Notre Dame hits the road for a three-game ACC series in Blacksburg, Virginia this weekend
With 400 home wins entering 2016, Irish softball prepares to continue a tradition of excellence on campus
Notre Dame legend is the only three-time NFCA All-American in program history
Two-time All-American is second Irish alumna to join an NPF roster for 2015 season
Notre Dame softball team reflects on second NCAA Regional on campus in program history
Notre Dame softball vs. Ohio State (photos by Jason Roberts)
Notre Dame vs. Fordham, game one of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic (photos by Jason Roberts)
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 defeated Rutgers 11 runs to 2 during the first game of the Third Annual Strikeout Cancer Weekend.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2015 NPF Draft Pick (4th Round, 17th Overall), USSSA Pride
2015 Notre Dame Monogram Club Co-Most Valuable Player
2015 NFCA Division I All-America Third Team
2015 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year
2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team
2015 Notre Dame Co-Captain
2015 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List
2014 NCAA Doubles Champion
2014 Notre Dame Monogram Club Co-Most Valuable Player
2014 NFCA Division I All-America Third Team
2014 NFCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team
2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team
2014 ESPNW Preseason All-America First Team
2014 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List
2013 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player
2013 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist
2013 NFCA Division I All-America Second Team
2013 NFCA Great Lakes All-Region First Team
2013 All-BIG EAST Conference First Team
AS A SENIOR (2015): NFCA Division I All-America third team -- became the first three-time All-America selection in Notre Dame softball history ... NFCA Mid-Atlantic all-region first team ... Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year ... all-ACC first team ... one-time ACC Player of the Week (April 20) selection ... 17th overall selection (USSSA Pride) in the 2015 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Draft ... ACC Academic Honor Roll ... USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List ... finished career tied for third in doubles (79) in NCAA history ... also the Notre Dame leader in runs scored (196), total bases (471) and slugging percentage (.694) ... batted .410 with 18 doubles, 10 home runs, 57 RBI, a .691 slugging percentage, a .451 on-base percentage and 55 runs scored in 57 starts in 2015 -- set career-highs in both RBI and putouts (85) as a senior ... did not commit an error in over 240 chances during final three seasons ... only player in Notre Dame history to bat above .400, record 70 or more hits and score 50 or more runs in three consecutive seasons (2013-15) ... batted .367 (29-for-79) with runners in scoring position, and had 12 two-out RBI ... reached base safely in each of the team's final 22 games (49 of 57 games overall) -- batted .528 with 11 doubles, six home runs, 36 RBI and 35 runs scored during the 22-game on-base streak ... led all ACC hitters with a .493 batting average, 35 hits and 28 runs scored in 23 conference starts ... hit first home run of the season and drove in two runs in a win at No. 6 UCLA (Feb. 6) ... 2-for-4 with a solo home run at Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 7) ... connected for three hits, including two home runs, and logged four RBI in a win over UNLV (Feb. 20) ... recorded two hits each in back-to-back ranked wins over No. 7 Georgia (Feb. 21) and No. 20 Missouri (Feb. 27) ... finished a home run shy of the cycle, scoring three times in a win at No. 9 Florida State (March 15) ... 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored in second game of a doubleheader against Georgia Tech (March 21) ... two hits and two runs scored against IPFW (March 25) ... went a combined 5-for-8 (.625) in a series sweep of No. 24 Virginia Tech (March 28-29) ... 3-for-4 with two solo home runs and three runs in the nightcap of an ACC doubleheader at Pittsburgh (April 3) ... three RBI and a pair of runs scored against Western Michigan (April 7) ... two-run home run against Butler (April 8) ... ripped a career-high four hits, and tied a program record with four runs scored in the series finale at Boston College (April 12) ... 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in a win over Bowling Green (April 14) ... chipped in two hits the following day against Northwestern (April 15) ... crushed a home run and added three RBI and two runs scored in Strikeout Cancer series opener against Syracuse (April 18) ... two hits and two runs scored in the doubleheader nightcap against the Orange (April 18) ... completed weekend by going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, four RBI and two runs scored in the series finale versus Syracuse (April 19) to earn ACC Player of the Week honors ... exploded for four hits, including two doubles and a grand slam, and tied a program single-game record with seven RBI in the second game of a doubleheader against North Carolina (April 26) ... 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the first game of the NCAA South Bend Regional against Ball State (May 15) ... added three RBI and two runs scored against Northwestern (May 16) ... tied two program records with three doubles and four runs scored in second NCAA meeting with Ball State (May 16).
