Irish Knock #17 Michigan Out Of NCAA Regionals

Notre Dame becomes first team in NCAA Super Regional era to stop Michigan short of regional final


Irish Defeat #17 UM 4-1 In Lexington Regional Opener

Notre Dame advances to face winner of UK-UIC on Saturday in NCAA Lexington Regional


Four Irish Players Claim NFCA All-Region Honors

Holloway and Wester on first team, Reed and Sweet on third team of the NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region


Irish Back In Lexington For NCAA Regionals

Notre Dame and Michigan open NCAA tournament play on Friday at Noon at Kentucky


Irish Earn Bid To 20th Straight NCAA Championship

Notre Dame joins Kentucky, Michigan and UIC in NCAA tournament draw in Lexington


The Wester Family: Into Focus

Representing the classes of 2017, 2019 and 2021 - the Wester sisters reflect on a what is a Notre Dame Softball dynasty in-the-making. For them, it's family that keeps everything in focus.


Notre Dame vs. Boston College (5/11/17)

Notre Dame vs. Boston College, ACC Championship First Round (photos by Andy Mead and Sara D. Davis)


ND vs. IUPUI (4/12/17)

Photos by Mike Miller


Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

Irish fall 3-1 to Sun Devils at Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.


ND vs. UNC, 4/24/16 (Andy Mead)

Notre Dame and North Carolina faced off in an ACC doubleheader at UNC's Anderson Stadium (all photos by Andy Mead)


ND vs. SBU/BSU, 3/6/16 (Jason Roberts)

Notre Dame faced Stony Brook and Ball State on the last day of the FGCU Classic

2018 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship All-Tournament Team
2017 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
2017 All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team
2016 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 10 Finalist

2016 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
2016 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team
2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship All-Tournament Team
2016 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team

AS A JUNIOR (2018):

•    NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First-Team selection for the third straight year.
•    Chosen as a member of the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team.
•    Appeared in all 57 Notre Dame games for the second consecutive season, earning a total of 51 starts.
•    Led all Notre Dame hitters with a .365 batting average, 61 hits, 13 sacrifice bunts and 15 stolen bases.
•    Batted .385 (15-for-39) with runners in scoring position, and added a .366 clip (15-for-41) with two outs, along with six two-out RBI.
•    Paced all Irish players with 20 multiple-hit games, including 17 contests with two hits, and tied for third with six multi-RBI efforts.
•    Embarked on a team-high 13-game hit streak for the season that spanned from Feb. 24 against St. John’s through March 17 at Louisville.
•    Appeared as a pinch runner in the season’s first five games, scoring a run against Seattle (Feb. 9), Saint Mary’s (Feb. 9) and South Dakota (Feb. 10).
•    Scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning as a pinch runner against No. 20 Michigan (Feb. 18).
•    Perfect 4-for-4 with a sacrifice hit against No. 6 Texas A&M (Feb. 22) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
•    Drove in a pair of runs against St. John’s (Feb. 24).
•    Knocked two hits and added two RBI in a win over UMass (March 2).
•    Went 2-for-2 with two stolen bases and two runs scored against Fordham (March 2).
•    2-for-3 with a steal, two RBI and two runs scored against UC Santa Barbara (March 3).
•    Ripped two hits in each game and scored twice against Robert Morris (March 4) and NC State (March 10).
•    Went a combined 5-for-7 (.714) with two RBI and two runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of North Florida (March 13).
•    Drove in the game-winning runs on day two of an ACC series sweep at Louisville (March 16-18).
•    Posted second 4-for-4 performance of the season and scored a run against Eastern Michigan (March 27).
•    Accounted for five total hits during an ACC series victory at Virginia Tech (March 30-31).
•    2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored in game two of an ACC sweep of Syracuse (April 8).
•    Scored two runs and added an RBI in a win over Duke (April 14).
•    Finished 2-for-3 with two RBI against Northwestern (April 18).
•    2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, including what was ultimately the game-winning run, to open the NCAA Lexington Regional against No. 17 Michigan (May 18).


•    NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First-Team selection.
•    Earned All-ACC First-Team recognition for the first time.
•    Played in all 57 games, earning 56 starts in left field.
•    Notre Dame leader with a .398 batting average, 74 hits, a .429 on-base percentage and 46 runs scored – Hit total was tied for the ACC lead, the fourth straight season an Irish player named Wester (sister Karley from 2014-16) held at least a share of the league hits crown.
•    Successfully stole eight bases in 10 attempts.
•    Batted .413 (26-for-63) with runners in scoring position, and six of 14 total RBI were logged with two outs.
•    Reached base at a .484 clip (15-for-31) leading off an inning, the highest ratio for any Notre Dame hitter with the requisite number of at-bats.
•    Tied for Irish team lead with 20 multiple-hit games, including a team-best seven games with three or more hits.
•    A total of 36 of 74 hits were officially credited as infield singles.
•    Errorless in 92 chances in left field, which included three outfield assists.
•    Kickstarted season with a 3-for-4 performance and two runs scored in a win over San Diego State (Feb. 11).
•    2-for-4 with a double during landmark Notre Dame win against No. 10 Michigan (Feb. 18) at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
•    Added a 3-for-4 performance with a run scored later in the day against No. 13 Minnesota (Feb. 18).
•    Chipped in two additional hits and a run scored to close the tournament against Michigan (Feb. 19).
•    Posted a 3-for-4 day with an RBI and run scored versus Purdue (March 4).
•    Doubled and scored a key Irish run in an extra-innings win against FIU (March 5) at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic.
•    Career-high four hits and scored three times in opening game of an ACC set at Georgia Tech (March 11).
•    Added a double, stolen base and two runs during an eighth inning win the following day against the Yellow Jackets (March 12).
•    Went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and three runs scored in a midweek win at Mercer (March 15).
•    Ripped two hits, stole one base and scored a pair of runs in a five-inning triumph to open home schedule against Michigan State (March 22).
•    Finished final two games of a series sweep against Virginia Tech (March 24-25) a combined 5-for-7 with an RBI and four runs scored.
•    Closed three-game set at Louisville (April 1-3) with five hits, two RBI and two runs.
•    Contributed three hits, including a double, and added two RBI and a pair of runs in a midweek win over IUPUI (April 12).
•    Scored a total of five runs on the strength of five hits as part of a series sweep at NC State (April 14-15).
•    3-for-4 with a stolen base, RBI and run scored in five-inning victory at Northwestern (April 25).
•    Crossed as an insurance run and in a game one win over Boston College (May 6).
•    Added another run during a comeback Irish victory on Senior Day against the Eagles (May 7).
•    Reached base in four out of five plate appearances, driving in one run and scoring twice against Boston College (May 11) to open the ACC Championship.
•    Scored a run in each game against East Tennessee State (May 20) and California (May 20) during the NCAA Auburn Regional.


