Dec. 7, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame head softball coach Deanna Gumpf recently announced that California's Laura Winter has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Irish program in the fall of 2010.
"We could not be happier to have Laura join the Notre Dame softball family," Gumpf said. "She is such a dominating athlete on the field and an equally impressive student and individual. Laura brings a wealth of experience to the program and has shown great success both as a pitcher and batter. While her stats speak for themselves, her presence, confidence and demeanor on the field will make her an outstanding asset to Notre Dame for years to come."
Winter joins an Irish program that posted their 21st winning season in as many years with a 43-17 record in 2009. It was the 11th 40-win campaign in program history and fifth under Gumpf. Notre Dame also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th straight year and was ranked 25th in the final regular season NFCA Top 25 poll. The ranking was a first since 2004 and the first to end the season since 2002.
The Irish will wrap up their latest recruiting class in the near future.
The Winter File: Led high school to Palomar League title in 2009 while also claiming the CIF San Diego D1 championship trophy ... hit .512 with a 1.061 slugging pct. in 2009 ... added 10 home runs and 34 RBI ... half of her hits that season went for extra bases ... sported a 19-3 record from the rubber after tossing 141.0 innings, striking out 240 with a 0.70 ERA ... tossed 27.0 consecutive scoreless innings during the 2009 CIF playoffs ... hit .411 as a junior with 10 home runs and 75 RBI on the club circuit ... took part in the West Coast Softball All-Stars Invitational Camp in 2005 and 2006 ... recent accolades also include: (2007) - North County Times first team, Adidas Elite Futures Invitational Camp and On Deck Softball Invitational Camp; (2008) - all-CIF San Diego Section first team, North County Times first team, San Diego Tribune second team, Palomar League first team, Adidas Elite Futures Invitational Camp, On Deck Softball Invitational Camp; (2009) - CIF San Diego Section Player of the Year, CalHiSports California first-team all-state, NFCA all-West Region first team, North County Player of the Year, North County Times first team, San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year, Palomar League Player of the Year, second-team Palomar League in basketball, Rancho Bernardo Scholar-Athlete ... three-times named to Honor Roll ... played prep ball for Steve Kuptz and Summer Downs ... daughter of Kirt and Shari Winter ... has one brother, Kenny ... born April 20, 1992 ... attended same high school as Notre Dame women's soccer goaltender Kelsey Lysander.
North County Times CIF recap
North County Times feature
MaxPreps (complete statistics)