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Irish Stay Perfect On The Road In The BIG EAST, Pick Up Two Wins At Pittsburgh

Brittany O'Donnell struck out four batters in a complete game effort in Saturday's game two win at Pittsburgh

April 20, 2013

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Notre Dame softball team took both games of a Saturday doubleheader against Pittsburgh at Vartabedian Field, pulling ahead in the last inning of game one to win 7-1 and cruising comfortably to a six-inning, 10-2 victory in the nightcap.

Laura Winter (20-8) led the way for the Irish (32-10, 12-1 BIG EAST), recording a win while allowing only one earned run and striking out 13 batters, one shy of her season-high against Oklahoma Feb. 17. Winter added a huge day at the plate, contributing two home runs in the second game and finishing the day with three hits and four RBI. It was the second time Winter has recorded multiple homers in a single game this season (Fairfield, Feb. 24).

Brittany O'Donnell (10-2) allowed two earned runs in her six innings of work in game two, striking out four on the way to recording the third consecutive double-digit win season of her Notre Dame career.

Katey Haus, Jenna Simon, and Amy Buntin all finished with three hits apiece on the day, while Emilee Koerner tied a program record in game one by taking a base on balls in each of her four plate appearances. The last Notre Dame player to record such a feat was Irish slugger Heather Johnson, who earned four free passes in a contest against USF on April 27, 2011.

Notre Dame and Pittsburgh will meet in the series finale Sunday at noon at Vartabedian Field.

--Game 1--
The Irish offense showed life in the top of the second inning, with Katey Haus roping a leadoff single into right field off Pittsburgh starter Savannah King (8-13). Amy Buntin advanced the runner with a sacrifice bunt to move Haus into scoring position, and King walked Lauren Stuhr to put two runners on base for the Irish. After Micaela Arizmendi grounded into a fielder’s choice that picked off Haus as the lead runner, Jenna Simon stepped up to the plate and chopped a single over the pitcher into shallow center to score Stuhr and put the first run on the board (1-0).

After allowing a hit in the opening frame, starting pitcher Laura Winter struck out five of the next six batters, including punching out the side in the bottom of the second.

The Panthers (16-26, 5-11 BIG EAST) knotted things up in the bottom of the third after Cari Throckmorton drilled a ground ball up the middle of the field to score a runner from third base (1-1).

The Irish threatened to take the lead in the top of the fourth after a single by Haus led off the inning and a base-earning bunt laid down by Buntin put two runners on for Notre Dame. A sacrifice bunt by Stuhr moved both runners into scoring position, but the Panthers emerged unscathed after recording two outs to close out the inning.

The game remained a draw until the top of the seventh. Simon earned a leadoff single after an infield grounder to the left side before advancing into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Kelsey Thornton. Emilee Koerner then picked up her program record-tying fourth walk of the game, setting up Winter’s go-ahead RBI single that gave Notre Dame a 2-1 advantage. Buntin caromed a shot off the glove and leg of the second baseman that was awarded an error, scoring Koerner and pinch runner Monica Torres (4-1). A two-run double by Stuhr and an Arizmendi RBI single rounded out the six-run showing for the Irish in the last frame to open the Notre Dame cushion to 7-1.

Winter forced a line drive directly to Koerner in center field, followed by two more strikeouts to close out a one-run, complete game showing in the bottom of the seventh inning.

--Game 2--
Laura Winter crushed a solo home run deep over the left field fence to notch her 10th homer of the season in the top of the second inning, giving Notre Dame a 1-0 lead.

Brittany O'Donnell moved through the first two frames efficiently, allowing only one hit and no runs to Panther batters.

Cassidy Whidden reached base after being hit by a pitch in the top of the third, and proceeded to steal second. A mishandled throw at shortstop after a grounder by Jenna Simon led to Whidden scoring an unearned run (2-0).

Pittsburgh evened the score in the bottom of the third after a two-run shot over the right field wall by Tori Nirschl.

Whidden picked up her second run of the day during the fourth inning after sneaking a fly ball over the left field fence, scoring herself and Amy Buntin, who had reached earlier in the inning on an error, to vault the Irish back in front 4-2.

Notre Dame posted another two runs in the top of the fifth. Simon led off with a single that just evaded the shortstop’s outstretched glove to left center field. Kelsey Thornton advanced Simon on a sacrifice bunt, and Winter joined her on base after drawing a walk. Katey Haus ripped a single to center field on a full-count to score Simon (5-2). Buntin then singled up the middle, netting the second RBI of the inning by bringing home Winter to make it 6-2 in favor of the Irish.

Emilee Koerner picked up her first hit of the day with a two-run single to center field in the top of the sixth inning (8-2), and Winter cleaned up the inning with her second home run of the game, a two-run shot over the right field wall, for the day’s final scoring (10-2).

--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
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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