DePaul Frozen Out by Notre Dame's Winter
April 21, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - DePaul's offense could not heat up against Notre Dame ace Laura Winter on Saturday.
Winter pitched a no-hitter in the Fighting Irish's 3-0 BIG EAST Conference victory over DePaul in the opener of a doubleheader.
Katelyn Braget broke up the perfect game when she coaxed a walk out of Winter in the top of the fifth inning.
That would be DePaul's lone base runner.
Winter finished with eight strikeouts and one walk in the first no-hitter thrown at Melissa Cook Stadium since it opened in 2008. Notre Dame (24-12, 6-3 in the BIG EAST) scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
In the third and fourth, the Fighting Irish bunched three base hits to score each time. In the fifth, Amy Buntin hit a solo home run off relief pitcher Hannah Penna.
Kirsten Verdun started for DePaul (26-15, 8-4) and went four innings. The sophomore ace gave up two runs and five hits while striking out three and walking two. Penna pitched the fifth and sixth innings, giving up one run and one hit with one strikeout and one walk.
Pulling Verdun early allowed DePaul coach Eugene Lenti to start Verdun again in game two. Notre Dame countered his move by starting Winter in the nightcap.