#NDSB30 Top Five: 2000s

Part two of the defining moments of the last 30 years of Notre Dame softball


#23 Irish Return To Florida For Diamond 9 Citrus Classic

Notre Dame has five games on the schedule at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex


#24 Irish Head To Prestigious Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Six challenging games make up Notre Dame's slate at the nation's largest regular season tournament

Honors & Awards


  • Second Team NFCA All-Mideast Region, 2004

    BIG EAST Conference

  • Rookie of the Year, 2003
  • First Team All-Conference, 2003, 2004
  • Third Team All-Conference, 2005
  • All-Rookie Team, 2003
  • Pitcher of the Week (4-5-05)
  • Pitcher of the Week (3-14-05)
  • Pitcher of the Week (4-3-04)
  • Pitcher of the Week (3-1-04)


  • FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team, 2004

    Veteran leader of the Irish pitching staff will take the ball in any situation ... has the capability of shutting down every opponent on the schedule ... a gutsy pitcher who reacts well to adversity ... will enter her senior season with a wealth of experience ... career pitching statistical rankings, after three full seasons, include: seventh for appearances (115), fourth in games started (96), fourth in wins (69), fourth in complete games (61), fourth in shutouts (21), fourth in innings pitched (640.0), fifth in winning percentage (69-27, .718), fifth in ERA (1.63), and fourth in strikeouts (587) ... holds the school record for complete games (30) from the 2004 season.

    AS A JUNIOR (2005): Combined with Steffany Stenglein to give Notre Dame one of its most potent one-two combinations in school history ... helped the team average a school-record 8.63 strikeouts per seven innings ... also helped the team hold opponents to a program-best .168 batting average ... combined with Stenglein to produced a school-record 527 strikeouts ... earned third-team all-BIG EAST honors ... memorable performances during the 2005 season included shut down Syracuse in Notre Dame's elimination-game victory at the BIG EAST Championship, allowing just four hits, one unearned run and striking out 10 ... pitched a complete-game four-hitter at Rutgers, striking out 11 while allowing one run ... held down No. 15 Northwestern's powerful lineup for four shutout innings, striking out three and getting a no-decision in Notre Dame's 4-3 come-from-behind victory (April 26) ... shut down St. John's in game two of a doubleheader, allowing one hit and striking out seven in Notre Dame's 8-0, five-inning victory ... dominated game one vs. Akron, allowing one hit and striking out 11 in a complete-game shutout (1-0 Irish victory) ... picked up a complete-game victory at Connecticut in game two, pitching all eight innings of Notre Dame's 3-2 victory ... struck out nine and allowed two hits vs. the Huskies ... matched her seven-inning career game high with 12 strikeouts, while allowing just two hits, in game two at Pittsburgh (6-0 Irish victory) ... earned second BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week award on Tuesday, April 5, after posting a 0.00 ERA in three starts from March 21 to April 5, earning two victories, allowing four hits in 16 innings while striking out 13 ... picked up a complete-game shutout victory in her first BIG EAST Conference appearance, allowing three hits and striking out five at Villanova ... just missed her first solo no-hitter at Loyola Chicago, giving up a single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning ... struck out three and walked three against Loyola Chicago, forcing 15 ground ball outs ... combined with teammate Carrie Wisen to earn a share of her first career no-hitter/perfect game in game two vs Valparaiso ... pitched two innings, striking out five of the first six batters of the game ... Wisen finished off the final three innings for the perfect game ... shut down Western Michigan over the final four innings, allowing two hits and striking out four to earn a victory in Notre Dame's come-from-behind 2-1 win ... pitched six innings of no-hit softball after allowing a run in the first inning vs. Eastern Michigan (4-1 Irish victory), retiring 18 of the final 19 batters in the contest ... named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on March 14 after posting three victories and a save during Spring Break ... allowed two earned runs in four appearances ... missed out on a shutout opportunity vs. Nevada, allowing one run in the seventh inning while striking out six and scattering five hits ... entered the bottom of the seventh against Virginia with the bases loaded and one out ... earned save with a strikeout and pop up ... the save was the second of her career ... picked up a five-inning victory at Hawaii, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three ... earned a six-hit shutout victory at UC Santa Barbara, striking out six in a 1-0 win ... entered the game against #5/6 Tennessee in relief, eventually picking up the victory by holding the Lady Vols to one hit in 4.2 innings and striking out five ... pitched a gutsy game against No. 19 Florida in the championship of the GRU Classic, avoiding damage from five walks to strikeout eight, scatter five hits and allow two runs (one earned) ... allowed two hits in a complete-game victory (2-0) over Coastal Carolina at the GRU Classic.

