#22 Irish Clinch Second Seed In ACC Championship With Sweep Of Boston College
May 3, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The theme of the season for the University of Notre Dame softball team has been offense, and Saturday’s Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) doubleheader was no different. The Irish scored a total of 25 runs on 28 hits in two games against the Eagles, earning a 12-4 win in six innings and a 13-8 triumph in the nightcap on a sunny day at Melissa Cook Stadium.
No. 22 Notre Dame (36-10, 15-5 ACC) pushed its current winning streak to six straight games, and the Irish have added victories in 11 of the last 13 games. Notre Dame also secured the second seed in the ACC Championship, which will be held May 8-10 at the Maryland Softball Stadium in College Park, Md.
Junior All-American Emilee Koerner exploded in the third spot of the Irish lineup, batting .833 (5-for-6) with a double, a home run, two walks drawn, five RBI and five runs scored during the twin bill against Boston College (30-21, 12-13 ACC). Koerner has eight hits in her last nine official at-bats against the Eagles, with two home runs and 10 RBI, dating back to March 2, 2013 at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic.
Koerner also set a Notre Dame single-season record with her 22nd double of the year during game one, breaking her 2013 mark of 21 doubles for an individual campaign. Koerner and Katie Laing (’08) are now tied atop the Irish career standings with 55 doubles.
Senior Laura Winter (24-4) earned the game one win, and added two home runs and a team-high seven RBI on Saturday. Winter threw six solid innings in a run-rule victory to open the day, walking one Boston College batter while striking out eight.
Senior captain Chloe Saganowich also homered twice for Notre Dame, while senior Lauren Stuhr and junior Cassidy Whidden each added a home run. Sophomore Micaela Arizmendi chipped in a double and four RBI during the doubleheader, while junior Jenna Simon scored four runs and classmate Katey Haus added three hits and three runs scored.