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#24 Irish Scrap To Spirited Win In Nutter Classic Nightcap

Senior Laura Winter won her 89th career game Saturday against Cal State Fullerton, surpassing two-time All-American Jennifer Sharron for third place on the school's all-time wins list

Feb. 22, 2014

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CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - A competitive struggle in game one of the day gave way to an offensive explosion in the nightcap for the University of Notre Dame softball team Saturday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex. The No. 24 Irish bounced back from a 5-3 defeat against California in the first game of the afternoon to blank Cal State Fullerton 8-0 in the late contest to split day three of the tournament for Notre Dame.

Senior pitcher Laura Winter spun a one-hit shutout against Cal State Fullerton to move into third place on the all-time Notre Dame wins list, passing two-time All-American Jennifer Sharron ('01). Winter earned win number 89 with no walks and seven strikeouts on 83 pitches in a complete game effort.

Freshman Karley Wester, sophomore Megan Sorlie and junior Katey Haus all tied for the Notre Dame (10-2) team lead with four hits during the day's games, with Wester adding a pair of runs scored. Sophomore Micaela Arizmendi added a three-run home run against California and paced all Irish offensive players with six RBI.

Notre Dame is set to close its tournament slate at the 2014 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Sunday at 9 a.m. (PT) against #8 Oregon.

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Game 2 - #24 Notre Dame 8, Cal State Fullerton 0

Junior Katey Haus followed a freshman Karley Wester single and stolen base with a single of her own to center field in the top of the first inning off Cal State Fullerton starter Jasmine Antunez. The base knock brought Wester around from second and gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Micaela Arizmendi then roped a two-out double off the right field wall two batters later, scoring Haus and sophomore Megan Sorlie to push the Irish cushion to 3-0.

Junior Cassidy Whidden opened the Notre Dame half of the second with a single that got through the right side off Antunez. A Jenna Simon sacrifice bunt moved Whidden into scoring position at second, where junior All-American Emilee Koerner drove her in with an RBI double (4-0). Wester added a base knock up the middle on the next pitch, plating Koerner to make it 5-0 Notre Dame.

Cal State Fullerton (10-5) finally got its first base runner on the board in the bottom of the third, when Antunez was hit by a Laura Winter (6-1) offering. The Irish slowed the Titans almost immediately, as Leesa Harris lined out to senior captain Chloe Saganowich, who doubled off Antunez at first base to end the frame.

Notre Dame logged a 1-2-3 frame on defense in the bottom of the fourth inning. Winter forced the Titans into a pair of fly ball outs before punching Desiree Ybarra out looking to retire the Cal State Fullerton side.

Cal State Fullerton broke through with its first hit in the bottom of the fifth, as Gabby Aragon laced single to left field off Winter to lead off the inning. Two more fly ball outs and a strikeout of Lauren Mario swinging ended the Titans half.

Notre Dame added to its lead in the top of the sixth inning, as Simon stole second base after reaching on a fielder's choice. Following a throwing error on a pickoff at second base, which advanced Simon to third base, Koerner laced an RBI single up the middle to extend the Irish advantage to 6-0.

A pair of hard-hit singles by Haus and Winter, and a wild pitch from Titan pitcher Monique Wesley moved pinch runners Carly Piccinich and Monica Torres into scoring position. A single to center from Arizmendi plated Piccinich (7-0). A Whidden single into left field scored Torres and capped the Notre Dame scoring at 8-0.

Winter retired the final six hitters she faced to earn her sixth straight win. She moved into third place on the all-time Notre Dame victory list with her 89th career win.


Game One - California 5, #24 Notre Dame 3

Katey Haus sparked the Notre Dame offense early with a two-out single to center field, and a Laura Winter walk moved Haus into scoring position. California starter Nisa Ontiveros (4-2) got Micaela Arizmendi swinging to end the Irish half of the first.

A Cheyenne Cordes single and a walk drawn by Danielle Henderson gave California (6-5) a pair of runners on base with one out in the bottom of the first inning. Notre Dame starter Allie Rhodes (3-1) bounced back with strikeouts of Victoria Jones and Breana Kostreba swinging to keep the Golden Bears off the scoreboard.

Singles by Megan Sorlie and Jenna Simon gave the Irish a pair of runners on with two away in the top of the second inning, but Ontiveros forced Emilee Koerner into a deep fly out to California left fielder LaRisa Jones on the warning track to strand both runners.

Sorlie opened the top of the fourth for Notre Dame with a one out double off the wall in right center. Ontiveros induced a sophomore Casey Africano pop out to third base before issuing a free pass to captain Chloe Saganowich. California responded with a strikeout of Simon to stall the Irish offensive.

Rhodes posted a 1-2-3 frame in the bottom of the fourth inning, forcing Kostreba to pop out to Simon at second base and a pair of groundouts to Saganowich at shortstop to hang another zero in the Golden Bears column.

A nub single by California's Kostreba hit the dirt in the Irish infield in the bottom of the sixth, allowing the first run of the game to score and give the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead. A steal of second and advance home by Jones put Cal in front 2-0. A throwing error to plate allowed two more Golden Bear runs to come around, upping the Cal advantage to four runs (4-0). A sacrifice fly extended the lead to 5-0.

Arizmendi made the most of an opportunity with ducks on the pond in the top of the seventh inning, crushing a three-run home run to opposite field, bringing the Irish within two at 5-3. A pop out to shortstop and a fly out to left field for Notre Dame ended the contest in California's favor.

--ND--


-- Tony Jones, Media Relations Assistant


 

 

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
Campus sites
May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 21
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 25
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
Campus sites
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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