AS A JUNIOR (2014): NFCA Division I All-America third team choice -- one of only seven two-time Notre Dame All-America selections (2013-14) in program history ... NFCA Mid-Atlantic all-region first team ... all-ACC second team ... one-time ACC Player of the Week (May 5) selection ... ESPNW preseason All-America first team choice ... named Notre Dame Monogram Club Co-Most Valuable Player with teammate Laura Winter -- one of only four players (Stephanie Brown, 2006-07; Meghan Murray 1996-97; Sara Hayes 1994-95) to be selected as team MVP in consecutive years ... finished season as the NCAA leader with 28 doubles and 0.52 doubles per game - 28 doubles total were the second-most in NCAA history, while doubles per game count was the third-best average in the NCAA record book ... was also second nationally in sacrifice flies (7), third in runs per game (1.20) and 13th in slugging percentage (.825) ... led the ACC in doubles and runs scored with a team record 65, and ranked second in hits (74), total bases (141), batting average (.433) and slugging percentage, and fourth in on-base percentage (.495) ... .385 average (25-for-65) with runners in scoring position ... had the second-most doubles (9), and the third-best batting average (.424), fourth-best slugging percentage (.818) and the fourth-most runs scored (28) among all players during ACC play ... reached base safely in each of the team's final 31 games (49 of 54 games overall) - batted .495 with 18 doubles, 35 RBI and 41 runs scored during the consecutive games on-base streak ... perfect 1.000 fielding percentage (73 putouts, two assists in 75 chances in the outfield) tied for the best single-season output in team history (minimum of 50 chances) ... opened the season 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, two stolen bases and two runs scored against Tennessee Tech (Feb. 8) ... went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored against Morehead State (Feb. 9) ... smashed a solo home run and added an RBI double at Auburn (Feb. 9) ... reached base four times, chipping in a double, home run and two RBI against No. 23 Louisville (Feb. 16) ... 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three runs scored against UC Davis (Feb. 21) ... two hits, including a double, and two RBI versus Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 22) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic ... 3-for-4 with two runs scored against Omaha (March 2) ... clubbed a home run with three RBI and two runs scored in home opener against Eastern Michigan (March 26) ... home run and three RBI in ACC series opener at North Carolina (April 9) ... RBI double and two runs scored in home win over No. 7 Florida State (April 13) ... 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs in a run-rule win over Toledo (April 16) ... perfect 3-for-3 with a program single-game record four runs scored, two doubles and an RBI in the series finale at Virginia (April 19) ... went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in a home victory over Valparaiso (April 24) ... reached base in both official plate appearances, adding two RBI in ACC win over Maryland (April 27) ... logged three hits, including a double and home run, with three RBI and two runs scored on ESPNU's ACC Monday against Maryland (April 28) ... 3-for-3 with a double, home run and three runs scored in series opening win against Boston College (May 3) ... added a pair of singles, three RBI and two runs in the nightcap against the Eagles (May 3) ... closed series with a 2-for-3 effort, including a triple, a home run and two runs, to complete series sweep of Boston College (May 4) - named ACC Player of the Week after batting .778 (7-for-9) with six RBI and seven runs scored during the series with Boston College ... recorded four hits, including two doubles, and scored a run in each game of the ACC Championship (May 8-10) ... set Notre Dame NCAA Championship program records with four hits, three doubles and five RBI against Long Beach State (May 17) during the NCAA Los Angeles Regional.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013): Top 10 finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award ... became the 22nd All-American in program history after being tabbed to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America second team - was just the third underclassman (freshman or sophomore) in program history to be named a second team All-American ... NFCA Great Lakes all-region first team choice ... all-BIG EAST first team selection ... chosen as the Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player ... three-time BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week (Feb. 25, March 25 and May 6) ... BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection (March 4) ... ranked third in the NCAA in batting average to close the regular season (.479), ultimately placing 16th in the final national statistics at .439 - average was the highest among all Irish batters with at least 150 at-bats in a given season in the program's 25-year history, and the third-highest overall clip during a single season at Notre Dame ... ranked ninth nationally in doubles per game (0.36), 28th in slugging percentage (.772) and 41st in on-base percentage (.507) - led the BIG EAST in the first three categories, as well as total hits (79), doubles (single-season program-record 21) and total bases (139) ... finished second in the league with 51 runs scored ... conference-best .492 average, eight doubles and 26 runs scored in BIG EAST play ... ranked second in hits (32) and fourth in total bases (55) during conference games ... team-high 23 multiple-hit games, and was second on the squad with 11 multi-RBI outings ... reached base in each of the team's first 29 games (50 of 58 games overall) ... perfect 1.000 fielding percentage (77 putouts in 77 chances in the outfield) tied for the best output in team history (minimum of 50 chances) ... 