Getting to know 2016 Notre Dame captains Carly Piccinich and Karley Wester
Senior Carly Piccinich, junior Karley Wester named 2016 Notre Dame softball captains
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
Notre Dame erases three deficits in nightcap to win 22nd consecutive game
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.
Notre Dame lost to Green Bay 4 runs to 5 on March 28th at Melissa Cook Stadium.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2016 Notre Dame Co-Captain
2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll
2013 BIG EAST Conference Academic All-Star
AS A JUNIOR (2015): ACC Academic Honor Roll ... played in 45 games, making a career-high seven starts during junior season ... batted .290 with a career-high nine hits, and added five stolen bases and 18 runs scored ... went a perfect 3-for-3 with a stolen base during first start of the year at designated player against Northwestern State (Feb. 7) ... scored as a pinch runner later in the day at Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 7) ... came around to score as a pinch runner at No. 16 LSU (Feb. 14) ... stole a base and later scored as a pinch runner in a victory over No. 25 Texas (Feb. 21) ... scored one run during a pinch-run appearance against No. 20 Missouri (Feb. 27) ... smacked a pinch-hit single and scored a run later in the day against Georgetown (Feb. 27) at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic ... went 2-for-2 with a run scored during a start at North Carolina Central (March 11) ... scored a run as a pinch runner at No. 9 Florida State (March 14) ... logged one single during first career home start against Cleveland State (March 18) ... chipped in one hit, a stolen base and a run scored in a start at Pittsburgh (April 3) ... scored a run later in the doubleheader sweep of the Panthers (April 3) as a pinch runner ... stole a base and scored a run as a pinch runner during the first game of the Strikeout Cancer series against Syracuse (April 18) ... connected on a pinch-hit single at home versus Toledo (April 22) ... drew two walks and scored a career-high two runs during a 16-1 run-rule win at Michigan State (April 28) ... scored a run in consecutive games against Ball State (May 15) and Northwestern (May 16) during the NCAA South Bend Regional.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2014): Saw action in 38 games off the bench as a key utility infielder for the Irish ... batted a career-best .333 with three RBI, adding two stolen bases and 13 runs scored - two of three hits on the year came with two outs ... scored a run after entering as a defensive replacement and drawing a walk in Notre Dame's season opening victory over Tennessee Tech (Feb. 8) at the Auburn Plainsman Invitational ... scored one run in each of four straight appearances against Auburn (Feb. 9), Jacksonville (Feb. 15) and No. 23 Louisville (Feb. 15-16) ... ripped first hit of the season after entering at second base against UC Davis (Feb. 21) ... stole first base of 2014 and later scored as a pinch runner the following day against Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 22) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic ... connected on a two-run single and later came around to score as a pinch hitter during a five-inning, run-rule rout of Toledo (April 16) at Melissa Cook Stadium ... chipped in an RBI single during game two of an ACC doubleheader at Virginia (April 18) ... logged a stolen base and a run scored as a pinch runner during the semifinal round of the ACC Championship against Virginia Tech (May 9) ... added a run scored during an elimination game against Long Beach State (May 17) during the NCAA Los Angeles Regional.
AS A FRESHMAN (2013): BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... appeared in 51 games (four starts) during freshman season, which led all Irish newcomers ... was 6-for-7 on stolen base attempts, and scored a team-high 19 runs as a pinch runner ... finished with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage at second base ... made Notre Dame debut as a pinch hitter at Charlotte (Feb. 9) ... swiped first base and scored first run as a pinch runner against Wisconsin (Feb. 10) ... scored a run after entering in the third inning as a pinch runner against No. 16 Washington (Feb. 15) ... made first career start at second base against Cal Poly (Feb. 16) ... also appeared in the starting lineup against San Diego State (Feb. 16) and eventual NCAA champion No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 17) ... scored two runs during the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic, with one each against Georgia Tech (March 2) and Maryland (March 3) ... recorded first two career base hits against Iona (March 15) ... added a stolen base and scored a run the following day against the Gaels (March 16) ... crossed home plate in four straight contests against Green Bay (March 28), Georgetown (April 3) and Villanova (April 6) ... scored a run in each game of a BIG EAST doubleheader against Connecticut (April 23) ... scored eventual winning run as a pinch runner in BIG EAST Championship semifinal game against DePaul (May 10).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Prepped at Immaculate Heart Academy (N.J.) ... four-time varsity letterwinner in softball while earning a pair of letters in tennis ... played softball on the club circuit for Jersey Intensity ... led Immaculate Heart to four conference titles, three sectional and regionals titles and two state crowns ... squad was twice ranked nationally ... two-time team captain ... four-time all-conference, all-city, all-region, and all-county choice ... copped All-America honors in her final two seasons ... batted .549 as a senior for Immaculate Heart, with 62 hits, 28 RBI and 44 runs scored ... .478 hitter with 185 hits and 159 runs over four-year prep career ... earned NFCA MaxPreps Weekly Award during junior season ... hit .541 as a junior with 55 hits, 44 runs, 20 stolen bases and an on-base clip of .569 ... slugged at a .776 rate with a .992 fielding percentage as a junior ... twice named all-conference and an all-county choice in tennis while helping prep squad raise a pair of conference crowns ... very involved within the community, volunteering at St. Martin's soup kitchen and the YJCC ... daughter of Roseanne and Edward Piccinich ... has two siblings, Amy and Derek ... Amy played softball at Lehigh ... accomplished pianist ... licensed in archery ... received high school's "Most School Spirit" award ... has traveled to Greece, Italy, France, Turkey, Croatia, Spain, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, the Caribbean and Ireland ... hails from same state as former Fighting Irish standouts Alexa Maldonado and Brittany O'Donnell ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major.
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