April 27, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Departing from campus for the first time since early April, Notre Dame will travel to Providence this weekend (April 28-29) for a three-game BIG EAST Conference softball series.
Winners of eight straight and each of their last five league matchups, the Irish are coming off an 11-game homestand at Melissa Cook Stadium in which they posted a 9-1 record. Notre Dame sits third in the BIG EAST standings with a 10-3 record against league foes as Providence has dropped 13 of its last 15 contests and sports a 6-9 record in league play.
Live stats for each of this weekend's contests will be available at UND.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow the action on Twitter (@NDsoftball, @NDcoachGumpf, @NDsidJorge) or sign up for Irish Alert text message updates at UND.com.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(29-13 overall, 10-3 BIG EAST)
(15-31 overall, 6-9 BIG EAST)
Saturday, April 28 Noon (ET)
Saturday, April 28 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Sunday, April 29 Noon (ET)
Raymond Field Providence, R.I.
Series record: Notre Dame leads, 33-2 (29-2 BIG EAST)
Series streak: Notre Dame, W7
First meeting: April 4, 1996 - Notre Dame, 4-0
Last meeting: May 12, 2011 - Notre Dame, 6-4 (BIG EAST Championship)
Last Providence win: April 26, 2008 - Providence, 5-3
Notre Dame's record at Providence - 15-1
Notre Dame finished its most recent 11-game homestand with a 9-2 record and has won each of its last eight contests ... the Irish have posted a pair of winning streaks of at least eight games this season.
While ranked second among BIG EAST teams with a .274 team batting avg. in league play, only Amy Buntin (.349) represents Notre Dame in the top-10 individual list ... Laura Winter is second among BIG EAST pitchers with a 1.16 ERA while boasting a 9-2 record against BIG EAST opponents.
Winter fired home her second career no-hitter with a 3-0 silencing of DePaul (April 21) as the Irish would go on to sweep DePaul for the first time since 2006 ... Winter was named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (April 23) for her efforts ... on the week, Winter earned four wins - including three over DePaul - and boasted a streak of 19.1 scoreless innings from the circle in four appearances ... Winter held DePaul to one earned run in 20.2 innings of action and fanned 22 batters on the week while issuing only one walk ... now with a 20-8 record, Winter is the 18th pitcher in program history to record at least 20 wins in a single season.
Dani Miller has homered in each of the last three games - and five of the last seven - to move her career total to 44, the second-most in program history ... Miller is six home runs away from tying Christine Lux's leading.
Buntin has totaled a team-high 43 RBI with Miller adding 40, marking the fifth time in program history that two players have recorded at least 40 RBI in the same season ... the feat was achieved in 2000, 2002 (three players), 2009 and 2010.
Alexa Maldonado is second on the team with 43 hits but leads all Irish players with 15 multi-hit games.
Buntin has reached base safely in each of the last 10 games ... only Jenna Simon (12) and Maldonado (13) have posted longer streaks during the season.