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base against Wisconsin (Feb. 10) ... went 2-for-3 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored against East Carolina (Feb. 23) ... logged a perfect 3-for-3 output at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored later in the day against Liberty (Feb. 23) ... finished a double shy of the cycle against Fairfield (Feb. 24), going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored ... added three hits and an RBI against East Carolina (Feb. 24) ... 3-for-3 with a double, triple, home run and career-high five RBI in rout of Boston College (March 2) ... reached base in three of four plate appearances, drilling a solo home run while scoring three times against Iona (March 15) ... smacked two doubles and scored a pair of runs the following day against Iona (March 16) ... rapped two hits, including a two-run, game-winning triple against Northern Illinois (March 16) ... chipped in two hits, including an RBI double, and scored two runs against Seton Hall (March 23) ... 3-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored in game two against Seton Hall (March 23) ... crushed a solo home run on the first pitch of the game, and ultimately went 4-for-4 with two long balls, a double, three RBI and two runs scored in the series finale against Seton Hall (March 24) - finished the series with the Pirates 9-for-10 (.900) with two doubles, three home runs, five RBI, two stolen bases, 20 total bases, a 2.000 slugging percentage, a .909 on-base percentage and seven runs scored ... 3-for-4 with two runs scored in game one of a doubleheader at Georgetown (April 3) ... logged an identical 3-for-4 outing in the nightcap against Georgetown (April 3), ripping a pair of doubles and scoring two additional runs ... rocked a two-run double in game one against Villanova (April 6) ... tied a program record by being walked in all four plate appearances in game one of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh (April 20) ... two RBI and a run scored in the nightcap against the Panthers (April 20) ... 3-for-4 with a double in game one of a doubleheader against Connecticut (April 23) ... logged two hits, including a two-run double, and scored two runs in the second game of the day against the Huskies (April 23) ... crushed a two-run home run and scored twice in a game one win at DePaul (April 27) ... 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored at Western Michigan (May 1) ... reached base in all four plate appearances of the first game against No. 9 Louisville (May 4), going 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI, two walks drawn and three runs scored ... contributed an RBI in the first round matchup against Seton Hall (May 9) and the semifinal contest versus DePaul (May 10) at the BIG EAST Championship.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012): Regular contributor in first season with the Irish, appearing in 54 games (53 starts) ... batted .320 with a team-high 12 doubles ... went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs in first career start at San Diego State (Feb. 17) ... stroked three singles and added first career RBI at North Carolina (Feb. 26) ... 2-for-2 with a home run and a season-best three RBI in a 16-0 win at Cal State Fullerton (March 14) ... logged two RBI in both games of a doubleheader sweep of Toledo (March 28) ... laced a pair of doubles in series-opening game against Connecticut (March 31) ... chipped in three singles in second game of a home doubleheader against Syracuse (April 14) ... equaled season-high with three RBI in first round BIG EAST Championship win over Rutgers (May 10) ... 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against Hawaii (May 18) in NCAA Regional play.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-time all-conference choice and four-time varsity letterwinner at Foothill (Calif.) ... batted a career-best .385 with 34 hits, including seven doubles and five home runs, and added 23 RBI and 20 runs scored as a senior ... hit .349 with 24 RBI and four home runs as a sophomore ... named all-city as a freshman ... totaled 89 RBI and 13 homers with a .339 average during prep career ... led travel team to ASA national title in 2004 ... member of National Honor Society and Christian Club ... full name is Emilee Johanna Koerner ... daughter of Patti and Mike Koerner ... brother, Matt, played baseball at Arizona ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in marketing.
Koerner's Career Statistics