#40 Amy Buntin
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2013 All-BIG EAST Second Team
2013 Senior CLASS Award Candidate
2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List
2012 NFCA All-America Second Team
2012 NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team
2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team
AS A SENIOR (2013): One of two team captains during senior year … named to the all-BIG EAST second team … tabbed to the preseason USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List … selected as a Senior CLASS Award candidate … finished career ranked 11th in home runs (21), 14th in RBI (120), 17th in slugging percentage (.494) and 19th in batting average (.324) in the Notre Dame record book … batted .311 with four doubles, four home runs, 36 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 29 runs scored in final season with the Irish … hit at a .361 clip (21-for-61) with runners in scoring position … led all Notre Dame players with 13 total sacrifice hits … ranked third on the Irish with 13 two-out RBI during the season … reached base in 22 consecutive games, spanning from March 13 against Cal State Fullerton to April 23 against Connecticut … recorded only one error in 392 chances at catcher, the best fielding percentage per total chances of any player in the BIG EAST Conference … .373 average, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored all ranked third on the Notre Dame team in BIG EAST play … blasted a key two-run home run against eventual NCAA champion No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 17) … laced a double and drove in two runs against Liberty (Feb. 23) … logged two RBI and scored a run at East Carolina (Feb. 24) … 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI against LIU (March 3) … drove in three total runs in two games against Iona (March 15-16) … 2-for-2 with a home run and a career-high five RBI in first game of a doubleheader at Seton Hall (March 23) … added two more base hits and scored twice in the nightcap against the Pirates (March 23) … perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in second game of a doubleheader at Georgetown (April 3) … drove in a pair of runs at Northwestern (April 9) … registered two hits, including a home run, with three RBI and two runs in the second game against Connecticut (April 23) … raked two singles in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship against Seton Hall (May 9).
AS A JUNIOR (2012): Enjoyed a breakout season for Notre Dame, becoming the program[apos]s 21st All-America selection … led the Irish in batting average (.360), hits (62), RBI (60) and runs scored (45) … appeared in all 56 games, with 55 starts … NFCA all-region first team selection … second team all-BIG EAST choice … drove in three runs in her only start of the season in right field against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 18) … stroked a pair of doubles and scored two runs in a win at No. 24 North Carolina (Feb. 25) … drilled first home run of the year to help the Irish complete the sweep against North Carolina (Feb. 26) … perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a season-high five RBI in an 8-1 rout of Oregon State (March 10) … drove in three of Notre Dame[apos]s five runs in a 5-3 win over Western Michigan (March 27) … went a combined 4-for-6 with four RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Toledo (March 28) … rapped three base hits and added three stolen bases in a home win over Connecticut (April 1) … posted three RBI and scored two runs in a 6-3 win over Valparaiso (April 18) … fell a triple short of the cycle, adding four RBI in a victory at Providence (April 28) … equaled season-high with a tournament-record five runs driven in in the second round of the BIG EAST Championship against St. John[apos]s (May 11).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2011): Regarded as an extremely versatile athlete with the ability to play a number of positions … saw time at catcher, outfield and as the designated player during the season … played in 46 games and earned 42 starting nods … belted a two-run, game-tying homer again North Carolina (March 4) to put Notre Dame in a position to pick up the win over the Tar Heels at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic … started the season with an 11-game hitting streak … hit .316 on the season with 23 runs, 37 hits, 16 RBI, three doubles, two triples and three home runs … reached base at a .369 rate with a .453 slugging pct. … drove in multiple runs against Delaware (Feb. 19) and Syracuse (April 10) … the latter came on a two-run home run in the first of two games on the Orange[apos]s home turf … scored twice in the season finale at Michigan (May 21) .
AS A FRESHMAN (2010): Hit .264 with a .396 slugging pct. during her first season with the Irish … two of her 14 hits were god for four bases … had a fielding pct. of 1.000 … replaced an injured Dani Miller in right field to see her first collegiate action in the season-opener versus Creighton (Feb. 12) … drove in a run with a single during her first plate appearance … doubled against Oregon (Feb. 12) … went 2-for-3 versus Auburn (Feb. 13) to extend her three-game streak with an RBI … after playing five games in the outfield, saw action at catcher against Southern Miss (Feb. 20) … first home run came in her only at-bat against George Washington (Feb. 27) … she then homered a day later against Virginia (Feb. 27), a two-RBI shot that was one of five Irish home runs against the Cavaliers … stole first base of the season against East Tennessee State (March 6) … one sacrifice versus UNLV (March 13) … scored at DePaul (April 22) … scored twice during the three-game series at St. John[apos]s (May 8-9) … singled and scored against Louisville (May 14) with a pair of putouts in right field during the BIG EAST Tournament … started three games at the NCAA Tournament and had two hits in the second contest with Michigan (May 3).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Prepped for Brentwood (Tenn.) and as a sophomore led her team to a No. 12 ranking in USA Today … four-time all-conference and all-district performer while claiming a trio of league titles with Brentwood … three-time regional champion … team captain in 2009 … first team all-state in 2009 … District 11AAA All-Tournament Team and MVP … finished senior season with .564 batting average, 62 hits, 15 home runs, 16 doubles, 11 triples, 59 RBI, .597 on-base percentage and 15 walks … holds school[apos]s single-season home run (15) … district MVP in 2008 … tagged as a first team all-state player in 2008 by the Middle Tennessee State Coaches Association … played club ball for New Jersey Intensity Gold and finished seventh at the ASA 18 Nationals in 2009 … had the opportunity to work behind the plate for 2008 USA National Softball Player of the Year Angela Tincher … attended the same high school as former Irish volleyball All-American Lauren Brewster … John Maher Scholar Athlete … active within high school[apos]s National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society … daughter of Karen and Scott Buntin … first member of her family to attend Notre Dame … enjoys waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing and snow skiing … has two siblings, Amanda and John … Amanda played softball at Belmont … graduated with a degree in psychology and pre-professional studies from the College of Arts and Letters.