Buntin is a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star selection, and entered the spring 2013 semester with a 3.11 GPA, majoring in psychology and pre-professional studies, with a focus in pre-health. She participated in an on-site job shadow at an orthodontics office last summer, and plans to apply to dental school after graduating from Notre Dame.
Buntin was selected as one of two team captains for the 2013 softball season by her peers. Teammates and coaches alike view Buntin as a reliable, hardworking, accountable and caring person, someone who is always looking to give back to others. As with all members of the Notre Dame softball team, she is extremely involved with and has embraced the program’s public service initiatives.
Buntin was a member of the 2011 Notre Dame team that helped raise and donate over $12,000 to the South Bend Memorial Hospital pediatric oncology unit. The Fighting Irish raised more money during the NFCA Strikeout Cancer initiative than any other school in the country. Buntin and her Notre Dame teammates shattered that mark in 2012, presenting a check for more than $25,000 raised during Strikeout Cancer to the South Bend Memorial Hospital hematology and oncology clinic. The Fighting Irish later made a special visit to the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis in September 2012, donating gifts and apparel that had been collected with the help of the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to cancer patients.
Buntin enjoyed a banner season in 2012, receiving NFCA All-American second team, NFCA all-Region first team and all-BIG EAST second team recognition as a junior. She batted .360 with 62 base hits, 12 home runs, 60 RBI and 45 runs scored in 55 starts, primarily as the Fighting Irish catcher. Buntin’s statistics remained strong during BIG EAST Conference play, as her 24 hits, 20 RBI and 18 runs scored all ranked in the top three in the league. Buntin leads all active Notre Dame players with 17 home runs, 84 RBI and 79 runs scored during her career.