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#23 Irish Earn Sweep At Citrus Classic For Second Straight Season

Senior Laura Winter tied Brittney Bargar ('09) for second place on the school's all-time wins list with her 92nd career victory

March 2, 2014

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The University of Notre Dame softball team extended its winning streak to five games, outlasting a feisty effort from Omaha on Sunday in the final game of the 2014 Diamond 9 Citrus Classic. Freshman Karley Wester broke a 3-all tie with a single through the left side, scoring junior Jenna Simon for the game-winning run. The No. 23 Irish would tack on an insurance tally later in the frame, hanging on to defeat the Mavericks 5-3 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Notre Dame (15-3) has now won nine straight games at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic, after sweeping the event slate the past two years at the tournament. The Irish outscored their five opponents 28-9 during the weekend, outhitting the opposition 43-25.  

Senior pitcher Laura Winter tied a career-high with 15 strikeouts in a complete game effort, walking no Omaha batters during her seven innings in the circle. Winter tied Notre Dame great Brittney Bargar ('09) for second place on the school's all-time wins list with 92 career victories.

Junior All-American Emilee Koerner hit a high chopper back to the circle on the second pitch of the game from Omaha starter Dana Elsasser (9-3) for a leadoff single. Junior Katey Haus followed two batters later with a single through the left side to move Koerner into scoring position at second base. On a first pitch swinging, sophomore Micaela Arizmendi knocked a base hit through the box, plating Koerner to give Notre Dame a 1-0 lead.

Haus made the most of runners at second and third with two away in the top of the second, grooving the first pitch she saw from Elsasser into the gap in right center field. The two RBI single plated senior captain Chloe Saganowich and Koerner to up the Irish advantage to 3-0.

Omaha (12-7) got back into the contest in the bottom of the second inning, as Mara Eeman hit a high solo home run over the left field wall to bring the Mavericks within two runs at 3-1. Winter (9-2) struck out Lizzie Noble, Nicole Warren and Tara Trede during the half to thwart the Omaha offense.

A pair of runs for the Mavericks in the bottom of the third tied the ballgame, as Sydney Hames drilled a double to the gap in left center to score both Amber Lutmer and Lia Mancuso (3-3). Winter struck out both Noble and Eeman to keep the go ahead run stranded at third base.

Winter retired seven consecutive batters (five on strikes) before Lutmer ended the streak with a two-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning. A Hames fly out to Wester in left field ended the Mavericks half in the fifth.

Back-to-back singles for Simon and Koerner gave Notre Dame runners on the corners against Elsasser to open the top of the sixth inning. A base knock through the left side from Wester scored Simon to vault the Irish in front 4-3. Following an Omaha passed ball and a fielder's choice, Arizmendi hit a ball to shortstop that scored Wester to shift the lead to two runs (5-3).

Winter continued to roll in the bottom of the sixth, retiring Omaha in order in the Maverick half of the inning. Noble and Eeeman opened the half with swinging strikeouts, and Warren popped up to Saganowich at shortstop to end the inning. A strikeout swinging of Campbell Ditto with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning tied Winter's career mark and end the game.

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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 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
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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