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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
 
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--

 

 

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February 12
2:00 PM
Utah
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February 12
7:00 PM
Kentucky
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 13
1:30 PM
BYU
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 13
4:00 PM
California
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
February 14
11:00 AM
Georgia State
Tempe, Ariz. (Farrington Stadium)
February 19
4:00 PM
Utah Valley
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 19
8:30 PM
Washington
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 20
1:00 PM
Cal Poly
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 20
6:00 PM
UCLA
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February 21
12:00 PM
George Washington
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 26
1:15 PM
East Carolina
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 26
3:30 PM
UCF
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February 27
1:15 PM
North Florida
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 27
3:30 PM
Bryant University
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
February 28
10:00 AM
Penn State
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
March 5
1:15 PM
Stony Brook
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 5
6:00 PM
Florida Gulf Coast
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 6
10:00 AM
Stony Brook
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 6
12:15 PM
Ball State
Fort Myers, Fla. (FGCU Softball Complex)
March 9
5:00 PM
Florida International
Miami, Fla. (Felsberg Field at FIU Stadium)
March 9
7:00 PM
Florida International
Miami, Fla. (Felsberg Field at FIU Stadium)
March 12
1:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 12
3:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 13
12:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (The Park)
March 17
5:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 22
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 23
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
March 25
2:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 25
4:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 26
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Skytop Softball Stadium)
March 30
5:00 PM
IPFW
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 2
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 2
3:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 3
12:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 5
5:00 PM
IUPUI
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 7
5:00 PM
DePaul
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
1:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 9
3:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 10
12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 16
12:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 16
2:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 17
1:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Tech Softball Park)
April 19
6:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 20
6:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 24
3:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 24
5:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 25
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Anderson Family Field)
April 27
6:00 PM
Butler
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
1:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 30
3:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 1
12:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 7
3:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 8
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship Quarterfinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship Semifinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 14
TBA
ACC Championship Final
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 20
TBA
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TBA
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May 28
TBA
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May 29
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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June 2
TBA
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Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 3
TBA
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Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
TBA
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Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
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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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TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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