Irish defeated #23/25 Louisville 6-3 and Jacksonville 9-1 in five innings (photos by Skip Tapp).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2014): ACC Academic Honor Roll ... saw action in 31 games for the second straight season, earning a career-high 18 starts ... batted .340 (18-for-53) with two RBI and nine runs scored in only 53 at-bats ... tied for the Notre Dame team lead with four pinch hits on the year after leading the squad with 11 pinch-hit at-bats (.364 average) ... ripped a base hit and recorded a career-high 10 putouts in the field in first career start at catcher against North Dakota State (Feb. 8) at the Auburn Plainsman Invitational ... stole first career base and later scored a run in a win over host Jacksonville (Feb. 15) at the JU Tournament ... 2-for-3 with a run scored in a start against BYU (Feb. 20) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic ... registered a career-high 12 putouts as the Irish backstop in an extra-inning thriller against No. 6 Oregon (Feb. 23) to close the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic ... logged a pair of hits in final start of the year at catcher in the second game of an ACC doubleheader at Georgia Tech (March 8) ... scored two runs in home opening win at Melissa Cook Stadium over Eastern Michigan (March 26) ... added a pair of runs scored in a non-conference victory over Michigan State (April 2) ... clubbed a career-high three hits, chipping in an RBI and a run scored in a run-rule win over Toledo (April 16) ... reached base twice and scored twice during a five-inning victory to sweep a league series of Maryland (April 28) on ESPNU ACC Monday ... made a pair of reserve appearances against No. 3 UCLA (May 17) and Long Beach State (May 17) during the NCAA Los Angeles Regional.
AS A FRESHMAN (2013): Appeared in 31 games (five starts) during first season at Notre Dame ... tabbed to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (April 15) ... batted .257 with four doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, a .543 slugging percentage, a .409 on-base percentage and scored five runs ... led all Irish freshmen in doubles, slugging percentage and on-base percentage ... recorded first career hit after entering as a reserve at designated player against Cal Poly (Feb. 15) ... ripped a pinch-hit double in first game at East Carolina (Feb. 23) ... added two-run double the following day against the Pirates (Feb. 24) ... chipped in pinch-hit single in second game of a doubleheader at Seton Hall (March 23) ... slugged first career home run, drilling a walk-off three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning against Rutgers (April 13) ... earned the start in the second game of the series against the Scarlet Knights (April 14), going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI ... ripped an RBI in the series finale against Pittsburgh (April 21) ... pinch-hit RBI double in the nightcap of a BIG EAST doubleheader against Connecticut (April 23) ... drew a pair of walks and scored a run at Western Michigan (May 1).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Played catcher and in the outfield for Edison (Calif.) while spending her summers at the club level with the Worth Firecrackers ... 2012 All-California second team selection ... Edison was undefeated and won the Sunset League crown during her freshman season ... named all-conference and all-city as a freshman and junior ... team captain as a senior ... guided Edison to the Las Vegas Spring Break Tournament title as a junior ... daughter of Marc and Michelle Africano ... uncle, Greg Svitenko, played football at Long Beach ... has one younger brother, Colton ... involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and show choir ... recipient of school's Pillar of Character award, Character Coalition award and Scholar-Athlete award ... hails from the same area as Irish teammates Micaela Arizmendi and Karley Wester ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a sociology major.