Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.
Notre Dame defeated Rutgers 11 runs to 2 during the first game of the Third Annual Strikeout Cancer Weekend.
HONORS AND AWARDS: 2013 All-BIG EAST Third Team
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013): Enjoyed a breakout season for the Irish, capped off by being named to the all-BIG EAST third team ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... .287 batting average, five doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 31 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 26 runs scored in 49 games (34 starts) ... .437 on-base percentage was second on the Irish roster, and .649 slugging percentage ranked third on the team - slugging percentage total was the sixth-highest in the conference, and on-base percentage ranked 10th among all BIG EAST players ... team-high 26 two-out RBI ... was hit by pitch a team-high 12 times, the second-most in the BIG EAST ... second on the Irish with a .415 batting average (17-for-41) with two outs ... only Notre Dame player to hit both a grand slam and a walk-off home run (separate plays) during the season ... made first start of the year at catcher at Charlotte (Feb. 9), smashing the first Notre Dame home run of the season while adding three RBI and a stolen base ... hit second long ball and stole a pair of bases after entering as a reserve at East Carolina (Feb. 24) ... fought off 11 pitches before blasting a game-winning three-run pinch-hit home run against Maryland (March 3) at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic ... chipped in a pinch-hit RBI double in the second game of the Highlander Classic against Iona (March 16) ... clocked a solo home run in only at-bat in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Seton Hall (March 23) ... drilled a solo home run and scored three runs in a win over Villanova (April 7) ... permanently broke into the Irish starting lineup during the series against Rutgers (April 13), clocking a two-out grand slam and scoring two runs against the Scarlet Knights ... capped a seven-run Notre Dame rally in the bottom of the seventh inning in the series finale against Rutgers (April 14), crushing a walk-off three-run home run over the wall in left center ... belted a two-run homer and scored a pair of runs in game two of a BIG EAST doubleheader at Pittsburgh (April 20) ... legged out first career triple, driving in a run on the play during the second game of the day at DePaul (April 27) ... 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the series finale against the Blue Demons (April 28) ... connected on a key two-out, two-run double to help propel Notre Dame to a win and the BIG EAST regular-season championship against No. 9 Louisville (May 5) ... recorded three RBI and stole a pair of bases in a BIG EAST Championship semifinal victory over DePaul (May 10) ... left NCAA Lexington Regional matchup with Virginia Tech (May 17) in the second inning after suffering a severe knee injury.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012): Appeared in 26 games, starting on five occasions as the designated player ... knocked an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning at Cal State Fullerton (March 14) ... pinch-hit RBI single keyed three-run Notre Dame fourth inning in a win over Toledo (March 28) ... three-run homer in the top of the second inning powered the Irish to a 4-1 win in game one of a doubleheader at Rutgers (April 11) ... went 1-for-2 with a run scored against Cleveland State (April 19).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned three letters at St. Stephen's (Fla.) as a two-time team captain and MVP ... recognized on ESPN's Top Players to Watch list ... named all-state as a freshman and twice named all-city and all-conference ... hit .588 as a junior while recording at least one hit in each game throughout the season ... scored 32 runs and drove in 12 more with 10 doubles, five triples and two home runs ... went errorless throughout the season while playing shortstop ... invited to the adidas Futures Top 100 camp and the OnDeck Softball Elite Futures camp ... played on the travel circuit for New Jersey Intensity under head coach Kevin O'Donnell (father of former Irish pitcher Brittany O'Donnell) ... finished seventh at 2009 Gold Nationals and placed among the top-10 at the 2010 Premier Nationals tournament ... also lettered four times in soccer while leading squad to three conference and regional crowns ... two-time team captain and three-time MVP with three all-conference and all-city accolades on the pitch ... also named all-state in soccer as a sophomore ... earned additional letters in golf (freshman), swimming (junior) and cross country (senior) ... holds county record in the 200m, a mark which stood for over five years ... member of student government, National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society ... named homecoming queen ... junior and senior class president ... peer tutor and school ambassador ... daughter of Elizabeth and Bruce Whidden ... has an older sister, Ashton, and brother, Chandler ... Chandler served as a student manager for the softball team at Alabama ... Ashton pitched for St. Leo (Fla.) ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as a double major in Film, Television, and Theatre and history.