#44 Laura Winter
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2014 Notre Dame Monogram Club Co-Most Valuable Player
2014 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team
2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship All-Tournament Team
2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List
2014 NPF Second Round Draft Pick (Seventh Overall-Akron Racers)
2014 Senior CLASS Award Candidate
2013 BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year
2013 NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team
2013 All-BIG EAST First Team
2013 BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team
2012 BIG EAST Conference Pitcher of the Year
2012 NFCA Great Lakes All-Region Second Team
2012 All-BIG EAST First Team
2012 BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team
2011 NFCA Great Lakes All-Region Second Team
2011 All-BIG EAST First Team
AS A SENIOR (2014): NFCA Mid-Atlantic all-region first team … all-ACC first team selection … three-time ACC Pitcher of the Week (March 10, April 28, May 5) … seventh overall selection (Akron Racers) in the 2014 NPF Draft … selected as the Notre Dame Monogram Club Co-Most Valuable Player with teammate Emilee Koerner … 29-7 record and 2.30 ERA with 268 strikeouts in 228.2 innings pitched – strikeout total ranked second among all ACC pitchers, while wins and ERA totals were third in the conference … struck out an ACC-high 94 batters looking … established Notre Dame career records in wins (112), innings pitched (939.2), games started (138) and strikeouts (1,078) during senior season – only Irish pitcher ever with 100 career wins, 1,000 career strikeouts and four 25-plus win seasons, and one of only 87 pitchers in NCAA history with 100 plus career wins … batted .304 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBI on offense … .386 average with five home runs and 22 RBI during ACC play … threw all eight innings, with eight strikeouts, in first victory of the year at Auburn (Feb. 9) … tossed a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in opening start of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic against BYU (Feb. 20) … spun a one-hitter later in the tournament against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 22), posting no walks and striking out seven … threw nine innings against No. 6 Oregon (Feb. 23), allowing one earned run and striking out 10 Ducks hitters to close the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic … tied a career-high with 15 strikeouts against Omaha (March 2) at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic … shined in first career ACC start at Georgia Tech (March 8), striking out 12 Yellow Jacket hitters in a two-hit shutout … went five scoreless innings with seven punch-outs in a run-rule victory the following day at Georgia Tech (March 9), helping secure first ACC Pitcher of the Week honor of the season … went a career-high 13 innings in the circle, throwing a season-high 159 pitches, while tying a personal-best 15 strikeouts with no walks in a victory over FIU (March 13) … reached double-digit strikeouts in first home start of the season, posting 13 strikeouts to earn 100th career win in a triumph over Ball State (April 1) … tossed a one-hit shutout in an ACC series opener at North Carolina (April 9) … threw first career perfect game, just the third in Notre Dame history, against Virginia (April 18), striking out nine Cavalier hitters over five innings … notched seventh game with 10 or more strikeouts in 2014 against Valparaiso (April 24), fanning 13 Crusader batters in a complete game victory – became the first Notre Dame pitcher to reach 1,000 career strikeouts in the win over the Crusaders … picked up three victories during a weekend sweep of Maryland (April 27-28), allowing one run in 12.2 innings to capture ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time … won second straight (third overall) ACC Pitcher of the Week award with two wins in the final series of the regular season against Boston College (May 3-4) … spun a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship against Boston College (May 8) … allowed no runs on three hits in a six-inning, run-rule win over Long Beach State (May 16) in the first game of the NCAA Los Angeles Regional … ripped a pair of doubles to go along with two RBI and two runs scored against UC Davis (Feb. 21) … hit first home run of the season and added a double and two RBI in Notre Dame[apos]s first-ever ACC win at Georgia Tech (March 8) … 2-for-3 with a home run and a season-high four RBI at Virginia (April 18) … walk-off three-run home run against Boston College (May 3) … added a home run and equaled season-high of four RBI in the nightcap against the Eagles (May 3).
