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    Nicole deFau

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Southington, CT

    High School:
    Southington

    Height:
    5-5

    Position:
    Outfielder

    Birthdate:
    10/05/1982


    AS A JUNIOR: Became an every day player for the Irish in 2003 ... posted career highs with 48 GP, 26 hits and five RBI ... had seven multi-hit games and one mulit-RBI performance ... shifted back and forth with teammate Kellie Middleton as the starting rightfielder for a portion of the season ... hit second career home run vs. Louisiana-Lafayette at the Louisiana Classic ... ended up two for three in that contest ... perfect at the plate (three for three) vs. NW State on Feb. 28 ... named to the Louisiana Classic all-tournament team ... also collected three hits and two RBI in game on vs. Valparaiso ... two for three with two runs and an RBI triple at Syracuse in game one ... played well at #4 DePaul, going two for four with an RBI double ... posted three hits during Notre Dame's drive to the BIG EAST Championship in Salem, Va., going two for three in the championship game vs. Villanova ... matched her stolen base output from 2002 with five thefts in `03.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Utilized as one of the main options at DP during the 2002 season ... ended up appearing in 49 games and making 19 starts ... finished with 12 hits in 62 at bats ... stole five bases, mostly as a pinch runner ... had a memorable game at the 2002 Kia Klassic, belting her first career home run against Texas Tech to provide the winning margin ... also scored the winning run against Loyola Chicago and in the first game of the Syracuse doubleheader ... ended the season with a career-best seven RBI ... also laid down two sacrifice bunts.

    AS A FRESHMAN: One of the team's top pinch runners ... also relieved starting second base Alexis Madrid ... appeared in 55 of the team's 61 games, including six starts ... scored 13 runs, most coming as a pinch runner ... first hit of her career was an RBI single vs. Hofstra ... scored the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning at Purdue after being inserted as a pinch runner ... also posted a hit against the Boilermakers in game one ... crossed the plate with the game-winning run vs. Pittsburgh ... third hit of the season came in game one vs. Toledo.

    PREP AND PERSONAL: A four-year letterwinner in softball at Southington High School in Southington, Conn. ... also lettered in basketball, cross country and track and field ... 2000 Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year (softball) ... a U.S. Navy Scholastic first-team All-American in softball in 2000 ... member of two Connecticut state championship softball teams ... named the MVP of the state championship softball game in 1999 ... three time (1998-2000) all-state and all-conference selection in softball ... posted 62 career stolen bases ... hit over .500 (.500 in 1999, .565 in 2000) in her final two years of high school competition ... played in the 2000 senior all-star softball game and earned the game's MVP honor ... member of the Brakettes Tradition, the two-time (1998 and 1999) PONY National Championship softball club ... Tradition posted a 95-5 record over those two championship seasons ... member of the National Honor Society ... from the same area as teammate Kas Hoag and Notre Dame sophomore swimmer Sarah Bowman ... born Oct. 5, 1982 ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters with a major in history and anthropology.

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