LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a week chocked full of incredible individual efforts throughout Division I softball, contributing from both the circle and at the dish while guiding Notre Dame to its 14th all-time BIG EAST Conference title proved enough to earn junior pitcher/infielder Laura Winter a selection as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for May 7.
"It is truly an honor to be named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week,” Winter said. “I could never have had a week like this without the hard work of my teammates and their continued support."
The San Diego, Calif., native was an impressive 4-0 from the circle with a 1.75 ERA, three complete games, including a pair of triumphs over then-No. 9 Louisville to clinch the league crown, and 21 strikeouts over 24 innings of work, while also batting .533 (8-for-15) with four runs scored, a double, three HR’s and six RBIs. The reigning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week started off her impressive efforts with wins over Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan (hit two HR’s versus WMU) heading into the high-profile series against the nationally-ranked Cardinals. Needing a victory in the finale against U of L to take the BIG EAST title, Winter fired a complete-game, allowing just a single run, knocked in a tally in the first inning and scored one of the deciding runs in UND’s 3-1, series-clinching triumph.
She currently leads the Fighting Irish pitching staff with a 27-9 overall record, a 1.84 ERA, 26 complete games, five solo shutouts and 272 strikeouts over 232.1 innings of work, while also possessing a .368 batting average, 12 doubles and squad highs in HR’s (17) and RBIs (52).
"I am so proud of how Laura has led in the circle and at the plate this season,” Notre Dame head coach Deanna Gumpf said. “She has elevated her game to become a threat on both sides of the ball. I love her confidence and her fight."
Winter and her Notre Dame teammates will return to the diamond on Thurs., May 9, when they open BIG EAST Tournament action against Seton Hall.
Other Selected Top Performances
Stanford’s Jenna Rich secured Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after hitting .438 (7-for-16) with two HR’s and 10 RBIs in a series sweep of nationally-ranked California…Valparaiso’s Taylor Weissenhofer, the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, was 4-0 with a 0.26 ERA, a save and 34 strikeouts over 26 innings while also breaking Valpo’s single-season K mark…Kentucky’s Kelsey Nunley was 2-0 with a 1.87 ERA and 11 K’s in 15 innings while helping UK to its first-ever series win over then-No. 7 Alabama…Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week Jessica Moore of Oregon batted .500 (3-for-6) with a pair of HR’s and three RBIs while also going 3-0 from the circle with a 0.41 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 17 frames as the Ducks clinched its first league crown…Saint Louis’ Laura Bohning hit .412 (7-for-17) with six runs scored and 14 RBIs, while becoming just the third player in NCAA Division I history to hit two grand slams in the same inning (vs. Rhode Island)…Murray State’s Shelbey Miller had a school record 5-for-6 effort during a match-up against Austin Peay while hitting .471 (8-for-17) for the week with a pair of doubles and five RBIs…CAA Pitcher of the Week Hofstra’s Olivia Galati fired her fourth career perfect game and was 3-0 overall with a 0.00 ERA over 22 innings against Towson as the Pride clinched the CAA regular-season title…Tulsa’s Aimee Creger, the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week, was dominant in three outings, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.41 ERA and 25 K’s over 17 frames…Summit League Player of the Week Bri Wyatt of UMKC hit .833 (10-for-12) with a .846 on-base and 1.000 slugging percentage…IPFW’s Miranda Kramer, the Summit League Co-Pitcher of the Week, set a new school record for single-season wins (21) by going 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA and 24 K’s over 19 innings…Portland State’s Brittany Hendrickson, the Big Sky Player of the Week, batted .667 (8-for-12) with three doubles, a grand slam and six RBIs…MAAC Pitcher of the Week, Siena’s Jessika-Jo Sandrini became program’s all-time wins leader (36 W’s) while posting four victories last week with a 0.88 ERA…Georgia’s Paige Wilson, the SEC Player of the Week, hit .750 (6-for-8) with four runs, a double and three HR’s against then-No. 8 LSU…Missouri’s Chelsea Thomas, the SEC Pitcher of the Week, tossed her 11th career no-hitter in taking the series opener from No. 4 Tennessee, 2-0…SEC Freshman of the Week Katie Marks of South Carolina tossed 8.1 innings of scoreless relief and picked up a win over then-No. 2 Florida to secure the Gamecocks’ first SEC Tournament bid since 2007…Fresno State’s Jill Compton secured Mountain West Pitcher of the Week accolades after posting a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA as the Bulldogs swept New Mexico…Michigan’s Caitlin Blanchard batted .625 (5-for-8) with two doubles, a HR and eight RBIs in a series sweep of Northwestern...ACC Player of the Week Georgia Tech’s Katie Johnsky was 6-for-11 (.545) with three runs scored and seven RBIs as the Yellow Jackets swept Boston College…Boise State’s Makenna Weir batted .444 with two doubles, a HR and six RBIs versus UNLV.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.
Feb. 26 – Kelsey Stevens – Stanford – Fr. – P – Albuquerque, N.M.
March 5 – Katie Keller – Louisville – Jr. – 2B – Livermore, Calif.
March 12 – Ivy Renfroe – Tennessee – Sr. – P – Jackson, Tenn.
March 19 – Sara Driesenga – Michigan – So. – P – Hudsonville, Mich.
March 26 – Geri Ann Glasco – Georgia – Fr. – P/IF – Watkinsville, Ga.
April 2 – Amy Letourneau – Northwestern – So. – P/1B – Laguna Niguel, Calif.
April 9 – (Co-) Olivia Galati – Hofstra – Sr. – P/DP – West Babylon, N.Y.
April 9 – (Co-) Stephanie Pasquale – Temple – Jr. – C/1B – Pompton Lakes, N.J.
April 16 – Jessica Moore – Oregon – Sr. – P – Sutter, Calif.
April 23 – Lauren Gibson – Tennessee – Sr. – 2B – Pasadena, Md.
April 30 – Rachele Fico – LSU – Sr. – P – Oxford, Conn.
May 7 – Laura Winter – Notre Dame – Jr. – P/IF – San Diego, Calif.