    AS A SOPHOMORE (2004): Combined with junior Steffany Stenglein to give the Irish the best pitching staff in the BIG EAST Conference ... established career single-season highs for starts (36), complete games (30) and shutouts (11) ... her 30 complete games set the school record in a single season (breaking Jennifer Sharron's mark of 27 in 2000) ... her 241.2 innings pitched were the second-most in school history (behind teammate Stenglein's 250.2 in `02) ... ended the year with a team-high 225 strikeouts ... struck out nine or more batters eight times, hitting double-digits four times ... named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on March 1 for her performance over the course of the NFCA Leadoff Classic ... for the tournament she pitched 22.0 innings, scattering 17 hits with 23 strikeouts and two earned runs ... also named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week on May 3 after pitching two complete-game shutouts in league play, striking out 18 batters and allowing just five hits ... memorable performances during the season included: pitched a complete-game five-hitter vs. Portland State while striking out nine ... threw all eight innings, allowing one earned run and striking out 11 vs. No. 24 CS Northridge ... completely shut down No. 14 Nebraska at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, earning a complete-game shutout with four hits, two walks and five strikeouts (1-0 Irish victory) ... turned in a great performance at No. 4 Florida State, holding the Seminoles to four runs in 9.2 innings while striking out a career-best 12.

    AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Stepped up as the team's number-one pitcher during her rookie season ... named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year ... also earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors ... a workhorse for the team, making 38 appearances (seventh on the all-time single-season list) and 30 starts (tied for sixth on the all-time list) ... led the team in wins (21), appearances (38), starts (30), complete games (13), shutouts (3), innings pitched (188.2) and strikeouts (158) ... turned in a gutsy performance during the NCAA Region VII tournament, throwing 23.0 of 27.0 innings, winning two games, striking out 11 and allowing eight earned runs ... showed her skills early in the season vs. Illinois State, throwing eight innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight ... also threw well against Fresno State in the Kia Klassic, picking up the complete-game victory with a two-hitter (eight strikeouts) ... posted five complete-game one-hitters (at CS Northridge, at Western Michigan, at Pittsburgh, vs. Seton Hall and at Boston College) ... signature performance of the season came in the BIG EAST Championship game, a nine-inning, six-hit, two-run, seven-strikeout effort in Notre Dame's 3-2 victory ... posted 16 games with five or more strikeouts ... surrendered three runs or fewer in 36 of 38 appearances.

    PREP AND PERSONAL: Standout pitcher at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, Calif. ... established herself as one of the best prep pitchers in Southern California, helping her team to win the CIF Division III team title in 2002 ... was named the conference and regional MVP ... a three-time team captain, Booth led her team to an undefeated conference record in 2002 while compiling a 32-inning scoreless streak ... owns all the Martin Luther King pitching records, as she was the first pitcher to enter the circle for her high school ... also competed in volleyball, setting the school record for kills in a game (18) ... named most improved volleyball player in 1999 ... turned an unassisted triple play as a freshman ... member of student government and earned a spot on the honor roll all four years in high school ... oldest of four children ... daughter of Marla and James Booth ... born Aug. 7, 1984, in Riverside, Calif. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in marketing.

    Heather Booth
    Heather  Booth


    Riverside, CA

    High School:
    Martin Luther King





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