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11/16/2017

Irish Softball Unveils 2018 Schedule

Notre Dame set to face 11 NCAA Championship qualifiers from 2017 over 55-game slate

05/21/2017

Cal Steals 5-3 Decision From Irish

Weather delay stalls Notre Dame in Auburn Regional elimination game

05/20/2017

Irish Topple ETSU In Extras, 7-6

Notre Dame wins in dramatic fashion to advance in NCAA Auburn Regional

05/18/2017

Irish Contingent Earns All-Region Honors

Karley Wester, Ali Wester and Morgan Reed each first team, Melissa Rochford tabbed to second team

05/16/2017

Irish On The Plains For Auburn Regional

Notre Dame returns to Auburn for third time in program history, and first in NCAA Championship play

02/08/2017

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.

05/11/2017

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)

04/12/2017

ND vs. IUPUI (4/12/17)

Photos by Mike Miller

02/24/2017

Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

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

04/24/2016

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)

03/06/2016

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

HONORS AND AWARDS:
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 SOPHOMORE (2017):
•    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.

AS A FRESHMAN (2016):

•    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.

PREP AND PERSONAL:
•    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 double major in information technology management and history.


Wester's Career Statistics


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Ali Wester
Ali  Wester

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Huntington Beach, Calif.

High School:
Edison

Height:
5-4

Position:
Outfield

B/T:
L/R

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