#NDSB30 Top Five: 2000s

Part two of the defining moments of the last 30 years of Notre Dame softball

  • 2001, 2000, 1999 and 1998 - BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year
  • 2001 - Third Team All-America
  • 2000 - Second Team All-America
  • 2001 - First Team Academic All-America

    AS A SENIOR: Completed her career as one of the top pitchers in Notre Dame softball history ... currently the only lefthander to ever pitch for the Irish ... won an unprecedented fourth BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year award, posting a 10-0 record in conference competition ... earned all-regional tournament honors for the third time in her career at the NCAA Region VII in Iowa City, Iowa ... earned third-team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America honors ... combined with teammate Jarrah Myers to earn a spot on the Verizona/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team ... also combined with Myers and Lizzy Lemire to earn spots on the U.S. National Softball Team during the summer of 2001 ... posted 224 strikeouts, a 1.13 ERA and 27 victories ... continued to improve at the plate, ending the season with a .318 average, three home runs and 13 RBI ... threw her first career no-hitter with a five-inning, 11-strikeout performance against St. John?s ... first Irish pitcher to post three consecutive 20-win seasons.

    AS A JUNIOR: Earned her third consecutive BIG EAST Pitcher-of-the-Year award (2000, 1999, 1998) ... only the second player in BIG EAST history to earn the Pitcher-of-the-Year award three times (Bridgett McCaffery, 1995-97, Connecticut) ... one of two unanimous first-team all-BIG EAST selections in 2000 ... named to the 2000 NCAA Region 8 all-tournament team after going 1-1 with a 0.40 ERA in three appearances ... became only the second pitcher in school history to record back-to-back 20-win seasons and tally two 20-win seasons in a career ... set a school-record with 26 victories in 2000, while logging 246 strikeouts ... led the team with 27 complete games and 12 solo shutouts ... did not give up a run in a career-best 33.1 consecutive innings from Feb. 26 - March 16 ... named 2000 team Most Valuable Player ... had a .293 season average at the plate with 14 RBI and five doubles.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season and one of only two unanimous all-BIG EAST first-team selections in ?99... National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-Mideast Region second-team selection ... earned NCAA Region 6 all-tournament honors after going 1-2 with a 1.34 earned-run average in the three games ... became first Notre Dame 20-game winner since 1995 after pitching a shutout over Michigan ... drove in the winning run in the team?s upset of the Wolverines, hitting a single to left field to drive in Lizzy Lemire ... 1999 BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player after going 3-0 on the mound and leading all hitters with a .556 average ... went a perfect 9-0 in BIG EAST regular-season play with a 0.29 ERA, giving up just two runs in 48 innings ... hit .336 overall in 119 at-bats after batting only once in 1998.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Became the first Notre Dame pitcher and first freshman to ever win the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year award in ?98 ... selected to the BIG EAST first team and all-rookie squad ... led the BIG EAST with a 0.90 earned-run average in nine conference games ... led the Irish pitching staff in wins with a 15-8 mark ... played with Gordon?s Panthers in the summer of ?98, winning the 18-and-under Gold Amateur Softball Association national championship.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Won three letters in softball at Thousand Oaks High School, leading her team to the state semifinals as a senior ... two-time all-state selection ... three-time Los Angeles Times all-star and pitcher of the year in ?97 ... played with the club team Gordon?s Panthers, finishing second at the 1997 18-and-under gold national championships ... conference and Ventura County MVP as a senior ... ended her career with school records of 35 shutouts, 10 no-hitters, seven perfect games and 715 strikeouts ... sister, Jessica, is a junior pitcher on the Notre Dame softball team ... born Sept. 14, 1979, in Panorama City, Calif.

    Jen Sharron
    Jen  Sharron


    Agoura Hills, Calif.

    High School:
    Thousand Oaks





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