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Irish Hit Five Homers in Historic 16-0 Victory

Junior Amy Buntin hit a two-run homer in the second inning.

March 14, 2012

Box Score

Notre Dame 16, CSF 0 (5) Get Acrobat Reader

FULLERTON, Calif. - The bats came alive for the Notre Dame softball team on Wednesday afternoon at Anderson Field in game one of the Judi Garman Classic, as the Irish scored their most runs since 2009 in a 16-0 five-inning victory over Cal State Fullerton.  

Notre Dame (10-8) hit five homers on the day and scored 12 runs in the first three innings as they jumped on the Titans from the very beginning.

Not to be outdone, the Irish pitchers allowed just two hits as Laura Winter, Brittany O'Donnell and Jackie Bowe combined for the shutout.

The 16 runs were the most for the Irish since a 17-9 win against Valparaiso in 2009. The 16 run margin of victory is tied for second in Notre Dame history. The Irish beat No. 24 Robert Morris in 1994, 18-0, and have beaten a team by 16 runs two other times; in 2002 against Oakland (16-0) and in 2000 against Providence (16-0). The 12 runs between the first and third innings were the most in three consecutive innings since Notre Dame scored 13 runs between the second and fourth innings in a 14-0 Senior Day win over St. John's last year. The Irish were two runs away from tying their all-time record of 18 runs, which was set in 1994 against No. 24 Robert Morris.

In three innings, the Irish already had set season-highs in runs, hits, home runs and RBI.    

Cracking homers for the Irish were Emilee Koerner, Amy Buntin, Katey Haus, Kristina Wright and Cassidy Whidden. The homers were the first in their career for the freshmen Koerner and Whidden. All three catchers (Buntin, Wright and Whidden) on the roster hit homers.   

Sophomore pitcher Laura Winter got the nod in the circle and struck out the side and turned in an RBI single in her only inning of action. Fellow sophomore Brittany O'Donnell (5-3) earned the win after going two innings and allowing only a hit. Junior Jackie Bowe closed out the game, pitching two innings and also allowing only a hit.

Ten Irish batters picked up hits with seven recording at least one RBI. Whidden had four RBIs coming on her grand slam in the fifth inning. Haus had three hits and three RBIs and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Senior Dani Miller produced three hits and scored three runs. Koerner went 2-for-2 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. Junior Kelsey Thornton also picked up three hits and scored two runs.

Notre Dame showed a knack for stringing together hits throughout the game. The Irish scored four runs in the first after piecing together four hits in a row, highlighted by Koerner's homer to left center.

In the second the Irish strung together six hits, with a pair of homers by Buntin and Haus highlighting the inning, to up the Notre Dame advantage to 10-0.  

The third inning saw Wright hit a two-run bomb on the first pitch she saw to give the Irish a 12-0 advantage.

The Irish closed out their scoring in the fifth as Whidden took the second pitch she saw yard to give the game its final margin at 16-0.

Notre Dame returns to action tomorrow with contests against Iowa at 9 a.m. (PT) and Michigan at 1 p.m. (PT).

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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
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May 20
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NCAA Regionals
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May 21
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May 25
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May 26
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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May 28
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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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
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 4
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 5
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
June 6
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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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