Notre Dame softball: Winter brings the fire for Irish
black glove on her left hand and orange laces in her spikes, Notre
Dame sophomore Laura Winter bounced up and down and around the mound Thursday before delivering to the plate.
Mindful of what had happened the last time out against No. 7 seed
Rutgers, Winter worked fast and with prime post-season focus. She also
vowed to be better for the first round of the Big East Championship at
Melissa Cook Stadium.
Winter was, and the No. 2 seed Irish advanced to Friday's semifinals
with a 5-0 victory. The Big East pitcher of the year delivered a
complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts. She was perfect through the
first three innings and retired the side in order in five of the seven
innings. Anytime the Scarlet Knights showed any hint of possibly
grabbing momentum, Winter side-stepped the situations to run Notre
Dame's record to 37-13 and her mark to 26-8.
"She brings fire to this team," said Irish center fielder and leadoff
hitter Alexa Maldonado, who had a bunt single and scored twice. "When
we have her on her game with that fire, it affects the whole team.
"That's what we thrive off of."
Able to extend its win streak to 16, Notre Dame has not lost since a