April 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College softball team was defeated by Notre Dame, 5-3 and 8-4, in a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Raymond Field in Providence, R.I.
In game one, Notre Dame took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a home run by Dani Miller. The Fighting Irish added another run in the fifth inning and Kasey O'Connor belted a three-run home run in the sixth inning to give her team a 5-0 margin. The Friars responded in the bottom of the sixth inning when freshman Kristie Dederick(Camarillo, Calif.) smacked a three-run home run to cut the lead to 5-3. It marked Dederick's team-leading seventh home run of the season.
Notre Dame's Laura Winter had a perfect game in the fifth inning, but junior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) hit a single for the Friars' first hit of the day. Winter earned the win and finished with a season-high 15 strikeouts. PC junior Corinne Clauss(Davie, Fla.) recorded her 16th complete game of the season as she totaled six strikeouts.
In game two, Providence took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Bryant hit an infield single to drive in seniors Jen Abrams (Reading, Mass.) and Michelle Huber (Dana Point, Calif.). The Fighting Irish pulled to within 2-1 in the third inning and scored four times in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Notre Dame totaled four hits in the fourth inning, including a two-run single by Amy Buntin, who finished game two with four RBIs. UND scored three runs in the sixth inning to increase its lead to 8-2. In the seventh inning, freshman Juliana Thibodeau(Cohoes, N.Y.) and Huber each scored to pull the Friars within, 8-4, but it wasn't enough.
The two teams will complete the three-game series at noon on Sunday, April 29. Prior to the start of the game, the Friars will honor their three graduating seniors (Jen Abrams, Alicia Grosso and Michelle Huber).
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