Senior Dani Miller
Senior Dani Miller

May 17, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - For the fourth time in as many seasons, Notre Dame softball senior infielder Dani Miller was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Great Lakes all-region team, as announced Thursday by the NFCA. Miller becomes the third player in program history to earn the honor four straight times, joining Megan Ciolli (2002-05) and Terri Kobata (1993-96).

Named to the region's second team in 2012, Miller was a first-team selection from 2009-11 and later earned third team NFCA All-America honors last season as a junior.

Junior catcher Amy Buntin was the lone Irish player named to the first team as sophomore pitcher Laura Winter and senior outfielder Alexa Maldonado found a spot on the second team along with Miller.

Maldonado was named to the NFCA all-region's first team in 2011, the same season in which Winter was a second-team performer.

Each of Notre Dame's four honorees also copped all-BIG EAST Conference honors with Winter being named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year.

Winter was a first-team all-league performer along with Miller and Winter. Buntin was part of the league's second team.

The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region and all the honorees will now be eligible for selection to one of three 2012 NFCA Division I All-American teams. In addition, conference pitchers and players of the year not selected to the regional teams were added for All-America consideration.

The 2012 NFCA Division I All-America teams will be announced at May 30.

The Irish quartet begins NCAA Championship play at 5:30 p.m. (ET) Friday when Notre Dame faces Hawaii at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. The game will be televised live on ESPNU with live stats available at UND.com.



Four Irish Players Earn NFCA All-Region Honors

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