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#6 Oregon Outlasts #24 Irish In Classic Nine Inning Affair

Senior Laura Winter struck out 10 Oregon batters in nine full innings of work Sunday against #6 Oregon

Feb. 23, 2014

Box Score

#6 Oregon 2, #24 ND 0 Get Acrobat Reader

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The University of Notre Dame softball team went toe-to-toe with No. 6 Oregon Sunday, and a tremendous clash of wills left both teams scoreless through seven frames. The sixth-ranked Ducks utilized key extra inning hits and dodged a late Irish onslaught to earn a 2-0 win in nine innings on the final day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex.

No. 24 Notre Dame (10-3) finished the tournament with a 4-2 record, batting a cumulative .341 for the weekend with a 30-18 edge in runs. The Irish also outhit the opposition 59-36, which included 13 doubles.

Sophomore Micaela Arizmendi kick started the Notre Dame offense against Cheridan Hawkins (7-1) in the bottom of the fifth, roping a leadoff ground-rule double over the wall down the right field line. A sacrifice bunt from sophomore Casey Africano moved pinch runner Carly Piccinich to third base. A fly out to right field and a Hawkins strikeout stranded the Irish runner at third base.

An infield single from Courtney Ceo and a stolen base moved the Oregon runner into scoring position at second base in the top of the sixth inning. Senior Laura Winter (6-2) froze Alexa Peterson looking to hold the Oregon player at second base.

A two-out infield single by junior Katey Haus and a Hawkins wild pitch advanced Haus over to second base. Hawkins bounced back with a huge strikeout on a 2-2 count, keeping Notre Dame from moving the runner any further on the paths.

In the first extra frame, a successful sacrifice bunt from senior captain Chloe Saganowich moved placed runner Monica Torres to third base. A huge strikeout from Hawkins and intentional walks to junior All-American Emilee Koerner and freshman Karley Wester loaded the bases. Haus tagged the second pitch she saw from Hawkins deep to center field, but Oregon center fielder Alyssa Gillespie tracked the ball down for the third and final out of the frame.

Ceo finally got the Ducks on the board in the top of the ninth inning with an infield slap single, scoring placed runner Nikki Udria from third base for the 1-0 Oregon lead. A sacrifice fly from Peterson allowed Janie Takeda to tag at third and score the second run of the frame. Hawkins held Notre Dame in check in the home half of the inning to secure the Oregon win.

A bunt single from Oregon's Peterson found its way through the Notre Dame infield in the top of the first inning, but a wide turn at third base from Ceo led to a putout at home plate by the Irish defense. Winter then forced Janelle Lindvall to ground out to junior Jenna Simon at second base to end the Ducks half of the inning.

Winter motored through the Oregon order in the top of the second, striking out Kailee Cuico and Gillespie swinging and forcing Stevie Jo Knapp to line out back to the circle for the final out of the frame.

Winter was masterful in a complete game effort for the Irish, surrendering seven hits in nine full innings to one of the top lineups in the country. She did not yield a walk during the contest, and her 10 strikeouts were one off equaling a season-high.

Takeda broke through for the Ducks in the top of the third inning, grooving a triple to the left field gap. A great play from left fielder Wester to shortstop Saganowich to catcher Africano at the plate put out Takeda at home to stun Oregon and get the Irish out of the half inning.

Saganowich came through after a 10-pitch battle with Hawkins with a hard-hit single to shortstop for the first Notre Dame hit of the ballgame in the bottom of the third. A sacrifice bunt from Simon moved Saganowich into scoring position at second base. A Hawkins strikeout of Koerner and a Wester pop out to first base stalled the Irish surge.

A bunt attempt by Gillespie in the top of the fifth inning was popped straight up behind the plate, and Africano made a sprawling dive to corral the ball in foul territory. Consecutive strikeouts looking of both Knapp and Karine Shaver completed the 1-2-3 inning for Winter and the Irish.

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-- 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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