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Irish Sweep At Citrus Classic, Extend Win Streak to Eight

Cassidy Whidden's three-run home run in the sixth inning powered the Irish to a 5-3 win over Maryland Sunday

March 3, 2013

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The University of Notre Dame softball team captured its second straight tournament sweep, defeating LIU 5-0 and Maryland 5-3 Sunday on the final day of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Irish (12-5) have now won eight straight games, with five wins during the streak coming by five runs or more. 

Brittany O'Donnell (6-1) was masterful in the circle in game one against LIU (2-17), scattering four hits in a shutout victory. The senior right-hander walked two Blackbird hitters and struck out eight.

Cassidy Whidden pinch hit for Kelsey Thornton in the top of the sixth inning against Maryland (4-10), with Notre Dame trailing 3-2. Whidden fought off 11 consecutive pitches before sending pitch 12 over the left field wall for the eventual game-winning home run.

Amy Buntin finished the day with a .667 (4-for-6) batting average, a home run and four RBI to pace the Notre Dame offense. Jenna Simon added four hits, including a triple, and two runs scored.

The Irish travel to the ASU Diamond Devil Invitational March 9-10 in Phoenix, Ariz.

--Notre Dame vs. LIU--
The Irish struck in the top of the first after Kelsey Thornton and Lauren Stuhr led off the game with singles. Emilee Koerner sacrificed both runners into scoring position with a bunt up the first base line, and Laura Winter worked a full-count walk against Nicole Archer (0-2) to load the bases with one out. An RBI groundout by Katey Haus plated Thornton from third and gave Notre Dame a 1-0 lead. 

Brittany O'Donnell threw her third scoreless frame in the bottom half the third inning. O’Donnell forced Lauren Morizi to ground out to Jenna Simon at second base for the final out to keep the Blackbirds off the scoreboard.

O’Donnell held LIU at bay in the bottom of the fourth, forcing three straight groundouts to maintain the 1-0 Irish advantage. The Notre Dame right-hander kept cruising in the fifth inning, making a nice stop on a comebacker up the middle before striking out Celinna Cosio and Allison Blackman to stifle the Blackbird offense.

Simon ignited the Irish offense in the top of the sixth, pulling a 1-2 Archer offering against the slap shift for a leadoff triple. Amy Buntin followed with a fly ball to right field that allowed Simon to tag and score from third base (2-0). A Chloe Saganowich single and back-to-back walks drawn by Stuhr and Koerner loaded the bases for Winter. The Notre Dame designated player worked a four-pitch walk to score Saganowich and extend the Irish advantage to 3-0.

LIU loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning after Nichole Toven drew a 3-2 walk. O’Donnell hung in against Ariana Lopez, forcing a groundout to Saganowich at shortstop to strand all three runners on base.

Buntin blasted a 1-0 pitch from Heather White over the wall in right center field in the top of the seventh. The All-American catcher’s second home run of the season pushed the Notre Dame advantage to 5-0.

--Notre Dame vs. Maryland--
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, pinch hitter Cassidy Whidden engaged in a spirited battle with Terrapin pitcher Brenna Nation (0-1) with runners at first and second. On the 12th pitch of the at-bat, Whidden launched a deep three-run home run over the left field fence to stun Maryland and take the lead back for the Irish at 5-3.

Laura Winter (5-4) retired the final six batters she faced to pick up her fourth straight victory.

Jenna Simon, Amy Buntin, Emilee Koerner and Micaela Arizmendi each led Notre Dame with two hits apiece. Buntin and Lauren Stuhr also added an RBI to the Irish cause.

The Terrapins struck first in the bottom of the first inning, as Melissa Mancuso delivered a sacrifice fly against Winter, scoring Juli Strange to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. Winter escaped the inning on a Nikki Maier fly out.

Winter helped her own cause in the top of the second, launching a double off the left field fence against Maryland starter Kaitlyn Schmeiser. A sacrifice bunt from Katey Haus moved Winter to third base. Buntin cashed in with the runner in scoring position, singling through the left side to score Winter and tie the game at 1-1.

Stuhr continued her torrid hitting weekend in the top of the third inning, launching her third home run of the weekend over the right field wall. Stuhr’s long ball pushed the Irish in front 2-1.

A single from Bridget Hawvermale was all Maryland could muster in the bottom half of the third inning. Strange and Sara Acosta struck out, and Mancuso popped up to Winter to the right of the circle.

Lindsey Schmeiser vaulted the Terrapins in front in the bottom of the fourth, drilling a two run home run over the center field fence (3-2). Winter forced Corey Schwartz to ground out to third base to close the frame.

--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
Campus sites
May 20
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
May 21
TBA
NCAA Regionals
Campus sites
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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