AS A JUNIOR (2013): Named BIG EAST Player of the Year, the eighth different player (10th overall selection) to earn the honor in program history – became the first primary Notre Dame pitcher to win the award during the university[apos]s 18 seasons as a conference member … National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Great Lakes all-region first team selection … tabbed to the BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament and all-BIG EAST first teams … BIG EAST Academic All-Star … Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week (May 7) … USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week (April 23) … BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week (April 29) … three-time BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (March 11, April 22 and May 6) … two-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection (March 18 and March 25) … 29-12 record and a career-low 1.72 ERA with a BIG EAST Conference-high 306 strikeouts and 268.1 innings pitched … 29 wins were tied for the third-most in Notre Dame history for a single season … strikeout total was the third-most in a single season in program history, and ranked 10th overall in the NCAA … surrendered only 33 walks all season, and 0.86 walks allowed per game ranked seventh in the NCAA … strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.27) was the second-lowest total in the Irish record books … compiled two separate streaks of seven straight appearances without a walk allowed during the season … posted a .198 batting average against, the fourth-lowest total in the BIG EAST … batted a career-high .338 with 12 doubles, 17 home runs (equaled single-season program record), 52 RBI, 114 total bases, a .755 slugging percentage, a .423 on-base percentage and 27 runs scored … home run and RBI totals led the BIG EAST … paced all BIG EAST players with nine home runs and 37 RBI in conference play … posted 13 multiple-hit games and a team-best 12 multi-RBI contests … struck out a season-high 14 batters in 8.2 innings pitched against eventual NCAA champion No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 17) … allowed one earned run on four hits, striking out 13 hitters against New Mexico State (March 9) … tossed back-to-back shutouts against New Mexico State (March 10) and Cal State Fullerton (March 13), walking none and striking out 20 in 14 innings … surrendered two hits and struck out 12 Georgetown (April 3) hitters in a complete game effort … allowed three hits and struck out eight batters during a shutout at Michigan State (April 16) … struck out 13 hitters in a four-hit victory over Pittsburgh (April 20) … carried a perfect game through 6.1 innings the following day against the Panthers, ultimately throwing a one-hit shutout and tying a season-high with 14 strikeouts at Pittsburgh (April 21) … surrendered two hits in a complete game shutout of Connecticut (April 23), striking out nine Husky hitters … tossed three perfect innings of relief with five strikeouts at Western Michigan (May 1) … hurled a pair of complete game victories against No. 9 Louisville (May 4-5) … spun a three-hit shutout in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship against Seton Hall (May 9), striking out eight Pirate hitters on only 85 pitches … allowed one run in a complete game semifinal win over DePaul (May 10) … battled valiantly in the BIG EAST Championship contest against South Florida (May 11), allowing one run on five hits with no walks in 10 innings of work, striking out 11 Bulls batters … at the plate, went 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI against Fairfield (Feb. 24) … 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI against Seton Hall (March 23) … was one RBI (6) from tying the Irish single-game program record in game two against the Pirates, smashing a home run and adding another double against Seton Hall (March 23) – finished the three-game series at Seton Hall (March 23-24) with two home runs, three doubles and 12 RBI in nine at-bats … logged three RBI in each game of a doubleheader sweep of Georgetown (April 3) … 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and a season-high three runs scored at Pittsburgh (April 20) … recorded third home run of the series and added four RBI during perfect game bid the following day at Pittsburgh (April 21) … posted a 3-for-4 day with a home run and three RBI in game one of a weekend series at DePaul (April 27) … homered in only official at-bat in game two against DePaul (April 27) before being walked in final three plate appearances … 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI against Eastern Michigan (April 30) … 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs at Western Michigan (May 1) … ripped a solo home run during game two of a doubleheader against Louisville (May 4) … 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in series finale against the Cardinals (May 5) that clinched the BIG EAST regular-season championship … reached base three out of four plate appearances and scored a run in a BIG EAST Championship semifinal win over DePaul (May 10).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2012): Enjoyed a stellar sophomore campaign, earning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year recognition … named to the NFCA Great Lakes all-region second team, all-BIG EAST first team and BIG EAST All-Tournament team … 29-11 record in 46 appearances in the circle, with 39 starts … win total was the 15th-best in the NCAA … walked only 26 batters in 263.1 innings pitched, and 0.69 walks yielded per seven innings ranked third nationally … 288 strikeouts ranked 16th nationally, and included a BIG EAST leading 111 punch-outs looking … shined during BIG EAST play, posting a conference-best 13-2 mark … struck out 13 batters in a complete game victory over Penn State (Feb. 25) … allowed one earned run in eight relief innings, striking out nine batters in a win over Ohio State (March 3) … sat down 13 hitters on strikes in season-high nine innings of work against UNLV (March 11) … pitched a complete game shutout against Iowa (March 15) at the Judi Garman Classic … threw the first no-hitter in the history of Melissa Cook Stadium, walking only one batter in a 3-0 shutout of DePaul (April 21) – became just the fourth player in program history to throw multiple career solo no-hitters … picked up wins in each of the final two games against DePaul, finishing the series with one run allowed in 20.2 innings pitched … struck out 11 in five shutout frames against Seton Hall (April 25) … logged a career-high 15 punch-outs in a complete game victory at Providence (April 28) … closed regular season with three straight shutouts of Eastern Michigan (May 2) and Pittsburgh (May 5 and 6) … allowed two hits in a complete game shutout of Rutgers (May 10) in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship … picked up nine base hits, including one double, with three RBI at the plate … scored only run of the season against Ohio State (March 3).
