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    Softball To Close Regular Season At Pittsburgh

    FIGHTING IRISH Senior Kristina Wright
    Senior Kristina Wright

    May 4, 2012

    Stats: Notre Dame | BIG EAST | NCAA
    Twitter: @NDsoftball | @NDcoachGumpf | @NDsidJorge

    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)
    [und.com • bigeast.org]

    Pittsburgh Panthers
    (26-23 overall, 8-11 BIG EAST)
    [pittsburghpanthers.com • bigeast.org]
    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


    One-Hitters ...

    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.

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