A five-pitcher rotation looks to lead Notre Dame softball to a strong 2016 season
Notre Dame scores 29 runs in 10 innings to advance to final day of NCAA South Bend Regional
Notre Dame and Northwestern face off at 3 p.m. (ET) Saturday at Melissa Cook Stadium
Notre Dame crushes 16 hits in final nonconference win of the regular season
Koerner's seven RBI, Wester's four runs scored in game two tied Notre Dame single-game marks
Notre Dame vs. Fordham, game one of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic (photos by Jason Roberts)
Irish defeated #23/25 Louisville 6-3 and Jacksonville 9-1 in five innings (photos by Skip Tapp).
The Irish made their 15th straight appearance at the NCAA Championship in 2013.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll
2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll
2013 BIG EAST Conference Academic All-Star
AS A JUNIOR (2015): ACC Academic Honor Roll ... breakout performer in the circle during junior campaign, establishing a career-high for appearances (35) and starts (25) in a single season ... went 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 129.2 innings, tossing six shutouts (five combined) -- became the 23rd 20-game winner in Notre Dame program history ... walked 59 and struck out a career-high 118 batters, limiting opponents to a .273 batting average against ... logged a 7-2 record with a 3.89 ERA in 13 ACC appearances (nine starts), adding two complete games and one save against conference foes ... tossed a complete game four-hitter, allowing one run while striking out seven batters in a season opening win over Utah (Feb. 6) ... hurled two scoreless innings with four strikeouts in an abbreviated start the following day against Northwestern State (Feb. 7) ... recorded a complete game five-hitter with five strikeouts in a victory over Central Arkansas (Feb. 14) ... allowed three earned runs over five full innings to pick up the win against No. 7 Georgia (Feb. 21) ... struck out six Georgetown (Feb. 27) batters during a five-inning win ... spun four shutout frames with no walks and four strikeouts at North Carolina Central (March 11) ... scattered three hits in a combined shutout of ACC foe Georgia Tech (March 21) ... added a one-hit performance over four innings later in the week in a home win over IPFW (March 25) ... surrendered one earned run over four innings in a run-rule victory against No. 24 Virginia Tech (March 29) ... worked four shutout innings with eight strikeouts to win the second game of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh (April 3) ... held the Panthers (April 4) scoreless over the final two innings to pick up a save in completing a conference sweep the following day ... blanked Butler (April 8) with three hits in five shutout innings ... allowed one earned run over six frames, striking out five in a walk-off home win versus Northwestern (April 15) ... struck out seven batters with no walks in a five-inning shutout of Syracuse (April 19) to close the Strikeout Cancer series ... scattered three hits in four spotless innings at Michigan State (April 28) during the regular season finale ... went four strong innings to defeat Ball State (May 16) in an elimination game of the NCAA South Bend Regional.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2014): ACC Academic Honor Roll ... made a total of 22 appearances in the circle, including 18 starts ... posted a 6-5 mark with a 3.32 ERA in 82.1 innings pitched, tossing two complete games, allowing 52 walks and striking out 57 batters ... held right-handed hitters to a .238 batting average (55-for-231) during the season ... limited opposing batters to a mere .175 clip (17-for-97) with two outs ... allowed the fewest home runs of any pitcher (5) in the ACC who threw a minimum of 70 innings ... worked four scoreless frames, allowing two hits and striking out three batters in a season opening win over Tennessee Tech (Feb. 8) at the Auburn Plainsman Invitational ... hurled the 40th no-hitter (33rd solo) in program history the following day against Morehead State (Feb. 9), surrendering no walks and striking out eight batters on 70 pitches over five innings ... won third straight decision at Jacksonville (Feb. 15), tossing five innings of one-hit softball with five strikeouts against the host Dolphins at the JU Tournament ... allowed two earned runs over four innings, striking out three batters in a victory over Fordham (Feb. 28) at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic ... earned first career ACC win in relief out of the bullpen in game two of a doubleheader at North Carolina (April 9), throwing an effective final 3.2 innings to shut down the Tar Heels ... went a career-high eight innings on 140 pitches in a hard-luck loss against eventual ACC champion No. 7 Florida State (April 13) ... bounced back with four innings of two-run (one earned) softball in a non-conference win over Toledo (April 16), walking no Rocket hitters and finishing one strikeout from tying a career-high with eight punch-outs ... threw one scoreless inning of relief against Long Beach State (May 17) during a Notre Dame elimination game victory at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional.
AS A FRESHMAN (2013): BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... appeared in 15 games in the circle during first season at Notre Dame, making two starts ... logged a 2-0 record with a 2.82 ERA and two saves in 27.1 innings pitched, finishing with 15 walks allowed and 28 strikeouts ... limited left-handed batters to a mere .125 batting average (4-for-32) ... made Irish debut at Charlotte (Feb. 9), tossing a scoreless inning of relief and striking out two 49er batters ... earned first career save the following day against Presbyterian (Feb. 10) after 1.1 shutout frames ... threw a pair of innings out of the bullpen against No. 16 Washington (Feb. 15) and three innings at San Diego State (Feb. 16) ... faced two batters against eventual NCAA champion No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 17) ... won first collegiate game at East Carolina (Feb. 24) after working five shutout innings with four strikeouts in relief ... allowed one hit over 2.1 innings against UC Davis (March 9) ... made first career start against Iona (March 15), spinning a one-hit shutout with two talks and a season-high nine strikeouts ... racked up second save after shutting out Villanova (April 6) in the seventh inning in the first game of a weekend BIG EAST series ... worked back-to-back scoreless innings out of the bullpen against Connecticut (April 23) and at Western Michigan (May 1).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Pitched four seasons at Juanita (Wash.) at the prep level while also playing for the California Cruisers on the club circuit ... guided Juanita to a pair of sectional titles and the 3A state crown as a junior ... pitched in each game during that state title run ... three-time all-conference selection and high school team MVP ... undefeated as a junior while leading her squad to a league crown ... team captain as a senior ... only the second left-handed pitcher to play for the Fighting Irish, joining fellow southpaw and two-time All-American Jennifer Sharron (`01) ... Kelly Nichols (1995-98) and Nicole Wicks (2004-05) are the only other Fighting Irish players to hail from the state of Washington ... daughter of Renee and Brad Rhodes ... has one younger brother, Nick ... volunteered with Kirkland National Little League coaching youth softball players ... double major in management consulting and sociology.
Rhodes' Career Statistics