AS A FRESHMAN (2011): Named a first team all-BIG EAST performer … second team NFCA all-Great Lakes Region … BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (April 11) and a four-time member of the league[apos]s weekly Honor Roll … hurled a near-perfect no-hitter at South Florida (April 27) in which she walked and hit the first two batters while retiring the rest for the remainder of the game … Winter punched out nine Bulls as 51 of her 77 offerings went for strikes … started 28 games while earning 25 wins (tied for eighth in program history) … posted a 25-4 (.862) record, the fifth-best single-season clip in Irish history … each of her four losses came to ranked teams (No. 4 Washington, No. 5 Michigan, No. 24 Louisville and No. 21 Kentucky) … struck out 216 batters while posting the program[apos]s third-best strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.45) … struck out 8.44 batters per 7.0 innings, the sixth-best mark ever among Irish pitchers … allowed 1.13 walks per 7.0 innings, the 10th-best clip in program history … on the national scene, ranked 14th with four saves and 13th in walks per 7.0 innings … went 9-1 in league play with 2.96 ERA … three solo shutouts, five combined … 2.42 overall ERA in 179.1 innings … 12 complete games … walked multiple batters only six times in 39 appearances … allowed 65 runs – 62 of which were earned – while walking 29 batters … struck out five batters and gave up one hit in 2.1 innings during collegiate debut for a win against Miami (Ohio) (Feb. 18) … first save of the season came in 1.0 inning of scoreless relief at UCF (Feb. 18) … fanned eight batters in a complete game win over Iowa State (Feb. 26) … allowed one earned run while defeating No. 9 Oklahoma (March 16) in a complete game, seven strikeout effort … struck out 10+ batters in consecutive games against Purdue (March 31) and Providence (April 2) … fanned 12 Boilermakers and 10 Friars in the back-to-back outings … struck out at least seven batters in 16 different appearances … totaled three hits and drove in four runs at the dish … scored twice on the season.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Led Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) to Palomar League title in 2009 while also claiming the CIF San Diego D1 championship trophy … 2010 Palomar League Pitcher of the Year … hit .512 with a 1.061 slugging pct. in 2009 … added 10 home runs and 34 RBI … half of her hits that season went for extra bases … sported a 19-3 record from the rubber after tossing 141.0 innings, striking out 240 with a 0.70 ERA … tossed 27.0 consecutive scoreless innings during the 2009 CIF playoffs … hit .411 as a junior with 10 home runs and 75 RBI on the club circuit … took part in the West Coast Softball All-Stars Invitational Camp in 2005 and 2006 … prep accolades also included: (2007) – North County Times first team, Adidas Elite Futures Invitational Camp and On Deck Softball Invitational Camp; (2008) – all-CIF San Diego Section first team, North County Times first team, San Diego Tribune second team, Palomar League first team, Adidas Elite Futures Invitational Camp, On Deck Softball Invitational Camp; (2009) – CIF San Diego Section Player of the Year, CalHiSports California first-team all-state, NFCA all-West Region first team, North County Player of the Year, North County Times first team, San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year, Palomar League Player of the Year, second-team Palomar League in basketball, Rancho Bernardo Scholar-Athlete … three-times named to Honor Roll … played prep ball for Steve Kuptz and Summer Downs … daughter of Kirt and Shari Winter … has one brother, Kenny … graduated with a degree in information technology management from the Mendoza College of Business.