May 4, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame puts its 12-game winning streak on the line this weekend as the Irish travel to Pittsburgh to close the regular season with a three-game BIG EAST Conference softball series at Vartabedian Field.
The Irish (33-13 overall, 13-3 BIG EAST) have won eight straight league contests to help clinch a spot in next week's BIG EAST Championship. With six teams having already qualified for the league tournament, Pittsburgh (26-23, 8-11) will be vying for one of the two remaining spots in the eight-team field.
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
(33-13 overall, 13-3 BIG EAST)
(26-23 overall, 8-11 BIG EAST)
Saturday, May 5 Noon (ET)
Saturday, May 5 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Sunday, May 6 Noon (ET)
Vartabedian Field Pittsburgh, Pa.
Series record: Notre Dame leads, 23-2 (22-2 BIG EAST)
Series streak: Notre Dame, W3
First meeting: April 3, 1999 - Notre Dame, 6-1
Last meeting: May 4, 2011 - Notre Dame, 8-0
Last Pittsburgh win: April 4, 2009 - Pittsburgh, 5-2
Notre Dame's record at Pittsburgh - 11-1
Alexa Maldonado carries a career batting avg. of .545 against Pittsburgh, tallying six hits in 11 at-bats (including three during a matchup in 2011) ... Dani Miller has collected six hits in 15 at-bats against the Panthers with seven home runs ... Brittany O'Donnell and Laura Winter have combined to limit Pittsburgh to only seven hits without an earned run in 13.0 innings.
Miller became the first player in program history to record double-digit home runs in each of her four seasons with the Irish, and belted round-trippers in four consecutive games from April 24-28 ... now with a team-high 14 home runs, Miller's career total of 46 is four shy away from matching Christine Lux's career mark set from 2007-10.
Miller is tied for fourth on the career charts with 167 RBI and ranks second with a .637 slugging pct. ... Maldonado is tied for fourth with 11 triples and ninth in both walks (69) and stolen bases (42) ... Kristina Wright is first all-time with a .994 fielding pct. with Miller (6th - .991) and Amy Buntin (9th - .984) also appearing on the list ... Winter is first in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.31).
In 19 home contests, Notre Dame went 17-2 against the opposition including winning streaks of eight and nine games (active) ... Jenna Simon boasted a team-high .415 batting average as Buntin led all players with 24 RBI ... Miller sported a .692 slugging pct. with six home runs and four doubles ... Winter went 13-1 at Melissa Cook Stadium with a 1.47 ERA, striking out 87 batters in 90.2 innings
Laura Winter fired home her second career no-hitter with a 3-0 silencing of DePaul on April 21 as the Irish would go on to sweep the Blue Demons for the first time since 2006.
Head coach Deanna Gumpf notched her 450th career win when the Irish defeated DePaul on April 21.