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#24/25 Irish Down Eastern Michigan 12-2 In Home Opener

Senior Laura Winter tossed the final inning in Wednesday's win over Eastern Michigan

March 26, 2014

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The wintry weather that has maintained its hold over the University of Notre Dame campus for almost four months briefly broke on Wednesday afternoon, just in time for softball. Blue skies and warmer temperatures greeted the No. 24/25 Notre Dame softball team in its home opener against Eastern Michigan, and the Irish emerged with a 12-2 win in five innings at Melissa Cook Stadium.

"We've tried to not focus on the weather here, for a variety of reasons, but we were just ready to play," Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf said. "We sat out a long time, a week and a half of sitting and not playing any games after playing 26 almost back-to-back, it was weird. To get on the field and get another game under our belt was very good."

Senior captain Chloe Saganowich led all players with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, adding a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Junior All-American Emilee Koerner contributed a three-run home run and scored twice, while freshman Karley Wester added an RBI, a run scored and three stolen bases. Seven different Notre Dame players logged at least one hit during the contest to help erase an early 2-0 deficit.

"We needed a big offensive performance just because we got down quick when they got two runs on us early," Gumpf said. "We hadn't done a whole lot prior to that third inning and we needed to let things go a little bit. I like the way we responded, we started hitting the ball real well, and attacked a little bit better."  

Irish starter Allie Rhodes cruised through the top of the first inning, striking out Jenna Lucas looking and Lindsay Smith swinging, and forcing an Abby Davidson groundout to Saganowich at shortstop to end the Eastern Michigan (8-17) half of the frame.

Wester worked a four-pitch walk in her first career home plate appearance, and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Junior Katey Haus added a four-pitch walk, and a missed catch on a pop fly when the infield fly rule was invoked moved up both runners. A hard line out to shortstop by junior Cassidy Whidden ended the Notre Dame surge.

Eastern Michigan pushed the first run of the game across in the top of the third, as an RBI double down the right field line by Davidson scored Lucas and gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead. A hard-luck error at third base pushed the second run of the inning in (2-0) before reliever Rachel Nasland forced a Smith fly out to left field to end the threat.

The Irish (20-7) promptly broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning. Haus legged out an RBI infield single to score Koerner from third base. A fielding error at first base allowed Wester to come around from second during continuation of the play to make it 2-2. After Whidden drew a walk and sophomore Casey Africano looped a single to right field, the Irish had the bases loaded against Eastern Michigan starter Lauren Wells (1-7) with one out. Sophomore Megan Sorlie laid off a full-count offering to score pinch runner Monica Torres with a bases loaded free pass that gave Notre Dame a 3-2 lead.

Saganowich kept the momentum rolling one batter later, grooving a single up the middle to score both Whidden and Africano, upping the Irish edge to 5-2 and running Wells in the process. Koerner made the most of her second plate appearance of the inning two batters later, crushing a 1-1 pitch from reliever Lindsay Rich over the right field wall, clearing the bases and giving Notre Dame eight runs in its half of the inning (8-2).

Whidden opened the bottom of the fourth with a flurry, drilling a leadoff double into the gap in left center field. Africano was then hit by a pitch to move Whidden on to second base. Saganowich turned on the first pitch she saw in her at-bat, smashing a double to the deepest part of the park in straightaway center that scored Whidden and made it 9-2 in favor of Notre Dame. An infield single to shortstop off the bat of junior Jenna Simon scored Africano from third base (10-2). A fielder's choice groundout off the bat of Wester scored Saganowich to increase the lead to 11-2, and pinch hitter Kimmy Sullivan brought around the final Notre Dame run with a four-pitch, bases loaded walk (12-2).

Senior Laura Winter threw a scoreless top of the fifth inning, which included a strikeout of Davidson, to shut the door on Eastern Michigan.

For the latest news and updates on all things Notre Dame softball, visit UND.com/softball, follow the Irish @NDsoftball and @NDcoachGumpf on Twitter, and Like the team at Facebook.com/NDSoftball.

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-- Tony Jones, Media Relations Assistant


 

 

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February 10
12:00 PM
Weber State
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February 10
2:30 PM
Long Beach State
Long Beach, Calif. (LBSU Softball Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
South Dakota
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February 11
2:30 PM
San Diego State
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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
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February 19
10:00 AM
Michigan
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Stadium)
February 23
6:30 PM
Texas
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February 23
9:00 PM
Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
3:30 PM
Arizona State
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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
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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
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May 20
TBA
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May 21
TBA
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May 26
TBA
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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)
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TBA
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Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
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June 4
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Womens College World Series
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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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