Notre Dame Softball | Mar. 26, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The wintry weather that has maintained its hold over the University of Notre Dame campus for almost four months briefly broke on Wednesday afternoon, just in time for softball. Blue skies and warmer temperatures greeted the No. 24/25 Notre Dame softball team in its home opener against Eastern Michigan, and the Irish emerged with a 12-2 win in five innings at Melissa Cook Stadium.
"We've tried to not focus on the weather here, for a variety of reasons, but we were just ready to play," Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf said. "We sat out a long time, a week and a half of sitting and not playing any games after playing 26 almost back-to-back, it was weird. To get on the field and get another game under our belt was very good."
Notre Dame senior pitcher Laura Winter (14-3) made Irish program history after entering in relief in the fifth inning, tossing a scoreless final frame to become the all-time leader in career wins with 97. Winter surpassed Heather Booth's ('06) total of 96 victories in just her 145th appearance in a Notre Dame uniform.