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Irish Close Non-Conference Schedule With Win At Western Michigan
Kelsey Thornton legged out an infield single in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday at Western Michigan
 
Kelsey Thornton legged out an infield single in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday at Western Michigan

May 1, 2013

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Notre Dame softball team scored five runs over the final three innings, powered by two Laura Winter home runs, to cap a 6-1 non-conference win at Western Michigan Wednesday at Fran Ebert Field.

The Irish (39-11) improved to 13-1 in their last 14 games, and have won eight contests by four or more runs during the stretch.

Notre Dame took the early lead in the top of the first inning after Jenna Simon reached first on a fielding error before stealing second base to move into scoring position. A wild pitch from Western Michigan starter Becca Shemberger (7-16) pushed Simon to third base. An Amy Buntin sacrifice fly scored Simon and gave Notre Dame a 1-0 advantage.

Western Michigan (14-31) tied the contest in the bottom of the second, as a wild pitch to the backstop scored Colleen Lynch from third base (1-1). Brittany O’Donnell forced Melissa Palmer to fly out to center field to end the frame.

O’Donnell posted a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the third, forcing Diana Patterson to ground out to shortstop, Jenny Rohn to ground out to first base and Loren Nagy to pop up to second base.

Winter (25-9) made quick work of the Bronco order in the bottom of the fourth inning, striking out Lynch and Megan Stamm swinging before popping Caity Pixley up to Chloe Saganowich at shortstop.

Notre Dame loaded the bases against Shemberger in the top of the fifth, and made the most of the opportunity. Cassidy Whidden worked a four-pitch walk before stealing second base. Casey Africano then drew a 3-0 walk to give the Irish runners at first and second. A Kelsey Thornton infield single loaded the bags for Emilee Koerner. The sophomore outfielder grooved a 0-2 pitch over the head of MacKenzie Shepeck in left field, clearing the bases and vaulting Notre Dame in front 3-1.

Winter sat the Broncos down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, striking out Christina Pigozzi and Shepeck swinging and inducing Palmer to ground back to the circle to end the Western Michigan threat.
Winter threw 26 strikes in her 29 pitches over three no-hit innings, walking none and striking out five Western Michigan batters.

The Irish pitcher aided her own cause in the top of the sixth, launching her 15th home run of the season to left field, extending the Notre Dame margin to 4-1. Winter went back-to-back in her next plate appearance in the top of the seventh, crushing a two-run blast to left that found its way onto the train tracks outside Fran Ebert Field to push the Irish edge to 6-1.

Koerner and Winter paced the Notre Dame lineup with two hits each, while Winter logged three RBI and Koerner added a pair of runs batted in. Koerner became the first player in Notre Dame program history to surpass the 20 doubles plateau in a single season, recording numbers 20 and 21 of 2013 on Tuesday.

Allie Rhodes worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning, inducing a pair of fly outs to right and left field before striking out pinch hitter Alyssa Prokos swinging to end the game.

Notre Dame closes its regular season with a three-game series against Louisville this weekend at Melissa Cook Stadium. Saturday’s doubleheader, set for a tentative 4 p.m. start, will be televised live on ESPNU.

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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
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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
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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 27
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May 29
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June 2
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