TAMPA, Fla. - The BIG EAST regular season champion, No. 1 seeded Notre Dame (42-12), advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Softball Championship with a 6-0 win against No. 8 seed Seton Hall (21-30) Thursday. BIG EAST Player of the Year, junior Laura Winter, threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout to lead the Irish to their fifth-straight semifinal game. Notre Dame is scheduled to play No. 4 DePaul (31-21) Friday at 4 p.m. ET. at the USF Softball Stadium on the campus of USF.
The Irish took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back. Notre Dame scored six runs on five hits and were led by shortstop Chloe Saganowich's 3-for-3 performance. The junior drove in two runs, scored twice and hit a solo-home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth. Second Team All-BIG EAST selection, senior catcher Amy Buntin, added two hits in three at-bats.
Winter allowed three hits and struck out eight as the Irish advanced to their fifth-straight BIG EAST semifinal game. Notre Dame is 2-2 the last four years in the semifinals and is 1-0 all-time against the Blue Demons in BIG EAST tournament games. The Irish defeated the Blue Demons 8-2 in their 2007 semifinal matchup.