop and Destinee Martinez grounded out to shortstop to end the Sooner half.

After Oklahoma scored four runs in the top of the ninth, Amy Buntin led off the home half with a two-run home run over the fence in right center field, clawing the Irish back within two runs (7-5). Gascoigne (5-0) retired the final three Notre Dame hitters to end the game.

Koerner and Thornton paced the Irish attacked with 2-for-4 days at the plate, while Buntin chipped in a pair of RBI on her first home run of the season.

Oklahoma leadoff hitter Chamberlain kept up her torrid season start at the plate against Irish starter Winter, ripping a double off the left field wall in the top of the first inning. Casey reached on a fielder's choice to give the Sooners a pair of runners on with nobody out. Winter then struck out Shults, Keilani Ricketts and Pendley consecutively to stall the Sooner attack.

Winter followed in the top of the second inning with a pair of strikeouts, retiring Javen Henson and Chamberlain swinging to strand Oklahoma runners on base and keep the Sooners off the scoreboard.

Winter was one strikeout from equaling a career-high, punching out a season-best 14 Sooner hitters in 8.2 innings.

Leading off the bottom of the second, Winter battled in a spirited at-bat with her counterpart Ricketts, seeing eight pitches from one of the nation's top pitchers before hitting a hard groundout to Jessica Vest at shortstop. Ricketts forced Buntin to foul out on the third base side and fooled Sorlie with a full-count fastball to end the inning.

Oklahoma finally broke through in the third inning, as Pendley laced a two-out single to right field, plating Casey from second base to give the Sooners a 1-0 lead. Williams crushed a 3-2 Winter offering that just drifted just to the right of the foul pole in right field, nearly leaving the park for a two-run home run. Williams grounded out to Micaela Arizmendi at first base two pitches later to halt the Oklahoma surge.

Winter continued her steady outing in the circle in the top of the fourth, striking out Henson swinging and freezing Brianna Turang on a 1-2 breaking pitch to quiet the Oklahoma bats.

Thornton legged out an infield single in the bottom of the fourth inning for the first Irish hit off Ricketts in the game. The Notre Dame right fielder moved into scoring position on a passed ball by the Sooner catcher Shults. Ricketts buckled down, grounding Haus out to shortstop and fouling Winter out to first to stymie the Irish attack.

Notre Dame travels to the East Carolina Pirate Invitational Feb. 23-24 in Greenville, N.C.

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February 10
12:00 PM
Weber State
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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 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 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
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May 26
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May 27
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May 28
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NCAA Super Regionals
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June 1
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
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Womens College World Series
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Womens College World Series
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June 6
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 7
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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