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Winter Nearly Perfect, Irish Roll Past Pittsburgh For Seventh Straight Win
Chloe Saganowich clubbed her first home run of the season in the sixth inning against Pittsburgh Sunday
 
Chloe Saganowich clubbed her first home run of the season in the sixth inning against Pittsburgh Sunday

April 21, 2013

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Notre Dame softball team utilized a fast start in the top of the first inning to cruise to a 7-0 BIG EAST Conference victory over Pittsburgh Sunday at Vartabedian Field.

The Irish (33-10, 13-1 BIG EAST) controlled the Panthers (16-27, 5-12 BIG EAST) in the series finale, outhitting Pittsburgh 9-1. The series sweep was the fourth for Notre Dame this season in BIG EAST play, and improved the Irish to 29-2 all-time against Pittsburgh.

Laura Winter capped a sensational weekend with her third home run of the series, ultimately finishing 5-for-9 (.556) at the plate with a team-high eight RBI in three games. Chloe Saganowich added a pair of hits in the game, including her first home run of the season.

In the circle, Winter (21-8) put together a masterful performance, taking a perfect game deep into the seventh inning before allowing her only hit of the day, a one-out single to Jordan Fannin. Winter’s 14 strikeouts tied a season-high she recorded against Oklahoma Feb. 17, and were one from equally a career-best (15, at Providence 4/28/12).

Emilee Koerner led off the top of the first inning for Notre Dame and was hit by an errant pitch on the first ball thrown by Panther starter Savannah King (8-14). Katey Haus joined Koerner on base after a throwing error, and both players were ushered home by a line drive rocket from Winter over the center field fence that gave the Irish a 3-0 advantage.

Winter made quick work of the first two innings, highlighted by striking out the side in the bottom of the second frame.

The Irish lead held at three until the top of the fifth inning, when a bloop single from Winter over the head of the second baseman scored Jenna Simon from second (4-0). Later in the frame, Casey Africano drove home Amy Buntin, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, on an RBI single to up the score to 5-0 in favor of Notre Dame.

Winter plowed ahead in innings three through five, recording six more punch-outs without allowing a base runner.

In the top of the sixth, Saganowich drilled the first pitch she saw from Alexa Larkin over the center field wall for her first round-tripper of 2013 (6-0). Koerner later singled home Kelsey Thornton, who re-entered to run for pinch hitter Jackie Bowe, to push the lead to seven runs at 7-0.

The bottom of the sixth inning saw Winter notch two more strikeouts while goading the third Pittsburgh batter into a ground out to Katey Haus at third base.

Winter’s perfect game bid was broken up with one out in the bottom of the seventh on a quick-falling single to shallow center field by Fannin. Winter went on to strike out the next two batters to bring her game total to a season high-tying 14 and cap the Irish victory.

Notre Dame hosts Connecticut in a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader Tuesday at Melissa Cook Stadium. The first game is slated to begin at noon, with the nightcap to follow at 2 p.m.

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February 12
2:00 PM
Utah
Tempe, Ariz. (TSC Field 4)
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
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
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
Kissimmee, Fla. (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)
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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May 21
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Campus Sites
May 22
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May 26
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May 27
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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May 28
TBA
NCAA Super Regionals
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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
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Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
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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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TBA
Womens College World Series
Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)

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