•    Top 10 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division 1 National Freshman of the Year award -- joined sister Karley as Notre Dame finalists for national freshman of the year in the first three seasons of the award’s existence.
•    NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First-Team choice.
•    All-ACC Second-Team selection.
•    Named to the 2016 ACC Championship All-Tournament Team.
•    All-ACC Academic-Team selection.
•    Appeared in all 56 games (56 starts) during the season with time divided between second base and left field.
•    Ranked second on the Notre Dame roster with a .423 batting average, 77 hits, 48 runs and 22 stolen bases.
•    Also finished with 40 RBI, a .443 on base percentage and a .451 slugging percentage.
•    38 of the 77 hits were officially credited as infield singles.
•    Set a Notre Dame single-season freshman record with 72 singles.
•    Tied Gessica Hufnagle (2007) with the most successful sacrifice bunts in any Irish season with 22 in 2016 – sacrifice hit total led the ACC.
•    Ranked second on the Irish roster with 22 multiple-hit outings, and added nine multi-RBI outings.
•    Closed the season riding a 15-game hit streak.
•    Batted .386 (34-for-88) with runners in scoring position, and hit at a .393 clip (22-for-56) with two outs.
•    Scored at least one run in 23 of first 25 collegiate games.
•    Scored two runs in second career game against No. 18 Kentucky (Feb. 12).
•    Went 2-for-4 with first career RBI the following day against No. 21 California (Feb. 13).
•    Scored two runs and stole first career base against No. 11 Washington (Feb. 19).
•    Went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a stolen base and a run scored against Cal Poly (Feb. 20).
•    Finished 2-for-4 with a career-high three RBI, a stolen base and a run later in the day in a win over No. 8 UCLA (Feb. 20).
•    Ripped three hits, including a double, and added a run and a stolen base in a win over No. 22 UCF (Feb. 26).
•    Added three hits and scored two runs in a victory against North Florida (Feb. 27).
•    Went 2-for-4 with a run scored in a victory the next day against Penn State (Feb. 28).
•    Logged two base hits, a stolen base and drove in two runs in a triumph over Stony Brook (March 5) at Florida Gulf Coast.
•    Added two more hits, two runs scored and an RBI in second game of the weekend against Stony Brook (March 6).
•    Went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored later in the day against Ball State (March 6).
•    Drove in three runs and scored twice in a game one doubleheader win at FIU (March 9).
•    Went a perfect 4-for-4, including a double with an RBI and a run scored in the nightcap against FIU (March 9).
•    2-for-4 with two RBI at home against Eastern Michigan (March 22).
•    Went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run in the first game of an ACC series at Syracuse (March 25).
•    Finished 2-for-4 with one run scored in game one of a doubleheader against No. 9 Florida State (April 3).
•    3-for-4 with two RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored against IUPUI (April 5).
•    Perfect 3-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in a midweek win versus DePaul (April 27).
•    Logged two hits, an RBI and scored twice in a win over Louisville (May 1).
•    Finished with four total hits and drove in two runs during the ACC Championship at NC State (May 12-14) to earn all-tournament team honors.
•    Drove in a pair of runs in NCAA Championship debut against Miami (Ohio) at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional (May 20).
•    Finished a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base against No. 2 Michigan (May 22) in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional final.


•    Letterwinner at Edison High School.
•    Selected as the Sunset League co-most valuable player and named to the MaxPreps California Large School all-state team as a senior after batting .520 with 10 doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and 30 runs scored, reaching base at a .529 clip with a .740 slugging percentage.
•    Added 27 stolen bases in 27 attempts.
•    Named the Chargers most valuable player as a junior team captain in 2014 after batting .422 with 13 stolen bases.
•    Tabbed to the all-Sunset League first team.
•    Swiped 20 bags while adding a .351 clip during sophomore year at Edison, also earning first team all-Sunset League honors.
•    .421 average and 20 stolen bases during freshman campaign, earning team rookie of the year accolades.
•    Also won varsity letters in volleyball (two) and basketball (one) during prep career.
•    Most recently competed with the Firecrackers-Rico on the club circuit.
•    Club squad won the Colorado Fireworks and Triple Crown Sports tournaments in 2013.
•    Attended the same high school as former Irish standouts Dani Miller ('12) and Casey Africano ('16).
•    Daughter of Gary and Sue Wester.
•    Has two sisters, Karley and Riley.
•    Father, Gary, competed in track and field the University of Wisconsin.
•    Sister, Karley, was a two-time NFCA All-American at Notre Dame.
•    Sister, Riley, is a Notre Dame softball teammate from the graduating high school class of 2017.
•    Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a major in information technology management.

Ali Wester
Ali  Wester


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